During a gala evening at Chicago's Shakespeare Theater in September, SITE presented seven planners with the highest honor in the incentive industry: The Crystal Award. The winners were chosen for delivering superior results compared to other events, with factors such as budgets and venue size taken into consideration.

And the winners are:

  • Most Creative Use of an Incentive Program to Solve a Marketing Problem, Internal: Eugene de Villiers, The Extra Mile Co., Ellerslie, New Zealand. Program: Compaq Asia Pacific, Compaq COMunity and Gold Rush

  • Most Creative Use of an Incentive Program to Solve a Marketing Problem, External: Michael Hadlow, USMotivation, Atlanta. Program: Saab Cars USA, The Genuine Advantage Plus 3: Go for 3%, Cruise with 5%

  • Best Incentive Promotion and/or Communication Program, Consumers or End-Users: Bill Bryson, MotivAction, Minneapolis. Program: Verizon, La Plaza

  • Best Incentive Promotion and/or Communication Program, Company Employees: Michael Hadlow, USMotivation, Atlanta. Program: Diebold Windows to the World, Tierra de los Conquistadores (Land of the Conquistadors)

  • Most Outstanding Incentive Travel Program, 5 Nights or More, Over 200 Participants: Salomon Niego, Condor Travel, Lima, Peru. Program: SSL Healthcare, Selva Sierra Litoral/Peru 2002

  • Most Outstanding Incentive Travel Program, 5 Nights or More, Over 200 Participants: Penny Wing, Incentive Travel LLC, San Diego. Program: Viacom Television Stations Group, Themed Time Travel.