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Industry talent shined like stars at the 4th annual DMC Network & Ovation talent search 

DMC Network & Ovation talent search 
The 4th Annual DMC Network & Ovation Talent Search proved once again that the industry is bursting with talent! Held during IMEX America in Las Vegas, Nevada, and produced by  AWG Destination Services, a DMC Network Company, this year's competition was hosted at one of the city's hottest night spots, Light at the Mandalay Bay. 

Opened to IMEX participants, the DMC Network and Ovation welcomed all industry planners and suppliers who came by their show booth to receive entrance credentials. This year's event was a success from beginning to end. Following an entertainment industry and amateur talent showcase, the Light's dance floor became the focus of the night and was packed until the lights went out at 3:00am!

Judges for this year's competition included: David Peckinpaugh ( Maritz Global Events), Mark Theis (SPG & Marriott International), Caroline Pidroni (Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau), and Tony Fundaro (Meeting Professionals International). 

Following spectacular performances by industry colleagues (listed below), the 700 person plus audience selected the winners via text vote:   
Mike Lyons, President, Lyons Pride Enterprises - Lady is a Tramp, Frank Sinatra
Kate Schneider, Director, Program Management, Aimia - Last Dance, Donna Summer
Tim Pappalardo, Director, Global Accounts, HelmsBriscoe - Amazed, Lonestar 
Pechha Wallach, Bus. Dev. Exec., Maritz Travel Company - Don't You Want Me, Human League
Brian Carraher, Assoc. Regional VP, HelmsBriscoe - Steamroller (IMEX) Blues, James Taylor
Holly Mechsner, Regional Director-Americas, Dezika -Before He Cheats, Carrie Underwood
Eric Nell, Bus. Dev. Exec., Maritz Travel Company - I feel Good, James Brown
Alison Watson, Business & Event Manager, Society Offices AMC - Ex's & Oh's, Ellie King
Shonna Nitzel, National Account Manager, Experient - Who's Loving You, Jackson 5

First Place: 
Alison Watson, Society Offices AMC
Allison took home the event's grand prize of a 7-night trip from SPG & Marriott International with 2 first class tickets on United Airlines. 

Runner Up: 
Pechha Wallach, Maritz Travel Company 
Pechha was awarded a 1 year MPI membership and $1,500.00 education scholarship provided by MPI. 

The DMC Network & Ovation would like to thank  AWG Destination Services, a DMC Network Company, for once again producing this first class event. Thank you also to each of the sponsors who helped make our talent search possible, United Airlines, SPG&Marriott International and MPI.

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