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Jaclyn Bernstein, Then and Now

Jaclyn Bernstein is a true Event Production, Destination Management and Hospitality professional, leader, insider & champion of New York City! 

Proven by Jaclyn being named in world-renowned BizBash’s Inaugural ‘Top 500 People in Events’ & ‘Most Influential Event Professionals’, then again in their 2019 ‘Top 1000 People in Events’. 

Serving as an active Board of Director of NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization and convention & visitors bureau as the primary key representative of the Events sector.  Highlights of Jack’s other industry leadership include: ILEA – NY Board of Directors & 1st Co-VicePresident of Programs & Education, Internationally – youngest Board of Governor; Society for Incentive Travel Excellence NY Chapter CoChair; Association of Destination Management Executives International’s Board of Directors, Inaugural VP Awards, 1st President’s Award winner.

Many honors have been awarded to Jaclyn including: Event Solutions’ ‘Event Planner of The Year’’, ‘Samaritan Service’ for support after September 11th; ILEA’s Mettle Attitude, Inaugural NY ‘Woman of The Year’; ILEA Founding members – Jack & Rob are now 2 of 30 international Legacy inductees.    

Jaclyn’s also been inducted into 3 Halls of Fame and Legends – Inaugural ILEA NY, Event Solutions & BizBash

A significant honor out of the industry is from the Boy Scouts of America with their Hospitality Industry “Good Scout” Award!  This award has been given for 37 years, to 81 honorees, and Jaclyn is the 3rd woman to receive it!  And Jack’s most recent honor is this summer 2020 amidst all else going – ILEA’s most prestigious – – their Lifetime Achievement Award.  It’s not even bestowed each year, so for Jaclyn to receive now for a lifetime of dedication is truly humbling.

Jaclyn’s been in 85+ publications including cover features: Crain’s NY Business, Corporate & Incentive Travel & coveted 1st edition of the Special Events book.  Jaclyn loves sharing, especially as an industry speaker – domestically, to India, & adjunct professor at NY University.  Jaclyn’s appeared on TV in the news, David Tutera’s Party Planner & 1st season of The Apprentice.

Jaclyn’s engaging, chatty, loves being larger than life (with very striking high heels) while making people feel comfy, & collecting them to become part of her family ~ Now More Than Ever! 

AWARDS and Special Honors

Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI)

            Joanne O’Conner President’s Award

            Achievement Award: Best Innovative Event ~ $200,001 and above


“Top 500 People in Events” & Most Influential Event Professionals

2 Hall of Fame Inductees 

Readers’ Choice Awards, New York ~ Event Producer of The Year

 “Event Style” Award: Best Entertainment / Program Concept

Event Solutions magazine / conference:

Hall of Fame Inductee

3 “Spotlight” Awards:

Event Planner of The Year

Samaritan Service

Designer of The Year

International Live Events Association (ILEA) – Previously International Special Events Society (ISES)

Lifetime Achievement Award

2 Legacy Lifetime Members

“Spirit of Excellence Mettle Attitude” Award

International Membership Recruitment Award

“Volunteer of the Year Award”

2 “Esprit” Awards:

Event Planning Award: Budget over $25,000

Entertainment Production Award: Budget over $25,000

ILEA New York Metropolitan Chapter:

6 “Big Apple” Awards:

2 Best Corporate Event

Best NY Metro ISES Team Event

Best Entertainment Production

Best Table Top Design

Best “Green Initiative”

1st “Woman of The Year” Award

3 Hall of Fame Inductees ~

2 Inaugural Honorees – 20th Year Anniversary

ILEA New Jersey North Chapter:

Garden State Gala Award:

                Best Planner of A Corporate Event


NYC & Company / Convention and Visitors Bureau

            Board of Director – senior representative of Events / Destination Management sector

            1st Prize ~ Member-Get-A-Member

Northstar Media

            2 Stella Awards:         

                        Best Northeast DMC – Inaugural Winner        

                        Best Northeast DMC – Silver Winner

6 Special Events magazine / conference “Gala” Awards

Best Event Produced for a Corporation or Association / Overall Budget $100,000 – $300,000

Best Event Produced for a Non-Profit Organization

2 Best Achievement in Logistics

2 Best Achievement in Technical Support


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