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Meet the Future Star Winner - Lana James!

The 2020 Catersource + Special Event Future Star winner is Lana James from Fifth Element Group!

Lana is the Design Director at Fifth Element Group. "Being able to meet 1:1 with Kristin Banta, Alan Berg, and Ron Ben-Israel would help advance my knowledge and experience in the industry."

We are flying Lana to Las Vegas to receive a VIP experience at Catersource + The Special Event. She will be mentored by some of the best in the industry including Kristin Banta, Alan Berg, and Ron Ben-Israel. Lana will have access to over 200+ education sessions, over-the-top amazing events, and networking opportunities to bring unprecedented knowledge back to her team.

Follow along on Lana's journey with #FutureStar

Your Future Star will be Mentored by these All Stars!

Kristin Banta

Kristin Banta is the creative visionary behind Kristin Banta Events, one of the country’s leading event design, planning, and production houses. KBE has been an innovator for over fifteen years, setting the standard for high-end events – exclusive corporate galas, memorable brand activations, hip entertainment industry soirées, society weddings and destination extravaganzas – among a private and corporate clientele who all share a passion for the dramatically different. At the cutting edge of the latest trends in decor, catering and entertainment, KBE takes the client’s vision to an epic new level, orchestrating truly original celebrations.

Instagram: @kristinbanta

Alan Berg

With more than 25 years in sales, marketing and sales management, Alan Berg has been called "The Leading International Expert on the Business of Weddings & Events." Alan is a featured presenter every year at major industry conferences in North America and internationally. He has extensive sales, sales management and marketing experience ranging from publishing two wedding magazines, to Vice President of Sales and Education at The Knot. And now, in addition to public speaking and consulting with venues, caterers, entrepreneurs and local businesses, Alan is also a contributing Educator for The Knot Worldwide, which combines the leading websites The Knot and WeddingWire.

Instagram: @alanberg

Ron Ben-Israel

Ron Ben-Israel has been a trendsetter in all things cake for two decades. His distinct style of cake design is sought after in locations throughout the country and even internationally, and he keeps introducing his revolutionary confectionery techniques to audiences the world over. His company, Ron Ben-Israel cakes, is located in the heart of Manhattan's iconic Garment District. The facility includes a design studio, showroom, production kitchen, and teaching classroom. The collections of his trendsetting cakes can be spotted in many of New York's premiere hotels and venues. They also have been featured in countless publications, including The New York Times, In StyleVogue Magazine and Martha Stewart Weddings.

Instagram: @rbicakes

Win This!

  • VIP Experience at Catersource and The Special Event 2020 for (1) Winner and (1) Guest including Airfare and Hotel
  • All Access Pass to the Full Catersource and Special Event Conference & Tradeshow Event including Showcasing Events
  • 1:1 Mentoring with A-List Mentors
  • Culinary Experience powered by Art of Catering Food Access (experiential culinary stage complete with samples)
  • Onsite Signage Recognizing Your Accomplishment
  • Red Carpet Treatment access to Events

Expand Your Network

Make indispensable connections with 8,500 of the most passionate people in the catering and events industry, including top talent and Spark! Award Winners!

Be More Innovative

Grow your toolkit with fun and enlightening education and competitions showing you the most creative food designs, cocktail R&D programs, decor trends and more.

Increase Your knowledge

Take the business leap you crave through a program that features 200+ sessions, business operations, design trends, and more.

Revolutionary Products

500+ exhibitors are driving every aspect of the catering and events community forward - see the latest and greatest!

Judging Details

Entrants acknowledge and agree that Catersource and its parents, subsidiaries and affiliates may use the application and/or video (the “Entry(ies)”) as it sees fit and in its sole discretion. Entries must be received by January 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Late entries will not be accepted.

Entries will be judged by Catersource on the following criteria: 

  1. Submission meeting the written and video requirements
  2. Business journey impact (when and why you launched your business) 
  3. Business challenge (scope and back story of challenge)
  4. Detailing what expert help is needed to achieve your goal

On or about January 27, 2020, Catersource will select between four (4) and six (6) entries as finalists. Finalist Entries will be made available to the Catersource audience for them to vote on a winner from among the finalist Entries placed on the Catersource website. 

The winner will be announced on or about February 17, 2020. View full contest details, terms and conditions here

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