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Meet Elite Awards (Open for Votes)

Welcome to the Missouri Meetings & Events Meet Elite Awards nomination page where you can tell us about your favorite companies. Please be sure to read the nomination rules and category judging information boxes below. We look forward to receiving your vote!

Nomination Rules

  1. Nominations are collected and voted on, top 5 move on to finalists.
  2. Finalists continue to gather votes and submit a detailed application packet. ($60.00 application fee will be required to complete application packet)
  3. Application packets are judged and final votes are tallied to determine a winner in each category.

Only one vote per category per day will qualify.  There are no restrictions for the number of categories in which a nominee can qualify.

Joint nominations will also be accepted in all categories except:  all planner categories (Rising Star, Shooting Star, Best Corporate/Association Planner, Best Non-Profit Planner) Best New Venue, Best Revitalized Venue, Best Hotel, Best Resort, and Best Food Truck.

Category Descriptions

Best Association Event Concept
This award goes to a special events company, hotel, production company or catering company who has developed a client’s theme and vision into a successful event.

Best Audio/Visual Design
This award is given to an a/v individual or company that has utilized lighting, audio, special effects, lasers and pyrotechnics to create a unique event that remains in the hearts and minds of its guests.

Best Centerpiece/Tabletop Design
This award may be won by hotels, restaurants, florist, caterers, event planners or anyone who has been the designer and creator of the tabletop design.

Best Corporate/Association Planner
This award will go to the planner that has proven they have what it takes to create events that their organization continues to talk about. They will continually demonstrate passion and creativity along with budget accountability.

Best Corporate Event Concept
This award goes to a special events company, hotel, production company or catering company who has developed a client’s theme and vision into a successful event.

Best Entertainment Program/Concept
This award is given to the event planner and/or production company that has utilized entertainment to enhance the overall theme of an event.

Best Event PR Strategy
This award will be given to the event that takes PR to a new level. This strategy should create a lot of buzz and awareness about the event and showcase new and exciting ideas.

Best Food Truck
Multiple factors will be looked at during evaluation, including but not limited to originality of menu, healthiness of menu, unique truck to consumer packaging, overall concept and design including truck exterior and special features, and multiple truck availability.

Best Fresh Idea
This award will be given to any process, service or product used directly or indirectly in meetings and event production that is unique and fresh.

Best Hotel
This award will go to a hotel that offers its guest the highest level of customer service and excels at making sure their guests enjoy their stay. This hotel must also offer meeting space for business gathers and events.

Best Invitation (Print and/or Digital)
This award is for the most unique and original invitation in digital and/or printed forms that is created for a specific event. The invitation should thoroughly convey the event theme to invited guest. Extra points will be awarded to invitations that successfully combine both digital and print techniques.

Best New Venue
This award will be given to a newly constructed venue. These could include hotels, casinos, wineries, restaurants, conference centers, entertainment complexes or any nontraditional venues.

Best Nonprofit Event Concept
This award is for the best event concept that is produced for a nonprofit organization that utilizes the most inventive and creative ideas.

Best Non-Profit Planner
This award will go to the planner that has proven they have what it takes to create events that their organization continues to talk about. They will continually demonstrate passion and creativity along with budget accountability.

Best Overall Catering at an Event
This award is given to a caterer, hotel, restaurant, private club or anyone who has provided food for a client’s event that encouraged healthier foods and eating habits while maintaining an enjoyable flavor and dining experience for guests.

Best Overall Event
This award is given to the planner, hotel, producer or any company that has been responsible for creating an event that was both cost effective and creative.

Best Overall Event Décor
This award goes to the individual/company that has carried the client’s vision and theme creatively and effectively throughout the event.

Best Photography
This category is for photographers who want to showcase their unique work and stylistic approach in capturing the essence of the event. It could be photography for a social or commercial event, large or small.

Best Resort
This award will go to a resort that offers their guests an exceptional retreat from the world. In order to be considered a resort it must have a hotel plus some form of extracurricular activity on property (ex: Full service spa, Golf Course, Water Park, and Horseback Riding to name a few).

Best Revitalized Venue
This award will be given to an existing venue that has undergone an expansion, remodel or complete overhaul. This could be any type of multiuse space. These could include hotels, casinos, wineries, restaurants, conference centers, entertainment complexes or any nontraditional venues.

Best Use of Technology
This award will be given to the event that demonstrates the most creative use of any aspects of technology throughout an event.

Best Videography
This award will be given to the best video that is produced as a result of a successful event. It will incorporate as many aspects of the event as possible while allowing the viewer to get the sense of actually being at the event.

Best Web Presence
This award will go to the organization or individual that has the strongest web presence based on the design and online marketing.

Best Wedding Event
This award could go to a planner, photographer, caterer, venue, or anyone that handles wedding details. This is the only category where wedding events will be allowed.

Best Eco-friendly Event
This award will go to the event that shows the most eco-friendly design, innovation and sustainability. This event should incorporate environmentally friendly elements throughout the theme and event.

Rising Star (Best New Planner)
This award will be presented to the best new planner that has begun their event career within the past two years. This individual should have demonstrated a passion and creativity for a specific event or meeting they have planned in the last two years.

Shooting Star (Best Experienced Planner)
This award will be presented to the best experienced planner that sets a high standard of excellence and is vital to the events industry. This individual should have demonstrated a passion and creativity for a specific event or meeting they have planned in the last year.

Yoga & Spa Magazine

Yoga & Spa Magazine
The nominees for this inaugural award are readers and advertisers of Yoga & Spa Magazine. It is in partnership with Missouri Meetings & Events Magazine and will be awarded to the nominee that receives the most votes during the voting periods. If you don’t see your name or company name listed, make sure that you enter it in the space provided to be eligible for this prestigious award.


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