ADMEI AWARDS PROGRAM

Established in 2005, the ADMEI Awards Program recognizes member excellence in Destination Management Company (DMC) program, component development, and delivery.  Submissions in over 20 award classifications are judged by a team of international industry professionals and the award winners are celebrated annually at the Awards Gala during the ADMEI Annual Conference. 

The ADMEI Awards Program includes three categories:  Excellence, Achievement and Recognition.

The Excellence Awards identify DMCs that excel in a specific component of Destination Management services for a program.  
The Achievement Awards identify DMCs that excel in Destination Management services for a specific program.
The Recognition Awards recognize peers and industry leaders with special acknowledgement for their efforts and leadership.


Congratulations 2019 Award Winners!

ADMEI is honored to announce the 2019 ADMEI Award Winners for the following categories: Achievement, Members' ChoiceExcellence, and Recognition.  
   

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      ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS!

Best Innovative Event - Under $50,000

Mosaix Group, a DMC Network Company
Charlotte, NC
 VIP Appreciation Event
   

Best Innovative Event - $50,001 - $100,000

Red Velvet Events, a Global DMC Partner
Austin, TX
Race Against the Clock: A Secret IPO Celebration
 
 

Best Innovative Event - $100,001 - $200,000

PRA Nashville
Nashville, TN
"Mow"town
 
 

Best Innovative Event - $200,001 - $500,000

Koncept Events
Oakland Park, FL
The Wild Wild West
 
 

Best Innovative Event - $500,001 - up

PRA Northern California
San Francisco, CA
Living Art Museum
 
 

Best Collaborative Event

Red Velvet Events, a Global DMC Partner  
Realize Colorado, a Global DMC Partner

Austin, TX / Denver, CO
NORCAL Elite Partner Incentive Adventure 
 
 

Best Corporate Social Responsibility

Ultimate Ventures, a DMC Network Company 
Dallas, TX
Winter Wonderland - Giveback Benefiting the Children of Dallas
 
 

Best Destination Marketing 

Accent Indy, a DMC Network Company
Indianapolis, IN
The Superbowl of FAMs
 
 

Best Logistics - Transportation

FM&A Events (Faith Moore & Associates Ltd)
Boston, MA 
Re-Imagining Luxury Train Travel
 
 

Best Public Event

Roberts Event Group, a Hosts Global Member
Jenkintown, PA
Camden Night Gardens: Tides of Change 
 
 

Best Recreational Activity

Realize Colorado, a Global DMC Partner
Denver, CO
Ice Climbing
 
 

Best Teambuilding Activity

Maple Ridge Events, a Hosts Global Member
Nashville, TN
Music City Jam Session
 
 

Best Tour Program

PRA Orlando
Orlando, FL
Dogfighting Days
 
 

Best Overall Program

Hadler DMC Scandinavia, a Hosts Global Member
Copenhagen, Denmark
Truck Dealer Excellence – Northern Exposure 2018

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      MEMBERS' CHOICE WINNER!

Roberts Event Group, a Hosts Global Member
Jenkintown, PA
Camden Night Gardens: Tides of Change 

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      EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS!

Excellence in Cultural and Tradition Integration

Hadler DMC Scandinavia, a Hosts Global Member
Copenhagen, Denmark
Truck Dealer Excellence – Northern Exposure 2018
 
 

Excellence in Entertainment Production

Imprint Events Group, a DMC Network Company
Denver, CO
Beaux Arts Bollywood Ball
 
 

Excellence in Event Décor/Design

Hosts DC, a Hosts Global Member
Washington, DC
A Night at The National Cathedral
 
 

Excellence in Incentive Travel Programming or Service

PRA Orlando
Orlando, FL
Flying High
 
 

Excellence in Meeting Services

Newport Hospitality, Inc., a DMC Network Company
Newport, RI
Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover
 

Excellence in Risk & Crisis Management

Accent Indy, a DMC Network Company
Indianapolis, IN
Super Work Out
 
 

Excellence in Site Inspection

Destination South Meetings + Events, a DMC Network Company 
Juice Studios, a Hosts Global Company
PRA Atlanta
Presenting Atlanta

Atlanta, GA
 From Competitors to Collaborators 
 
 

Excellence in Sustainable Initiatives

Newport Hospitality, Inc., a DMC Network Company
Newport, RI
 Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover
 
 

Excellence in Technical Production

Imprint Events Group, a DMC Network Company
Denver, CO
Super Computing Conference; Excellence in Technical Production
 
 

Excellence in Technology Integration

CSI Florida
Orlando, FL
Dash for Cash

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      RECOGNITION AWARD WINNERS!

Destination Management Rising Star

Megan Johnston, DMCP
Accent Indy, a DMC Network Company
Indianapolis, IN
 
 

Destination Management Professional of the Year

Michelle Castady Orlando, DMCP
360 Destination Group, Chicago
Chicago, IL

 

ADMEI Volunteer of the Year

Pat Owings, DMCP, CMP
Maple Ridge Events, a Hosts Global Member
Nashville, TN
 
 

Joanne O'Connor President's Award

 
Carol A. Norfleet, DMCP, CMP
PRA Nashville
Nashville, TN
 
 
 

Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Award

Terry Epton, DMCP, CIS, CITE
Hosts New Orleans, a Hosts Global Member
New Orleans, LA

 

 

Awards Information

2020 AWARD PROGRAM IMPORTANT DATES (Tentative)

September 1, 2018 Beginning Date for Eligible Programs
August 31, 2019 Cut-off Date for Eligible Programs
   
August 1, 2019 Award Entry Site Open
August 31, 2019 Early Bird Entry Deadline ($25 savings)
  Nominations for Recognition Awards Due
September 30, 2019 Regular Entry Deadline
October 18, 2019    Late Entry Deadline ($25 late fee)
  Recognition Entry Deadline
December 17, 2019 Finalists Notified
January 6, 2020 
Finalists' Storyboard Artwork Due
February 1, 2020 Awards Gala
Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino
San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

Client Permission Request

Each entry must have the permission of the client to complete the entry process.  A sample letter is included in the 2020 ADMEI Awards FAQ-Checklist.

