Voting Commences For The 2011 Bizbash New York Readers' Choice Awards

Nominees represent organizations including PepsiCo

New York City—September 20, 2011—Today, BizBash, the leading trade media for the event industry, announced the nominees for its 2011 New York 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 York area.

Nominees include individuals representing companies such as PepsiCo, AOL, the Whitney Museum, Linkshare, ExL PHARMA, and many more. During the recent BizBash West Readers’ Choice Awards, celebrities including Maria Shriver 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 New York Expo on October 19 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan. To date, more than 110,000 votes have been collected in similar programs in Chicago, Florida, and Los Angeles. Previous award winners are ineligible to participate.

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

Voting is open from now until Sunday, October 16, at 11:59 p.m. at


Association/Nonprofit Event Planner of the Year

  • C. Nana-Oye Addo Yobo, Asia Society
  • Toby Boshak, Princess Grace Foundation
  • Ann Dean, Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation
  • Caroline Gould, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Gina Rogak, Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Jim Samalis, Robin Hood Foundation

Caterer of the Year

  • Michael Adasko, Shiraz Events
  • Olivier Cheng, Olivier Cheng Events
  • Mary Giuliani, Mary Giuliani Catering and Events
  • Jim Kirsch, Abigail Kirsch
  • Paul Neuman, Neuman’s Catering
  • Thomas Preti, Thomas Preti Caterers

Corporate Event Planner of the Year

  • Denise d’Arbonne, PepsiCo
  • Sara Gorlick, Linkshare
  • Rachel Gross, AOL
  • Theresa Lopez, ExL Pharma
  • Ellie Winkleman, SL Green Realty Corp.

DJ of the Year

  • Danny Estrella, Music to the Max
  • Tom Finn, Top Spin Entertainment
  • Kevin Gould, DJKevG
  • Shaun Vakil, DJ Pazel
  • DJ Willie

Entertainment Act of the Year

  • The Water Coolers, Thomas Michael Allan
  • Dreamland Orchestra, Michael Arenella
  • Orchestrations, Julie Feldman
  • Grounded Aerial, Karen Fuhrman
  • The Bumbys, Jill & Gill Bumby
  • Craig Scott Orchestra, Scott Hornak
  • Mia Moretti & Caitlin Moe
  • Mirror Men, Jonathan Nosan
  • The Three Waiters, Brad Wilson

Event Designer of the Year

  • Mark Addison, Eventstyle
  • Garin Baura, Baura New York LLC
  • David Beahm, David Beahm Designs
  • Christine Brower, C. Brower & Co Creative Events
  • Jes Gordon, properFUN
  • Jung Lee, Fete NY
  • Debra Roth, PiNK Powered by Moss
  • David Stark, David Stark Design
  • Ron Wendt, Ron Wendt Design

Event Producer of the Year

  • Reed Baker, Sophist Productions
  • Lisa Chu, Team Epiphany
  • Ryan Jordan, Studio HS
  • Leslie Mastin, State of the Art Enterprises
  • JB Miller, Empire Entertainment
  • Mark Rubinsky, MC2
  • Morgan Steele Connacher, Fourth Wall Events

Publicist/PR Executive of the Year

  • Sean Cassidy, Dan Klores Communications
  • Valerie Chiam, Team Epiphany
  • Elizabeth Harrison, Harrison & Shriftman
  • James LaForce, LaForce & Stevens
  • Norah Lawlor, Lawlor Media Group
  • Susan Magrino, Susan Magrino Agency
  • Paul Wilmot, Paul Wilmot Communications
  • Brad Zeifman, Shadow PR

Social Event Planner of the Year

  • Annette Babich, Annette Babich Events
  • Carolyn Bender, Cab Fare Catering
  • Marcy Blum, Marcy Blum
  • Samantha Goldberg, Samantha Goldberg & Co.
  • JoAnn Gregoli, Elegant Occasions
  • Tina LaMorte, Oh So Fabulous LLC
  • Kimberly Pilson, The Wedding Sitter
  • Shawn Rabideau, Shawn Rabideau Events & Design
  • Harriette Rose Katz, Gourmet Advisory Services
  • Nick Yarmac, David Beahm Design

Venue Manager of the Year

  • Jaclyn Gorman, Apella
  • Emily Gould, Metronome Hospitality Group
  • Ayman Kamel, Frames Bowling
  • B. Allan Kurtz, Gotham Hall
  • Michael Lotwich, Sentry Centers
  • Felix Parache, Amnesia NYC
  • Lee Anne Rees, 10 on the Park at Time Warner Center
  • Jessica Rothstein Berman, BB King Blues Club/Highline Ballroom/Blue Note
  • Steven Tanzman, Yacht Events LLC
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