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Overall Excellence Chapter Award



Past Chapter Awards Recipients


Current Awards

2023: Adam Tanguay, Go Team Events

2022: Kara Ferguson, American Orthopaedic Association

2021: Tanya Mishigian, US Poker & Casino Parties

2020: Heather Brown, CMP, DMCP

2019: Adam Hud, PSAV

2018: Luciana Clark, Total Event Resources

2017: Rebecca DeLuca, CMP, CHME, Las Vegas Convention & Visitor Authority

2016: Carolyn Paradowski, CMP, CNA Insurance

2015: Cory Fransway, CMP, CMM, Experient, a Maritz Travel Company         

2014: Fergal O'Sullivan, CMP, CASE, Marriott International, Inc.

2013: Tina Reedy, TRAVIS Inc. Audio Visual

2012: Judi Holler, Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel

2011: Laura Stoll, The Riot Act

2010: Lisa Meredith, Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau

2009: Cherai Lewis, Projection Presentation Technology

2008: Jamie Shamhart, Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts

2007: Alisa Peters, CMP, Chicago Indoor Racing

2006: Sara Bailey, CMP, Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Team, Inc.

2005: Jim Grillo, CMP, Hereschicago,com

2004: Kelly Wood, Omni Hotels

2003: Kimberlie Nitz, PSI Engineering

2002: Joyce Paschall, CMP

2001: Heidi Edinger, CMP, Puerto Rico Convention Center

2000: Sue Tinnish, SEAL, Inc.

1999: Tracy Furner Stein, CMP, The Hyland Group

1998: Paul Allen, CMP

1997: Tony Lorenz, CMP, ProActive, Inc.

1996: Katie Callahan-Giobbi, Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau

1995: Judy Brady

1994: Pamela Bronkema-Deprez, CMP

1993: Lise Puckorious, CMP, SmithBucklin

1992: Brian Palmer, National Speaker Bureau

1991: Francine Pepitone, Francine Marketing


Event-Based Committee: Golf Committee
Service-Based Committee: Membership

2022: Golf Committee

2021: Marketing & Communications

2020: Trivia Committee

2019: Partnership Development

2018: Industry Xchange, 2016-2017

2017: Education Programs 

2016: Golf Committee

2015: Leadership Development Committee


Event-Based Committee: Annual Awards Recognition Gala
Service-Based Committee: Sponsorship


Event-Based Committee: Technology Conference
Service-Based Committee: Membership Retention

2012: Marketing & Communications Committee

2011: Special Events Committee

2010: Educational Conference & Awards Recognition Committee

2009: Education Programs Committee

2008: Student Affairs Committee

2007: News & Views Committee

2006: Educational Conference Committee

2005: Membership Committee

2004: Marketing/Public Relations Committee

2003: Membership Committee

2002: No winner

2001: No winner

2000: Education Programs Committee

2023: C. Dallas Golden

2022: Loretta Yingling, Visit Raleigh

2021: Adam Hud, Encore Global

2020: Jeff Durocher

2019: Sasha Sook, Summit Chicago 

2018: Heather Brown, CMP, DMCP, AlliedPRA

2017: Michelle Castady Orlando, DMCP 

2016: Rick Hud, San Francisco Travel Association

2015: Joe Hirsch, PSAV

2014: Margie McCartney, AlliedPRA Destination Management, Inc

2013: Aine O'Brien, Scoozi

2012: Catherine McKenna, CMP, CMM, Peabody Hotels

2011: Judi Holler, Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel

2010: Denise Mongoven, San Diego Convention Center

2009: Lisa Meredith, Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau

2008: Bob Higa, The Higa Group

2007: Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, CMM, Mexico Tourism Board

2006: Maureen Larson, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

2005: John Potterton, CMP, Summit Executive Centre

2004: Andre Valk, CMP, Hinton & Grusich

2003: Donna Bongiovanni, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

2002: Katie Callahan-Giobbi, Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau

