2020

The eighth annual Cvent Excellence Awards brought together the best in the industry from around the globe for the first-ever virtual awards program. Held during Cvent CONNECT Virtual, the record-setting ceremony honored the resilience and dedication of industry leaders in front of more than 43,000 virtual attendees. 

Relive the 2020 virtual awards

Event Professional Winners

Ace of Spaces

Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits

Using Cvent Supplier Network and Passkey in conjunction with other Cvent solutions, the two-person team centralized their event management processes to save hundreds of thousands of dollars through negotiated savings and room block management efficiencies.

The Achiever

National Network for Oral Health Access

By using a host a Cvent solutions starting in 2016, NNOHA streamlined registration with a modern registration site, improved their dataflow with a Salesforce integration, and modernized the onsite experience. Since 2016, active membership has more than doubled, and conference revenue and attendance has increased by impressive margins.

The Cvent Superstar

Kyle Flinn

As Cvent Advocate of the Year, Kyle Flinn worked with his team to enable the adoption of the end-to-end tech stack at the University of Missouri. Kyle is a member of Cvent’s Higher Ed CAB, and over the course of the last year has advocated for Cvent through webinars, case studies, and speaking engagements at industry events. These include Cvent CONNECT 2019, multiple webinars, direct mail testimonials, EDUCAUSE 2019, and Event Tech Higher Ed Trends Report. He also presented at Cvent CONNECT 2019.

Event Marketing Mastermind

FIS

FIS used a host of Cvent solutions with a Marketo integration to track event attendance and evaluate campaign performance, resulting in a significant increase in lead generation and influencing hundreds of millions of dollars in existing TCV while driving a measurable increase in new deals created. They also nearly doubled sponsorship revenue. Stakeholders were impressed with the enhanced look and feel of the technology-driven conference.

The Mobile Maverick

S&P Global Market Intelligence

In 2019, S&P Global managed hundreds of events across 60 global cities for thousands of attendees, generating thousands of new leads and subscription trials. They used Cvent’s Appointment tool and CrowdCompass app to foster networking, and tailored programming with data from session scanning and feedback surveys. Live Q&A, polling, and the activity feed helped ensure attendee engagement. The robust reporting was vital when debriefing senior executives to evaluate event ROI, especially since the event feedback form was conducted via the app. 

The Onsite Orchestrator

Insperity

Using Cvent’s Onsite Solutions and CrowdCompass mobile event app streamlined the onsite experience at Insperity's annual Sales and Marketing Convention. They eliminated hundreds of manual labor hours and tracked tens of thousands engagement points in the app, all while capturing incredible savings in 2019 using Cvent solutions.

Pivotal Partner

BCD Meetings & Events

BCD Meetings & Events works in a preferred partnership with Cvent across the globe to support their clients’ meeting technology strategies and needs. BCD leverages the Meeting Request Form with Cvent Supplier Network and Budget modules. For reporting, they designed Macros with Cvent’s assistance and added status triggers to their MRF based on RFP active or awarded status. They drive significant average savings on every meeting they manage with an impressive workflow completion rate for 2019. 

Power of the Platform

Penn State University 

Penn State experienced astounding year-over-year growth in terms of number of registrants, total income, and income paid to internal clients for their events program. The department saw a 50% increase in registrations and enrollments year-over-year thanks to their close partnership with Cvent. Eight other functional units across the university now leverage Cvent, bringing total registrations to 100,000 across university programs. They now manage 10 different Cvent accounts and have expanded the number of programs by a factor of six and increased income by a factor of ten. 

The Rookie

Campus Management

Campus Management relies on Cvent to deliver ease of registration, access to training documentation, networking, attendee experience and improved customer satisfaction surveys. In their first year with Cvent, they saved hundreds of hours with automated processes, expanded one general conference survey to hundreds of session-specific surveys, and saw a huge increase in engagement levels with the CrowdCompass mobile event app. They also used Cvent Appointments to enable hundreds appointments for their annual conference.

SMM Star

Boston Scientific

Using Cvent’s Strategic Meetings Management solution in conjunction with the full Cvent platform, Boston Scientific gained visibility into overall spend and supported their formal meeting policy. They saw a dramatic increase in program adoption and doubled their meetings cost avoidance in just two years. 

Hospitality Professional Winners

The Block Buster

Host Hotels and Resorts

The Business Intelligencer

Loews Hotels

The Clever Collaborator

Sonesta Hotels

The Group Game Changer

The Galt House Hotel

The Wedding Whisperer

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

2019

The seventh annual Cvent Excellence Awards honored innovative event and hospitality professionals during an exclusive banquet at Cvent CONNECT. It was an evening to remember as a record number of winners were celebrated for their extraordinary work.

Event Professional Winners

The Achiever

Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area

In just three years with Cvent, the small nonprofit has eliminated operating losses while doubling their revenue, creating a fully sustainable organization as a result.

The Marketing Mastermind

BlackRock

BlackRock unified complex registration, onsite, and mobile experiences into a seamless solution, using data-driven decision making to prove ROI.

The Mobile Maverick

MDVIP

To eliminate manual processes and improve cost savings, MDVIP used Cvent’s mobile event app for a stellar attendee experience at their annual conference. High mobile engagement helped increase lead generation, leading to higher renewal rates.

The Onsite Orchestrator

University of Rochester

The University of Rochester leveraged Cvent’s Onsite Solutions and mobile event app while integrating Cvent’s Event Management with their CRM for easy data management. Replacing their outdated in-house system created impressive savings for the organization.

