Recognizing that we're all shining stars in a highly challenged marketplace, the Stella Awards Showcase brings the meetings industry together at year-end to sing, laugh, support and celebrate each other.
Honors are awarded in 17 categories in the US and internationally, celebrating overall excellence, superb food and beverage, professionalism of staff, sustainability initiatives and other critical aspects of the meeting and event experience.
Throughout the celebration, industry influencers – both buyers and suppliers – join the program to share their perspective on 2020 and their hopes for next year. Musical entertainment is provided by SongDivision.
In the spirit of giving, the Stellas Virtual Showcase raises funds for The Above and Beyond Foundation, which provides much-needed grants to hospitality workers displaced by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Stellas Virtual Showcase is made possible with the support of Visit Long Beach, its premium sponsor.
WITH APPEARANCES BY
Roger Dow, President and CEO, U.S. Travel Association
Tori Barnes, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Policy, U.S. Travel Association
Nan Marchand Beauvois, Senior Vice President, Membership and Industry Relations, U.S. Travel Association
David DuBois, President and CEO, International Association of Exhibitions and Events
Paul Van Deventer, President and CEO, Meeting Professionals International
Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group
Ray Bloom, Chairman and Founder, IMEX Group
Michael Dominguez, President & CEO, Associated Luxury Hotels International
Kai Hattendorf, CEO, UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry
Brian Stevens, President and Chief Executive Officer, ConferenceDirect
Richard Harper, Executive Vice President
Don Welsh, President and CEO, Destinations International
Steve Bova, Executive Director, Financial Insurance Conference Professionals
Michelle Mason, President and CEO, Association Forum
Tony Lorenz, Founder, Head Sail LLC
Eduardo Chaillo, Global General Manager for Latin America, Maritz Global Events
David Kliman, Owner, The Kliman Group
Rhonda Brewer, Vice President, Sales, Motivation Excellence
Mary Jo Blythe, Founder/CEO, The Above and Beyond Foundation
Christine "Shimo" Shimasaki, Facilitator & Strategist, Minding Your Business
David Peckinpaugh, President, Maritz Global Events
Tracy Stuckrath, thrive! meetings & events
Tom Kemp, CEO, Northstar Travel Group
Jonathan T. Howe, Esq., Founding Partner and President, Howe & Hutton
J. Elise Keith, Co-Founder and CEO, Lucid Meetings
Paul Mears III, President, Hello Destination Management
Kurt Paben, President, Sales & Marketing, Hosts Global
Beth Surmont, CAE, CMP, Director of Experience Design, 360 Live Media
John Ayo, Chief Balancing Officer, Travel Balance
Alisa Walsh, President, Eventworks, 2020 SITE SoCal President
Loren Edelstein, Vice President, Content Director, Northstar Meetings Group
David Blansfield, Executive Vice President, Group Publisher, Northstar Meetings Group
The full list of 2020 Stella Award winners and finalists can be found here.
Applications for the 2021 Stella Awards are now being accepted. Click here to submit a nomination.
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