About The Big Apple Awards

The first annual Big Apple Awards were established in 2002 in an effort to unify and bolster our industry after the tragic events of 9/11.  Ten years later we are still standing and as vibrant and inventive an industry as ever.

The ISES NY Metro Big Apple Awards reward achievement amongst the best and brightest event industry professionals in the NYC Metro area.   The awards celebrate excellence in several categories that demonstrate integrity, spirit of partnership, creativity and best practices. The winners and nominees of the Big Apple Awards embody quality, sophistication and innovation and are the epitome of what you’ve come to expect from experts working in one of the world’s premiere event markets – New York City!


Each year the ISES New York Metro Chapter honors individuals and organizations whose exceptional accomplishments have made a significant positive impact on our industry and the larger events community.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of ISES.  Help us make this year’s awards extra special.  ISES wants YOU to nominate this year’s honorees for the Hall of Legends, C.O.R.E. and Emerging Leader awards!


Hall of Legends recognizes select event industry colleagues for their leadership, exemplary achievements, and tenure in the special events industry.  In 2011 we honored:

JES Gordon

Bentley Meeker

Jeff Kalpak

The Big Apple C.O.R.E. Award (Celebrating Outstanding Results from Events) celebrates an organization that has used special events as a vehicle to achieve its goals.   This year we honor:

New this year, the Emerging Leader Award acknowledges professionals who have worked in the industry less than seven years and have made a significant contribution to the industry. Congratulations to

-Morgan Steele Connacher