Cvent Excellence Award Winners Honored at Cvent CONNECT 2018

Winners represent top performing meetings, events, and hospitality professionals from a diverse group of organizations

Cvent, Inc., a market leader in meetings, events, and hospitality technology, today announced the winners of the Cvent Excellence Awards at the company’s annual user conference, Cvent CONNECT in Las Vegas. Previously known as The Plannies, the awards recognize meetings, event, and hospitality professionals from top organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, who have used the Cvent platform to deliver best-in-class events and drive profitable group and corporate travel business in innovative ways. Selected from hundreds of submissions, the winners exemplify the best in the industry.

 “The Cvent Excellence Awards program highlights the incredible work Cvent customers are doing with our platform and the extraordinary results they have achieved. We are extremely excited to also recognize the unique accomplishments of our customers in the hospitality industry as well, a new addition to our awards program that we added this year,” said Patrick Smith, Chief Marketing Officer at Cvent.

“With more than 25,000 customers worldwide, we are in a unique position to showcase how event and hospitality professionals are utilizing our solutions to not only drive game-changing results, but also to enhance their careers,” continued Smith. “The caliber of entrants grows every year, and it is incredibly rewarding to recognize their success in front of thousands of their peers at Cvent CONNECT 2018.”

This year’s Cvent Excellence Awards feature 11 unique categories which reflect the wide impact technology has on the meeting, event, and hospitality industries. The winners were announced at a live ceremony at The Venetian Las Vegas.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Meetings and Events

Power of the Platform
Outstanding Achievement Across the Cvent Platform
Travel Oregon

Savvy Sourcer
Outstanding Achievement in Sourcing
Conference Catalysts, LLC

The Rookie of the Year
Cvent Rookie of the Year

The SMM Star
Strategic Meetings Management Program of the Year
Allstate Insurance Company

The Achiever
Best Return on Event

Latin Expo Group

Mobile Maverick
Best Use of Mobile Event Technology
University of Southern California – Cultural Relations and University Events

Onsite Orchestrator
Best Onsite Attendee Experience
Cardinal Health

Marketing Mastermind
Best Event Marketing Strategy



The Block Buster
Excellence and Ingenuity with Room-Block Bookings
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

The Business Intelligencer
Outstanding Achievement in Hospitality Analytics
Two Roads Hospitality

The Group Game Changer
Best Group Sales and Marketing Strategy
The Westin Copley Place

The Best in the U.S.
Cvent's Top U.S. Meetings Destination
Visit Orlando

Since 2013, Cvent has been celebrating their customers through an awards program at their annual user conference, Cvent CONNECT. The organizations, event planning teams, and hospitality professionals recognized have established themselves as thought-leaders within the events and hospitality space. Winners are recognized in front of more than 4,000 industry professionals each year at Cvent CONNECT, and their work is highlighted throughout the year through case studies and thought leadership content. To learn more, please visit

About Cvent

Cvent is a leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider with 4,800+ employees and ~22,000 customers worldwide as of December 31, 2023. Founded in 1999, the company delivers a comprehensive event marketing and management platform and offers a global marketplace where event professionals collaborate with venues to create engaging, impactful experiences. Cvent is headquartered in Tysons, Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C., and has additional offices around the world to support its growing global customer base. The comprehensive Cvent event marketing and management platform offers software solutions to event organizers and marketers for online event registration, venue selection, event marketing and management, virtual and onsite solutions, and attendee engagement. Cvent’s suite of products automate and simplify the event management lifecycle and maximize the impact of in-person, virtual, and hybrid events. Hotels and venues use Cvent’s supplier and venue solutions to win more group and corporate travel business through Cvent’s sourcing platforms. Cvent solutions optimize the event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage millions of meetings and events. For more information, please visit