Association Executives Toast Award Winners

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The Indiana Society of Association Executives has announced winners of its annual STAR Awards. Categories include Innovative Marketing Campaign, Outstanding Convention and Outstanding Magazine. December 15, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Making it a record breaking year for attendance, over 280 association professionals and their guests from around the state gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the association industry and its professionals at the Scottish Rite Cathedral for the Indiana Society of Association Executive's 13th Annual STAR Awards event on December 11.

The awards program was designed 13 years ago as the state's only awards event celebrating the association industry and the individuals who help make the industry in Indiana a success.

The evening featured a silent auction, networking and dinner, as well as a highly acclaimed awards program where individuals, associations and industry partners were honored for their work throughout the year.

Along with recognizing excellence in the Indiana association industry, the evening also benefitted Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. For more than 100 years, the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission has been to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Attendees bid on 70 items in the evening's silent auction, raising over $6,000 for the charitable organization.

The 2014 STAR Awards of Excellence were presented to:

Awards of Excellence – Over $750,000 Annual Budget

Impactful Community Philanthropic Program – Indiana CPA Society

Innovative Marketing Campaign – Partnership for Philanthropic Planning

Innovative Membership Program – Tie between Indiana Chamber of Commerce – Wellness Council of Indiana and Zeta Beta Tau

Outstanding Association Website – Vacation Rental Managers Association

Outstanding Convention (sponsored by Horizon Convention Center) – Indiana Bankers Association

Outstanding Government Affairs Program – American Association of Orthopaedic Executives

Outstanding Individual Program or Event – Indiana CPA Society

Outstanding Magazine – Indiana Apartment Association

Outstanding Newsletter – Kiwanis/Key Club International

Outstanding Non-Dues Revenue Program – Vacation Rental Managers Association

Awards of Excellence – Under $750,000 Annual Budget

Impactful Community Philanthropic Program – Upstate Alliance of REALTORS

Golden Shoestring – Indiana Veterinary Medical Association

Innovative Marketing Campaign – Indiana Commercial Board of REALTORS

Innovative Membership Program – Indiana Subcontractors Association

Outstanding Association Website – Indiana Music Education Association

Outstanding Convention (sponsored by Horizon Convention Center) – Indiana Economic Development Association, Inc.

Outstanding Government Affairs Program – Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology

Outstanding Individual Program or Event – Midwestern States Environmental Consultants Association

Outstanding Magazine – Phi Kappa Theta

Outstanding Newsletter – National Council of Acoustical Consultants

Supplier Awards of Excellence

Outstanding Supplier Website – Bartha

Supplier STAR Service – Grand Wayne Convention Center

Superior Supplier Marketing – Visit South Bend Mishawaka

Supplier Industry Innovation – Stevens & Stevens, LLC

Individual Awards of Excellence

Executive of the Year – Mark McSweeney, CAE, Vacation Rental Managers Association

Association Professional of the Year – Thomas Popcheff, CAE, Sigma Theta Tau International

Individual Supplier of Year – Marcy McKinley, Grand Wayne Convention Center

Volunteer of the Year – Brenda Dant, CAE, Indiana Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association

36 sponsors and event partners contributed to the success of the event. The 2014 sponsors and event partners included: Visit Evansville, Markey's Rental & Staging, Stevens & Stevens, LLC, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority, Visit Bloomington, Willow Marketing, Bartha, Blue Chip Casino, Horizon Convention Center, Indianapolis Marriott East, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Markey’s Exposition Services, National Expo, VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm, Grand Wayne Convention Center, Indianapolis Convention Center/Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Public Library, Omni Severin Hotel, Renaissance Indianapolis North, TelSpan Worldwise Conferencing, Visit Indy, Visit South Bend Mishawaka, Hamilton County Tourism, Accent on Indianapolis, Bardach Awards, Caesars Entertainment, Connie Duglin, Excel Decorators, Kaps for Kids, Meeting Services Unlimited, Scottish Rite Cathedral, Stephanie Nicole Photography, Thomas Caterers of Distinction and We Do Auctions.

The Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE) serves more than 350 association professionals, including supplier members. The state’s leading educational and networking organization designed specifically to meet the needs of association professionals, ISAE exists to support and strengthen the success of its members and the associations they serve. For more information, visit

Source: The Indiana Society of Association Executives