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2008 Best of Industry

  For Immediate Release Contact Shana Karle Tiger Oak Publications 612-548-3276 shana.karle@tigeroak.com Colorado Meetings + Events magazine announces winners of the Best Of the Industry, hall of fame inductees and lifetime achievement honoree. Denver, Colorado, March 26— The best of the meetings and events industry was on display this evening as planners and suppliers celebrated the industry’s finest at the Colorado Meetings & Events Best of Awards event at INVESCO Field at Mile High. The awards honor the dedication and creativity of event professionals who have earned the respect and admiration of their clients and peers. The best of award winners below were selected through a reader poll online. Best Attraction – Red Rocks Best A/V – J&S Audio Visual Best Caterer – Epicurean Culinary Group Best Destination Management –Convention Designs Best Destination Marketing – Denver Metro CVB Best Entertainment – Starkey Productions & Pro Entertainment Best Décor/Florist – The Perfect Petal Best Golf Resort – Arrowhead Golf Club Best Accommodation with Meeting Space – Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center Best Venue, No Accommodation -- Colorado Convention Center Best Photography/Videography – WonderWorks Studios Best Rental Service – Event Rents Best Ski Resort – Vail Mountain Best Teambuilding – Fun Productions Inc. Best Transportation – Preferred Transportation Best Unique Venue – Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre Best Outdoor Venue – Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater Best Promotional Products – Artistic Promotions New this year; Colorado Meetings + Events magazine recognized their first ever hall of fame winners and lifetime achievement honoree. The following hall of fame inductees were chosen by the editorial advisory board of Colorado Meetings + Events magazine: Best Special Events Planner – Betsey Wiersma CSEP, Owner Wiersma Experience Marketing Best Up-and-Coming Special Events Planner – Kylie Inglee, Senior Account Executive Convention Designs LLC Best Meeting Professional – Kristin House, Regional Vice President Conference Direct Denver Best Up-and-Coming Meeting Professional – Tamie Bulow, Conventions & Tours Manager American Birding Association Best Suppler – Barbara Bowman, Director of Sales Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau Best Up-and-Coming Supplier – Anna Marie Martinez, Special Events Manager INVESCO Field at Mile High The lifetime achievement award honors a person who has worked in the meetings and events industry for 20 or more years. The honoree has extensive knowledge of the industry and has made considerable contributions within the state (or region) as a meeting, event or supply professional. Colorado Meetings + Events magazine is proud to announce Larry DiPasquale, Owner Epicurean Culinary Group as this year’s honoree. About Colorado Meetings + Events magazine Colorado Meetings + Events is the premier regional trade publication, serving members of the state’s meetings and events industry. The idea-driven magazine focuses on the issues facing today’s meeting professional, and looks to address all aspects of the industry through in-depth feature stories, insightful departments and helpful news and updates on tips and trends important to our readers. The Best Of event promotes and recognizes excellence within the field.   ###

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