Press Release For Immediate Release Contact: Folayo Lasaki

2011 BizBash Boston Readers’ Choice Awards Winners Announced
Event Producer of the Year, Bryan Rafanelli; DJ of the Year, Mike Amado; and Corporate Planner of the Year, Kristen Smith Among Winners

Boston—November 10, 2011—Today, BizBash Media, announced the winners of its inaugural BizBash Boston Readers’ Choice Awards at a ceremony held at the BizBash Expo on Thursday, November 10, at Fenway Park.

BizBash’s Boston readers and online users nominated and then voted on finalists in 9 categories, including Event Producer of the Year, Venue Manager of the Year, Caterer of the Year, and Association/Nonprofit Event Planner of the Year. Finalists campaigned heavily, especially on social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, resulting in over 25,000 votes.


  • Association/Nonprofit Planner of the Year: Erin McEvoy, Boston Bruins Foundation
  • Caterer of the Year: Lyndsay Picciano, Fairmont Copley Plaza
  • Corporate Event Planner of the Year: Kristen Smith, The Boston Beer Company
  • DJ of the Year: Mike Amado, Entertainment Specialists
  • Event Designer of the Year: Linda Matzkin, Hopple Popple
  • Event Producer of the Year: Bryan Rafanelli, Rafanelli Events
  • Publicist/PR Executive of the Year: Kristan Fletcher, Four Seasons Hotel Boston
  • Social Event Planner of the Year: Edna Dratch-Parker, EFD Creative – Event Planning and Design
  • Venue Manager of the Year: Lizbeth Tate Brown, Fairmont Battery Wharf
Founded in 2000, BizBash (, #BizBash, @BizBash_News) is the leading trade media for the event industry. BizBash publishes magazines and e-newsletters and produces Web sites, trade shows, and award shows for corporate event and meeting professionals, event marketers, and sales, PR, fund-raising, and human resource executives. BizBash serves Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

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