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[Press Release] Indiana Society of Association Executives Celebrates Exceptional Association Professionals at the 16th Annual STAR Awards

Posted by ISAE on Dec 13, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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Contact: Nicky Copland

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE) today announced the full list of recipients of the 16th Annual STAR Awards on December 7, recognizing excellence exclusive to the association management profession in Indiana.

STAR Awards, short for Society’s Top Association Recognition, was the first awards program in Indiana dedicated to celebrating the association management profession and the individuals who power its success. On Dec. 7, a sell-out crowd of nearly 230 association professionals gathered for celebration, networking, and charitable fundraising at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites. This year, a task force worked diligently to create a more relevant and welcoming judging process, creating awards that looked at programs holistically and categorized entries not solely according to budget.

Attendees participated in a silent auction, networking and dinner, as well as a highly acclaimed awards program where individuals, associations and supplier partners were honored for their dogged work throughout the year.

In addition to celebrating professional achievement, the STAR Awards program, held on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, benefitted the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF) through a highly successful silent auction. Attendees bid on more than 40 items in the evening's silent auction, raising more than $5,800 for local veterans in need. They also participated in an on-site food drive to support the HVAF food pantry, donating a large box filled with nonperishable items.

The 2017 STAR Awardees:

Awards of Excellence

Golden Shoestring, Large Budget: Coalition for Construction Safety

Golden Shoestring, Small Budget: Midwestern States Environmental Consultants Association

Impactful Community Philanthropic Program: Indiana Academy of Family Physicians

Impactful Technology: Indiana Bankers Association (Sponsored by: Stevens & Stevens)

Innovative Marketing Campaign, Large Budget: Indiana CPA Society

Innovative Marketing Campaign, Small Budget: Indiana Petroleum Marketers & bConvenience Store Association

Innovative Membership Program: Indiana Apartment Association

Innovative Communications Program: Indiana CPA Society (Sponsored by: Willow Marketing)

Outstanding Convention: Tau Kappa Epsilon (Sponsored by: Hamilton County Tourism)

Outstanding Government Affairs Program: American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives

Outstanding Individual Program/Event, Large Budget: Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (Sponsored by: Marriott Center Indianapolis)

Outstanding Individual Program/Event, Medium Budget: Construction Family Assistance Foundation

Outstanding Individual Program/Event, Small Budget: Midwestern States Environmental Consultants Association


Individual Awards                      

Association Executive of the Year: Beth Bauer, CAE, ACEC Indiana

Association Professional of the Year: Jill Curtis, CAE, American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives

Rising STAR of the Year: Mike Thibideau, The Mattison Corporation

Volunteer of the Year: Kim Paugh, CAE, Raybourn Group International

Individual Supplier of the Year: Kori Peterson, Hamilton County Tourism

Supplier Company of the Year: Horizon Convention Center

More than 20 sponsors and event partners contributed to the success of the event. The full list of 2017 partners of the 16th Annual STAR Awards includes: The Evansville Indiana Convention and Visitors Bureau, Belterra Casino Resort, Caesars Entertainment, Chair Covers & Linen, Cox, Sargeant & Burns, P.C., Crowne Plaza, Grand Wayne Convention Center, Haus of Hooray, Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium, Markey’s Rental & Staging, Marriott Center Indianapolis, Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel, Shepard Exposition Services, Stratusi, UpAbility, Inc., Venue ND (Notre Dame University), Visit Hamilton County, VonLehman & Company, Inc., Willow Marketing, Bardach Awards, Stephanie Nicole Photography and WeDo Charity Auctions.

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 help members be stronger leaders who lead stronger organizations. For more information, visit www.isae.org.

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