2013 Innovation Awards – Sponsors


LaCentre is innovative in all components of event planning — the in-house catering, event planning and audiovisual services provide unique menus, ideas, products and experiences to clients and their guests.

When planning an event at LaCentre, clients initially work with the sales team to discuss their needs, vision and budget. The creative and knowledgeable team then works with the catering and audiovisual staff to create a memorable and unique experience while meeting these three critical components.

Many clients need to fit presentations, lunch and breakout sessions into a small window of time. The sales team will provide the client with various options, such as ways to multi-purpose space or fast yet satisfying meals to achieve a great experience within the allotted time.

For example, by using crescent style seating, rather than classroom style, one room may possibly be used for presentations, breakout sessions and lunch. This small concept may in turn minimize attendees from shuffling from room to room at a venue and add an extra 30 minutes to another important element of the event.

The sales and catering teams also share innovation in menu planning. For example, they may suggest a salad with protein, served within a bread bowl, to help a client provide guests with a satisfying meal within a short period of time. Or they may suggest serving pie as dessert on Pi Day, or hot dogs and Cracker Jacks on Opening Day for the Indians.

The sales and catering teams also enjoy working with clients to create signature drinks that incorporate event colors, themes or favorite flavors. For example a “Pickle-tini” may be suggested to play off a client’s favorite snack or Blue Curacao may be suggested to turn a basic vodka soda into a teal concoction that matches the company logo.

These whimsical touches can make an ordinary event extraordinary for guests and help provide a memorable experience for everyone involved.

LaCentre’s in-house audiovisual team offers the newest equipment and ideas to take client’s events to the next level. With access to and knowledge of state-of-the-art speakers and equipment, the audiovisual team can transform LaCentre into a global meeting space — bringing together hundreds of employees and minimizing travel expenses. They can provide custom lighting displays to make the ballroom feel like a forest, for a client with a nature theme, or suspend aerialists from the ceiling, for a client with a circus theme. The sky is truly the limit for LaCentre’s audiovisual Team.

For more information, call LaCentre at (440) 250-2000 or visit www.lacentre.com.


Hughie’s Even Production Services

Hughie’s Event Production Services has been Cleveland’s choice for live-event design and production resource since 1953. Hughie’s believes in giving back to the city where it all began and the area that they’ve called home for 60 years.

Hughie’s is now soliciting donations of non-perishable food items from customers, vendors and the community to distribute to local charities at the end of the year.

Hughie’s offices in Columbus and Pittsburgh will also participate in this nine-month event for their respective cities in honor of the company’s 60th anniversary.

Donation drop-off containers are available in each of the Hughie’s offices for the length of the celebration.

As a “thank you” for your generous food donation, you’ll be presented you with a free, “eco-friendly” shopping bag with Hughie’s 60th anniversary logo. In addition, participants who provide a name and phone number will be entered into a drawing to win one of three new 32-inch flat-screen televisions at the end of the year. A total of three flat screens TVs will be given away, one at each location.

All donations received in the Cleveland area will be distributed to the Cleveland Food Bank, with Columbus and Pittsburgh donations going to similar charities. The winner of the flat screen TVs will be announced at the conclusion of the promotion on Dec. 15.

Hughie’s is a full service event production company and worldwide supplier of high-definition video projection equipment, concert quality audio systems, intelligent moving lights, staging systems, decor and more to satisfy all your companies presentation and special event needs.

For more information, call Hughie’s Event Production Services at (216) 361-4600, visit www.fooddrive.hughies.com or follow us on social media at www.Facebook.com/HughiesEPS or on Twitter @HughiesEPS.


U.S. Bank

Innovation is vital to the future of U.S. Bank, and it is a corporate priority to innovate and invest in technology and operations systems that make it easy, fast and secure to do business with us.

We invest in new ways to provide the information, products and delivery systems our customers need — and to enhance our capabilities in the areas of regulatory compliance and risk management. We have fostered a culture of innovation and are committed to investments in technology both externally and internally.

Our initiatives include solutions for consumers and small businesses, as well as for larger businesses and targeted business sectors here and internationally.

Paybefore has chosen U.S. Bank’s Contour Campus Card as a 2013 Paybefore Awards winner in the “Most Effective Solution” category. Paybefore Awards recognizes excellence in the worldwide prepaid and emerging payments industry.

For more information, call U.S. Bank at (216) 623-9228 or visit www.usbank.com.


Lorain County Community College

Lorain County Community College is recognized as an innovative leader in both education and economic development. Most recently, the Aspen Institute named LCCC as one of the top 120 colleges in the country in both 2011 and 2012. The college’s innovative spirit enables it to achieve this type of recognition, and it all stems from a unique approach to strategic planning. Vision 2.0, the college’s latest strategic planning process invited hundreds of stakeholders to participate and used their feedback to shape the college’s future direction.

By constantly observing the needs and opportunities of the communities served, LCCC is able to develop programming that unites education with job creation — strengthening the region for employers, students and the community.

For more information about LCCC, call (800) 995-5222,visit www.lorainccc.edu or like LCCC on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/lorainccc.