Event and Arena Marketing Conference Recognizes the Most Innovative and Results-Driven Professionals at the Annual Awards Ceremony

June 8, 2023

Event and Arena Marketing Conference Recognizes the Most Innovative and Results-Driven Professionals at the Annual Awards Ceremony

Seattle, WA (June 8, 2023) – The Event & Arena Marketing Conference (EAMC) hosted the annual EAMC Awards ceremony at the Sheraton Grand Seattle today, recognizing the most innovative, strategic, and results-driven professionals in the live entertainment industry.

Venue marketers, promoters, and publicists from across North America submitted entries for Marketing and Publicity Campaigns of the Year, as well as Best Artist Gift and Best Artist Welcome of the Year. Industry experts judged the campaigns, and then the top entries per category were selected by EAMC attendees. The 2023 winners are:

  • Marketing & Publicity Campaign (budget under $10,000) – Overland Park Convention Center, KS – “Events for All - Sensory Room”
  • Marketing & Publicity Campaign (budget over $10,000) – Moody Center, Austin, TX – “Grand Opening Campaign”
  • Most Creative Artist Welcome – Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, OK – “Luke Combs Welcome Campaign”
  • Most Creative Artist Gift (budget under $1,000) – Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, WA - "Karol G, Terrarium Heels”
  • Most Creative Artist Gift (budget over $1,000) – United Center, Chicago, IL – “Nile Rodgers Skates”

Additionally, EAMC honored entertainment luminaries for their significant contributions to the live entertainment industry. The top honor is the Gigi Award of Excellence, named after the late Gigi Pilhofer, one of the founders of EAMC.  Tami Allen, Senior Director, Winter Sports Events for IMG, received that honor, for her longstanding dedication to the conference and influence on marketing trends. 

Nina Jackson, Regional Director of Marketing and Public Relations for ASM Global’s NRG Park was inducted into the EAMC Hall of Fame, recognizing her for her impact on the live entertainment industry, and support for the conference.

This year’s Impact Award recipient was Chanell Thomas, Director of Marketing and Sales for the Colonial Life Arena.  Thomas was honored for her positive influence and commitment to mentorship which has made a genuine difference in the lives of students seeking careers in the entertainment industry. 

Lastly, Samuel Guerrero, Social Media and Digital Marketing Manager for the Bryce Jordan Center was named EAMC’s Breakthrough Professional of the Year. The Breakthrough Professional of the Year Award recognizes a professional who has worked for the live entertainment industry less than ten years, yielding trackable results and innovation.   

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Event & Arena Marketing Conference

The Event & Arena Marketing Conference is dedicated to the talented professionals that cross the scope of the live entertainment industry: marketing, publicity, promotions, group sales, live touring shows and arenas. Networking, educating, and sharing trends and ideas across these disciplines through various industry leaders is a critical aspect of not only the Event & Arena Marketing Conference but the success of the live entertainment industry. 

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