5 Innovative DMCs & Event Planners

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Dragonfly South Africa used these telephone wire bowls, which were made locally by disadvantaged individuals, as awards during the gala dinner for a Genband incentive program.

DMCs and event planning companies are the ones responsible for transforming an incentive trip into an experience that attendees could never duplicate on their own. Their creative juices never stop flowing, their energy is boundless and their execution flawless.

Following are 5 companies that have recently been honored for their innovation:

Access Destination ServicesThis company just keeps raking in the awards. Last year CEO Chris Lee was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program for his entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, strategic direction, local and global influence, and personal integrity. In 2015, for the third consecutive year in a row, ACCESS made Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America list.

Hosts Las Vegas—This DMC won a 2015 Achievement Award for Best Overall Program from the Association of Destination Management Professionals for a 2,000-attendee, $2.4 million annual Summit held prior to the Consumer Electronics Show. The meeting, which included a hackathon, was called Hackin’ the Way to the Summit.

+39 events, a Hosts Global Alliance Member—2015 Destination Management Professional of the year Lorenzo Pignatti, DMCP, calls himself “The Italian DMC,” is an active member of the ADME board of directors and is often quoted in the industry press.

Go West Creative—Every January Michael Cerbelli debuts the latest edition of his legendary presentation “Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List: 2015″ (formerly “Michael Cerbelli’s: Hot Event and Entertainment Ideas”). Watching him present the list can be as entertaining as the ideas themselves. Go West Creative has been the force behind such high-profile events as the grand opening of Los Angeles’ Staples Center and the Rose Bowl Village.

Dragonfly Africa—This company has taken home 7 Site Crystal Awards, including the 2014 honor of “Most Impactful Effort toward Corporate Social Responsibility as Part of an Incentive Program.” This multifaceted “Give back to Africa” campaign for a Genband incentive trip included hiring local musicians The Hout Bay Music Project to play at the gala dinner; using beaded bowls that were created locally as the awards; and building a CSR program around a local preschool in the rural Kruger National Park area.


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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.