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Seventh Annual BizBash M&C Meeting And Event Style Show For Event Planning Professionals-November 8
Featuring the Next Trends from Industry Leaders Including Gael Green, Danny Meyer, and Delia Passi

New York, New York - November 8, 2007 - Today at New York City’s Unconvention Center, Pier 94, the seventh annual Bizbash M&C Meeting and Event Style Show features 300 exhibitors presenting the newest and most innovative ideas in the event world for 2008 to more than 2,500 event planning professionals from all over the country.

“We attracted the largest group of event and meeting pros we’ve ever had who wanted the scoop on what’s hot and what’s not for 2008,” said BizBash C.E.O. and founder David Adler. “We forecast the trends in event marketing, and our attendees like to have a peek over the fence at events that they can’t get into, so that they get a heads-up on the next best ideas.”

The show was organized by BizBash Media—the world’s leading resource for event planning professionals—and is being held at New York City’s Unconvention Center, Pier 94, at 54th Street and 12th Avenue.

In a city boasting more than 100,000 events yearly, it’s only natural that this year’s show is the biggest and most comprehensive show ever. Presented in an intensive one-day format—from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.—the event features more than 140,000 square feet of innovative ideas, 3,000 attendees, 300 meeting and event vendors, 45 sponsors, and eight conferences.

Adler added: “We landed cutting-edge resources for the show. For example, we had the very latest in ‘green party’ accoutrements. We served our own luncheon on plates, forks, and spoons that are 100 percent biodegradable and compostable, and made from all-natural, sustainable sugarcane and other plant fibers. If properly composted, they will dissolve safely into the environment in fewer than 180 days. As the leaders in the industry, we must always be ahead of the curve.”

Hundreds of meeting and event vendors—including caterers, venue managers, photographers, lighting designers, rental agents, staffing agencies, security firms, technology gurus, event companies, and others brought the newest trends and products to the table.

Highlights of the day include:

  • A rapid-fire presentation of “45 Style Ideas in 45 Minutes”
    (Speakers: Chad Kaydo, Mark Mavrigian, and Lisa Cericola from BizBash; H. DeVinn Bruce, H. DeVinn Visuals; and Matthew David Hopkins , Matthew David Events, Ltd.)
  • A tournament featuring a unique viral experiment : “Rock Paper Scissors” by Doug Walker, author of The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide
  • How Green Can You Make Your Events? Everything You Always wanted to Know About Making Your Events More Environmentally Responsible While Staying Stylish
    (Speakers: Rebecca A. Mebane, National Recycling Coalition; Karen Dalzell, Dalzell Productions and DalzellGreen; and Brendan Sexton, consultant)
  • Marrying Brand and Design to Your Budget
    (Speakers: Richard Waddington, First Protocol; and Anita Contini, CIT)
  • Enlightening Tips for Signing Contracts that Provide Minimum Risks and Maximum Rewards
    (Speaker : Jonathan T. Howe, Howe & Hutton Ltd.)
  • Industry Matchmaking for Enhanced Partnerships
    (Speakers: Peter Rosenberger and Rich Leviss, ESPN Inc.; and Dianne B. Devitt, the DND Group Inc.)
  • Restaurateur/author Danny Meyer on how he uses “enlightened hospitality” to power his business empire
  • Specific marketing and selling strategies to improve your communication with women by Delia Passi, author of Winning the Toughest Customer: The Essential Guide to Selling to Women
  • An intriguing reception featuring “High Tea and High Balls”

The centerpiece of this year’s program is, as always, the BizBash Hall of Fame induction, honoring leaders and visionaries in the event industry for their hard work, dedication, and contributions to the field. Inductees for 2007 are:

  • Liz Familian, chairwoman of Masterplanner and president, BizBash Los Angeles
    (Introduced by Penny Glazier, principal, Glazier Group)
  • Gael Greene, co founder, Citymeals-on-Wheels
    (Introduced by Nick Valenti, C.E.O., Patina Restaurant Group)
  • Fern Mallis, senior vice president, IMG Fashion
    (Introduced by Robert Verdi, tastemaker and style authority)
  • Peter Rosenberger, vice president, special events marketing, ESPN Inc.
    (Introduced by Dylan Wanagiel, director of sports events, Madison Square Garden)
  • Elliott Winick, founder, Winick Productions
    (Introduced by O.J. Hazard, managing director, Marsteller Productions)
Other highlights of the day included a performance by the renowned Parsons Dance Company (presented by CAMI Spectrum) and a cocktail reception.

Attracting more than 2,500 event planners from all over the country, this show provides a behind-the-scenes opportunity to gather all the best ideas from the event cognoscenti. Industries represented included business, fashion, music, film, television, media, beauty, finance, nonprofit, and retail.

Since its founding in 2000, BizBash Media has become the industry’s leading source for inspiration, smart marketing strategies, and useful tools, helping to revolutionize how event professionals get ideas and connect with each other. The company publishes magazines and Web sites and produces trade shows for the event industry in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Florida, and Washington, D.C. Chicago coverage launches in 2008.

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