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The Allie Awards 2011 by chenmeixiu


									                                                             Insight                                                                    Winter 2011

The Allie Awards 2011
         he ornaments have been put away into       you the “Allie Awards Nite in Havana.”                Since 1991 The Allie Awards has cast
         storage and the last turkey sandwich         “The Allie Awards is our night to shine and       light on the extremely talented individuals
         has been eaten. The winter holidays        pat ourselves on the back for a job well done. It   that make up our Atlanta events industry.
are behind us and yet the most wonderful time       is my honor to lead this year’s team of talent,     Categories are varied and diverse, from
of the year is among us. The most wonderful         alongside my co-chair, Shane Cochran of CCP         invitations to lighting design, from linens and
time in the events industry that is!                Events, in creating this night for all to enjoy.”   tents to plated meals. Those celebrated are the
  Planning for the 2011 Allie Awards is well          The Allie team promises that this night           best of the best. This night will be immersed
underway. The Greater Atlanta Chapters of           will be one to remember. Sexy yet elegant,          in design, creativity and opportunity to mingle
ISES and NACE are hard at work to bring our         sultry yet classy, seductive yet… Yes,      with, exchange ideas and congratulate the
most prestigious night to fruition. This year, on   the Allies have gone GREEN. Binders are             honorees. The perfect evening to get dressed
Sunday April 10th, the ballroom at the Marriott     no longer needed, as all award entries will be      up and be among your peers in a night to
Marquis in Atlanta will be transformed into a       submitted on CD! Details about this exciting        remember, a Havana Nite!    n

sultry haven as the Allie Committee, under the      new twist along with the call for entries will be
guidance of Event Chair Oscar Riddle, brings        announced by the Allie Committee soon.
ises members

                President’s Letter: You Have the Power!
                By Amy Bonner, Piedmont Hospital

           o you know how powerful you            ISES exists to enable event industry professionals to share best
           are? You have the power to
                                                  practices, build profitable business relationships, receive discounts on
           inspire and educate and influence
others. Your power comes from your event
                                                  services, and to get the latest education to keep us at the top of our
industry expertise and experience. When           game. Getting involved with ISES, on a committee and/or the board, can
you get involved with ISES, you have              be one of the smartest strategies to enhance your business and career.
the power to help our chapter grow and
                                                    Allie Awards, marketing ISES events, planning       difference; to be the professionals we strive to
reach its goals while achieving your own
                                                    community activities or two of our fundraisers      be. Express that power through service to our
professional and career goals.
                                                    - Race for a Taste and Infusion. I view             chapter. Our board shouldn’t do it all. Board
  The past six months of our 2010-11 board
                                                    committee work as time to build relationships       members’ responsibilities are focused on
year have flown by so fast. In July, we set
                                                    as well as get planning/coordination                leadership, and should not be relied on to be
important goals, including an intention to
                                                    experience. While many of you are vendors,          thinkers, planners, and workers as well. We
increase our membership by 20%, provide
                                                    have you sat on a committee and not talked to       need all our members working to make this
more educational opportunities than last year,
                                                    the person beside you? I doubt it! There are        the best chapter it can be!
and to revamp the ISES Atlanta website. The
                                                    rental/supply companies who have built great          Your talents and resources are invaluable to
state of the economy has proven to make
                                                    relationships while sitting on a committee          the future of our chapter and the future of our
meeting these goals a challenge. However, we
                                                    so they now borrow items from each other.           industry. Share what you have with others.
still have six months to go before we measure
                                                    Others plan ahead when coordinating efforts         We have the power together and as individuals
our success.
                                                    on an event so they can submit an Allie Award       to use ISES to take us where we want to go in
  As chapter president, one goal that is
                                                    entry together.                                     2011. To join a committee, contact one of our
personal to me is to help our chapter increase
                                                      At the beginning of the board year, I spoke       directors listed on page 3.
committee member participation. “Many
                                                    about all of us having the “power” to make            Happy New Year and Power On ISES!          n
hands make light work” is a Scottish proverb.
                                                    our business what we want it to be; to make a
It makes sense.
  Making a commitment as a member is more
than paying an annual fee to get on a list to
receive e-mails and invitations. ISES exists
to enable event industry professionals to
share best practices, build profitable business
                                                       Do you have something to say?
relationships, receive discounts on services,          The Greater Atlanta ISES Communications Committee is looking for creative people
and to get the latest education to keep us at          that love to write, tell a great story, and are eager to help! As a communications team
the top of our game.                                   member, you can edit and publish articles in the newsletter, send out flashes in Hot
  Getting involved with ISES, on a                     News, or play a major role in the direction of the chapter’s website. You can also build up
committee and/or the board, can be one of the          your PR Rolodex by sending out press releases to local media on the chapter’s behalf.
smartest strategies to enhance your business
                                                         It is easy to get started! All it takes is an email or phone call to any communication
and career. I treasure the relationships I have
                                                       team member. Lorri McQueary (, Clydette Morton
built over the last six years in the industry.
                                                       (, or Bill Goode ( will
I have a great relationship with my AV and
                                                       be happy to help you join the team! If you have had your own business for a while, are
tenting guys. I’m now very close friends
                                                       looking to step into the business of events, or are a student looking to gain some great
with a caterer and a planner, both long-time
members. How did I meet these folks? I sat             skills, working on the communications team is a great way to expand your talent!    n

