Voting Commences For The 2011 Bizbash Boston Readers' Choice Awards

Winners announced at BizBash Boston Expo on November

New York City—November 1, 2011—Today, BizBash, the leading trade media for the event industry, announced the finalists for its 2011 Boston Readers’ Choice Awards, in which readers choose their picks for Corporate Event Planner of the Year, Caterer of the Year, Social Event Planner of the Year, and Event Producer of the Year, among other categories, for the greater New England area.

Nominees include individuals representing companies such as Boston Ballet, Raytheon, Brandeis University, Four Seasons Hotel Boston, New England Conservatory, and many more. During recent BizBash Readers’ Choice Awards, celebrities including Maria Shriver, Mario Batali, and Khloe Kardashian used social media platforms to campaign for their favorite industry professionals.

Winners will be announced at an award ceremony at the BizBash Boston Expo on November 10 at Fenway Park. To date, more than 150,000 votes have been collected in similar programs in Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles, and New York. Previous award winners are ineligible to participate.

For more information about the Expo, to register, or to exhibit, visit

Voting will remain open until Monday, November 7, at 11:59 p.m. at


Association/Nonprofit Event Planner of the Year

  • Erin DeMarco, ReadBoston
  • Renee Dunn, Boston Ballet
  • Janet Goff, New England Conservatory
  • Erin McEvoy, Boston Bruins Foundation
  • Jamie O’Neal O’Loughlin, Friends of Boston’s Homeless
  • Meredith Roser, Brandeis University
Caterer of the Year

  • Neal Balkowitsch and Dan Mathieu, MAX Ultimate Foods
  • Linda De Franco, Tables of Content Catering
  • Frank McClelland, Au Soleil Catering
  • Hilary Neville, Jasper White’s Summer Shack Catering
  • Lyndsay Picciano, Fairmont Copley Plaza
  • Holly Safford, The Catered Affair
  • Mark Schwindenhammer, Mandarin Oriental Boston
  • Linda Shack, Pepper’s Fine Foods Catering
  • Michele Stump, East Meets West Catering
Corporate Event Planner of the Year

  • Kristine Aristide, John Hancock
  • Michael Burke, The Hanover Insurance Group
  • Kristen Smith, The Boston Beer Company
  • John Touchette, Raytheon Company
DJ of the Year

  • Mike Amado, Entertainment Specialists
  • Serge Aronov, DJ Supreme One
  • Buddy Costa, DJ Costa
  • Greg Hodges, 5 Star Events
  • Denise LaCarubba, DJ Deja
  • Joe Toto, Groove Entertainment
  • John Zucco, Entertainment Specialists
Event Designer of the Year

  • Frances Andahazy, PBD Events
  • Ivy Finn, SD Events
  • Faxon Green, Elegant Floral and Event Design
  • Jen Hawkins, Jen Hawkins Events
  • John LaRoche, BlueGuava
  • Linda Matzkin, Hopple Popple
  • Arthur Wood, Art of the Event
Event Producer of the Year

  • Mary Coch, Corinthian Events
  • Erica Jordan, Art of the Event
  • Terry Mulryan-Toomey, Future Affairs Productions
  • Bryan Rafanelli, Rafanelli Events
  • Marjorie Randell-Silver, Copper Leaf Productions
  • AJ Williams, Creative Events
Publicist/PR Executive of the Year

  • Sharon Barbano, Saucony
  • Kristan Fletcher, Four Seasons Hotel Boston
  • Tara Goodwin, Goodwin PR
  • Nicole Kanner, All Heart PR
  • Edwina Kluender, Mandarin Oriental Boston
  • Sam Mazzarelli, marlo marketing / communications
  • Sue Tabb, Thomson Communications
Social Event Planner of the Year

  • Edna Dratch-Parker, EFD Creative - Event Planning and Design
  • Rachael Gross, lolagraceEVENTS
  • Janie Haas, Janie Haas Events
  • Michele Mottola, Michele Mottola Special Event Consulting
  • Jodi Raphael, Jodi Raphael Events
Venue Manager of the Year

  • Christie Leigh Bellany, Big Night Entertainment Group
  • Amy Fischer, Boston Nightlife Ventures
  • Jamison LaGuardia, Royale Boston
  • Michelle Sagi, Veronique
  • LizBeth Tate Brown, Fairmont Battery Wharf
  • Cindy Thorp, Showcase Live
  • Dina Trueheart, Morton’s Steakhouse
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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