Denver, Colorado, March 19, 2010— The best of the meetings and events industry was on display March 15 as 600+ planners and suppliers applauded the industry’s finest at the fourth annual Colorado Meetings + Events magazine Best Of Colorado awards celebration at The Denver Art Museum. The event was the kick-off for the first-ever Meetings Week coordinated by the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado.
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 21 categories were selected through an online reader poll.
Best Attraction (Denver metro area) – Denver Zoo
Best Attraction (Outside Denver metro area) – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs
Best Audio-Visual/Presentation Provider – J&S Audio Visual Inc., Englewood
Best Caterer (Denver metro area) – Epicurean Culinary Group, Centennial
Best Caterer (Outside Denver metro area) – A Spice of Life Catering, Boulder
Best Special Event/Meeting Planning Company – Convention Designs, Greenwood Village
Best Destination Marketing Organization (25,000 + Population) – VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau
Best Destination Marketing Organization (Less than 25,000 Population) – Durango Area Tourism Office
Best Green Meeting Facility – The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon
Best Entertainment Agency – Talent West, Denver
Best Event Décor/Floral – Design Works, Denver
Best Photographer/Videographer – All Digital Photo and Video, Lafayette
Best Meeting & Event Venue, Hotel or Resort (500+ Denver metro area) – Mile High Station, Denver
Best Meeting & Event Venue, Hotel or Resort (500+ outside Denver metro area) – The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs
Best Meeting & Event Venue, Hotel or Resort (Less than 500, Denver metro area) – Jazz@Jack’s, Denver
Best Meeting & Event Venue, Hotel or Resort (Less than 500, outside Denver Metro area) – The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon
Best Meeting & Event Destination (outside Denver metro area) – Colorado Springs
Best Teambuilding Facility/Organizer – The Arrangers, Denver & Vail/Beaver Creek
Best Transportation Service – Coach America, Golden
Best Rental Service – Event Rents, Englewood
Best Restaurant with Private Dining – Denver ChopHouse & Brewery
In addition to the 21 Best Of categories, there are four Editor’s Pick awards. These are chosen by the Colorado Meetings + Events editor Beth Buehler to identify businesses that are offer something unique for the meetings and events industry.
Best Unique Private Dining Space – Sevens, Steamboat Sheraton Resort
Best Light-Hearted Place to Meet – The Curtis, Denver
Best Teambuilding Activity – Soaring Tree Top Adventures, Durango area
Best Up-and Coming Venue – Gateway Canyons Resort, Gateway
For the third year, Colorado Meetings + Events also recognized eight Hall of Fame inductees, chosen by the magazine’s 16-member editorial advisory board made up of industry professionals from around the state.
Lifetime Achievement – Ilene Kamsler, Retired President – Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association, Interim Director of Government & Community Affairs – VISIT DENVER, the Convention and Visitors Bureau
Best Special Events Planner – Patty Moser, Owner – Blue Eyes Consulting, Denver
Best Up-and-Coming Special Event Planner – Gillian Frothingham, Conference Services Manager – The Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, Denver
Best Meeting Professional – Nicole Marsh, CMP, DMCP, Owner – The Arrangers, Denver
Best Up-and-Coming Meeting Professional – Ashley Davis, Meeting Architect – Kinsley, Denver
Best Supplier – David Squires & Michael Roffino, Owners – Design Works by Dave & Mike, Denver
Best Up-and-Coming Supplier – Jill Livingston, Event Manager – Epicurean Catering, 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 Buehler.
Partners that helped make the celebration a night to remember include the Denver Art Museum, Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group, Fastlane Productions Inc., Starkey Productions/Pro Entertainment, Design Works, Event Rents, Frances Photography, and Zero Sun.
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 co.meetingsmags.com.