on a committee with them - either to plan the

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Member News
Baby News:                                        New Partnership:
Congratulations to Lorri McQueary                 ISES Greater Atlanta member, Active
                                                                                                    greater atlanta chapter
(Destination South Meetings & Events),            Production and Design is proud to announce
our VP of Communications! Lorri                   that they are now the exclusive production
                                                                                                         2010 - 2011
delivered her daughter Blake Augustine            partner for the all new, ultra exclusive event      Board of Directors
McQueary on Tuesday, November 16th.               space, 200 Peachtree. If the name sounds
Baby Blake was 9 pounds and 22 inches.            familiar to you, it may be because it is the      officers:
Mom and baby are doing great!                     address of the “Old Macy’s Building”, one         President
                                                  of Atlanta’s historic landmarks. Active and       Amy Bonner,
SEARCH Foundation Scholarship:                                                                      Piedmont Hospital
                                                  200 Peachtree are looking forward to making
Demetrice Williams, Director of Special
                                                  beautiful events together.                        President elect
Events at Agnes Scott College,                                                                      Keisha Wilson, CSEP,
received a full education package to              Happy Anniversary:                                Keisha Wilson Events
attend The Special Event in January.              Congratulations to Karla Kreitner
Congratulations Demetrice! You will               (Education Director) and Kardon Events for        Kelly Smink,
represent our chapter well!                       their 5th Anniversary on November 1, 2010!        Amusement Masters

Technological Advance:                            Certifications:                                      .
                                                                                                    V.P membership
ISES Greater Atlanta member                                                                         Kelly Treadway,
                                                  Ellen Sigrist, Sales Manager for Reece Tent
Masterpiece Events just launched a                                                                  Event Rentals Unlimited
                                                  Rental, LLC and Director of Programs ISES
new website! They invite all members                                                                   .
                                                                                                    V.P education & Programs
                                                  Greater Atlanta chapter, recently completed
of ISES to check it out at www.                                                                     Karen Alcock,
                                                  the American Rental Association’s Certified and sign up to                                                                 Classic Tents & Events
                                                  Event Rental Professional program.
receive periodic specials and wonderful                                                                .
                                                                                                    V.P communication
                                                  Congratulations to Ellen for being the first
recipes from Chef Curt Bohling.                                                                     Lorri McQueary,
                                                  in the state of Georgia to complete this          Destination South Meetings & Events
                                                  coveted industry certification.    n

                                                                                                    Directors at large:

    Welcome New Members
                                                                                                    Sherri Chisholm,
                                                                                                    RAINFOREST Corp Event
                                                                                                    Plant Design and Rental

