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The 18th Annual N.I.C.E. Awards are
April 9, 2019
Morgan Manufacturing

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2019 Committee Members

Meet the individuals who make the N.I.C.E. Awards a fantastic event.

Sponsorship, Marketing & Communications

Julie Knowles
AFR Furniture Rental

Committee Members:
Mathew Lahey - Kehoe Designs
Vicki Bowman - Motor Coach Industries
Laura Wrasman - The Celebration Society
Amy Current - Frost Chicago
Awards, Entertainment & Production

Martin Lawrence
AV Chicago

Committee Members:
Nicole Zenner - Zen Events Inc
Jeff Ware - Catering by Michaels
Barbara Lee Cohen - Productions USA, Inc

Ramsey Prince
Kehoe Designs

Committee Members:
Lanie Hart – BBJ Linen
Nicole Eck - Tasty Catering
Stacey Combrzynski - Catering by Michaels
Rachel Fersten - Windy City Linen
Bari Singh - HMR Designs
Venue, Food & Beverage

Sandy Sobczak
Marquee Event Rentals

Committee Members:
Stacy Robertson - Catering by Michaels
Katie Thomas - Catering by Michaels

The N.I.C.E. Awards

The N.I.C.E. Awards were established to recognize Chicago area members of NACE (National Association for Catering and Events) and ILEA (International Live Events Association) for their accomplishments within the special events industry. The joint awards ceremony celebrates achievements in the areas of event planning, catering, entertainment, creative and support services.

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Event Sponsors

If you or your company are interested in becoming a N.I.C.E. Awards sponsor, please contact our co-chairs at niceawards@gmail.com!

2018 Winners

Best Buffet Presentation, On or Off Premise
Catering by Michaels

Best Catered Event, On or Off Premise
Calihan Catering

Best Corporate Event
Hosts Chicago

Best Creative Cocktail or Beverage Pressentation
Blue Plate Catering

Best Fundraiser / Non-Profit Event
Total Event Resources

Best Interactive Entertainment
360 Destination Group

Best Logistical Achievement
University of Chicago

Best Musical Entertainment
Magnificent Events

Best NICE Team Event
Perfectly Planned Events
Westin Hotel Lombard
Affinity Creative Group
Chicago Farm Tables

Best Plated Presentation
Blue Plate Catering

Best Social Event or Wedding
Magnificent Events

Best Theme Décor for a Social Event
Kehoe Designs

Best Theme Décor for a Corporate Event
Kehoe Designs

Best Use of Printed or Digital Collateral for an Event
Total Event Resources

Best Fair / Festival
Magnificent Events

Best Use of Tenting
Arena Americas

Best Use of Rental Equipment
Arena Americas

Best Use of Production
AV Chicago

Best Tabletop Design
Cheers! Chicago

ILEA Rising Star
Jeff Durocher

NACE Rising Star
Julie Knowles

Lifetime Achieveent Award
Nicole Zenner

Courage Award
Charlene Martin

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