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.

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Debra Roth
Chapter President, ISES New York Metro



  1. Nancy Swiezy 03. Jan, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Just Joined so looking forward to networking with you this ye ar
    “ISES takes care of their own.”
    Nancy Swiezy

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