August 03, 2021
By Brittany Estes

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2021 Cvent Excellence Awards! This year's winners were announced during the first-ever hybrid ceremony, held during Cvent CONNECT on August 2.

Now in its 9th year, the ceremony brings together the best in the industry at Cvent CONNECT. This year, we were joined by attendees from around the world both in Las Vegas and virtually as we honored the incredible achievements of our industry leaders. 

Celebrating the Industry at the 2021 Cvent Excellence Awards

The awards ceremony highlights customers who are driving innovation in the meetings and events industries in new and inspiring ways. Hosted by Brian Ludwig, Senior Vice President of Sales, and Stacey Fontenot, Senior Vice President of Marketing, the ceremony was packed full of incredible entertainment and surprises. We were treated to a stellar custom performance from our very own version of Elton John, a delicious banquet, and lots of amazing moment to remember.

This year, nominees from around the world joined as we showcased their hard work across ten unique categories, including two brand new categories: the Virtual Virtuoso and Hybrid Hotshot. See more about our amazing winners below and make sure to congratulate all of our finalists as well. 

Want to see the ceremony for yourself? You can watch the entire session on-demand in the Cvent Attendee Hub now. In the meantime, please join us in once again congratulating the 2021 Cvent Excellence Awards winners!

Event Marketing Mastermind

Gerber Technology

​​For their annual ideation user conference in 2020, Gerber Technology used Cvent to target new personas for their first truly global virtual event on the Cvent Attendee Hub.  The marketing team helped prove the value of virtual events in driving a measurable increase in sales pipeline.

SMMP Sensation


Mastercard first partnered with Cvent in 2017 to centralize their Strategic Meetings Management program. Due to this groundwork, they were able to successfully pivot in 2020 while mitigating risk for the business. 

Ace of Safe Spaces


ACT created a scalable and repeatable process to source venues for pop-up testing sites for students who were displaced by pandemic closures and restrictions. They used the Cvent Supplier Network to send hundreds of RFPs in order to successfully hold more than 125 pop-up testing sites that served more than 34,000 student.

ROI Rockstar

Wisconsin Bankers Association

The Wisconsin Bankers Association uses Cvent to manage nearly 100 educational events annually for 8,000 attendees. Using the Attendee Hub for six of their largest conferences, they were able to drive significant increases in attendance and program net profit. 

Pivotal Partner

FCM Meetings & Events

In their seven-year partnership with Cvent, FCM Meetings & Events has managed more than 295,000 registrations, leveraging the Cvent platform to help win more clients, grow their accounts, and improve retention. This year alone, they have added 420 new events – including 100 virtual events with 20,000 attendees. 

The Rookie

MJH Life Sciences

In their first year with Cvent, MJH Life Sciences launched more than 620 events. They relied on Cvent to improve the attendee experience, streamline internal processes, and create synergy across 15 different brands. All associated team members are now Cvent Certified. 

Hybrid Hotshot


InXpress hosted a successful and safe hybrid event in Las Vegas in early 2020 for 100 in-person and 200 virtual attendees using Cvent Event Management, Attendee Hub, Onsite Solutions, and Appointments with support from Cvent’s Virtual Event 360 services team.

Virtual Virtuoso

United Federation of Teachers

With nearly 200,000 members served through their continuing education events, the United Federation of Teachers relies on the Cvent Attendee Hub to support more than 1,500 annual events for 750,000 registrants. 

Cvent Superstar

Michael Goldenberg, Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association

Michael is a dedicated Cvent advocate who spearheaded using the Cvent Attendee Hub for the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association annual conference, helping to triple revenue while driving a 40% increase in registrations. As an active Cvent Community member, a Cvent Celebrity, and an event technology champion for his organization, Michael was able to grow the success of the conference as EATA’s primary source of revenue. 

Power of the Platform


Walmart has partnered with Cvent for 15 years. When the pandemic hit, Walmart turned to Cvent to create a turnkey technology solution for managing the COVID-19 vaccine rollout for millions of associates and customers. To manage mass scheduling, they stood up a solution in 24 hours using the Cvent Event Management platform. To date, Walmart has served more than 120,000 patients through community clinics and partnered with the NBA & WNBA to provide vaccines for players, staff, and families. They expanded their initial six clinic pilot program to more than 100 clinics and counting. 

Want to be an Excellence Awards Winner? 

Don't miss your chance to be recognized during next year's award ceremony at Cvent CONNECT. Check out more information about the Cvent Excellence Awards and make sure to submit when the 2022 submissions open this fall. We're looking forward to exciting entertainment, new virtual event categories, and the chance to celebrate together once again. All finalists receive two free Cvent CONNECT registrations, so don't miss out!


Brittany Estes

After completing graduate school at Vanderbilt University, I spent over a decade writing in the nonprofit, education, and creative fields. In my free time, I enjoy rummaging through old book shops for a rare find, traveling, and learning photography. 
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