RVE “Behind the Scenes”: What motivates us to enter award competitions

At Red Velvet Events, we like to take the time each year to recognize our employees and the tremendous work they do putting on one-of-a-kind events.

One of the ways we do this is to enter award competitions. RVE has won many awards, including the prestigious International Special Events Society (ISES) Esprit Award four times in the last eleven years. Our awards include:

  • ISES Texas Star Awards Winner (2007, 2008, 2010)
  • ISES Esprit Award Winner (2007, 2008, 2012, 2014)
  • ISES Esprit Finalist (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Meeting Professional International (MPI) Texas Hill Country Chapter President’s Award (2007)
  • ISES Austin Rising Star 2004 Award
  • Meeting Professional International (MPI) Texas Hill Country Chapter Star Award (2003)

Here are the reasons we feel it is well worth the time and effort to submit our events for awards and recognition:


Entering – and then winning – a peer-to-peer competition shows others what your company is capable of doing. Even if you don’t win, it’s an opportunity to showcase your employees’ efforts.

Preserving details.

The event business is ephemeral – once the event is over, the details vanish, like a set taken down after a play’s run concludes. Capturing an event in photos and in the written word for an award submission preserves it for memory and as an inspiration for similar events in the future.

Sharing your story.

An award entry is a good way to retell your company’s story. It can help you with ongoing marketing campaigns. If your company is a finalist for an award, that will get your name out into the industry press.

Recognizing a staff member.

It’s a fantastic way to recognize someone on your team of what a fabulous job they are doing.

Learning something new.

You can always learn something from other companies’ entries, particularly if you are asked to help judge a certain category.

Boosting morale.

Winning an award can elevate the atmosphere at your company. This is one of the tips shared by ADMEI, the Association of Destination Management Executives International. Read ADMEI’s post on the benefits of entering award competitions here.

Good luck with your award entry! And remember, if you do not take the time to submit, you can never win.