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BizBash to Honor Five Southern California Event Industry Icons and Two Rising Stars at 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
WHAT: BizBash Media, a global leader in the meetings and special events industry has named Steve Goodling, President & CEO of the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, as a BizBash Hall of Fame inductee.
WHEN: Thursday, March 16, 2017
WHERE: Universal Studios Lot
Steve Goodling, President & CEO of the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, is being honored by BizBash Media, a global leader in the meetings and special events industry. On March 16, Steve will be inducted into the BizBash Hall of Fame during its 2017 Induction Ceremony on the Universal Studios Lot.
The Hall of Fame is BizBash’s highest industry honor and inductees are chosen based on their contributions to the industry. BizBash’s Hall of Fame press release cites Steve’s success at shaping a new brand image for the CVB and weaving the organization into the Long Beach community. “His work has made Long Beach a sought-after destination for conferences across the globe, including the five-year residency of TED,” states BizBash.
Below is the press release from BizBash:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BizBash to Honor Five Southern California Event Industry Icons and Two Rising Stars
at 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Cheryl Cecchetto, Steve Goodling, Edward Perotti, Sharon Sacks, the Los Angeles Times’ Event Team, Caroline Lett, and Justin Tribe to be honored at ceremony on March 16.
LOS ANGELES, CA—BizBash, the premier resource for event and meeting professionals, will applaud the achievements of five industry trailblazers in Southern California and the accomplishments of two promising rising stars during its 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The celebration will take place at the Universal Studios Lot on March 16, 2017, in partnership with Blueprint Studios, NBC Universal, and Wolfgang Puck Catering.
During the 2017 ceremony, BizBash will for the first time honor two up-and-coming event professionals as “Rising Stars,” recognizing the important roles these young talents play in the evolution of live experiences.
“Our goal is to make the Hall of Fame Ceremony a heartfelt gathering, celebrating the astonishing strides our industry has made,” said David Adler, BizBash C.E.O. and founder. “Southern California’s event landscape, and the industry as a whole, would not be where it is today without the incredible efforts of our 2017 honorees. We want to honor those who have transformed the way we conceive live experiences, as well as acknowledge the emerging innovators taking risks and catapulting events even further.”
The 2017 BizBash Hall of Fame Honorees:
Cheryl Cecchetto, owner and president of Sequoia Productions, has been the creative force behind the coveted Primetime Emmys Governors Ball, Emmys Creative Arts Ball, and Academy Awards Governors Ball for nearly 30 years. Her cutting-edge creativity, confidence, and attention to detail have made her one of Hollywood’s leading event producers and a high-demand speaker, radio, and television personality.
Steve Goodling, president and C.E.O. of the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, brought his more than 30 years of hotel and destination marketing experience to create a new brand for the CVB, interweaving it into the fabric of the community. His work has made Long Beach a sought-after destination for conferences across the globe, including the five-year residency of TED.
Edward Perotti, senior director of global meetings, events, and travel at VMware, has been creating one-of-a-kind experiences for more than 25 years, drawing from his diverse background encompassing design, travel, hospitality, food and beverage, and philanthropy. With unique events ranging from 10 to 15,000 participants, he has cultivated a devoted following of ecstatic clients and guests.
Sharon Sacks, president and founder of Sacks Productions, has been an internationally sought after event planner and lifestyle guru for princes and presidents, athletes and actors, entertainers and innovators, and countless Hollywood elite. From intimate weddings to 60,000-person experiences, her designs illustrate perfection and elegant glamour and have become the benchmarks of a growing industry.
The Los Angeles Times Event Team has brought readers the information they need to make their lives more productive and enjoyable. As an extension of that mission, they produce an annual series of compelling public events, including the Festival of Books and The Taste.
The 2017 BizBash Rising Star Recipients:
Caroline Lett, director of campaign events at the University of Southern California, was named one of the “25 Young Professionals to Watch,” and produces high-level events for the USC’s $6 billion capital campaign.
Justin Tribe, conference and incentive planner at In-N-Out Burger, was quickly promoted within 10 months of joining the team, where he executes everything from workshops and conferences to award dinner and incentive trips.
ABOUT BIZBASH HALL OF FAME:
BizBash has hosted Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, South Florida, Southern California, Toronto, and Boston. Additional information can be found at www.bizbash.com/about-us/hall-of-fame.
BizBash empowers event professionals with ideas, intelligence, and resources to create smarter events. Each month, more than 225,000 unique users across North America and beyond look to BizBash for venue discovery, event style, technology, and tools for their next event. Visit us at www.bizbash.com. Follow us at @BizBash on Twitter and Instagram or www.facebook.com/bizbash.
About the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official entity contracted by the City of Long Beach to promote the city as a meetings and tourism destination. The LBCVB is a professional sales and marketing organization comprised of three main departments: Convention Sales/Services, Marketing/Membership and Digital Communications/Public Relations. Managed by a board of directors comprised of Long Beach business and community leaders, the LBCVB is a membership organization with more than 400 members, including hospitality partners, businesses, community organizations and individuals.