July 02, 2016
By Cvent Guest

2016 marked the fourth year for the Plannie Awards, where nine best-in-class practitioners were honored at a sumptuous Cvent CONNECT luncheon.

No award ceremony would be complete without pageantry, especially when you’re at The Venetian | The Palazzo Las Vegas. Awards Ceremony guests were treated to a Dean Martin-esque performance of the classic tune, That’s Amore – but with a twist, where new lyrics captured the many incredible skills today’s top planners possess.

With learning and networking ranking as the top two reasons why people attend conferences, the Plannie Awards delivered on both counts extraordinary well.

In an effort to extend the Cvent CONNECT learning and networking value runway, we’d like to share a list of this year’s winners and finalists. Perhaps there’s a category you’re looking to enhance in the coming months? If so, stay tuned for future posts where we’ll dig into specific things these extra-mile teams did to earn their spot in the Plannies winner’s circle.

Category: POWER OF THE PLATFORM

Outstanding Achievement Across the Cvent Platform Winner: Illumina, Inc.
Finalists: Meetings & Incentives Worldwide, YPO

Category: THE SAVVY SOURCER

Outstanding Achievement in Sourcing Winner: Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.
Finalists: Association of American Medical Colleges, Fox World Travel

Category: THE LISTENER

Best Event Feedback Strategy Winner: AIMIA
Finalists: Cisco Systems, FedStar LLC

Category: THE ROOKIE

Cvent Rookie of the Year Winner: ADTRAN
Finalists: Lockheed Martin, Northwest Food Processors Association

Category: THE SMM STAR

SMM Program of the Year Winner: Kiewit Corporation
Finalists: Lincoln Financial Group, Olympus Corporation of the Americas

Category: THE ACHIEVER

Best Return on Event (ROE) Winner: SevOne
Finalists: ALTOUR, Interfaith Youth Core

Category: THE MOBILE MAVERICK

Best Use of Mobile Technology Winner: Anthem, Inc.
Finalists: BBYO, John Deere

Category: THE ONSITE ORCHESTRATOR

Best Onsite Attendee Experience Winner: Cisco Systems
Finalists: Ewing Irrigation, Ultimate Software

Category: THE MARKETING MASTERMIND

Winner: Morningstar
Finalists: VISIT FLORIDA, Vistage

Dreaming about a future Plannie award for your remarkable team? 2017 nominations will open up next spring. Click here to learn more.

Written by Donna Kaster.

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