The Director’s Cup award recognizes the industry’s single most outstanding bridal show producers who demonstrate professionalism, character, integrity and performance. The award is the highest and most prestigious recognition given in the industry. The Director’s Cup award was initiated by Tommy Vaughan in 2000 and is presented at the BSPI annual conference.


The Spirit of BSPI award is given to the member of BSPI who demonstrates the kindred spirit of BSPI for their overall contribution and attitude towards the advancement of BSPI. This award was initiated by Debra Hansen and is given at the discretion of the Director.


The BSPi Star Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the Bridal Show Production industry. The BSPi Star Awards are the brand of BSPi. The Star Awards are judged in multiple categories annually. Categories are polled by the membership body and selected by the Board of Directors. BSPi members in good standing may enter events that take place prior to April 1 of the current year. All entries will be displayed at the Annual Conference and winners will be announced at the BSPi Recognition Celebration in conjunction with the Annual Conference.

To submit a Star Award entry, please log in to your member dashboard.


Director’s Cup Recipients

2016 Brad Buckles, Washington
2015 Laura DiGirolamo, North Carolina
2014 Kathie James, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2013 Jay & Judy Van Valkenberg, Oregon
2012 Bill Heaton, Florida
2011 Will Hegarty, Arizona
2010 Sue Gallardo, California
2009 Bruce Thiebauth, Nebraska
2008 Matthew Trettel, Minnesota
2006 Colleen Wheeler, South Carolina
2005 Richard Markel, California
2004 Thomas Vaughan, Georgia
2003 Marc McIntosh, Virginia
2002 Don Freedman, North Carolina
2001 Sharon Sacks, California
2000 Debra Hansen, Nevada

Buzz Gallardo Spirit of BSPi Recipients

2016 Al Stehlik, Oregon, first recipient of the renamed, "Buzz Gallardo" Spirit of BSPi Award
2015 Jack Griffin, Kentucky and Josh Franz, Minnesota
2014 Sue Diehl, Wisconson
2013 Laura DiGirolamo, North Carolina
2012 Kathie James, Canada and Sue & Buzz Gallardo, California
2011 Glenda Epperson, Nebraska (posthumous award)
2010 Kari Black, North Dakota
2009 Bill Heaton, New York and Bruce Thiebauth, Nebraska
2008 Jerry Russo, New Jersey
2007 Debra Hansen, Nevada

Stars of 2016

Bride Marketing & Advertising
Forever Bridal Productions

Exhibitor Marketing & Advertising
The Bridal Group

Digital Marketing & Advertising
Premier Bridal Shows

TV Advertising
Showcase Events

Radio Advertising
Forever Bridal Productions

Showcase Events

Image & Branding
Forever Bridal Productions

The Bridal Group

Fashion Show Under $10,000
Elite Events

Fashion Show $10,000-$20,000
Wedding Palace Bridal Show

Fashion Show Over $20,000
The Bridal Group

Gold Standard
The Bridal Group