    Sarah Ackerman                Cinda Lawson                      Anesia Jordan-Moville           Karla Kreitner,
    GEP Atlanta                   The Knot                          Student member                  Kardon Events

                                                                                                    Bill Goode,
    Tyler Maxson                  Diana Nguyen                      Lenesia Cooper                  A Celebration With Music!
    TentLogix                     Student member                    Student member
                                                                                                    Lori Harbin,
    Kim McNair                    Sheryl Bryant                     Trenicia Gorman                 Amusement Masters
    McNair Productions            Winston-Salem                     Student member                  Shane Cochran,
                                  State University                                                  CCP Events
    Stephanie Hester                                                Yvonne Pulley
    Student member                Nicholas Bartley                  Student member                  Ellen Sigrist,
                                                                                                    Reece Tent Rental
                                  Student member
    Blane Dejno                                                                                     Clydette Morton,
    The Knot                                                                                        Active Production & Design

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ises member spotlight
                                                    helping others, whether it is planning their                                                                       What was the last recreational book you read
            Laura russo                             event or introducing them to a new contact                                                                         and would you recommend it? The Twilight
            burgess Amusements                      within the industry, enabling them to have the                                                                     Saga. I got wrapped into it just like many
                                                    best event possible.                                                                                               others. I would recommend it to certain people
What services do you and your company                                                                                                                                  but it is not for everyone.
                                                    If you were not in this business what would
provide to the special events industry?
                                                    you be doing? Volunteering and reaching out to                                                                     If you could provide services for an event
We are a full service special events                individuals who enrich my life.                                                                                    for someone of your choice who would it be
production company. We specialize in                                                                                                                                   and why? A celebrity - over the top events are
                                                    What do you do for relaxation in your spare
interactive, fun entertainment such as                                                                                                                                 always fun and allow a creative mind to shine.
                                                    time? Running, yoga, traveling and spending
Carnival Rides, Inflatables, Casinos,
                                                    time with friends and family.                                                                                      How would you like ISES members to think of your
Video Games, Virtual Reality Simulators,
                                                                                                                                                                       company? Dependable, Trustworthy, Friendly
Teambuilding and much more!                         What was the last business/industry book
                                                    you read and would you recommend it? Body                                                                          What has been your most memorable
How is your company successful in the
                                                    Language. I think learning about how people                                                                        experience with ISES? Working together with
services you provide? Our company’s success
                                                    speak is just as important as what they say.                                                                       the Burgess team and competing with the
is built on the foundation of providing quality
                                                    Yes, I recommend it!                                                                                               industry at the 2010 Race for a Taste.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   n

and dependable service that far exceeds our
client’s expectations. In doing so, our client
base continues to grow via our satisfied repeat
clients and their generous referrals.

Why did you decide to join ISES? I originally
                                                          Advertise in ises Insight!
joined the Columbus, Ohio chapter of ISES
in 2005 after completing the Disney College
Program. I was directed to ISES by David
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DeLoach (Walt Disney World Parks and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               WINTER 2009

                                                                                        Allie Awards 2009: The Way We Were
Resorts) who encouraged me to get involved                                                                                                   Sunday, March 15, 2009 • Grand Hyatt Buckhead
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ISES Members ..............................2

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                                                                                                                                                    ow time flies! It seems that we have              For more information on how to enter

in the event industry while still in school.
                                                                                                                                                    only just attended the 2008 Allie Awards,    by    the   deadline   of   February   17,    visit                                                                                                                                            Upcoming Events ..........................5
                                                                                                                                                    and here we are thinking about entries This

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photos Courtesy of Diane Lipgens Photography
                                                                                                                                             for the next one. The Allie Awards program is       year’s event is entitled “The Way We Were”                                                                                                                                                     The World at Large ........................6
                                                                                                                                             our opportunity to showcase our best work to        and promises to be an eye-opening look back in
                                                                                                                                             our peers, stand in the spotlight and celebrate     time as well as a glimpse of the future. Whether                                                                                                                                               What You Missed ...........................7
                                                                                                                                             the successes of our industry. The Allies           you participate as a committee member,
                                                                                                                                             process has grown, matured and developed into       sponsor, entrant, attendee or all four, be sure to
                                                                                                                                             a premier event, respected at both the regional     mark March 15 on your calendar. I look forward