Storyboards

Each Achievement Award Finalist will be asked to submit an electronic storyboard that highlights their program/event.   These storyboards will be displayed on the ADMEI website and at the Annual Conference on LCD televisions throughout the pre-function space.  Storyboards must be designed and submitted in widescreen ratio (16:9), landscape format (maximum size:  1920px wide), web/screen resolution 72 pixels per inch.   Please remember that larger files will take longer to load on the website; files should be under 5 MB.

Storyboards are due to the ADMEI office no later than January 6, 2020 for posting on the ADMEI website.

Storyboard Specifications

ADMEI Awards Storyboard specs

 Questions?

Please email info@admei.org with your questions with AWARDS in the subject.  We will respond as quickly as possible.

Awards Process

Have you ever wondered how the ADMEI awards process works? Once all of the on-line supporting documents and back up are uploaded and the entry paid for, what happens next?

Here’s a handy guide to exactly what happens after you press “Enter” and hope for the best.

Step One

ADMEI company members are invited to submit their best programs to compete for a coveted ADMEI  Award via the awards website. Each entry must be completed and paid for by the final registration deadline to qualify for judging. ADMEI uses an awards entry platform website that is managed and maintained by a third party. The site is customized by the ADMEI staff for the type of entry – Achievement, Excellence or Recognition.  The individual at the DMC who creates the entry is responsible for ensuring that company names and entry names are correct. 

Step Two

After the final deadline, ADMEI staff does a quick review of all paid entries and disqualifies any for the reasons listed in the awards submission criteria document. This document can be found on the ADMEI website under the ADMEI Awards section.

 Step Three

Judges from around the world and familiar with DMCs (association and corporate planners, hoteliers, venues, photographers, production companies, agencies, etc.) are then divided into teams and assigned a category to judge. Judges are not permitted to judge a category that contains an entry that is within their same city, state in the US, or country outside the US.  Judging is anonymous -- judges do not see any company specific information - only what was submitted via the ADMEI awards website. ADMEI strives to have each entry judged by a minimum of 5 judges.

Judges are instructed to eliminate a company from consideration if they find any indication of the company name in the supporting documents, including photos.  Disqualifications will occur from photos containing staff with company logos on their apparel, name on the SOS, or other items.

Each judge logs on to the awards website, has 2-3 weeks to review the materials presented, and assigns points values for each question. Each question can receive a point rating as low as 1 or as high as 10.

Step Four

The awards website then generates a list of finalists to ADMEI based on the points earned in each category. Based on number of entries received per category and baring any ties, the top 3 in each category is generated automatically by the awards web platform (top 5 for Best Overall Program). The ADMEI office then notifies the finalists for each category.

This third-party awards platform generates all of the documents ADMEI uses during the awards notification process.  ADMEI will review the final list for misspellings and accuracy, checking with the person who completed the entry if there are any questions.

 Step Five

Using the third-party-platform email fuction, all entrants are notified if they are a finalist or not.  Finalists are announced via Quick Notes and the list is posted on the website. Press releases are sent to industry trade publications.  Each finalist company will have a chance to review this list and notify ADMEI of any final adjustments on their name or entry title. ADMEI then orders the awards based on the finalist list, approximately 4 weeks prior to the Awards Gala.

Step Six

The ADMEI Director of Awards and ADMEI Awards Committee review the finalists list. The Awards Committee then begins working on the Awards Gala production schedule, Awards Program document, and secures presenters for each category.

Achievement Award finalists send Storyboards to ADMEI.

Step Seven

The ADMEI Awards Gala night arrives and finalists are celebrated and winners are recognized!

 

 

Award Categories

EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The Excellence Award is for specific component of DMC services (technology integration/décor/crisis management).
  • Excellence in Risk & Crisis Management
  • Excellence in Technical Production
  • Excellence in Entertainment Production
  • Excellence in Event Décor/Design
  • Excellence in Incentive Travel Programming or Service
  • Excellence in Site Inspection
  • Excellence in Meeting Services
  • Excellence in Technology Integration
  • Excellence in Sustainable Initiatives
  • Excellence in Cultural & Tradition Integration

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

The Achievement Award is for an entire program (teambuilding/event/tour program).


BEST INNOVATIVE EVENT

  • Under $50,000
  • $50,001 - $100,000
  • $100,001 - $200,000
  • $200,001 – $500,000
  • $500,001 and up

 BEST LOGISTICS

  • Best Transportation Logistics

 BEST CREATIVE ACTIVITY

  • Best Teambuilding Activity
  • Best Tour Program
  • Best Recreational Activity
  • Best Public Event
  • Best Destination Marketing
  • Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program

BEST COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM

 

BEST OVERALL PROGRAM

 

MEMBERS CHOICE AWARD

 

RECOGNITION AWARDS

Recognition Awards honor peers and industry leaders with special acknowledgement for their efforts and leadership.
  • ADMEI Volunteer of the Year (VOY)
  • Destination Management Rising Star (DMRS)
  • Destination Management Professional of the Year (DMPY)
  • Hall of Fame | Lifetime Achievement Award (HOF)