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BiZBash.com For Immediate Release Contact: Juli Nader
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BiZBash Announces Its 2004 Special Event
Industry Hall Of Fame Inductees

This Year’s Honorees Include: Preston Robert Tisch (Loews Corporation), The Glazier Family (The Glazier Group), Peter Kohlmann (New York Host Committee, Republican National Convention), Radio City Music Hall, The Actors’ Fund, Ed Kane of Sheraton Hotels, Jack Morton Worldwide, Barbara Tober (Museum of Arts & Design), Tom Finn (Tom Finn Productions) & Edna Greenbaum (Council of Protocol Executives)

Thursday, October 14, 2004, at Pier 94,
12th Avenue (West Side Highway) at 54th Street
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Cocktail Reception
5:30 PM – 6 PM Ceremony

New York
, New York - October 11, 2004 - BiZBash announces this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, honoring giants in the special events industry. The 10 inductees will be feted with a champagne cocktail reception from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM, followed by the 30-minute ceremony that begins at 6 PM, on October 14, 2004, at Pier 94 in New York. The festivities are part of BiZBash Media’s Fourth Annual Event Style Show, a trade show for the special events industry.

David Adler, founder and C.E.O. of BiZBash Media, says, “Our inductees have each made a significant contribution to not only the events industry, but also toward the economy and overall fiscal health of New York City. It gives me great pleasure to honor them.”

This year’s recipients are:
  • Event Marketing Pioneer—Loew’s Corporation Chairman, Bob Tisch
  • Family Legacy to Event and Meeting Industry—The Glazier Family & The Glazier Group
  • Event Planning Excellence—Peter Kohlmann
  • Venue Management Excellence—Radio City Music Hall
  • Excellence in Nonprofit Events—The Actors’ Fund
  • Lifetime Hotel Catering Excellence—Sheraton Hotel’s Ed Kane
  • Event Marketing Champion-Agency—Jack Morton Worldwide
  • New York City Civic Champion—Museum of Arts & Design chairwoman, Barbara Tober
  • Lifetime Entertainment Phenomenon to Event Industry—DJ Tom Finn
  • Lifetime Contribution to Event and Meeting Industry—Edna Greenbaum, Council of Protocol Executives
BiZBash Hall of Fame Awards Honoree Bios

Preston Robert Tisch, chairman of Loews Corporation
Bob Tisch is chairman of Loews Corporation, one of the country’s largest and most successful financial companies, and chairman and cochief executive officer of football’s New York Giants. The company dates back to a summer camp in New Jersey run by Tisch and his brother Laurence, followed by the purchase of a hotel in Lakewood, New Jersey, and the formation of Tisch Hotels, Inc. In 1959, the Tisch brothers bought a controlling interest in Loews Theatres Inc., a real estate-rich theater chain. This investment formed the basis for the modern day Loews Corporation, which was created in 1969.

The Glazier Family & The Glazier Group
As C.E.O. and founder of The Glazier Group, Peter Glazier owns and operates, along with his wife, Penny, and son, Matthew, several successful New York venues, and employs more than 600 full-time employees in addition to several hundred part-time workers for catering events. The company’s venues include The Steakhouse at Monkey Bar in the Hotel Elysée (NYC), Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C. in Grand Central Terminal, Strip House (NYC/NJ), and several special event and catering facilities: Twenty Four Fifth (NYC), Bridgewaters at the South Street Seaport (NYC), and an 800-seat ballroom space at The Westminster Hotel (NJ). The Glazier family is respected as one of the nation’s most astute restaurateur groups because they know how to create restaurants with ambience, service, food, and style that continually wow diners.

Peter Kohlmann, director of operations, New York Host Committee, 2004 Republican National Convention
After more than two decades of event production, image marketing, and neighborhood development, Peter Kohlmann formed PeKo Productions in June 2000. Kohlmann specializes in developing and producing large-scale events, the development of marketing and promotional programs, and providing strategic planning services for corporate, nonprofit, and entertainment-related clients. Recent clients of Kohlmann and his firm include: the Office of the Mayor, City of New York, to produce and coordinate the visit of Congress to the city—its first since 1789. The project required working directly with the clerk of the house, secretary of the senate, and the mayor’s office to create a September 11th commemorative meeting at Federal Hall. Other recent creations have been the conceptual development and planning of The New York Times 150th Anniversary Celebration.