How do you expect to benefit from your
                                                                                                                                             and national level. The competition has become      to working with you, and to an incredible
                                                                                                                                             more creative and yet the possibilities have
                                                                                                                                             broadened. As the committee prepares for the
                                                                                                                                             19th Annual Allie Awards, I encourage each of
                                                                                                                                                                                                 2009 show!   n

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Best to all of you,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Third Annual Infusion Fundraiser
                                                                                                                                             you to examine your past year; you have done        Walter Nemeth, CPCE                              t was fiery. It was icy. Red hot sizzles     Catering and Cool Daddy’s while enjoying the
                                                                                                                                             some amazing work.                                  Allie Awards 2009 Chair                          and chilly white icicles welcomed guests     fabulous food from Dennis Dean Catering and                                                      Many thanks to the Infusion

membership? Creating relationships and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to the May Infusion fundraiser, hosted       Endive, who partnered with Ice Caters to make                                                    Committee who put a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tremendous amount of work into
                                                                                        Community Relations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              at The Ballroom at Twelve Hotel Atlantic         a fantastic display. Photos galore were snapped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Station. The event began with the seductive      by Nadia D. Photo and in the Whitehouse                                                          this event:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sounds of the fabulous Berni & Dan Jazz Duo.     Promotions booth. On the stage, guests
                                                                                        by Blake Wiederstein                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    John G. Harris

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cool Summer breezes and delicious scents         were amazed at the magic of Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lori Harbin

taking in the educational components to                                                 T
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tempted guests onto the patio, where Epting      and tapped their feet to the tunes of Ah-Ha                                                      Charles Rutterbush
                                                                                                he Community Relations committee is          encourage our members to become givers to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Events and Jim n’ Nicks filled our plates. But   Entertainment, supported by sound and light                                                      Fleming Patterson
                                                                                                delighted to report donations to the value   next organization we are supporting, A Day For
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              it was the ballroom which was filled with        from Spectrum Entertainment.                                                                     Heather Jones
                                                                                                of $2,600 received in just two months        New Life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the creative talents of TGIFleming Event           The star of the show was the silent auction,                                                   Monica Zanger
                                                                                        of collecting for the Women’s Resource Center.         What really stuck out when I spoke with this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              & Design, Tulip Blooming Creations, Chair        with incredible items to be won. Our great                                                       Gwen Fruhwirth
                                                                                        With recent economic situations it is wonderful to   organization is the fact that all the men that go
                                                                                                                                                                                                       ISES Members ..........................2 and Linens, Event Rentals Unlimited,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Covers                                                appreciation goes to those who generously                                                        Michele Tonogan

continue evolving with the industry.
                                                                                        know that there are still ways to give.              through the program are taught to “give back”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Event Drapery and SnowMasters in an              contributed prizes such as overnight stays,                                                      Cathy Rader
                                                                                          As the holiday season wraps up, you’ll probably    to the community. A Day for New Life is a long
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Feature Article .........................3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           extravaganza of heat extremes. The ballroom         wine, jewelry, sports packages and more. The                                                     Shane Cochran
                                                                                        agree with the old maxim, “It is better to give      term residential transitional center for men
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              was red on one side, white the other, with       event raised over $2500 for the ISES education                                                   Margie Deitz
                                                                                        than to receive.” It is so important to keep that    that have fallen on hard times and have come
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Upcoming Events ......................4                                                                                                                                                  Sherri Chisholm
                                                                                        in mind these days because while everyone                                                                                                       beautiful complementary décor.                         fund, which finances scholarships and ongoing
                                                                                                                                             to realize that they have a second chance on                                                                                                                                                                                                       Keisha Wilson, CSEP
                                                                                        may be experiencing rough times in business,                                                                                                            As the auction table warmed up, guests         meeting development.   n

