Best ISES Team Effort

Lisa Marie Borchert, Allianz Life; Pete Nelson, Event Lab; Leonard Neil, Leonard Neil Productions; Diana Rohlfsen, Biffs, Inc.; Noah Wolf, Noah Wolf Photography; Apres Party & Tent Rental, Ultimate Events, Sculptware, for Annual Soar Celebration
Best ISES Team Effort

A company’s annual employee recognition event was held in a large tent set up in the company parking lot. The day-long agenda included a morning awards ceremony with theatre-style seating for attendees, and then an afternoon celebration with a lounge-style set-up and refreshments. To encourage increased participation, the event included an outside speaker for the morning ceremony—a former naval officer—and it was held on a weekday.

The idea of water and the Navy inspired the room décor, which included spandex “sails” for the stage, four shades of blue for the chair covers, and blue and green lighting on the tent walls and ceiling. For the afternoon, planners ran video of vintage live concert footage, which provided both music and visual interest for the celebration. The menu included flatbreads, satays, and sushi, and warm mini donuts and chocolate cookies for dessert.


Other nominees: 

• Nancy Jacobs, EdgProductions; Craig Oliver, Ultimate Events; WOW! Events by Kraus-Anderson
• The Wedding Guys; Sheree Bochenek, Apres Party & Tent Rental; Amy Coppersmith, Coppersmith Photography; Laura Jolcover, Cort Event Furnishings; Jean Cowles, Violets Flowers; Ryan Hanson, BeEvents