Special Event 2001: Trade Show & Seminars

January 17, 2001, 12:00 AM EST

The trade show floor had everything. Real snow-making machines. Dancing lights. Twinkling tabletops. Shimmering linens. Outrageous entertainment. Event management software. Display seating companies. Portable toilets. The so-called “world's fastest spray paint artist.” Rental equipment. Spouting centerpieces. Even game shows for hire. One corner of the trade show floor even looked like a war between rival confetti companies.

Meanwhile, the education programs gave a sense of what is happening in the industry, and their (often ridiculously wacky) titles reflected the challenge that all event planners face daily: creating memorable, original events. Here is a round up of a few examples of the seminars at the Special Event 2001:

* Mastering the Moment: Crafting the Winning Ceremony, Sandy Pagnotti, Sarah Hyrb and Laura Amlie of P.W. Feats
* Balloon Sculptures: the Decorator's Creative Alternative, Marty Greenstein and Michael Ranelli of Enchanted Parties
* Who Needs to Do It All? How to Be a Professional Caterer Through Successful Subcontracting, Shelly Pedersen of Beyond Cuisine Inc.
* Thinking Big! For “Beginners,” Randy Fuhrman of Randy Fuhrman's Creative Concept
* Wedding Emergencies: How to Solve the Problem, Frank Andonoplas of Event Planning by Frank
* How to Prepare for and Deal with Catastrophes, David Spear of Classic Fireworks
* Good Ideas Are 9/10 Stolen, Dan Mummaw, Randy Del Broo and Alice Waterous of Mummaw Creative
* Mambo! Samba! Bomba! The Latin Cultural Explosion, D. Maximilian of Bacchus Group Productions Ltd.
Advanced Entertainment Concepts, Paul Creighton of T. Skorman Productions
Harnessing the WOW: Success in the Experience Economy , Betsy Wiersma of Wiersma Experience Marketing
Secrets of Giant Spectaculars Revealed, Andy DiRaddo of LD Systems
Corporate Entertainment: Possiblities, Perspective and Pitfalls, Don Saytar of Cornerstone Entertainment Concepts

Posted 01.17.01

More about the Special Event 2001:
Special Event 2001: Who Showed Up...
Special Event 2001: The Opening Party
Special Event 2001: Search's Cabaret Night
Special Event 2001: Experts on the Future
Special Event 2001: The Gala Awards
Special Event 2001: Gala Winners

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