Santa Fe, New Mexico announced as Bridal Show Producers International 2017 Conference Location.

by Laura DiGirolamo

The 22nd Annual Bridal Show Producer’s International will be held at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino from Wednesday, April 26 through Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The conference promises to live up to our association’s mission to maintain and enhance the quality of Bridal Shows, for the benefit of exhibitors and the public, to encourage greater responsibility to the community, to increase communications and integrity with exhibitors and fellow producers. To connect, develop resources, and gain inspiration in an environment of mutual support and camaraderie.

We are an enthusiastic, creative and motivated team of professionals eager to collaborate and share with one another. Join us next April to reconnect with friends and colleagues where learning and networking is immeasurable.

So, save the date and follow the Buffalo Thunder Resort on FacebookTwitter and stay up to date with their Blog.

Conferences are for bridal show producer members and associate members only, so visit our website and find out how to partner with Bridal Show Producers International.

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BSPi Stars of 2016

by Laura DiGirolamo

BSPi is an international association of bridal show producers who come together each year to share ideas and learn from each other so as to enhance the quality of bridal shows for both exhibitors and brides. This year, our conference was held in beautiful Greenville, South Carolina.  As part of our annual conference, we share in an awards night banquet to recognize the work and talent found within our group of show producers.  To be recognized at an international level is quite an honour.  Star Awards entries are judged by multiple judges in (at least) four markets that include East, West and Central USA, as well as Canada, making the process as well rounded and fair as possible.

The Stars of 2016 were as follows:

Bride Marketing & Advertising Forever Bridal Productions (Raleigh, NC)

Exhibitor Marketing & Advertising The Bridal Group (Calgary, AB)

Digital Marketing & Advertising Premier Bridal Shows (Ridgeland, MS)

TV Advertising Showcase Events (Hilton Head Island, SC)

Radio Advertising Forever Bridal Productions (Raleigh, NC)

Website Showcase Events (Hilton Head Island, SC)

Image & Branding Forever Bridal Productions (Raleigh, NC)

Supernova The Bridal Group (Calgary, AB)

Fashion Show <$10,000 Elite Events (Snellville.GC)

Fashion Show $10,000-$20,000 Wedding Palace Bridal Show (Ottawa, ON)

Fashion Show >$20,000 The Bridal Group (Calgary, AB)

Gold Standard The Bridal Group (Calgary, AB)

Two other remarkable rewards should also be mentioned, as they are two of the highest honours in the bridal show industry. Our association recently lost one of its best!  Buzz Gallardo was the essence of what the spirit of BSPi truly is.  He was a remarkable individual who instilled confidence in every person who encountered his infectious positivity.  This year the Spirit of BSPi award was renamed the Buzz Gallardo Spirit of BSPi Award.  The person honoured to be the first recipient of this renamed honour, was none other than Al Stehlik!

Last, but certainly not least, is the Directors Cup Award, which is the highest and most prestigious recognition given in the industry, recognizing the industry’s single most outstanding producers who demonstrates professionalism, character, integrity and performance.  This year’s deserving recipient was Brad Buckles.

I was honoured to chair the star awards committee and would like to congratulate our winners! I look forward to serving this committee again for the next two years.


Bridal Show Producer International
Amanda Andrews
Star Awards Chair Director
[email protected]

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Announcing BSPI’s Board of Directors for 2016-2018

by Laura DiGirolamo

The Bridal Show Producers International, BSPI, Board of Directors were announced at the BSPI Conference on Saturday, May 1, 2016 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina.

The BSPi board of directors is a dynamic group of 13 professionals comprising the heart of the association. Their extensive knowledge and experience in the bridal show industry aligns to form the most inspiring leadership team. To hold a board of director’s position, a member must be in good standing for a minimum of 2 years and must have attended at least one conference in the last 3 years.

Managing Director: Laura DiGirolamo, Forever Bridal Productions, Raleigh, North Carolina

Co-Managing Director: Marc Wheeler, Wedding Festivals, Inc., Greenville, South Carolina

Past Managing Director: Bill Heaton, Great Bridal Expo Group, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Secretary: Sue Diehl, Visuelle Productions, New London, Wisconsin

Treasurer: Bruce Thiebauth, Bridal Fair®, Omaha, Nebraska

Ad Hoc Director: Brad Buckles, Buckles Group, Inc., Bellevue, Washington

Associate Member Director: Jerry Russo, Royal Prestige, Mt. Lake, New Jersey

Conference Agenda Director: Sal Richetti, Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Communications Director: Russ Free, The Wedding Fair, Lincoln, Nebraska

Image and Branding Director: Debbie Mancini, Mancini Emcee & Sound Production Inc, Visalia, California

Member Relations Director: Amanda Andrews, Wedding Palace Bridal Show Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Membership Director: Al Stelhik, Expositions West Inc., Beaverton, Oregon

Resource Director: Jack Griffin, Louisville Wedding Network, Louisville, Kentucky

Congratulations to the new board and continued success as they lead the organization with their continued dedication and commitment.

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