by Lisa Grimaldi | October 01, 2004
The International Special Events Society named the winners of the Esprit Award for excellence in event planning at Eventworld, the society’s annual meeting, held in August in Chicago, where ISES is based. Among the winning firms:
    Two companies, P&V Enterprises of New York City and Vok Dams Gruppe, based in Wuppertal, Germany, shared the top honors for best creative concept.
    In the category of corporate event planning, budget of up to $50,000, Toronto-based Eclectic Events International took the prize; for budget of $50,001 to $100,000, The Meetinghouse Companies in Elmhurst, Ill., won the top spot, and for budget over $100,000, Toronto-based Hala Event & Communications was the recipient.
    In the catering category, informally called the “créme de la créme” award, Thomas Caterers of Distinction, based in Indianapolis, won for off-premise catering, while the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, won for on-premise catering.
    For entertainment production, Calgary, Canada-based e=mc2 Event Management won in the budget of up to $30,000 category; Toronto-based Visions Display won for the $30,001-$75,000 slot, and Orlando-based T. Skorman Productions took top honors for a budget over $75,000.