20th Anniversary Honorees

20th Anniversary Honorees


ISES New York Metro Chapter is proud to recognize twenty individuals/companies throughout the course of the ISES 2007-2008 calendar year that have significantly contributed to the advancement of ISES in the NY Metro marketplace. Each of these individuals/companies have supported and contributed to the industry through education, advanced industry standards and best practices and have promoted the special events industry and its network of professional along with related industries.

Special Note: There are so many deserving of this honor, as you all add to the continued growth of our industry every day. We are proud of the strength of our industry and thank you for all you do to contribute to our progress.

Twenty named. . .

Agenda/Red 7 Media
Alpine Creative Group
Preston Bailey
Lisa Barnett (New York Post)
Jaclyn Bernstein, DMCP and Robert Hulsmeyer, CSEP, CMP, DMCP
(Empire Force Events)
Tom Bernstien, David Tewksbury, Roland Betts (Chelsea Piers)
BizBash Media
Michael Cerbelli (Total Entertainment and SEARCH)
Joe Cozza (Cipriani)
Micahel Desiderio (Tavern on the Green)
Dianne Devitt, CMP (DND Group)
Joe Jeff Goldblatt, CSEP (Professor and Author)
Jim Kirsch (Abigail Kirsch)
Elyse Kroll (ENK International)
Jean McFaddin (Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Organizer)
Liz Neumark (Great Performances)
Paul Nicaj (Battery Gardens)
Party Rental, Ltd.
David Tutera(Designer)

Scharff-Weisberg Inc.

Lisa Barnett

Promotion Director, New York Post

Lisa Barnett is currently the Director of Promotions for the New York Post. She is responsible for circulation and added value promotions, event sponsorships, the Classroom Extra program and promotions for nypost.com plus the Sunday Post Page Six Magazine. She started her career doing voiceovers and copywriting for a commercial radio station in Florida. Lisa moved to New York to take a job as a copywriter at Penguin Putnam Berkley Publishing. She lives in Verona, NJ with her husband Neal and her two well-behaved and perfect children, Justin and Dylan.

Over the last few years, she has been proud to bring the New York Post in as the newspaper sponsor of new NYC events such as “Tastings NYC” and the “I Love New York Short Film Festival.” Plus, she creatively increased awareness of existing events using not only The Post’s assets, but those of its News Corporation sister companies.

She started her career doing voiceovers and copywriting for a commercial radio station in Florida. Lisa moved to New York to take a job as a copywriter at Penguin Putnam Berkley Publishing. She lives in Verona, NJ with her husband Neal and two well-behaved and perfect children, Justin and Dylan.

Michael Cerbelli

For over 30 years Michael Cerbelli has been entertaining and producing events all over the world. He built his career from a block party DJ in Brooklyn, New York to one of the most polished and professional entertainers in the special events industry. His many titles have included; COO, Creative Director, and (world-renowned) Master of Ceremonies. Michael has established himself as one of the most highly regarded professionals in the event and entertainment industry. Michael is truly a pioneer who started many trends that are now customary in the entertainment field.

Currently, Michael is the President of Special Events for the New York / New Jersey based company, Total Entertainment, as an Event Specialist and has been traveling internationally, doing what he does best: producing one-of-a-kind events around the globe. Total Entertainment’s impressive portfolio includes producing such events as Sir Paul McCartney & Heather Mills’ Wedding, Billy Joel’s nuptials, The Kennedy Center Honors in Washington D.C., The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, The King of Morocco’s Birthday Bash & New Years Eve Party, and an event at President Putin’s Summer Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Luckily enough, Michael gets to party with the best of them. Besides performing for
this very high-end social market, Michael has worked with some of the most prestigious corporations in the world, again producing events that astound and amaze.

