by Kim Choy, WPIC Office Events Manager
In October I attended BizBash Expo & Awards in New York City on behalf of WPIC Inc.
Event professionals gathered in New York at the Javits Centre for a day of education, entertainment and fresh ideas. The expo consisted of morning education sessions, a tradeshow, entertainment and afternoon education sessions.
I attended the morning break out session by Dianne Budion Devitt. Dianne is president of the DND Group, she spoke about Event Planning Documentation: Creating the Checklists from A to Z. This seminar made you realize how important the creation of lists are for an event planner and how to keep them relevant, organized and efficient. The second break out session I attended was Do You Measure Up? The New Measurement Standards for Green Events by Janet Sperstad, from Madison Area Technical College.
Street Beats opened up the Morning General Session with their outstanding performance. They used construction pilons, garbage tins and paint buckets. They had break dancers spinning on their heads hyping up the crowd. The entire room was draped and lit with uplighting. It looked fantastic!
The morning general session included a few words from David Adler, CEO and Founder of BizBash Media. Arthur Backal, CEO and Founder of the Backal Hospitality Group was inducted into the BizBash Hall of Fame. Jennifer Gilbert, president chief visionary officer, from Save the Date talked about making it in events and her success story. Jennifer is featured on the TV show, Real Housewives of NYC. She was my favourite! She has an event planning company and has planned parties for Oprah, ABC and many others!
The trade show featured 100 of New York's best vendors. They featured, living statues, walking tables, event entertainers, amazing event decor and a DJ who cooks and DJ's at the same time. Mark Weiss is known as the DJ Chef http://www.fourstarchef.com/ who cooks and deejays for events at the same time!
Below is some of the table top decor showcased at the tradeshow
Throughout the tradeshow and lunch hour there was entertainment on the mini stage. Below is Irene Fong and the Floating Ball, and Cirque-Tacular Entertainment which were just a few of the many entertainers.