SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2012

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Advertise Directories Natural Venues Guide Convention Centers Guide SPECIAL FEATURE: READERS' CHOICE AWARDS Readers' Choice Awards BY SELENA CHAVIS Ready. Set. Go! It's a new year, and SportsEvents magazine is once again taking a look at the people who are leading the charge of excellence and innovation in the sports events industry. A dynamic and growing group, event planners across the nation continue to take their competitions to new heights, challenging tradition and paving the way for the future. To recognize their contributions, we asked professionals in the industry to identify those who stand out among their peers. Across the board, those who are included within this issue share common traits such as vision, passion for sports and desire for excellence. "Opportunities are limitless. Think about the fun mud or obstacle races that started just a few years ago and now draw thousands of competitors," said Dave Nicholas, senior vice president of TEAM Unlimited, a Hawaii-based TV, event and marketing company. "The world is adventur- ous. People like to test themselves and are now looking for new ways to challenge themselves. Who will invent the next great event? The big challenge is finding the money to get your idea off the ground…then using it wisely to make your dream come true." The professionals named on the following pages are turning heads and are effectively responding to industry challenges and opportunities. ➤ January 2012 17

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