Toad Suck Daze received top honors for its incident command structure during the International Festivals & Events Association’s (IFEA) 2013 Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony. The ceremony is part of IFEA’s annual convention and expo.
Toad Suck Daze took home the Gold Pinnacle Award in the category of “Best Emergency Preparedness & Risk Management Plan for an Event.” During the festival, organizers follow an incident command structure to minimize risk and provide emergency management upon necessity.
Toad Suck Daze’s incident command is modeled after the system used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce developed the structure with help from the city’s fire and police leadership to ensure clear and efficient communication in case of an emergency.
Toad Suck Daze was also recognized for its children’s programming and merchandise. It received the Silver Pinnacle Award in the “Best Children’s Programming” category and the Bronze in the “Best Other Merchandise” category.
The Pinnacle Awards draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events. Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the Kentucky Derby Festival, Memphis in May International Festival, 500 Festival in Indianapolis, Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Burlington Sound of Music Festival in Ontario, Canada.
The recent IFEA convention was also an opportunity to recognize professionals in the festivals and events industry who have attained the Certified Festival and Event Executive (CFEE) designation. Mary Margaret Satterfield, director of events at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, was one of five professionals in the country to receive the credential this year. Requirements for obtaining the CFEE designation include experiential career achievements, required course work, published articles based on research pertaining to events, professional speaking requirements, and meeting the professional standards of the association and its assessment board.
“As a representative of the Toad Suck Daze festival, I have been an active participant at IFEA conventions for the past five years,” Satterfield said. “Pursuing my CFEE certification the past two years has provided me with even more vital information that I can apply to the festival and to other events at the Chamber.”
About the International Festivals & Events Association
Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals & Events Association offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide. In partnership with global affiliates under the umbrellas of IFEA Africa, IFEA Asia, IFEA Australia, IFEA Europe, IFEA Latin America, IFEA Middle East (MENASA) and IFEA North America, the organization’s common vision is for “a globally united industry that touches lives in a positive way through celebration.”
**Photo Caption**: Mary Margaret Satterfield (third from right), director of events at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, has earned her Certified Festival and Event Executive designation from the International Festivals and Events Association. Satterfield was one of five professionals in the country to receive the credential at IFEA’s annual convention and expo this year. Photo credit: International Festivals and Events Association