2001: Barbara Quigley, CMP

2000: Ted Miller, CHSE, CHSP, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

1999: Lora Stanley, Anaheim/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau

1998: Lee Pomerance, CMP

1997: Kathy Miller, Total Event Resources

1996: Terry O'Brien, Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau

1995: Rhonda Meyers-Chesney, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

1994: Kathleen Kozminske, Hinton & Grusich

1993: Eleanor Woods

1992: Mary Brodie, CMP

1991: Coleman, CMP

1990: Bill Grusich, CMP, Hinton & Grusich

1989: Francine Pepitone, Francine Marketing

1988: No winner

1987: Jeffrey Kuroski

1986: Pat Hall

2023: Visit Raleigh

2022: NHS Global Events

2021: US Poker & Casino Parties

2019: Travis Inc.

2018: No winner

2017: Caesars Entertainment Corporation 

2016: Summits of Chicago

2015: Freeman Audio Visual

2014: Experient, A Maritz Travel Company

2013: Hard Rock Café Chicago

2012: Classic Party Rentals

2011: CORT Event Furnishings, IHG InterContinental Hotels Group,

2010: Chicago Indoor Racing

2009: Mexico Tourism Board

2008: The Hyland Group

2007: Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

2006: BBJ Linen

2005: Carmel Music & Entertainment

2004: Edward Fox Photography, Electronics Representatives Association

2003: The Meetinghouse Companies, Inc., Association of Legal Administrators

2002: Hilton Hotels Corporation, American Academy of Pediatrics

2001: ProActive, Inc., American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

2000: Andersen Consulting, Association Forum of Chicagoland

1999: Source4 (formerly Available Business Group), Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

1998: George L. Jewell Catering Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

1997: Affordable Signs & Graphics, a division of Harris & Hindrich Display Company, Inc., Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association

1996: Association Management Center, Automotive Service Industry Association

1995: Hyatt Regency Chicago, American Hardware Manufacturers Association

1994: Hinton & Grusich, Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

1993: Sara Lee Corporation

1992: Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Council of Logistics Management

1991: SmithBucklin, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

1990: CNA Insurance Companies, American Bar Association

1989: McDonald's Corporation, American Medical Association

2023: Bill Feldgreber, Wood Fire Tavern

2022: Fergal O'Sullivan, CMP, CASE, Marriott International

2021: Margie McCartney, DMCP, CIS, McCartney Partners

2019: Bill Kubiak, CSEP, Freeman

2018: No winner 

2017: Tracy Furner Stein 

2016: Katie Callahan-Giobbi, Minding Your Business, Inc.

2015: Lisa Mikita, CMP, CAE, American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine

2014: Joyce Paschall, CAE, CMP, American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine

2013: Kevin Hinton, Associated Luxury Hotels International

2012: Rick Hud, San Francisco Travel Association

2011: No winner

2010: No winner

2009: Jim Grillo, CMP, Here’s Chicago

2008: Sue Tinnish, SEAL Inc.

2007: Tony Lorenz, CMP

2006: Bill Host, Jr., CMP, Manfred Steinfeld School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Roosevelt University

2005: Francine Pepitone, CMM, MAS, Francine Marketing Inc

2004: Ted Miller, CMP, CHSE, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

2003: Bill Grusich, CMP, Hinton & Grusich

2002: Michele Wierzgac, MS, CMM. Michele & Company

2001: Kay Granath, Association Management Center

2000: Brian Hile, CHME, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

1999: Brian Palmer, National Speakers Bureau

1998: John P. Potterton, CMP, Summitt Executive Conference Centre

1997: James Daggett, CMP, JR Daggett & Assoicates

1996: Barbara Miner, CMP, Sara Lee Corporation

1995: Coleman, CMP

1994: Jerry Francis, CMP, The Francis Companies

1993: David Hinton, Hinton & Grusich

1992: Michael D. Ferguson

1991: Anthony L. d'Eca

1990: Chris Mahaffey

1989: Hub Erickson

2021: Rose Horcher, CMP, CEM, CGSP, Choose Chicago

2019: Tony Lorenz, CMM, PRA Business Events2018: Sean Lynch, NHS Global Events

2017: Valerie Braun, Arena Americas

2016: Brian Palmer, National Speakers Bureau

2015: Ted Miller, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP, Starwood Hotels

