• The Special Event Company CEO Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Honor

     
    POSTED January 31, 2018
     

With more than 30 years of experience in event planning and production, Sally Webb Berry, CSEP will accept the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Special Events magazine Gala Awards on Thursday, Feb. 1. Decided upon annually by the advisory board of Special Events magazine, it is one of the most prestigious awards in the event and meeting industry.

Throughout Webb’s career, she and the company have been recognized for more than 40 international awards, including Top 50 Event Company by Special Events magazine, International Event Producer of the Year by Event Solutions magazine, Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Live Events Association (ILEA), Business Leader magazine’s Top 50 Women Extraordinaire Award, Special Events magazine’s Top 25 Greatest Industry Influencers and many more other awards.

Among her great awards, in 2005 Webb was a founding member and president of ILEA in the U.K. In 2007, she became the founding member of the Academic Event Professional Conference, which provides learning opportunities specifically for academic planners. She also is a lecturer on event management and is an instructor in Duke University’s Event Development Certificate program. In 2012, she helped to found Teen Cancer America (TCA), which provides specialized treatment facilities for teens with cancer.

“2017 was an incredible year for The Special Event Company, as we experienced significant growth internally, along with our national and international reach,” said Webb Berry. “I am truly honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and begin 2018 with such a high recognition from my peers in the industry.”

The Gala Awards will be held on Thursday Feb. 1 during The Special Event Show in New Orleans, LA. The Special Event Company is also nominated for a Gala Award recognizing one of their events as a Best Event for a Non-Profit Organization.

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Sage Hospitality, one of the top hotel investment and management companies in the U.S., has announced Sonny Kerstiens as the regional director of sales and marketing overseeing Colorado’s JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek and California’s Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa.

 

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Chef Orbison discovered his passion and talent for cooking following his career in the United States Air Force. “After six years in the military, I developed a passion for cooking and moved to Paris to study at Le Cordon Bleu, which is like Harvard for chefs,” said Oribson.

Now that he’s back in Minnesota for the first time since 2004, Oribson is excited to launch some new entrees in the southwest metro.