Bizbash Florida Expo Sizzles For A Second Year At The Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

BizBash Media celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary with a triumph

Fort Lauderdale, FL—April 15, 2011—BizBash Media, today’s leading authority on the events industry, celebrated its 10 Year Anniversary in style during the second annual BizBash Florida Expo, sponsored by The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, that took place on Tuesday, April 12 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Convention Center.

After a hugely successful inaugural Expo in 2010, the second annual installment of BizBash Florida Expo proved to be an even bigger hit with the region’s attending pioneers in production, design, catering, hospitality and lifestyle. The state’s largest gathering of event and meeting professionals saw registrations up by a third compared to last year’s Expo.

“We are thrilled to see how Florida’s businesses have embraced BizBash Florida Expo for a second year,” says David Adler, founder and C.E.O. of BizBash Media. “We couldn’t have asked for a better attendance, which shows how are formula for showcasing and shining a spotlight on the very best in the industry is working for the Florida market. We thank our sponsors, exhibitors, presenters and keynote speakers as well as everyone in attendance for helping to make our second year such an amazing success. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.”

With a host of amazing live performances from the likes of “New Century Dancers,” “Sing!” and “42Five” on the main stage throughout the day, the Expo floor gave attendees access to more than 130 exhibitors and the latest most creative ideas in the industry today, designed to inspire and innovate. Registrants enjoyed guest appearances by renowned specialists in the event and corporate planning industry as well as a conference program of seminars hosted by renowned business leaders.

America’s sassiest Lifestyle Guru, Steve Kemble, gave the audience a humorous presentation on his “Sassiest” secrets from the red carpet and how to work with celebrities to “Sell-up” an event. Kemble shared his stories from the red carpet and behind-the-scenes with the celebrities he has worked with at the Oscars, the Golden Globes, and the American Music Awards, as well as his tips on how to attract celebrities to increase the visibility of an event.

Lee Brian Schrager, vice president of corporate communication and national events for Southern Wine and Spirits of America took attendees “behind-the-scenes” at The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival and provided an uncensored opinion on today’s hospitality industry to Richard Aaron, President of BizBash Media, during an enjoyable one-on-one on-stage interview.

BizBash was proud to honor the very best in Florida’s event creativity for the very first time, with the premier of the BizBash Florida Expo Event Style Awards. The presentation ceremony awarded individuals and groups in 16 categories, ranging from Best Nonprofit Event Concept to Best New Venue. Thousands of submissions were gathered by the BizBash management team for this most prestigious award presentation of well-earned industry accolades.

The following Event Style award-winners were presented on stage for each category by Richard Aaron, President for BizBash Media.

Best Catering at an Event
“Cirque du Corporate” USLAW Network Annual Company Appreciation Party

Best Corporation or Association Event Concept (Budget Over $50,000)
CITGO 100th Anniversary

Best Corporation or Association Event Concept (Budget Under $50,000)
Research in Motion Latin America-Wireless Enterprise Symposium Soccer Party

Best Entertainment Program
CITGO 100th Anniversary

Best Invitation Design
Hilton Orlando’s Wedding Writers’ Weekend Invitation

Best Lighting Design
Nightly Lighting Extravaganza for the City of Tavares Wooton Park

Best New Product
Wire-Free LED

Best New Venue
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

Best Nonprofit Event Concept
Tampa Bay Heart Ball for the American Heart Association

Best Overall Event Decor (Budget Over $50,000)
Grand Marnier’s Dinner en Rouge

Best Overall Event Decor (Budget Under $50,000)
Room Service, an AFR Event Furnishings Company, Customer Appreciation Event at the Orlando Science Center

Best Staging and Set Design
Orange Drive South Beach New Year’s Festival

Best Use of Social Media for an Event
The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards

Best Use of Technology
The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards

Best Green Initiative for an Event
“Light It Up Blue” at Marriott World Center Orlando

Best PR Stunt or Guerilla Marketing Campaign
Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood's Winner's Way Parking Garage Grand Opening Guitar Smash

The introduction of the first BizBash Readers’ Choice Awards honored the best of the local event industry, nominated and voted by the readers themselves in ten categories, including: Corporate Event Planner of the Year, DJ of the Year, Event Caterer of the Year, Event Designer of the Year, Event Producer of the Year, Lighting Designer of the Year, Nonprofit/Association Event Planner of the Year, Publicist/PR Executive of the Year, Social Event Planner of the Year and Venue Manager of the Year. More than 12,000 votes were collated from the readers of BizBash.

The following Readers’ Choice award-winners were presented on stage for each category:

Association/Nonprofit Event Planner of the Year
Alyssa Ramos, Latin Builders Association

Caterer of the Year
Frank Randazzo, Creative Tastes Catering

Corporate Event Planner of the Year
Susan Renneisen, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

DJ of the Year
Ross Bielejeski, Rock With U Entertainment

Event Designer of the Year
Ingrid Adolphs, The Event Production Company

Event Producer of the Year
Aileen Mand Schaked, Festival of Chocolate

Lighting Designer of the Year
Greg Utley, Bay Stage Lighting

Publicist/PR Executive of the Year
Natalie Leon, Nat-PR Social

Event Planner of the Year
Shannon Wilson, Table 6 Productions

Venue Manager of the Year
Gary Ressler, The Historic Alfred I. DuPont Building

Popular new additions to this year’s BizBash Florida Expo included: The Design Lab with an Industry Leader -- allowing attendees to create and design their very own masterpiece on the show floor in this hands-on session led by event pro Donald Braun, President of Donald Braun Events, LLC. The BizBash Social Media Lounge allowing attendees to get acquainted with Twitter, and amplify their brand through social media by connecting with event professionals at the Expo. Actions Stations on the Expo Floor provided brand new interactive stations, showcasing the latest in Florida’s event trends. The International Special Events Society (ISES) Tabletop Competition, allowed attendees to view the creative prowess of established designers in the business. Latin American planners and industry specialists were invited to attend the BizBash Florida Expo for a three-day incentive experience in South Florida. The attending planners from different countries throughout South America were recognized for their achievements during the BizBash working luncheon.

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For further information, please contact:

Elliott Stares
Tel. 305.490.1985

About BizBash
Since its founding in 2000, BizBash Media has become the event industry’s leading source for inspiration, smart marketing strategies, and useful tools, helping to revolutionize the ways event professionals get ideas and connect with each other. BizBash serves nine major markets with its trade shows, Web sites, and magazines: Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Toronto, New York, and Washington, D.C. The BizBash National Venue Guide covers an additional nine markets and is the perfect resource for planners to find new venues.

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