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The 17th Annual N.I.C.E. Awards is
April 17, 2018
Theater on the Lake

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2018 Committee Members

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

Day of & Volunteer Coordination



Committee Members:
Cindi Webber, Sound Investment
Melanie Enright, Chicago History Museum
Amanda Friedlander, Student
Décor

Lanie Hartman
BBJ Linen


Committee Members:
Sandy Sobczak, Marquee Rentals
Nancy Brockway, Halls Rental
Whitney Taylor, Drape Kings
Ryan Turner, Stemline Creative
Julie Knowles, AFR Furnishings
Entertainment & Production

Martin Lawrence
AV Chicago


Committee Members:
Mindy Moore, Ravinia
Jessie Pare, BeatMix Music
Kelly Lynch, ShutterBooth Chicago
Jason Lynch, ShutterBooth Chicago
Michelle Kenny, Pinstripes
Awards

Megan Milligan
CTC DMC


Committee Members:
Jessica Plundo, The Blackstone Hotel
Jeff Ware, Catering by Michaels
Tom Kokinakas, Inspired Catering and Events
Venue / Food & Beverage

Zachary Stevens
Calihan Catering


Committee Members:
Erica Roskoskey, Food for Thought
Rachel Krieger, Blue Plate
Anna Boltz, Theater on the Lake
Hayden Moldenhauer, Arena Americas
Marketing & Communications

Zachary Stevens
Calihan Catering


Committee Members:
Vicki Bowman, Motor Coach Industries
Nicole Zenner, Zen Events
Alysia Pope, 360 Destination Group

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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2017 Winners

Best Corporate Event
On the Scene

Best Social Event or Wedding
Christina Currie Events

Best Fundraiser/Non-Profit Event
Perfectly Planned Events

Best Fair/Festival
Magnificent Events

Best NICE Team Event
AFR Event Furnishings /Arena Americas/ Drape Kings/ Feast and Imbibe/ Magnificent Events/ TWA Photography/ Total Event Resources

Best Catered Event, On or Off Premise
Catering by Michaels

Best Buffet Presentation, On or Off Premise
Catering by Michaels

Best Buffet Presentation, On or Off Premise
Food For Thought

Best Plated Presentation, On or Off Premise
Catering by Michaels

Best Creative Cocktail or Beverage Presentation
Food For Thought

Best Creative Cocktail or Beverage Presentation
Catering by Michaels

Best Musical Entertainment
Magnificent Events

Best Interactive Entertainment
The Actors Gymnasium

Best Theme Décor for a Social Event or Wedding
M&M Event Rentals

Best Theme Décor for a Corporate Event
Kehoe Designs

Best Tabletop Design
M&M Event Rentals

Best Use of Tenting
Arena Americas

Best Logistical Achievement for an Event
Calihan Catering

Best Use of Rental Equipment
Arena Americas

ILEA Rising Star
Vicki Bowman

NACE Rising Star
Zachary Stevens

Lifetime Achievement Award
Karen Stefani

Courage Award
Jeff Stitely

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