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  • Feb 21st – ISES in the Round

    Save the Date…

    ISES in the Round

    Tuesday, February 21st
    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Join ISES New York Metro for an evening of intimate round table discussions led by members of your Board. Networking and libations to follow. More info coming soon!

    Solo Event Space
    40 Broad Street,
    New York, NY 10004

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    Big News, Big Apple Awards 2012!

    Save the Date For….

    ISES New York Metro is thrilled to announce The 2012 Big Apple Awards Gala on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 at Arthur Ross Terrace and Powerhouse at the American Museum of Natural History!

    Nominate Our Honorees!

    ISES New York Metro Chapter wants YOUR help in naming the 2012 Honorees. Now’s your chance to nominate a colleague, peer, industry idol and worthy organization for a Hall of Legend, C.O.R.E. or Emerging Talent award.

    You don’t have to be a chapter member to participate. It only takes a few minutes. Make your suggestions HERE. Nominations open until February 15, 2012.

    Get Involved!

    Steering Committee: Have you wanted to be more hands-on with ISES New York Metro? Well here’s a great opportunity to make a real impact. Join our Steering Committee and become a member of the team that produces the Big Apple Awards.

    Sponsorship: Want to showcase your product or services? Become of a sponsor of the 2012 Big Apple Awards and reach our industry’s brightest and best on our Chapter’s biggest night.

    Need Info? Contact [email protected]

    Stay Tuned!

    There’s lots happening behind the scenes. Look for more information about the Big Apple Awards coming soon:

    • Hall of Legend, C.O.R.E and Emerging Leader Honoree Announcements
    • Award Categories
    • Panel of Judges
    • Awards Submissions
    • Tickets
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    Tent & Rental Innovations Re-Cap

    On Tuesday, January 10th the ISES NY Metro chapter hosted an EXCLUSIVE members-only event at Celsius at Citi Pond presented by KARL’s Event Services and IMG Fashion. Not only were members treated to a panel discussion with New York City’s top event tent and rental professionals, but the event was also free of charge.

    Membership committee member Amber Mundinger brought together a fantastic panel and planned the event sponsored by Karl’s Event Services. Christina Neault, Executive Producer of IMG Fashion, and George Strickland of Karl’s Event Services revealed the secrets to running New York Fashion Week – plan, plan, and then plan some more!

    The panel discussion, which was moderated by Amber, was eye-opening even for the most experienced event professionals. With so many moving parts in Fashion Week planning – tents, décor, NYC regulations and permits, union labor and unpredictable weather, to name a few – everyone in attendance received some valuable take-away from the session.

    Photo courtesy of Karl's Event Services

    As always happens at ISES gatherings, advice and ideas were shared by all. George described how designing, building, and constructing the huge tents used for Fashion Week in both Bryant Park and Lincoln Center is a process involving dozens of people from IMG, NYC, Karl’s and more! The tents constructed by Karl’s Event Services range from small pop-up event rooms to multi-leveled semi-permanent buildings, and the team uses many of these styles to create the different settings and venues required for Fashion Week. During an energetic Q&A session, George advised an ISES member on the best procedure for building tents in high-wind areas and suggested creative new event locations in the city, while Christina recommended that clients share resources when planning their runway shows.


    Tuesday night’s event was a perfect example of the great benefits open only to ISES members. To take advantage of membership benefits, including future free members-only events, you can join today at www.ises.com. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of ISES, new members will save the $50 application fee when they list a current ISES member who referred them. If you have any questions about membership please contact Morgan Connacher, VP of Membership at [email protected].

    Contributed by Sara Mulz, Event Sales Manager, Tribeca Three Sixty. [email protected] /212-625-8382
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    The Special Event – Why I Attend by Debra Roth

    I began to exhibit and attend The Special Event – or TSE as most in the industry call it-around 1993 or 1994 (what is a year among friends?) and it has become a staple in my show schedule.

    The Pink Powered by Moss team views TSE as the beginning of the new season, the new year with new product offerings and a large outpouring of our energy. It sets the tone for our direction of our marketing and production into the year ahead.

    Event professionals gather from around the world, and this year we are in Tampa. The Education Program – with over 10 tracks to choose from – and Showcasing Events kick off on January 24th. The Exhibit Hall with over 200 vendors opens on the 25th and the entire conference runs through the 27th.

