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Crystal Icon Award Winners 2013  

Best Tent Installation - Prestigious Event Rentals - Greg Dugat

Best Event Photography - The Traveling Photo Booth - Karissa Tran

Best Audio Visual Design - A&A Video Productions - John Graves

Best Event Videography - A&A Video Productions - John Graves

Best Event Design/Decor over $50,001- Sullivan Group - Clare Jackson

Best Non-Profit Event Planning over $50,001 - Melissa Krauser Events

Best Non-Profit Event Planning under $50,000 - Bayou City Event Center - Craig Howard

Best Event Production under $50,000 - Bright Star Productions - Malcolm Hackney

Best Event Production over $50,001 - Stage Directions

Best Themed Event - Over The Top Linen - Katy Hoch and University of Houston: Conrad N. Hilton College, Mehak Adamjee

Best Social Event Under $50,000 - Entertainment Runway - Sharlene Barris

Best Social Event Planning over $50,001 - Celebrations by Samara / Hilton Post Oak/MDI Video/Haute Hospitality/Catch The Moment/A&A Audio Visual / Cosmo Cool Concepts / Art Attack / Divisi Strings / The Three Waiters

Most Unique Entertainment -Entertainment Runway - Sharlene Barris/Jodi Barris Sanchez

Best Event Cuisine - Best Dessert - Rick Ballard - For Heavens Cake

Most Creative Food Station - Ideal Party Decorators - Adrienne Wagenheim

Best Corporate Event under $50,000 - Entertainment Runway - Sharlene Barris

Best Corporate Event Planning over $50,001 - Entertainment Runway - Sharlene Barris/Jodi Barris Sanchez

Best Wedding Event Planning under $50,000 - Lion & Lamb Event Services - Amy Patel

Best Wedding Event Planning over $50,001 - Lion & Lamb Event Services - Sobi Qazi

Best Entertainment Production under $50,000 - DJU Productions / J&D Entertainment / Genesis Photographers

Best Entertainment Production over $50,001- Stellar Productions - Lance Livingston

Best ISES Team Event - Elias Events / LD Systems / Darryl & Co / Hilton Americas Houston

ISES Member of the Year - Jason Fajkus

ISES Decade Member Award - Jackson Hicks - Jackson & Co

ISES Lifetime Achievement Award - Darryl Murchison - Darryl & Co.

Crystal Icon Award Winners 2012  



Best Audio Visual Event Design Tech Ave. Inc
Best Event Non-Profit Over $100,001 Melissa Krauser Events LLC
Best Event Videography A & A Video Productions
Best Floral Design Once upon a Dream Wedding & Event Florist
Best Off Premise Event Cuisine Bailey Connor Catering
Best Off Premise Event Cuisine - Dessert and/or Cakes For Heavens Cake
Best On Premise Event Cuisine Hilton Americas-Houston
Best Public Fair or Festival Magic Moments Parties and Events
Best Social Event - Budget Over $25,001 Dreamworld Events
Best Tabletop Design Magic Moments Parties and Events
Best Team Effort West of Honey
Best Team Effort Dreamworld Events
Best Team Effort Stage Directions
Best Team Effort J and D Productions
Best Themed Event Ideal Party Decoraters
Best Unique Entertainment On-Site Event Sitters
Logistical Achievement in Planning Stage Directions
Most Creative Venue West of Honey
Technical Production - Logistal Achievement PSAV



Houston, Texas (September 8, 2011) The Houston chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES) presented the Crystal Icon Awards show on Sunday, September 18th at the downtown Houston Hyatt Regency Hotel. With a fresh new look and bright colors, the event set the bar high for special events industry. The Crystal Icon Awards recognizes excellence in the special events industry and acknowledges the extraordinary efforts, performance and outstanding contributions of Houston event industry professionals. 

The 2011 Crystal Icon Honoree, Chef Charles Carroll of the River Oaks Country Club received the award for his work in creating Operation HOT (Honoring Our Troops) which brought a team of twenty-one celebrities and support team to Bagram, Afghanistan for a seven hour dinner show along with two tons of gifts and two pallets of food to feed four thousand deserving soldiers.

This year's Gala, produced by iCatching Events, featured entertainment by Howl at the Moon, Divisi Strings, Collide, PRP Entertainment and eMotion Bellaire Dance Company. 

The outstanding gala award winners are:

Creme de la Crème Category: Hilton Americas-Houston
Entertainment Production: Best Entertainers and J & D Entertainment
Event Design Décor: iCatching Events
Event Videography: A&A Video Productions
Event Marketing: Event House
Non-Profit Over 100K: eEvents
Non-Profit Under 100K: Elias Events
Team Effort: Elias Events, Genesis Photographers, Texas Light and Pyro, Minute Maid Park, Ideal Party Decorators, Elegant Linens and Best Entertainers

The International Special Events Society (ISES) is comprised of over 7,200 professionals in over 38 countries representing special event planners and producers (from festivals to trade shows), caterers, decorators, florists, destination management companies, rental companies, special effects experts, tent suppliers, audio-visual technicians, event and convention coordinators, balloon artists, educators, journalists, hotel sales managers, specialty entertainers, convention center managers, and many more professional disciplines.