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    Here are the topics, now submit!

    Best Corporate or Association Event (budget over $150,000)
    Did your (Corporate or Association) event rock from top to bottom, from the pre-event engagement to post-event follow up and everything in between? If the answer is a resounding ‘YES!’, tell us how you made it happen.

    Best Corporate or Association Event (budget under $150,000)
    It’s one thing to create a rockin’ event, but it’s quite another to do it on a budget.  Let us know if you think you did the best with less.

    Best Room Design / Event Décor / Set Design (budget over $50,000)
    Sure, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But it’s also in the eye of the event designer.  Show us how your vision – and visuals – helped take an event to the next level.

    Best Room Design / Event Décor / Set Design (budget under $50,000)
    Your design helped take all aspects of an event to the next level, except for the budget.  We want to know how you worked your magic.

    Best Technical Support
    Tenting, audio-visual, staging, etc.  You guys may be behind the scenes but without your help there wouldn’t be a scene in the first place. If your technical achievements were key to an event’s success let us hear about it.

    Best Non-Profit Event
    It’s no secret that events are the lifeline of non-profits.  So if your organization (or your client’s) is alive and well thanks to a first-class event, we want details.

    Best use of Graphic Design
    Your art may be print or digital (or both), but if your canvas includes invitations, presentations and signage of all kind this is the category for you.

    Best Social Event or Wedding
    Everyone loves a good party, and you know how to throw one.  Birthdays, anniversaries, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and weddings, let us know if there was one that took the cake.

    Best Tabletop Design
    Were your centerpieces the center of attention? Did your tabletops top the lists of fun, fresh and unique? If you designed a table that stood above the rest, let us know.

    Best Photography or Videography
    Anyone who says a picture is worth a thousand words has never seen your work.  Yours are worth at least two thousand.  If your photography OR videography is the crème de la crème, we want to see it.

    Best New Product
    Have you created a new product that event professionals need to know about, or already can’t live without? A fun rental item? Cool new software? Cutting edge technology? A combination of all three or maybe something else entirely? This is a category for event professional by trade and entrepreneurs at heart.

    Best Sustainable Event
    New this year: the ‘Green Apple Award’.  Submissions will be judged on innovation and creativity in event design in planning a green event, with special attention focused on overall best practices incorporated to reduce events’ environmental impact.

    Submissions to OPEN!!!! and will be Open Until May 17th!


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    5 Minutes with … Shaun Kessler


    In this series, we highlight member experiences, advice, and expertise so you can get to know your fellow members and be inspired by their insight. In this installment, meet ISES NY Metro Member Shaun Kessler!



    Tell us a little bit about yourselves and what you do in the Industry.
    We run a private meeting and event space called OFFSITE.

    What has your involvement with the ISES New York Metro Chapter been like? OR Why did you join?
    We joined in order to make connections and form relationships with people in the events industry.

    What was the last NY Metro event you attended? What did you think?
    We attended the event at BB Kings, as well as hosted an event at OFFSITE. I thought both events had a great turn out and were very informative. It also allowed us to meet numerous counterparts in a multitude of industries.


    Let’s get silly: What do you take with you when you’re onsite for an event? What’s your “MUST HAVE?”
    My iPhone with Instagram.

    What’s the strangest client request you’ve ever fulfilled?
    (Only if you’re willing to share)
    We were asked to host a foot fetish and domination party for less than $15/person. Needless to say, we were outside of their budget.

    Don’t forget to self-promote! Tell us about a recent successful project you’ve worked on, or an award won.
    We’ve hosted a multitude of successful meetings and events since we’ve opened in July 2012. One of our most exciting events was when Nexxus turned our space into a mini-salon for the day, complete with hair stations and beauty counters. But we were also booked for an intimate holiday party that evening – so we had less than one hour to breakdown the salons and turn OFFSITE back into a swanky lounge-like atmosphere. Not only did we succeed, but both events went off with flying colors!

    Thank you Shaun!  And make sure you visit and book your events at:


    52 West 39th Street

    New York, NY 10018

    (P) 212.366.1828 | (M) 609.238.2550 | (F) 646.217.3155

    LearnOFFSITEnyc.com | Like: OFFSITE | Follow@goOFFSITE


    Get ready for YOUR 5 Minutes of FAME!

    (ISES members only!)

    Contact Us at [email protected] to learn more!

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    Get Yours!


    Get ready for YOUR 5 Minutes of FAME!

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    Contact Us at [email protected] to learn more!

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