    While at TSE, we will meet new people and cavort with old friends. We will take in new information from formal education sessions and conversations with colleagues. In addition to the elaborate events and parties produced in association with TSE, we will view new ideas and trends via the trade show floor.

    On January 23rd, ISES officers meet for Leadership Training. Both the training and meeting with fellow ISES leaders from all over the world are invaluable and inform my work throughout the year.

    My role as Chapter President of ISES New York Metro has renewed my excitement for TSE. From the ISES Education Track to the powerful and lasting connections we make with one another, I am proud to say that ISES adds value to TSE.


    Join us to meet, tweet & mingle! We would love to see all the ISES New York Metro and ISES Northeast Region members. We welcome any NY region event professionals that would like to attend.

    The ISES New York Metro Chapter Gets Together
    Tuesday, January 24th
    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Lobby Bar of the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

    ISES NY Chapter Hosts:

    Debra Roth – President 2011-2012 @pinkdeb
    Morgan Steele Connacher – VP of Membership 2011-2012 @morganfwe

    I look forward to seeing YOU in Tampa!

    Debra Roth
    President, ISES New York Metro
    Creative Director, Pink Powered by Moss

    For a recap of Pink Powered by Moss at The Special Event 2011, check out their blog HERE
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    New Year’s Greetings from Our President

    Happy New Year ISES NY Metro Chapter! The first half of our ISES year is over and I am excited about our accomplishments and our future! Our commitment to The Power of Personal Connections continues to be the underlying thread through all of our events and communications. As President, together with the Board of Directors 2011-2012, we have committed to connect you with the event community. We urge you to tell us what you’d like to see and hear from our Chapter. And please continue to attend our events where we connect LIVE for networking, education and the personal event experience.


    This fall saw some great programming starting with our successful opening event “An Evening of Innovation.” In October, David Beahm inspired us with “Making a Living and Retaining Your Sanity in Special Events.” And, at Bizbash 2011 our members were treated to professional head shots and our fall membership drive saw a record number of new ISES members join right at the our BizBash booth. November’s program, “PR Tips from the Pros” brought together three top-notch professionals who shared their insights with an eager crowd.

    From the beginning our Leadership has striven to bring added value to our members. From top notch speakers, free headshots, members-only meet and greets and free dedicated events to spotlights in our BizBash Industry Corner page and scholarship opportunities.

    We are pleased to announce that The SEARCH Foundation has awarded not one but TWO Chapter members with their Education Scholarship to The Special Event. Congratulations to Vanessa Wells of Neuman’s Catering and Karla Schmidt of Barkley Kalpak Associates! This year’s Expo takes place in Tampa, FL on January 24th – 27th.


    In 2012, ISES International turns 25 years old! To celebrate there is a special promotion, 50 for 25. For each member that joins and lists you as a referral, you will receive $25.00 toward your next year’s dues. The more people you refer, the more you earn – up to a FREE membership!

    And, if you haven’t joined yet then now is the time to jump on board. A six month membership is only $199. It is such a good deal that I am going to repeat it – if you have been curious about ISES or have not renewed this year, this is the time to JOIN NOW!


    We have some exciting programming and networking coming up in 2012. On January 10th Karl’s Event Services and IMG Fashion are hosting the members-only, “Tent & Rental Innovations for 2012” at Celsius at Citi Pond. Celsius is a temporary two-story glass enclosed restaurant, bar and event space built by Karl’s each year. It features indoor and outdoor heated seating and spectacular views of Bryant Park.

    Then on January 31st the Andaz at Fifth Avenue plays host to “Client Loyalty: The New Currency” presented by Jennifer Trethewey, Managing Director the jt Group and Chair ISES Australasia with remarks by David Adler, CEO & Founder of BizBash Media.


    Our two signature events, The Sustainability Summit and The Big Apple Awards, are being planned right now. The Sustainability Summit has already placed a Call for Committee Members and the Big Apple Awards wants your nominations for Honorees and will also be building it’s Planning Committee as well.

    So, if you ever said “It would be better if….” then it’s time for you to put your money where your mouth is, cast your vote and volunteer on a committee. Not only will your ideas be heard but, you will learn and network with the best and the brightest of the New York City events community! CONTACT US for more information.

    The best of ISES NY Metro is yet to come in 2012. Full steam ahead! I look forward to the coming year with excitement and focus. And, I look forward to seeing you all.

    Don’t forget to Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook!


    Debra Roth
    Chapter President, ISES New York Metro


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