Indianapolis- Over 230 association professionals and their guests from around the state gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the association industry and its professionals at the Crane Bay Event Center for the Indiana Society of Association Executive’s 12th Annual STAR Awards event Dec.12.
The awards program was designed 12 years ago as the state’s only awards event celebrating the association industry and the individuals who help make the industry in Indiana a success.
The evening featured a silent auction, networking and dinner, followed by the highly acclaimed awards program where individuals, associations and industry partners were honored for their work throughout the year.
Along with recognizing excellence, the evening benefited the Autism Society of Indiana. Since 1998, the Autism Society of Indiana (ASI) has worked to raise awareness about autism, to promote early diagnosis and early intervention thereby helping people on the autism spectrum have the fullest and most successful journey possible. Attendees bid on over 50 items in the evening’s silent auction raising over $4,000 for the charitable organization.
The 2013 STAR Awards of Excellence were presented to:
Awards of Excellence Over $750,000 Annual Budget
Impactful Community Philanthropic Program: Indiana CPA Society
Innovative Marketing Campaign: Kiwanis International
Outstanding Convention: Vacation Rental Managers Association
Outstanding Government Affairs Program: Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Innovative Membership Program: Organization of American Historians
Outstanding Newsletter: Partnership for Philanthropic Giving
Outstanding Non-Dues Revenue Program: Indiana Bankers Association
Outstanding Individual Program or Event: The Arc of Indiana
Outstanding Association Website: Sigma Kappa Sorority
Outstanding Magazine: Kiwanis International
Awards of Excellence Under $750,000 Annual Budget
Innovative Marketing Campaign: Indiana Music Education Association
Outstanding Convention: Society for Nutrition Education & Behavior
Outstanding Government Affairs Program: Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology
Innovative Membership Program: MPI Indiana Chapter
Outstanding Newsletter: Corporate Housing Providers Association
Outstanding Non-Dues Revenue Program: Indiana Music Education Association
Outstanding Individual Program or Event: Top Notch of Indiana
Outstanding Association Website: Indiana Commercial Board of Realtors
Golden Shoestring: Indiana Construction Roundtable
Outstanding Supplier Website: Visit Fort Wayne
Supplier STAR Service: Visit South Bend Mishawaka
Superior Supplier Marketing: Bartha
Supplier Industry Motivation: SpinWeb
Executive of the Year: Robert Riggs, CAE
Association Professional of the Year: Laura Wilson
Rising STAR of the Year: Mark Lewis
Supplier of Year: Carolyne Wallace
Supplier Company of the Year: Caesar’s Entertainment
Volunteer of the Year: Erin Erdmann
Twenty-six sponsors contributed to the success of the event. The 2013 sponsors and event partners included: Vist Evansville, Markey’s Rental & Staging, Stevens & Stevens, LLC, Visit Bloomington, Radisson Hotel at STAR Plaza, Horizon Convention Center, Excel Decorators Inc., VonLehman & Company, Renaissance Indianapolis North, Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Resort, Marriott Indianapolis East, Markey’s Exposition Services, Willow Marketing, Indiana Convention Center, Meeting Services Unlimited, Caesars Entertainment, Grand Wayne Convention Center, Visit South Bend Mishawaka, TelSpan Worldwide Conferencing, Visit Indy, National Expo, Hamilton County CVB, Crowne Plaza, Omni Severin, Seasons 52 and SB Downtown Convention District.
To view or download pictures from the event, please visit the ISAE Facebook gallery.
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The Indiana Society of Association Executives exists to support and strengthen association professionals’ success and provide the state’s leading educational and networking events designed specifically for the needs of association executives.