Due to his superior talents and efforts, Michael has been honored with several of the event industry’s top awards. Most recently, Michael was honored at the International Special Events Society (ISES) NY Metro Big Apple Awards Gala as one of the 20 individuals that have influenced the New York event industry and supported ISES NY Metro during it’s 20 year history. Michael is also the proud recipient of the Steve Kemble Leadership Foundation 2008 “Award of Excellence”. This is an extremely prestigious award given only to those that have shown exceptional leadership skills and have made huge contributions to the event industry. The mission of the Steve Kemble Leadership Foundation is to develop and nurture leadership skills for special event and meeting industry professionals through recognition of leadership achievements. Add to this the 2007 Event Solutions Spotlight Award for Samaritan Service and the 2005 Event Solutions Spotlight Award for Entertainer of the Year and, without a doubt, you know you are in the presence of a respected professional. His peers have also recognized Michael with his recent role as Chairman (2005 – 2007), of the Special Events Assistance and Resources with a Caring Heart (SEARCH) Foundation an event industry-based charity that assists event professionals in crisis. Over the past two years, Michael helped raise awareness about the foundation throughout his many speaking appearances, including ISES and Meeting Planners International (MPI) communities. With the help of his Board of Directors and through contributions from the event industry, he raised record numbers of donations to help the event community. He also represents and believes in ISES by traveling the world and teaching his knowledge to the new-generation of event professionals. ISES has been so impressed with these efforts that they have decided to combine their own foundation, International Special Events Education Foundation (ISEF) with the SEARCH Foundation. They have asked Michael and his board from SEARCH to take control and merge ISEF and SEARCH into one foundation. Today SEARCH is internationally recognized as the source for event professionals confronted with a catastrophic occurrence while also fostering, developing, and promoting educational initiatives for the advancement of the industry.

In addition, Michael has made yet another mark in the event and entertainment industry with his innovative presentation “Michael Cerbelli’s: Hot Event & Entertainment Ideas TM”. About six years ago, Michael was attending conferences on a regular basis and was truly
frustrated that he was not able to leave with enough tangible information and resources. As a result, Michael found a way to give back to the industry, by opening his “little black book” of ideas to his peers. Combined with his quick wit, natural charisma, and yes…his good looks, Michael’s presentation has quickly grown popular, recently presenting his 6th version of “Michael Cerbelli’s: Hot Event & Entertainment Ideas: 2008TM” in the past 5 years! In fact, due to it’s popularity, Michael recently returned from New Delhi, India where he was invited to give his presentation to international event professionals, as well as speak and educate based on his experience in the event and entertainment industry.

From conventions to corporations to universities, Michael is scheduled throughout 2008 to continue presenting “Michael Cerbelli’s: Hot Event & Entertainment Ideas TM” spreading the knowledge and all he knows about entertainment with this unique and one-of-a-kind presentation.

Contact Information:
Michael Cerbelli
Total Entertainment Inc.
314 16th Street Carlstadt,
New Jersey 07072
o 201-894-0055 x202
f 201-894-1958

Please contact Julie Estes for information regarding
“Michael Cerbelli’s: Hot Event & Entertainment IdeasTM”
e ejestes@isesnyc.com
o 201-894-0055 x210

Joe Cozza

Event Management and Sales
As Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Cipriani USA, Joe’s responsibilities include developing marketing plans, public relations strategies, creating and implementing business plans, marketing positioning statements and price strategies, driving profit margins and flow through, and designing programs to increase preference and brand loyalty. Cipriani operates four premier and historic event locations in New York including the Rainbow Room, Cipriani 42nd Street, Cipriani 23rd Street, Cipriani 55 Wall Street. Cipriani also operates international restaurants and is currently developing luxury hotels, resorts and residences.

Joe has over 30 years of Hospitality management experience, holding various executive positions with Sheraton, Hyatt, Fairmont and Marriott Corporations. He played a major role as part of the Executive Committee during the pre-opening and opening of the Grand Hyatt New York in 1980 and the New York Marriott Marquis in 1984.

