The new 2012-2014 Bridal Show Producers International Board of Directors, winner of 2012 Director’s Cup Award, 2012 Spirit Award winners, and 2012 Star Award winners were announced at the BSPI Conference on Saturday, May 5, at the W Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona.
2012-2014 BSPI Board of Directors
Director: Sue Gallardo, Business Network, Sacramento, California
Co-Director: Bill Heaton, Great Bridal Expo Group, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Secretary: Sue Diehl, Visuelle Productions, New London, Wisconsin
Treasurer/Past Director: Bruce Thiebauth, Bridal Fair®, Omaha, Nebraska
Membership Director: Don Freedman, FreedmanAssociates, Greensboro, North Carolina
International Member Relations Director: Brad Buckles, Buckles Group, Inc., Bellevue, Washington
Member Relations Director: Amanda Andrews, Wedding Palace Bridal Show Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Image and Branding Director: Laura DiGirolamo, Forever Bridal Productions, Raleigh, North Carolina
Advertising and PR Director: Ralph Desuse, Kiss The Bride Productions, Pasadena, California
Website Director: Fred Jacob, Jacob Marketing, Inc., Knoxville, Tennessee
Education Director: Tommy Vaughan, Elite Bridal Events LLC, Snellville, Georgia
Supplies and Services Director: Marc Wheeler, Wedding Festivals, Inc., Greenville, South Carolina
Associate Member Director: Jerry Russo, Royal Prestige, Mt. Lake, New Jersey
The Director’s Cup recognizes the industry’s most outstanding bridal show producers who demonstrate professionalism, character, integrity and performance. The award is the highest and most prestigious recognition given in the bridal show producer industry. The 2012 Director’s Cup winner is Bill Heaton, Great Bridal Expo Group, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The Spirit Award is an award given to members by the current Director to recognize members who give of themselves “above and beyond” to the organization. This year BSPI honors two winners: Sue & Buzz Gallardo, Business Network, Sacramento, California and Kathie James, The Bridal Group of Companies, Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The Star Awards are bestowed to bridal show productions based on certain advertising categories. The Board of Directors select the categories and these categories and specific criteria may change from year to year. Entries are anonymously judged by a third-party panel to include experts in the respective categories. Here are the 2012 Star Awards Winners.
Best TV & Advertising: The Wedding Guys®, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Best Exhibitor Marketing Piece: The Wedding Guys®, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Best Radio Advertising: UK Wedding Shows, Southport Merseyside, England, UK
Best Fashion Show (Over $12,000): UK Wedding Shows, Southport Merseyside, England, UK
Congratulations, new board members and honored winners!
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