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[Press Release] Indiana Society of Association Executives recognize outstanding association professionals at 14th annual STAR Awards event

Posted by ISAE on Dec 15, 2015 3:19:52 PM

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Contact: Katie Kirkton

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Society of Association Executives is pleased to announce the winners of its 14th Annual STAR Awards recognizing excellence in the association management profession in Indiana.

The awards program was designed 14 years ago as the state's only awards event celebrating the association management profession and the individuals who power its success. On Dec. 10, 230 association professionals from around the state gathered for this celebration at Carmel’s 502 East Event Centre.

The evening featured a silent auction, networking and dinner, as well as a highly acclaimed awards program where individuals, associations and association partners were honored for their work throughout the year.

Along with recognizing excellence in the Indiana association management profession, the evening also benefitted Pack Away Hunger. Pack Away Hunger is a non-profit organization dedicated to greatly improving the lives of children and others who suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Their meal-packing events provide a fun opportunity for volunteers (from corporations, churches, schools, etc.) to work in a team setting to pack thousands of meals in just a 2-hour period—all for $0.25/meal. Attendees bid on nearly 50 items in the evening's silent auction, raising more than $4,300 for the charitable organization.

The 2015 STAR Awards of Excellence were presented to:

Awards of Excellence – Over $750,000 Annual Budget 

Impactful Community Philanthropic Program: Midwest Political Science Association
Innovative Marketing Campaign: Indiana CPA Society
Innovative Membership Program: Zeta Beta Tau
Outstanding Association Website: American Association of Orthopaedic Executives; Sigma Theta Tau International
Outstanding Convention (sponsored by Belterra Casino Resort): Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
Outstanding Government Affairs Program: Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Outstanding Individual Program or Event: Indiana Bankers Association
Outstanding Magazine: Organization of American Historians
Outstanding Newsletter: Key Club International; Sigma Kappa Sorority
Outstanding Non-Dues Revenue Program: Indiana Bankers Association

Awards of Excellence – Under $750,000 Annual Budget

Golden Shoestring: Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts
Innovative Marketing Campaign: Indiana Commercial Board of REALTORS
Innovative Membership Program: Indiana Commercial Board of REALTORS
Outstanding Association Website: Indiana Water Environment Association
Outstanding Convention (sponsored by Belterra Casino Resort): Indiana Economic Development Association, Inc.
Outstanding Government Affairs Program: Indiana Music Education Association
Outstanding Individual Program or Event: Midwestern States Environmental Consultants Association
Outstanding Magazine: Indiana Music Education Association

Supplier Awards of Excellence

Supplier Outstanding Website: Visit South Bend Mishawaka
Supplier STAR Service: Visit South Bend Mishawaka                  
Supplier Superior Marketing: Morris Inn at Notre Dame         
Supplier Industry Innovation: Arc Innovations; Courtyard Muncie; Horizon Convention Center

Individual Awards of Excellence

Association Executive of the Year: Addy Kujawa, CAE, American Association of Orthopaedic Executives
Association Professional of the Year: Amber Van Til, Indiana Bankers Association
Rising STAR of the Year: Jess Halverson Bowyer, Indiana CPA Society
Individual Supplier of Year: Ashley Vezzoso, Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Supplier Companies of the Year: Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, JW Marriott, Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza
Volunteer of the Year: Rachel Daeger, CAE, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

More than 20 sponsors and event partners contributed to the success of the event. The 2015 sponsors and event partners included: Horizon Convention Center and the Courtyard Marriott, Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Markey’s Rental & Staging, Stevens & Stevens, Belterra Casino Resort & Spa, Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza & South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority, Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa, Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Markey’s Exposition Services, VonLehman & Company, Excel Decorators, Grand Wayne Convention Center, Indianapolis Public Library, Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium, Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel, Crowne Plaza Historic Union Station, Hamilton County Tourism, Bardach Awards, Bartha, Caesars Entertainment, Excel Decorators, Hamilton County Tourism, Morris Inn at Notre Dame, Stephanie Nicole Photography, 502 East Event Centre and Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel.

To view or download pictures from the event, please visit the ISAE Facebook gallery.

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The Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE) serves more than 400 association professionals, including supplier members. The state’s leading educational and networking organization designed specifically to meet the needs of association professionals, ISAE exists to support and strengthen the success of its members and the associations they serve. For more information, visit www.isae.org.

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