Joe is an active member of the Hospitality Industry and his community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service and on the Advisory Board of Special Events Magazine. He also participates on the Board of Alumni Advisors for Fairleigh Dickinson University, School of Hotel and Tourism and on the New York Committee for BAT (Baseball Assistance Team), Major League Baseball’s organization for former players in need. He is a member of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce and is a lifetime member of the American Theatre Wing. He has co-chaired the annual Boy Scouts of America Hospitality Industry Luncheon. For more than 20 years, he has been an active member of the Cardinal’s Committee of the Laity. In 1997, he was the honoree for the Hospitality and Tourism Division of this organization. Other awards include the Emma Lazarus Award, given by the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York in recognition for his contributions to the city’s business community. The Italian Wine and Food Institute honored him with the Outstanding Achievement in the field of Food and Wine. In 2003, he was inducted into the BizBash Media Hall of Fame for his years of service in the New York market. He was also the honoree for the Learning for Life Bill Gallo Sports Award Gala benefiting scouting. In 2006, Joe was named the Hospitality Professional of the Year by the Food and Beverage Manager’s Association of America. He was presented with the 2007 “The Man of the Year” award by the Les Amis d’Escoffier society. Most recently, he was awarded the 20th Year Anniversary Honoree Award by the International Special Events Society New York Metro Chapter.


Dianne Devitt, CMP

Event Planner, Coordinator, Educator
Dianne Devitt's career spans over 20 years involving theatre, education, events and meetings. As a skilled and multi-talented professional noted for her dynamic and unique approach to integrating creative and strategic concepts to meetings and events, Dianne builds' each event experience based on passion and commitment to success.

As a sought-after speaker, trainer and consultant, Dianne has spoken at major industry conferences. Dianne is a professor at New York University School of Continuing Education and degree programs for over 15 years and was invited by Massachusetts Institute of Technology to provide corporate training in event planning.

A believer in giving back, Dianne served as President of MPIGNY, contributed time on international Marketing and Communication committees for both MPI and The Special Event and is most recently on the executive Board of Directors for the SEARCH foundation. She has also consulted with Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation as well as other non-profits.

An award recipient and nominee for her event productions, Dianne was recently honored for her achievements and inspiration to others by the MPIGNY Chapter with the Hall of Fame award.

Joe Jeff Goldblatt, CSEP

Professor and Author
Dr. Joe Goldblatt, CSEP is a Lecturer in the Tourism, Hospitality and Events Group at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Prior to this position, he was senior lecturer at Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management and he also served as executive director for professional development and strategic partnerships for the School. He is the founding president of the International Special Events Society and the developer of the original Certified Special Events Professional program. Prior to joining Temple University he served as Dean of the graduate school at Johnson & Wales University and he created the first master’s degree and professional certificate programs in the field of event management at The George Washington University. He is the author, co-author or editor of 19 books and hundreds of scholarly and trade publication articles. He has lectured on five continents in over 50 countries and produced hundreds of events for luminaries including two U.S. presidents, the opening of the Donald Trump Taj Mahal Resort. Goldblatt received the first ever Lifetime Achievement award for service to the industry from ISES. Event Solutions Magazine awarded him the Industry Visionary Award for his contributions to event management education and research. He was among the first individuals inducted into the Events Industry Hall of Fame. He received the highest award from the Creative Marketing Laboratory of Russia, when he was presented with the prestigious silver medal for lifetime career achievements. Dr. Goldblatt has been married to Nancy Lynner for nearly 30 years and they are the proud parents of Max (27) a professional actor in New York City and Sam (23) executive assistant to the managing director of the Washington Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC.

Elyse Kroll

Promotion and Venue
As founder and director of ENK International, the foremost producer of upscale fashion trade shows in the U.S., Elyse Kroll has established herself as a pioneering innovator and savvy entrepreneur in the fashion industry. A native of New York, Kroll was drawn to the creative aspects of fashion design from an early age – she was creating her own clothing at the age of ten.

