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2009 Best Of Colorado Award


For Immediate Release


Shana Karle
Tiger Oak Publications

Colorado Meetings + Events magazine announces
2009 Best Of Colorado award winners & Hall of Fame inductees

Denver, Colorado, March 17, 2009— The best of the meetings and events industry was on display last night as 500 planners and suppliers applauded the industry’s finest at the third annual Colorado Meetings + Events magazine Best Of Colorado awards celebration at Infinity Park at the Village of Glendale.

The readers’ choice awards honor the dedication and creativity of event professionals who have earned the respect and admiration of their clients and peers. The award winners for all 20 categories were selected through an online reader poll.

Best Attraction – Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, Morrison

Best Audio-Visual/Presentation Provider – J & S Audio Visual Inc., Centennial

Best Caterer – Epicurean Culinary Group, Centennial

Best Destination Management Company – The Arrangers, Denver

Best Special Event/Meeting Planning Company – The Arrangers, Denver

Best Destination Marketing Organization – VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau

Best Green Meeting Facility – Colorado Convention Center, Denver

Best Entertainment Agency – Starkey Productions/Pro Entertainment, Denver

Best Event Décor/Floral – The Perfect Petal, Denver

Best Hotel/Resort with Meeting & Event Space (Denver metro area) – Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, Denver

Best Hotel/Resort with Meeting & Event Space (outside Denver metro area) – The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs

Best Meeting/Event Venue without a Hotel (Denver metro area) – INVESCO Field at Mile High, Denver

Best Meeting/Event Venue without a Hotel (outside Denver Metro area) – Sanctuary Golf Course, Sedalia

Best Conference Center – The Inverness Hotel & Conference Center and Keystone Conference Center

Best Convention/Exhibition Center – Colorado Convention Center, Denver

Best Meeting & Event Destination (outside Denver metro area) – Breckenridge

Best Teambuilding Facility/Organizer – Fun Productions Inc., Aurora

Best Transportation Service – Arrow Stage Lines, Denver

Best Rental Service – Event Rents, Englewood

Best Restaurant with Private Dining – Denver ChopHouse & Brewery, Denver

For the second year, Colorado Meetings + Events also recognized seven Hall of Fame inductees, chosen by the magazine’s 15-member editorial advisory board made up of industry professionals from around the state.

Lifetime Achievement – Richard Scharf, President & CEO – VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau

Best Special Events Planner – Nancy Lamb Thompson, Owner – Nancy Thompson Events, Denver

Best Up-and-Coming Special Event Planner – Angela Coleman, Senior Catering Sales Manager – The Ritz-Carlton, Denver

Best Meeting Professional – Cari Strouse, CMP, CMM, Meetings & Events Director – CH2M Hill, Englewood

Best Up-and-Coming Meeting Professional – Jamie Bohner, Corporate Meeting Planner – RE/MAX International, Denver

Best Supplier – Kathy Reak, Director of Convention Sales – Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak Convention & Visitors Bureau

Best Up-and-Coming Supplier – Luc Hughart, Event Director – The Perfect Petal, Denver

“We are pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions of these organizations and individuals to the meetings and events industry, which plays an important role in Colorado’s vitality and economy,” says Beth Buehler, editor of Colorado Meetings + Events magazine.

Partners that helped make the celebration a night to remember include Infinity Park Event Center at the Village of Glendale, Décor ‘N More, Event Rents, Starkey Productions/Pro Entertainment, Glenn Thayer of The Voice of Your Event, Trapdoor Entertainment, Fun Productions Inc., Spiral Media, Footers Catering, Tony Rosacci’s Fine Catering, Three Tomatoes Catering, Catering By Design, Gourmet Fine Catering, Epicurean Culinary Group, The Perfect Petal, Fun Productions, Inc. and Jay’s Valet.

Colorado Meetings + Events magazine is one of nine regional meetings and events magazines published by Tiger Oak Publications, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. The idea-driven magazine focuses on the issues facing today’s meeting and event professionals in Colorado and beyond 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. For more information and to view photos from the event, visit www.comeetingsmag.com.



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Fun at work is easy to achieve if you just make the commitment! It doesn’t have to be time consuming as all it takes is one trip to the grocery store, a calendar invite for a theme day, or a phone call/email to the Fun Pros!

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