BSPi is an international association of bridal show producers who come together each year to share ideas and learn from each other so as to enhance the quality of bridal shows for both exhibitors and brides. This year, our conference was held in beautiful Greenville, South Carolina. As part of our annual conference, we share in an awards night banquet to recognize the work and talent found within our group of show producers. To be recognized at an international level is quite an honour. Star Awards entries are judged by multiple judges in (at least) four markets that include East, West and Central USA, as well as Canada, making the process as well rounded and fair as possible.
The Stars of 2016 were as follows:
Bride Marketing & Advertising Forever Bridal Productions (Raleigh, NC)
Exhibitor Marketing & Advertising The Bridal Group (Calgary, AB)
Digital Marketing & Advertising Premier Bridal Shows (Ridgeland, MS)
TV Advertising Showcase Events (Hilton Head Island, SC)
Radio Advertising Forever Bridal Productions (Raleigh, NC)
Website Showcase Events (Hilton Head Island, SC)
Image & Branding Forever Bridal Productions (Raleigh, NC)
Supernova The Bridal Group (Calgary, AB)
Fashion Show <$10,000 Elite Events (Snellville.GC)
Fashion Show $10,000-$20,000 Wedding Palace Bridal Show (Ottawa, ON)
Fashion Show >$20,000 The Bridal Group (Calgary, AB)
Gold Standard The Bridal Group (Calgary, AB)
Two other remarkable rewards should also be mentioned, as they are two of the highest honours in the bridal show industry. Our association recently lost one of its best! Buzz Gallardo was the essence of what the spirit of BSPi truly is. He was a remarkable individual who instilled confidence in every person who encountered his infectious positivity. This year the Spirit of BSPi award was renamed the Buzz Gallardo Spirit of BSPi Award. The person honoured to be the first recipient of this renamed honour, was none other than Al Stehlik!
Last, but certainly not least, is the Directors Cup Award, which is the highest and most prestigious recognition given in the industry, recognizing the industry’s single most outstanding producers who demonstrates professionalism, character, integrity and performance. This year’s deserving recipient was Brad Buckles.
I was honoured to chair the star awards committee and would like to congratulate our winners! I look forward to serving this committee again for the next two years.
Bridal Show Producer International
Star Awards Chair Director