After receiving her degree in Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University, Kroll returned to New York City and began her career by taking a position at a start-up lifestyle magazine, working as an editor and photographer. Transitioning to the fashion publicity field in the early 1980s, she represented a number of leading Italian clothiers – including Giorgio Armani – and began building a network of relationships that would ultimately structure her first venture into the fashion trade show arena. She was approached by a group of entrepreneurial, innovative, energetic young designers of men’s wear who were seeking visibility and searching for an alternative to the only trade show available to them at that time – a huge, somewhat anonymous exhibition held at the New York Coliseum and dominated by major manufacturers of men’s apparel. Recognizing a void in the marketplace for creative young talent, Kroll set out to develop an exclusive environment for upstart designers to present their collections.

The resulting exhibition that Kroll helped launch in 1980, Designers' Collective (now known as The Collective), bucked the trend of the bland, oversized show format that had up until that point been the norm for the fashion industry. Engaging her training in environmental design as well as her instinct for exceptional customer service, she staged her shows at a series of upscale New York hotels. She employed hotel rooms as "booths," such that the participating designers could show their lines in a pleasing and private setting. Additionally, she set up glorious floral arrangements and full-service cafes on the premises and offered abundant amenities, so that both exhibitors and attendees experienced not just another trade show but rather an elegant, intimate new way to do business. The resounding success of The Collective led to the subsequent launches of other shows, including Fashion Coterie, a women’s apparel show, in 1986; and Accessorie Circuit, a women's fashion accessories show, in 1987 –both of which Kroll built around the same distinctive format.

Now, 20 years later, Kroll’s vision has evolved into ENK International, a thriving company that also produces Intermezzo Collections, a women's ready-to-wear show; Children's Club, a children's wear show; Brighte Companies, a West Coast women's apparel and accessories show; Blue, a premium denim and advanced sportswear menswear show. As she guides ENK International into the 21st century, Kroll continues to be mindful of and involved in every unique detail, from invitation design to juried selection of exhibitors, which is what sets ENK International apart from others in her field.

In 1998 Kroll discovered a derelict Manhattan Pier; which she saw as a very large diamond in the rough. Over 175,000 square feet of virtually column free space, covered in skylights, which hadn’t been utilized in years. Kroll named it “The Unconvention Center at Pier 94” and created a separate company to develop the Pier into NYC’s second Exhibition Center.

Most recently, Forstmann Little & Co, made a substantial investment in ENK International. While Kroll, founder and CEO of ENK remains a major shareholder overseeing the company’s expansion; Forstmann Little will provide the capital to further increase ENK’s already rapid growth (i.e., in 2007, ENK International acquired WSA, the largest footwear show in the United States.) Forstmann Little’s presence has already been extremely successful in the Fashion world, owning IMG Worldwide. IMG is renowned globally as the premier sports, entertainment, and media company, producing Olympus Fashion Week in New York, and the world over.

The latest news regarding the ENK Empire is the acquisition of the largest and global footwear trade show, The WSA Show. Kroll sees tremendous synergies between ENK and WSA, and plans to use each others best business practices.

On a more personal note, Kroll is the mother of two young boys. She is very involved in raising money for Charities involving children, such as The McCarton School (School for Autistic Children), K.I.D.S. (Kids in Distressed Situations), The Parkside School (Language Based Learning Difficulties), and Fashion Delivers (Excess Clothing Inventory going to Disaster-Related Areas).

Kroll sits on the Board of Directors of NYC & Co., New York City's Convention and Business Bureau and on the Board of The McCarton School. She received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 2000. Other awards include: Anchors of Hospitality Industry Award, May 2004, NYC & CO., BizBash Hall of Fame 2005; King's Glove Award for Excellence by IEAM, 2004; Crain's Forty Under Forty; Business Woman of the Year, March 1999, National Association of Women Business Owners; LIM Woman of the Year, 2005; FFANY Fashion Excellence Award; DNR (Daily News Record) Power 100; KIDS Award for Support of Tsunami Victims, March 2005; Office of the Mayor Proclamation for Menswear Day in NYC, awarded by Hon. Rudy Giuliani; Mann Award for Apparel Trade Shows, April 2006.

