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2014 May Membership Drive!

Why join ISES now during the May Membership Drive?

If you complete your membership/ renewal by May 31:

  • You will receive 14 months for the price of 12
  • The $50 application fee is waived
  • New Members: Will be entered into a drawing for a free YEAR of meetings!
  • New Members: The first 10 people to sign up will receive a $25 gift card to Bob Evans
  • Renewing Members: Will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Cameron Mitchell gift card

Don't miss out on these, plus all the existing member benefits provided by ISES.

Feel free to contact Brian Legree, VP of Membership at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

   .... or ISES Headquarters at 1-800-688-ISES (4737) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join or Renew your membership by May 31!

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WE ARE YOUR ASSOCIATION, YOUR PARTNER AND YOUR FRIEND. WE ARE ISES.

Who will win?? Get your Tickets Now!

Come celebrate all the nominees and winners at the ISES Ohio WOW! Awards in Cincinnati on Friday April 11, for an evening of fun and celebration at 21c Museum and Hotel in the center of the action in downtown Cincinnati! Cocktails will start at 6:30 PM followed by dinner at 7:30 PM, and the awards ceremony at 8:30 PM.

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Friday, April 11, 2014 - 21C Museum & Hotel - Cincinnati, Ohio

2014 Award Nominees have been announced:

All Occasions Event Rental | LIVE! Technologies
Ben and Jodi Photography | Made From Scratch
Bliss Wedding & Event Design | Making the Moment Photography
Borrow RentalsMosaic Linens
City of Dublin Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Colortone Ohio Historical Society
Elegant Events Pierce Events
Event Source Rock the House
FLOURISH bespoke floral & event styling Solus Lighting LTD
FORD-ELLINGTON Something New Events
GhostLight Productions, LLC | The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Hughie’s Event Production Services The Mohicans
IM Creative Viva Bella Events
Jobe & Associates Zack Bruell Events
Kirkbrides | Zone Entertainment

Join us on Friday, April 11th as we announce the winners!

Questions can be directed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Check out ISES Ohio WOW! Awards on Facebook!

WOW! You (and your events) Are Worthy…. But, You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter!

 WOW Awards Banner

What categories will you enter? For the full list of them: www.isesohiowow.com/categories/

This year’s competition is open to events that took place between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013, for events (or components of events) produced within the state of Ohio OR by an entrant that is based in Ohio, but produces events in other locations. Events that were conducted after December 31, 2013 may be entered in next year’s competition.

Easy, online submissions are due Friday, March 7, 2014. --UPDATED--

Check out the ISES Ohio WOW! Awards site for all the details.

Presidents Letter 2013

Greeting Fellow Event Professionals!

I would like to thank take a moment to thank our current and former ISES members and leaders for their continued support of your local Columbus Chapter.

Being a part of ISES for the past 15 years, I have seen many of positive changes within our chapter and profession.  I am honored to be a part of such great Event Professionals. 

Read more: Presidents Letter 2013

Join ISES Today and Save

Special 10 Day Membership Drive Save $50

Join the ISES Columbus Chapter anytime from October 15 to October 25 and the $50 registration fee will be waived. Simply go to www.ISES.com and click on "join" and when prompted, enter the code COL50.

This is the perfect time to join! As a member you will receive professional growth through educational meetings as well as national conferences such as Event World. There are also great networking opportunities and special discounts from select organizations.

Now is the perfect time to get involved! 

Please email Brian Legree, VP Membership with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 1 (614) 594-2758.

Event Planners' Volunteer Solution Tool available from Experience Columbus

Volunteer With Columbus (http://JoinUsColumbus.com/Volunteer) is a solution Experience Columbus has come up with that helps events organize their volunteer needs while allowing potential volunteers a one-stop-shop for finding leisure volunteering opportunities in Greater Columbus. The site allows festivals and events to post their volunteering needs to the general public. On the back-end, event organizers can easily print off sign-in sheets, contact their volunteers and use many other features that reduce the busy-work associated with using volunteers at an event.

Read more: Event Planners' Volunteer Solution Tool available from Experience Columbus

Join ISES Columbus member - The Ohio Historical Society for their Food Truck Festival on Sept. 28 & 29

Ohio Food Truck Festival, Sept. 28 - 29

Free Admission to Ohio History Center Museum and Village

(Columbus, OH)— Get a feast and free entry to the Ohio History Center Museum and Village at the Ohio Food Truck Festival presented by the Ohio Historical Society on September 28 and 29 (parking $6). Join us Saturday 11 am – 8 pm and Sunday 11 am – 6 pm for a weekend filled with fun for the whole family with food, beer, music, arts and crafts, games and activities. 

The streets of Ohio Village, the recreated 19th-century community, will be lined with 30 food trucks featuring the best mobile food in the state. Local musicians will perform center stage and games and activities for all ages will be scattered throughout the grounds. 

Read more: Join ISES Columbus member - The Ohio Historical Society for their Food Truck Festival on Sept. 28...

ISES Columbus Members Bring Home the Bling from ISES Esprit Awards!

ISES closed its annual conference, ISES Live, on Aug. 24, 2013 with the annual Esprit Awards, which honor outstanding work from ISES members. The event took place at the Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas. Our own ISES Columbus members brought home Esprit Awards in two categories. ISES Columbus also won a Spirit of Excellence Award for Best in Member Retention.

www.iseslive.com/ises-live-2013/home/ises-espirit-awards

Congratulations ISES Esprit Winners:

Rick Jobe, Jobe & Associates

Best Marketing/Design Budget over $25,000 USD

For Puerto Rican Pizzazz

And

Best ISES Team Effort Budget under $75,000 USD

ISES Ohio WOW Awards Program

Rick Jobe, Jobe & Associates

Julie Hill, Jobe & Associates

John Bibbo Jr., Event Source

Tracy Moran, CSEP, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Bill Ferguson, CSEP, CERP, Event Source

Jim Riley, Ohio Historical Society

Amy Huggins, CMP, Greater Columbus Convention Center

Carol Allerding, CMP, CTA, Experience Columbus

Courtney Albrecht, Jobe & Associates

Jack Scafide, CORT Event Furnishings

 

Immediate ISES international president Kathy Miller (far left) and president-elect Kevin White, CSEP (far right), congratulate Rick Jobe, Tracy Moran, CSEP, and Bill Ferguson, CSEP, CERP (center left to right), on their win for Best ISES Team Effort Budget Under $75,000.

 

Immediate ISES international president Kathy Miller (far left) and president-elect Kevin White, CSEP (far right), congratulate Rick Jobe, Tracy Moran, CSEP, and Bill Ferguson, CSEP, CERP (center left to right), on their win for Best ISES Team Effort Budget Under $75,000.

Member Spotlight: Amy Huggins - The Greater Columbus Convention Center

Amy Huggins
Event Services Manager
The Greater Columbus Convention Center
http://www.columbusconventions.com/

Please describe your company and your role.

The Greater Columbus Convention Center, managed by SMG, has over 1.7 million square feet of space offering a combination of settings that are perfect for events of all sizes, including Battelle Grand, the largest, multi-purpose ballroom in the state of Ohio.  The facility has won multiple Prime Site and Inner Circle Awards and has become one of North America’s most popular sites for local, state, regional and national groups and organizations.

In my role as Event Services Manager I oversee the day-to day operations of the Event Coordination Department managing a staff of four Event Coordinators and thirty eight Concierges.  I also serve as an Event Coordinator to over fifty events each year.

Read more: Member Spotlight: Amy Huggins - The Greater Columbus Convention Center