                                                                                                                                             life. So while these men may be down on their
                                                                                                                                                                                                       The World at Large ...................5 on cool concoctions from Bold American
                                                                                        career, or personal lives we are still much more     luck, this program helps them restructure their
                                                                                        fortunate than some. So whether it’s helping a       life, become productive people, and biggest               What You Missed ......................6
                                                                                        neighbor, helping a stranger, donating items or      of all, become givers! The center is always in

How did you get into this business? I went on
                                                                                        money, giving is something that everyone can
                                                                                        do any time of the year and ISES would like to       [continued on page 4]

the Disney College Program my junior year of
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college and searched for my correct career path.
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I figured out the events industry was my match
and from there I have embraced any opportunity
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How would you describe yourself in three
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words? Energetic, Dependable, Ambitious

Where do you find inspiration for the services          Send your ad or your PDF artwork to Bill Goode at
you provide? Through networking! I enjoy

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                                                                              Wood-Fired Makes The Difference

                                                                                Max Lager’s
                                                                                 Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery
                                                                                                 estd. 1998

 Newest happenings
 at ISES – Greater
 Atlanta Chapter
 Get ready for a new year and new direction at ISES meetings

   •	 January: We are kicking off 2011 with a January “White
     Sale” where we will showcase the linen vendors in our
     industry. This will be your opportunity to check out the
     latest linen trends and upcoming specials. Due to the
     recent weather, please look for an updated Hot News with
                                                                                                s teaks
     the new January meeting date.
                                                                                              B B Q r i bs
   •	 February 8: We will meet at SweetWater Brewing                                          B urgers
     Company to take a tour and enjoy some suds! While                                    pi zza & salads
     there, we will enjoy live music from the 80’s.

   •	 March 8: Enjoy an educational breakfast with event guru,                                Downtown Atlanta
     Marley Mahjer.
                                                                                               320 Peachtree Street
   •	 April 12: ISES Atlanta will shuttle down south to                              

     Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club. Their company
     outing specialists will show off their wares and provide a
     company party experience in the country.

   •	 May 10: And that brings us to the very important month                   private rooms patio Dining Boutique Wines
     of May for INFUSION 2011! Get ready for an exciting                             Handcrafted Beer and cocktails
     evening with great food, rare auction items, and tons of
     culturally infused fun.                                                  Groups up to 600

 Don’t be left out! Plan to join us at these meetings for
 networking and education.     n

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CSEP Discussion Group
                                                                                        CSEP Program
         he CSEP designation is the hallmark     Mark your calendar for 1st
         of professional achievement through
         education and experience in the
                                                 Quarter Meetings:

                                                   •	 January 24: 6:00 – 7:30
special events industry. Are you interested
                                                   •	 February 14: 11:30 – 1:00         The ISES International Certification Committee
in studying for the CSEP Exam? For 2011,
                                                                                        approved a new streamlined CSEP application that
we are still going to have our meetings on         •	 February 28: 6:00 – 7:30
                                                                                        recently took effect. A new CSEP website has also
the 2nd and 4th Mondays. The 2nd Monday will
                                                   •	 March 14: 11:30 – 1:00            been developed to explain the changes and includes
be during the day and the 4th Monday will
                                                   •	 March 28: 6:00 – 7:30             an online application. The web address for the CSEP
be in the evening. This will accommodate
                                                                                        website is
those that can only do daytime meetings and
                                                 The exam and deadline schedule            The revised application will focus on work
those that can only do evening meetings.
                                                 is below for 2011:                     experience and has eliminated the points system. In
Most meetings are at Einstein’s, 1077
                                                                                        addition candidates will no longer need to purchase
Juniper Street, Atlanta but we do have some
                                                                         Exam           the Instruction Manual and Application and will
additional evening sessions at different event       Exam             Application       not need to submit letters of recommendation.
element companies.                                  Window            & Exam Fee
                                                                       Due Date         Qualifications to apply still require three years of
   We are creating the agenda for our group
                                                                                        work experience in the industry. While the new
so that those that are on the accelerated
                                                  April 15 – 30        March 15         application process is easier, the content of the exam
program can take the test in April. Others
                                                                                        remains the same and potential applicants are invited
can continue the discussion group and take
                                                   July 15 – 30         June 15         to join study groups. For more information please
the test in July or October. Please contact
                                                                                        contact Karla at   n