Jean McFaddin

Marketing and Events Speaker & Consultant
Former Senior Vice President, Macy's Public Realtions and Events

For twenty-five years (1977-2001), Ms.McFaddin served as Macy*s East Senior Vice President in charge of Public Relations and Events, responsible for creating major events to maximize Macy’s sales and brand success. Annually, she produced a full calendar of major public events, including Macy*s award-winning Thanksgiving Day Parade and NYC’s largest on-going 4th of July Fireworks celebration. In addition, Ms. McFaddin and her staff were responsible for developing daily in-store merchandising events, publicity campaigns, and division-wide promotions for all Macy*s East stores from New England to Puerto Rico.

Ms. McFaddin developed the Macy’s Parade and other annual events into multi-dimensional spectaculars that attracted world wide tourists and positive media attention to Macy’s and New York City. Ms. McFaddin has received over a dozen Emmy Awards for her work with NBC on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Ms. McFaddin has served on numerous civic and industry councils which included the Mayor’s Host Committee for the UN 50th Anniversary and NYC 2000 Millennium Committee. She has produced more than one hundred benefit galas and fund raising events which raised millions of dollars for community organizations.

Ms. McFaddin enjoys success as a speaker in our industry and universities, and in her service as a Consultant to event organizations and corporations. This includes being Keynote Speaker and Advisor for the first International Festivals and Events Conference in Beijing, China. Jean McFaddin was celebrated as Grand Marshal for the Atlanta Festival of Trees Parade, plus served as Parade Judge for the Kentucky Derby Festival and Judge for the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant. She is annually a featured speaker at the International Festival and Events Conference. For the past two years, Ms. McFaddin was Keynote & Featured Speaker at the Event Solution’s Conferences and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. She is also honored to be in the IFEA and BizBash “Hall of Fame.” Ms McFaddin is recognized in numerous publications for her success in staging giant scale events, including David Rockwell’s recently released book, ”Spectacle.” She is featured in the History Channel’s documentary “Inside Macys Parade.”

Paul Nicaj

Catering and Promotion
Paul Nicaj, Managing Partner of Battery Gardens, was born in Montenegro and began his career as a busboy at the Plaza Hotel 34 years ago at the age of 18. Since leaving the Plaza, he went to work as the Director of Banquet Services at the Pierre Hotel for 6 years where he pulled in $20 million a year from Special Events.

In 2004, Mr. Nicaj joined partnership with the Makkos family Organization and opened Battery Gardens. Battery Gardens is a Restaurant and Catering facility located at the Southern most tip of Manhattan inside Battery Park overlooking views of the New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.

Battery Gardens hosts 160 Weddings, 75 Corporate Meetings and Catering Events a year and does about 250 covers a day in the Restaurant. These days Paul is known as uncle Paul, and he casts a long shadow in the world of events planning. Paul and his management staff will cater to your needs for any of your private events.

These days, he is known as uncle Paul and he casts a long shadow in the world of event planning.

Party Rental Ltd.

Owned and operated by the Halperin family, Party Rental Ltd has spent the last 30 years transforming the rental industry by providing unique rentals for social, corporate and non profit events. Though their original inventory in the 1970’s consisted of only 100 wooden camp chairs, 1 set of china, 50 tables, and other odds and ends, Party Rental Ltd has developed a reputation for providing industry leading-offering in linens, tables, flatware, china, catering equipment in the country and delivering first-rate customer service time and again. Over the years, Party Rental Ltd has been a friend of the International Special Events Society and has supported events produced by ISES Chapters from Party Rental LTD locations in New York, New Jersey, The Hamptons, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington DC. Tonight we honor Party Rental Ltd for their dedication to serving the events industry and the ISES NY Metro Chapter and for setting the trends in category of.

212.898.0171 info@isesnyc.com
Copyright © 2010 by isesnyc.com. All rights reserved.