Radio City Music Hall
Since opening its doors on December 27, 1932, Radio City Music Hall has been host to hundreds of the entertainment industry’s premier events, films, concerts, and theatricals. It is also the home of the No. 1 precision dance company, the world-famous Radio City Rockettes. Over the past 80 years, more than 300 million visitors from around the world have entered the music hall’s legendary doors, captivated by the beauty of the grand foyer and Ezra Winter’s landmark Fountain of Youth mural, and amazed by the hall’s great stage.

The Actors’ Fund
The Actors’ Fund of America, founded in 1882, is the national human service organization dedicated to helping all entertainment professionals in theater, television, film, music, opera, and dance. The Actors’ Fund’s broad spectrum of programs, designed to address the needs of its community, includes comprehensive social services, supportive and affordable housing, career counseling, and skilled nursing and assisted living care. Administered from offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, these programs help people solve problems and make positive changes in their lives.

Ed Kane, director of catering, Sheraton Hotels of New York
A respected leader with more than 30 years of hospitality experience, Edward P. Kane is the director of catering for the Sheraton Hotels of New York. In this role, Kane directly oversees the operations, development, sales, and marketing of the catering sales operation. Kane has been with the hotel since 1969, when it was the Americana Hotel of New York. He is active in many travel industry organizations as well as community activities. Kane serves as chairman for the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Council; is a board member of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (Jacob K. Javits Convention Center); is a [the?]commissioner for Long Island State Parks; and is a member of the New York City Sports Development Corporation.

Jack Morton Worldwide
Jack Morton Worldwide creates experiences that help the world’s leading companies improve performance, increase sales, and build brands. In addition to live events, branded environments, and interactive experiences that engage, educate, and entertain employee, business, and consumer audiences, Jack Morton also creates large-scale, globally televised ceremonies such as the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens. Jack Morton has a staff of 600 employees throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, and is part of the Interpublic Group of companies.

Barbara Tober, chairwoman of the Museum of Arts & Design
Barbara Tober is president of Acronym Inc., a venture capital firm that invests in art-related projects. Tober’s foundation funds an educational arts project for children nationwide, called Quilts Across America. Prior to her career in the world of the arts and craftsmanship, she spent more than four decades in the corporate advertising and magazine world, most recently at Condé Nast’s Bride’s magazine, where she was editor –in chief for almost 30 years.

Tom Finn, Tom Finn Productions
Tom Finn, the renowned New York DJ, began his musical career as an original member of the group, The Left Banke, whose smash hit “Walk Away Renee” was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the best songs of the rock era. Finn was the original DJ at Heartbreak, the legendary dance club that set the trend for rock clubs in the 80’s. He topped that career high by moving to the Palladium, New York’s largest dance club of the 80’s, spinning on the main floor for three years. Currently, Finn is New York’s No. 1 society DJ, whose clients include celebrities, royalty, fashion and business moguls, and numerous fundraising organizations.

Edna Greenbaum, founder & executive director of the Council of Protocol Executives
Edna Greenbaum is the founder and executive director of the Council of Protocol Executives (COPE) and the publisher of PROTOCOL,[should this be ital if it’s a book?] the international directory for executive entertaining meetings and special events. She has held such distinct positions as director of public affairs and circulation at Black Enterprise magazine. Greenbaum has also worked at Hispanic Business magazine and Elan and has been a participant in many political campaigns, including Senator Robert Kennedy’s. In 1988 Greenbaum brought together a group of 10 men and women to organize COPE, a unique association dedicated to raising the level of professionalism for executive-level business meetings and entertainment. There are now more than 275 members of COPE.


The fourth annual BiZBash Event Style Show is the ultimate gathering for professional event planners that are the forces behind the biggest events in New York. More than 2,500 planners and marketers are expected to attend in search of the hottest ideas and resources for the next season of events, product launches, fashion shows, political conventions,[will there be political conventions in the next season?] and more. More than 200 exhibitors will showcase everything from orchestras, wax statues, and catering ideas to the hot new venues, latest production and audiovisual techniques, dazzling lighting displays, tents that take your breath away, and props that rethink event decor. BiZBash is the authoritative industry platform for ideas, resources, and information concerning events. Its Web site, BiZBash.com, and its newspaper, the Event Style Reporter, are required reading in the special events industry.





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