Karla Kreitner at
                                                   Oct. 15 – 30         Sept. 15
for additional information. n

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Educational Opportunities
The Special Event 2011                                                                                  MBLV XX – Celebrating 20 years of Mobile Beat     The Rental Show 2011
January 25 – 28                                                                                         February 1 – 3 with free pre-conference           February 27-March 2
Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ                                                                  seminars on January 31                            Mandalay Bay Convention Center                                                                             Riviera Hotel & Conference Center                 Las Vegas, NV

Billed as the largest trade show and                                                                    Las Vegas, NV                           

conference in the world for event                                                             
                                                                                                                                                          This show, geared towards rental and tent
professionals, The Special Event (TSE)                                                                  The 20th annual Mobile Beat conference for        professionals, offers packed days of education
provides education both inside and outside the                                                          DJs, entertainers, and lighting gurus offers      workshops, seminars, networking, and trade
classroom environment. With a vast array of                                                             days and nights of education, networking, and     floor demos. The Rental Show is a fantastic
choices from training workshops, showcasing                                                             parties. MBLV past speakers have included         opportunity to see new products, services, and
events, and the tradeshow, everyone who                                                                 Atlanta’s Jeff Justice (comedy teacher) and       make new contacts.
attends will walk away with new skills and                                                              Jay Conrad Levinson (Author of the Guerilla
                                                                                                                                                          Topics in the workshops and seminars cover a
strategies to earn more, stage better events,                                                           Marketing book series). This year builds on
                                                                                                                                                          wide range of topics including:
and increase networking.                                                                                the big keynote speaker tradition with Ted
                                                                                                        “The Million Dollar Man” DiBiase sharing his        •	 Creating the Ultimate
Choose from over 100 conference                                                                         experience from going too far as the “Most            Customer Experience
sessions and events including:                                                                          Hated WWF Wrestler of the Year” to becoming         •	 Evolve or Die
  •	 Biz Reset                                                                                          a “Champion in Any Field.”
                                                                                                                                                            •	 Leveraging Information in
  •	 Hands on 100 Work Study Program                                                                    Other education opportunities include:                Your Rental Business

  •	 Hot Seat                                                                                             •	 DMX After Dark: Hands-on instruction to        •	 Social Media
                                                                                                             program incredible light shows using the
Passes range from $100 to $695. Delta and                                                                                                                 Las Vegas has many flights from Atlanta via
                                                                                                             DMX standard
AirTran provide flights between Phoenix and                                                                                                               Delta and AirTran and the American Rental
Atlanta, and additional information on hotels,                                                            •	 Creative Consultations                       Association is offering a discounted $99
ground transportation and other event services                                                            •	 Networking to Find Midweek Money             registration fee for members that have never
can be found on the TSE website.                                                                                                                          attended the show.
                                                                                                          •	 Microphone Technique
                                                                                                             and Voice-Over Training

      the dawn of a
    Page Heeader
         H                                                                                              Entertainment this year features a

      new beginning
      Page ader
                                                                                                        full schedule of performances from the
                                                                                                        Village People, Warrant, Cupid, and
                                                                                                        Naughty by Nature.
                                                                                                          The show floor contains one of the largest
                                                                                                        sound and lighting halls with private audition
                                         Conference: Janu
                                                           ary 25-28
                                                            ary 26-28
                                                                                                        rooms and vendors off the main show floor.
                                         Exhibit Hall: Janu
                                                             n Center
                                         Phoenix Conventio
                                                    Phoenix, AZ USA                                     Show passes are $199 and the Rivera offers
                                                                                                        hotel discounts if you advise their booking
                                                                                                        department you are attending the show.
                         Conference and
                           Trade Show                                                                   Delta and AirTran have multiple daily direct
                           Information                                                                  flights between Las Vegas and Atlanta. Mobile
                                                                                                        Beat’s official car rental firm, Budget, offers
                                                                                                        discounted car rentals by using the code from