2014: Kathy Miller,Total Event Resources

2013: Susan Tinnish, PhD, Kendall College

2012: Jim Grillo, CMP, HeresChicago.com

2011: Mayor Richard M. and Maggie Daley

2010: Chicago 2016 Committee

2009: Carol E. Kuc, CMP, Complete Conference Coordinators, Inc

2008: Barbara Lee Cohen, CAE, CMP, PRODUCTIONS USA, Inc.

2007: Deborah Sexton, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)

2006: JoAnn Bedrosian-Ryan, United Airlines

2005: Dr. Gerald F. Bober, Manfred Steinfeld School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Roosevelt University

2004: Janet Davies, ABC-7 Chicago

2003: Kathleen Kozminske, Hinton & Grusich

2002: Evelyn Laxgang, Motorola

2001: Rhonda Chesney, CMP, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

2000: Jonathon Howe, Howe & Hutton, LTD

1999: Francine Pepitone, Francine Marketing

1998: William R. Host, CMP. Roosevelt University

1997: Gerald Roper, Greater Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

1996: Robert McAuliffe, CAE, CMP (posthumus)

1995: John Potterton, CMP, Summit Executive Conference Centre

1994: Raymond Hall, CMP, Electronics Representatives Association

1993: Kathy Osterman, Mayor's Office of Special Events

2023: Sandra Carlson, CDW

2021: Michelle Dallas, TMA

2020: Kelsey Kottkamp, CMP

2019: Carolyn Paradowski Capobianco, CNA Insurance 

2018: Tara Gray, CMP, CIS, Maritz Travel Company

2017: Tammy L. Anderson, CMP, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

2016: Andrew James Kalchik, AbbVie

2015: Colleen Neubauer, CMP, National Council of State Boards of Nursing

2014: Char Shada, CMP, Experient, a Maritz Travel Company

2013: Cathy Bordelon, Mayer Brown LLP

2012: Sonal Sullivan, CMP, HIMSS

2011: Michael T. Smith, CMP, Experient, Inc.

2010: Jane Mundell, CMP, Association of Legal Administrators

2009: Barbara Thavis, CMP, Select Meeting Sites, Inc.

2008: Karen Emanuelson, CMP, Creative Group, Inc.

2007: Gayle Bonforte, CMP, McDermott, Will & Emery

2006: Kathy Horky, CMP, Accenture

2005: Lisa J. Mikita, CMP, CAE, Association of Legal Administrators

2004: Mary Jo Blythe, CMP, MASTERPLAN, Inc

2003: Edina Lessack, CMP, Meetings & Events USA

2002: Kathie Niesen, CMP, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

2001: Vicky Betzig, CMP, JR Daggett & Associates

2000: Terri Carlton, CMP, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

1999: Sally Magallanes, CMP

1998: Mollie Mercado, CMP, Intermedia

1997: Joyce Paschall, CMP

1996: Denise Stauder, CMP, Northern Illinois University

1995: David Irvin, CMP

1994: Kay Granath, CMP, Association Management Center

1993: Linda Ross, CMP

1992: Kathryn Bradford

1991: Pamela Bronkema-Deprez, CMP

1990: No winner

1989: Michael D. Ferguson

1988: Mary Sue Lyon

1987: Kay Granath, CMP Association Management Center

1986: Jerry Francis, CMP The Francis Companies


Superhero Award: Hilary Saurer, Levy Restaurants
Chapter MVP: Heather Warthen, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants (The Dalcy Event Hall)
Change-maker Award: IDEA Committee


Dynamic Duo
Erika Johnson, Chicago History Museum
Alli Shebek, PRA Event, Inc.

