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Leadership Awards

Event Service Professional of the Year Award Nominations

Meeting Planners: Nominate a Deserving Hotel, Convention Center or CVB Event Service Manager Today

Nominate an Event Service Professional Today

Behind the scenes, event service professionals from hotels, convention centers and CVBs help Meeting Planners deliver memorable experiences. They connect planners with the right resources, solve problems with their expertise that covers a multitude of scenarios and educate about the ever-changing norms in each destination.

Have you held a live event in the last year? As a meeting planner, here’s your chance to recognize an event service manager that worked their magic to make you shine!

The Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA) is accepting nominations for this year’s Event Service Professional of the Year Award. If you worked with a deserving event service pro—someone who partnered with you, embraced your event, and went above and beyond to make it seamless—please tell us about it!

Nominations for this award will be accepted from meeting planners who worked directly with the nominee on an event in the past year. Submissions will be accepted through December 14, 2022.

Nominations for this award are accepted from Meeting Planners who worked directly with the nominee on an event in the past year.  


2021 Event Service Professional of the Year Winner
Aaron Verhei
Event Manager
Kansas City Convention Center – Bartle Hall

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Inspiration in Service Award: Who Inspired You in Event Services This Year?

Nominations for Inspiration in Service Award now open!

This Award recognizes Event Service Professionals from CVBs, Convention Centers, Hotels and Conference Centers whose leadership in the past year has been an inspiration to others.

To be nominated for this award, a person could have demonstrated leadership in a number of ways, including:

  • Helping to lead their own organization in response to challenges or adversity (such as with COVID or other hardship)
  • Implementing innovative programs
  • Taking actions that inspire and coalesce the local event services community
  • Leading community service initiatives that had extraordinary impact
  • Or achieving service excellence through leadership and overcoming obstacles resulting in delighted client(s)

These individuals have a positive, can-do attitude that inspired others, or our industry, in a meaningful way. Please nominate an event service professional for this year’s Inspiration in Services Award. Submissions will be accepted through December 14, 2022.

Nominations for this award are accepted from:  Colleagues, management, partners, or event services peers (this is not an award for nominations by client Meeting Planners).  


2021 Inspiration in Services Award Winner
Lacy Lange
Sr. Manager, Destination Services
Visit Forth Worth

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