                                                                                                        the show’s website.
                                                                      Partner       Association:
                                               Supporting           Organization:
                           Partner             Publications:
        Managed and       Publication:
        Produced by:

                                                               and to register
                                            more information
        Visit thespeciale

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Photography by Clear Choice Photography

                                          ISES Meeting
                                          Our October 12th event was held at the recently renovated
                                          “Commercial Row,” a part of the Margaret Mitchell House
                                          complex. The newly renovated space features floor-to-ceiling
                                          windows and an open loft feel with exposed ceiling beams,
                                          perfect for our ghostly gathering.
                                             Amusement Masters provided exciting new black light
                                          entertainment. The glow-in-the-dark pool, fussball and air
                                          hockey games were an instant hit and would be a terrific
                                          addition to any event.
                                             Rafeedie’s Catering provided the cleverly designed and
                                          named buffet with such dubious delicacies as mummies in a
                                          blanket and blood sauce!
                                             Clear Choice Photography was clearly “our choice” for
                                          photography – always providing terrific, unique shots in the
                                          event world.
                                             One of our newest ISES members, Outrageous
                                          Occasions provided the centerpieces for the night.
                                             Raffle items for the night were courtesy of Margaret
                                          Mitchell House, Burgess Amusements, Event Rentals
                                          Unlimited and Classic Tents & Events.
                                          Thank you to all for your generous sponsorships.   n

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 November ISES Meeting
 New member Agnes Scott College provided       The roundtable discussions were very well    At this meeting, we were delighted to
 a beautiful and educational setting for       received and we are looking forward to       discover what Agnes Scott College has to
 November’s roundtable discussion groups.      expanding this format for future events.     offer the event industry and the community
                                                                                            as a whole. The college also provided
 Topics included:                              Table sponsors included:
                                                                                            catering and was a delicious experience.
   •	 “Insurance - Do I have the right           •	 A Big To Do Event - Erica Prewett       Who said school wasn’t FUN!   n

     type/amount for my business?”
                                                 •	 Affairs to Remember - Sandy Rothstein
   •	 “New Industry Trends”
                                                 •	 Atlanta History Center -
   •	 “The Right Inventory                         Sean Thorndike
     for Your Business”
                                                 •	 Gravely and Associates -
   •	 “Should I Branch Out                         Susan Gravely
     into Other Markets?”
                                                 •	 Kardon Technology - Donna Grindle
   •	 “Technology - What is
                                                 •	 Mix It Marketing -
     right for my business?”
                                                   Rick Kern and Ellie Moshtael
   •	 “Sponsorships - How to use
                                                 •	 Opera Atlanta Event Center -
     them in my business”
                                                   Michelle Dauble

                                                 •	 Schloemer Bookkeeping -
                                                   Pam Schloemer

                                                 •	 The Wedding Guys - Bruce Vassar

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                                                       ISES Meeting
                                                       Despite the bitter weather, we rocked out the calendar year at
                                                       Hard Rock Café on Peachtree! The fun was never-ending with
                                                       music and food provided by Hard Rock Café and Catch
                                                       the Moment’s entertaining green screen photos. The music
                                                       played on until the last snowflake finally fell at 9 p.m.
                                                          Total Entertainment provided more fun on film with
                                                       a photo booth and made the event really special with a
                                                       blustering snow machine. Cindy Brown who was our
Photography by Cindy M. Brown (

                                                       roving photographer for the night.
                                                         Many thanks to the generous companies and individuals
                                                       that provided the powerful items for our 12 Days of
                                                       Shopping Silent Auction. We raised nearly $3,000 for
                                                       our chapter’s education fund.   n

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