MR. MPI: Rick Hud, Monterey County Convention & Visitor's Bureau

MPI Influencer: Kerri Miller, City Experiences


Fergal O'Sullivan, CMP, CASE
Heather Warthen
2020-2021 Board of Directors


Maria Marchesi
Aine O’Brien


Michelle Castady Orlando, 360 Destination Group
Michelle Johnson, The Anchor Group
Misty Lichter, Garrett Popcorn


Kathleen Clickett Newsome, EXPERIENT, A Maritz Travel Company
Michael Hahn, Hero Habits 
Rick Hud, San Francisco Travel Association


Travis Reedy, TRAVIS Inc.
Katie Callahan-Giobbi, Minding Your Business 
Greg Werstler, ComedySportz Chicago 


Rebecca DeLuca, CMP, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
Scott Durkin, Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company
Sean Lynch, NHS Global Events


Fergal O’Sullivan, CMP, CASE, Marriott International
Marc Moison, Edge Showtek


Nikki Augsburger, Meeting Expectations
Chrissy Ward, CAE


Mike Tarr, CMP, Choose Chicago
Don Welsh, Choose Chicago


Inspiration & Effort: Sean Lynch, NHS
Dedicated Industry Professional: Kevin Boland, The Drake Hotel
Most Valuable Player: Judi Holler, Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel


Char Shada, CMP, Experient, Inc.
Anthony Stewart, Experient, Inc.
Thom Ward, Dining Connections


Achievement: Joe Hirsch, PSAV Presentation Services
Effort: Char Shada, CMP, Experient
Team Spirit: Sean Lynch, NHS


Joyce Paschall, CAE, CMP, American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine
Beth Whitman Chitnis, Meeting Expectations

2008: John Potterton, CMP

2007: Claudia Hinton & All Golf Committees


Kevin Hinton, hinton+grusich
Mollie Mercado, CMP, Intermedia Meetings & Events
Michelle Snyder, Raceworks, Ltd.

2005: Bob Higa, The Higa Group


Kimberlie Nitz, PSI Engineering
Lisa Mikita, CMP, Association of Legal Administrator
Sara Bailey, GES Events

2003: Aileen Laracuente, Puerto Rico Convention & Visitors Bureau

2002: Sue Tinnish, SEAL, Inc

2001: Bill O'Donnell, Source4


Tony Lorenz, CMP, ProActive, Inc
Lisa Tonsager, DMI

1999: Patricia Gondek, CMP

1998: Terri Carlton, CMP, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

1997: William R. Host, CMP. Roosevelt University

1996: Mary McPherson

1995: No winner

1994: Marcia Swan, CMP, Captive Resources

2023 (NEW):

Jennie Kramer, The Blackstone Hotel
Courtenay Lipkay, The Sonesta Hotel (Chicago: River North, Downtown, The Allegro Hotel
Laura Harris, Project Worldwide

Retired Awards

Adam Tanguay, Go Team Events
Tom Kokinakos, Inspired Catering


Lindsay Plath, CMP, Illinois Association of School Business Officials
Holly O'Donnell, DISC Certified, Slone Solutions, LLC
Jennifer Charles, MBA, CMP, College of DuPage


Allison Hines, NHS Global Events
Mallory Mondloch, Choose Chicago
Jessica Lindberg, Edward Fox Photography & Video


Kara Ferguson, American Society of Anesthesiologists
Erika Johnson, Chicago History Museum


Kim Funk, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago
Amanda Jackson, CMP, Network Services Company
Hilary Saurer, River Roast 


Justine Radies, CNA Insurance Companies
Angela Vazquez, LondonHouse Chicago
Sasha Sook, CMP, Summits of Chicago


Brook Weidman, The W Hotels of Chicago
Lindsay Woike, American College of Healthcare Executives
Emily Yao, Paramount Events


Tanya Kinsman, CMP, American Dental Association
Christie Springer, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago
Greg Wersler, ComedySportz of Chicago