Power of the Platform

Royal DSM

Royal DSM increased negotiated savings and created a centralized meetings and events policy across the organization using Cvent solutions. Award-winning card integrations, better onsite experiences, and an eco-friendly mobile solution helped Royal DSM achieve valuable global savings.

The Rookie

Verizon

In their first year using Cvent, Verizon created a centralized events program that saved hundreds of hours and reduced costs by 30%. The team can confidently scale for future success by proving the intrinsic value of Verizon’s events.

The Savvy Sourcer

Autodesk

Autodesk expanded their global program in the APAC and EMEA regions, doubling the number of events sourced. They provided valuable cost savings, reducing potential attrition and increasing contracted savings to $11 million.

The SMM Star

Lincoln Financial Group

Using Cvent, the team integrated air travel and payment processing, introduced OnArrival and RFID for better data reporting, and built more than 110 CrowdCompass apps for a better attendee experience. They achieved over $1 million in cost savings and now have an active voice in the business.

Hospitality Professional Winners

The Best in the US

Visit Orlando

Visit Orlando embraces new technologies and provides integral feedback to shape the future of the industry. Testing and partnering with Cvent on aggressive marketing campaigns helps Visit Orlando stay ahead of the competition.

The Block Buster

MGM Resorts

With the help of Cvent Passkey, MGM Resorts has been able to apply technology in creative manners. MGM’s hard work has resulted in $3.7M upsell revenue and $9.3 million in total gains.

The Business Intelligencer

Visit Dallas

Through its use of Market Dashboards, Visit Dallas achieved four consecutive record years for bookings. Visit Dallas has moved to sixth place on the Cvent Top Destinations rankings as a result.

The Group Game Changer

IHG

In 2018, IHG increased unique RFPs by +15% and awarded value by +21%. IHG continuously leverages new ways of engaging with meetings and events professionals to bolster their position as industry innovators.

2018

As the industry evolved, Cvent's awards program expanded to include both event and hospitality professionals. Rebranded as the new “Cvent Excellence Awards,” industry leaders were honored across eleven unique categories during an exclusive awards ceremony held at Cvent CONNECT.

Event Professional Winners

The Achiever

Latin Expo Group

The Marketing Mastermind

Teradata

The Mobile Maverick

USC - Cultural Relations and University Events

The Onsite Orchestrator

Cardinal Health

Power of the Platform

Travel Oregon

The Rookie

AbbVie

The Savvy Sourcer

Conference Catalysts, LLC

The SMM Star

Allstate Insurance Company

Hospitality Professional Winners

The Block Buster

Westin Copley Place

The Business Intelligencer

Two Roads Hospitality

The Group Game Changer

The Peppermill Resort & Spa

2017

As the Cvent Plannie Awards continued to grow, a spectacular celebration featuring acrobatic performances by Cirque du Soleil delighted hundreds of attendees and nine category winners during the fifth annual awards program.

The Marketing Mastermind

CallidusCloud

The Onsite Orchestrator

Morningstar

The Mobile Maverick

ACIG Insurance Company

The Achiever

Netsmart

The SMM Star

Amazon

The Rookie

Sanofi

The Listener

LeadingAge

The Savvy Sourcer

Medtronic

Power of the Platform

Samaritan's Purse

2016

The fourth year of the awards program saw a record number of finalists recognized during an elegant awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Ten category winners were named and all attendees enjoyed a festive evening with their peers and Cvent leaders.

The Marketing Mastermind

Morningstar

The Onsite Orchestrator

Cisco Systems

The Mobile Maverick

Anthem

The Achiever

SevOne

The SMM Star

Kiewit

The Rookie

Adtran

The Listener

AIMIA

The Savvy Sourcer

Estee Lauder

Power of the Platform

Illumina

Cvent Advocate of the Year

Allen Villanueva

2015

The growth of the newly rebranded “Cvent Plannie Awards” attracted hundreds of attendees at Cvent CONNECT, where ten category winners were celebrated for their extraordinary work.

Best Event Website

Growth Energy

Return on Event (ROE)

Stella & Dot

SMM Program of the Year

Medtronic

Best Use of a Mobile App

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Savvy Sourcing

The Estée Lauder Companies

Best Event Marketing Strategy

Institute for Career Advancement Needs

Rookie of the Year

BBYO

Power of the Platform

Cisco Systems

Best Event Feedback Strategy

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

Best Onsite Experience

Milken Institute

2014

The second year saw the expansion of the awards program as the “Cvent Planner Awards.” Here, winners across eight different categories proved the power of live events in driving organizational success.

Best Event Website

Stella & Dot

Return on Event (ROE)

B2W Software Inc.

SMM Program of the Year

Lincoln Financial Group

Best Use of a Mobile App

The Culinary Institute of America

Savvy Sourcing

Educational Testing Services

Best Event Marketing Strategy

Vocus

Rookie of the Year

Halliburton

Power of the Platform

Meetings & Incentives Worldwide Inc.

2013

The inaugural year of Cvent’s awards program honored industry leaders across five unique categories. The first ceremony was held during the first Cvent CONNECT in Las Vegas.

Best Event Website

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Best Use of a Mobile App

Agilysys, Inc.

Savvy Sourcing

Meetings & Incentives

Return on Event (ROE)

Ericsson

SMM Program of the Year

Visa, Inc.

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