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The Steve Kemble Leadership Foundation

“Great leaders are not born, they are developed” 

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”


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Award Recipients

The Steve Kemble Leadership Award is presented by the Steve Kemble Leadership Foundation to the individual or group who has demonstrated excellence in leadership skills through service and contributions to the special event and meeting industry.

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2003 Inaugural Award 
Steve Kemble

Steve Kemble Event Design
​Dallas, TX

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2004 Colleen Rickenbacher

Colleen Rickenbacher, Inc.
Dallas, TX

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2005 The Honorable Laura Miller

​Dallas, TX

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2006 - 2007 Lisa Perrin


Special Events Magazine
Los Angeles, CA

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2008 John Daly, CSEP


John Daly International
Los Angeles, CA


2009 Michael Cerbelli

Cerbelli Creative
New York City, NY

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2010 Stephen Perry

New Orleans Convention and

Visitors Bureau
New Orleans, LA


2011 Kenneth Kristoffersen

POP Kollaborative
Calgary, AB Canada

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2012 Laura Schwartz

Laura Schwartz Live!
Chicago, IL

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2013 Sally Webb-Berry, CSEP

The Special Event Company
Raleigh-Durham, NC and 

London, UK

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2014 Brett Culp

Brett Culp Films, Legends of the Knight & The Rising Heroes Project
Tampa, FL

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2015 Andrea Michaels

Extraordinary Events
Sherman Oaks, CA

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2016 Sean De Freitas

Designs By Sean
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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2017 Joanne Roth-Oseary

Someone's In The Kitchen
Tarzana, CA


2018 Larry Green

Rentals Unlimited
Boston, MA

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2019 David Merrell

AOO Events
Los Angeles, CA

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2020 Melissa Fromento

Informa KNect Meetings & Catersource Group
New York City, NY

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2021 Jaclyn Bernstein

Empire Force Events
New York City, NY

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2022 Live Events Coaltion

Nancy Shaffer, President
Washington D.C.

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2023 Connie Riley

T. Skorman Productions
Orlando, FL

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The mission of the Steve Kemble Leadership Foundation is to encourage and nurture leadership skills of special event and meeting industry professionals through recognition of their achievements in leadership and involvement in the international meetings and events industry.

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Contact Steve Kemble Leadership Foundation

PO Box 670625, Dallas TX 75367-0625

972-960-2525 ext. 108

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