Sara Broderick,Wynn Las Vegas
Melissa Hahn, CMP, Meetings & Incentives Worldwide, Inc.
Adam Hud, PSAV
Kris Marinelli-Jebson, MGM International
Anthony Molino, Hiltons of Chicago
Melissa Swakow, NHS Global


Cesar Barradas, MSAT, CMP
Kathleen Clickett
Justin Ely
Jill Kaplan
David Kinney
Carolyn Paradowski, CMP
Jaime Paton, CMP
Alli Schwartz


Jill Brown Smith
George Chrisopulos
Rhonda Grizzard
Jennifer Radcliffe
Tina Reedy
Katherine Strandquist
Anne Zambrano


Conor Cunneen
Danielle Czyz
Andrew Ettenhofer
Svetlana Kramarova-Battaglin
Kelly Williams, CMP


Meghan Keelean
Emily Miller
Kristine Morgan, CMP
Kathleen Nelson


Courtney M. Anderson, CMP
Alison Ray, CMP
Pamela Patsavas, CSEP
Erin Stahowiak
Jeffrey Urban, CMP


Kristine Buechsenschuetz
Katie Cavarretta
Beth Ciampi
Tobey Giese
Keri Hinton
Aine O'Brien


Cynthia Balcer
Jeff Gassaway
Jacqueline Ingram
Karen Jarboe
Erin Seal
Bobbie Soeder


Kevin Boland
Kori Gassaway
Cherai Lewis
Alisa Peters, CMP
Jamie Shamhart
Deborah Supan


Jill Angelo Cummins
Jenny de Borja
Karen Emanuelson, CMP
Craig Raughton
Michele Snyder
Sonal Sullivan
Rob Wennerstrom


Patty Coen
Lanie Hartman
Jon Hixon
Mekeda Johnson
Kate Williams
Sharon Young


Susan Avery
Mike Hamilton
Kevin Hinton
Aileen Laracuente
Jennie Miller, CMP
Peggy Pissarreck, CMP


Aaron Adair
Amanda Bonnell
Rick Hud
Toni Kosaris
Denise Mongoven


Sandra Delgado
Ken Fischang, CHME, CMP
Jim Grillo
Donna Masiulewicz, CMP
Kimberlie Nitz, CMP
Katie Otto, CMP
Shannon Villeneuve


Gayle Bonforte, CMP
Karen Hamilton, CMP
Candace Hoffman
Stephanie Quinn
Patty Stevens
Janet Sullivan


Melissa Burger
Charlotte Consentino
Nancy Powell
Hayat Pronovost
Jule Uddfolk


Sara Bailey
Linda Burns
Stacy Lucherini
Grace Ann Mark
Liten Swanson
Kelly Wood


Bob Beach, CMP
Vicky Betzig, CMP
Gay Z. Boundy
Denise Cat
Bill O'Donnell
Barb Quigley, CMP


Pat Dolan, CMP
Sara Marach
Jennifer Snyder
Tracy Furner Stein


Donna Bongiovanni
Sherri Budz
Nancy Day
Debra Govaker


Cynthia Carlson
William Host, CMP
Kathy Miller
Peg Noone
Louise Olson, CMP
Norma Taylor, CMP


Carol A.Balbanow, CMP
Kimberly Edwards
Marlene Elliott
Lauree Harp
Agnes Lorincz, CMP
Terry O'Brien


Jill Fritz
Karen Marsch
Steve Wagmeister


Melissa Tucker, PRA Events, Inc.


Dillin Ravenscraft, Ateema Media & Marketing


Emily Thompson, American Epilepsy Society


Jordan Kusiak, River Roast 


Emily Piotrowski, CNA Insurance


Alise Zarina 


Bunny Lee
Nicole Price, MBA, CMP, The Breathing Festival
Whitney Taylor, Quest Events


Hirman Ahmad


JuneElise Marasigan


Kristin Ferraris


No winner


Bradley Kenaga


Svetlana Kramarova

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