Tuesday, October 21, 2014

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Presents MK Shannon Awards

The YMCA of Greater Indialanapolis has once again presented an award designed by MK Shannon. The name of the award is Family Circle. Since 2010, the YMCA of Greater Indialanapolis has used Family Circle as their Lifetime Achievement award. This award is often used to honor dedicated employees, volunteers, people who have devoted much of their time to the organization, or made significant accomplishments. MK Shannon Awards will customize the piece with a unique marble base engraved with the recipient's name, organization, and date. Since Family Circle represents a family unit, it has also over the years been purchased by family after family to represent themselves. These make wonderful gifts for milestone birthdays and special anniversaries.

Since I first carved Family Circle and saw it cast in pewter,” says MK, “I still enjoy hearing about how the award will be given and stories about the people who receive it.”

Cast in pewter, Family Circle is available with a brushed pewter finish, or silver or gold plating. Family Circle stands 12” tall including the marble base.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

MK Shannon Designs Awards for the International Fashion Film Festival

MK Shannon Awards & Rewards is happy to introduce a new custom award created for Cinémoi. Nevin Milan, the creative director for Cinémoi, contacted the offices of MK Shannon to express an interest in having MK design an original award for the annual International Fashion Film Festival. It would be the first time awards would be presented. Nevin and MK immediately connected and began working together to create a design that would capture the essence of this first event. Very quickly they developed an award that met all the imaginings of both. The design was developed and produced in pewter within 4 weeks! Shown below, you can follow along with the progress—the sketch, the model for the piece, and the finished award.

Sketch for International Fashion Film Award

Model for International Fashion Film Award

International Fashion Film Award

MK Shannon Awards can produce custom awards very quickly,” says MK, “but it was Nevin’s quick work and perseverance that allowed us to meet his deadline.” Fifteen awards were presented at the ceremony live on the network. The event can be viewed at http://www.cinemoi.us

Nevin wrote “Finally got to see the award statuette in person last night before they were presented. Everyone said they were stunning. Seriously, they are great!”

Nevin Milan, creative director for Cinémoi with International Fashion Film Award
Cinémoi is a 24-hour network featuring curated films from around the world and high couture festivals new to the U. S. television market. Cinémoi is nestled among AMX, FX Movie Channel, IFC, Sundance Channel, and Turner Classic Movies. Cinemoi presents vintage to contemporary award-winning movies.

We’re committed to offering high-quality entertainment with unparalleled style and elegance, and believe that Cinémoi, will become a network of choice for a breadth of American viewers,” offered Rod Sherwood, CEO of Cinémoi North America. More than just a movie channel, Cinémoi is aimed at discerning viewers who aspire for enticing and sophisticated entertainment.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Using Jewelry at Your Next Awards Banquet

Miniature Replicas of Awards

Jewelry is something that can be an economical gift or award for a special event or conference. MK Shannon Awards & Rewards offers several pieces of jewelry that are miniature copies of awards. The award (or awards) can be presented to the individual recipients being recognized and all the members or attendees can receive a matching pin to honor them and the event.

Some organizations that have taken advantage of this idea are :

• Southern Wine and Spirits
• Mercy Foundation
• ClubCorp
• Heal the Bay Foundation
• Event Solutions
• The Special Event


Examples of jewelry based on awards designed by MK Shannon

Other Ideas

Another concept developed by MK Shannon is the idea of presenting award nominees with a pin that is copy of the award. In this way each person who is nominated will be wearing their pin prior to the event so that other attendees can recognize them and network. The honorees can describe what they have done to be nominated and the other attendees can learn how they might also achieve recognition. Since people cannot 'wear' their lifesize award, one other idea is to give the award winners a matching pin that they can wear to show that they have won that company or foundation’s highest honor. This again allows for recognition, networking, and inspiration to achieve a goal.

The Process

It takes about eight weeks to produce a custom pin from artwork provided by the client or MK Shannon. Each pin is presented in a small black drawstring bag with the MK Shannon name or the company logo imprinted on the bag. The set-up fee is normally $500 and the cost of the pin varies according to size and metal choice (pewter, silver or gold plating) but they range normally between $5 and $10. The cost is very economical compared to retail jewelry. Consider using jewelry at your next awards conference or special event!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

La Quinta Presents MK Shannon Awards at Annual Awards Banquet

La Quinta "Stellar" Award

La Quinta "Brilliant" Award
For the third year, La Quinta Management Hotels has selected MK Shannon Awards to provide the awards for their Annual Awards banquet. Three years ago La Quinta contacted MK Shannon Awards looking for an award that would allow their logo to stand out and represent the company. MK suggested that an award be customized to meet their needs. Using an existing design and customizing it to represent La Quinta helping them meet their budget. 

La Quinta awards 20 individuals with their highest award “STELLAR” and 16 other individuals receive the “BRILLIANT” award for a wide range of achievements in several categories. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

MK Shannon's Unique Partnership with PacMin

PacMin Offers Fine Art Sculptures by MK Shannon
PacMin has over 65 years experience producing aerospace and aviation models that precisely reflect their full-size counterparts. With this in mind you can be sure that your aircraft, engine, or mechanical component will be incorporated into your design and will reflect your high standards, your professionalism, and your vision.
Cessna "Mustang" Award

The Beginning of Our Partnership

The PacMin Corporation after seeing sculpted awards by MK Shannon, ascertained that they wanted to work with MK to develop a superior line of awards to offer their elite customers in the aircraft industry. It was their intention to become the premier awards company in their industry. MK Shannon met with the sales staff and management to offer original designs and suggestions. From those meetings a series of awards were developed and have been used successfully with Boeing, Cessna and other aircraft companies for the past decade. At the request of PacMin, MK has designed over 17 different aircraft awards for Cessna corporation alone.
Cessna "Safety" Award
A Custom or Commissioned Sculpture
For several years now, PacMin has partnered with world-renowned artist and sculptor MK Shannon to create aircraft sculptures where each piece is crafted to your specifications. You can work with PacMin's design team to create a new and unique sculpture, or you may select one from MK Shannon’s illustrious collection. Our team of artists can customize any of these existing sculptures by adding a representation of a particular aircraft of your choice.
Profit Award

When developing a new sculpture, we conduct an in-depth dialogue with you and your team, our in-house staff of artists and MK Shannon. Drawing from this dialogue, we then present you with concept images to critique. Our knowledge of materials and production allow us to make suggestions based on your budget, quantity and timeline.The chosen concept can then progress to a prototype or 3D CAD rendering. Once you decide on the final look and size, our artists sculpt a model using clay or wax. A mold is then made which is used to cast your sculpture.
Pilot Award

Constructed of bronze, high-quality lead-free pewter and marble, each contemporary work of art is available with either a natural brushed pewter finish or a gold or silver plated finish. Personalized nameplates and gift packaging are some of the options we offer that put the finishing touch on a professional and polished presentation—an artistically created sculpture that your clients will treasure for many years to come! These unique, fine art sculptures are designed to celebrate your business or passion and create visual interest in any space.
Soar Above Award

Appreciation with Aircraft

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

GALA Award 2014 Nominees Announced by Special Events Magazine

The granddaddy of awards honors great special events from around the world.
 The Special Events Advisory Board announced the nominees for this year's GALA Awards, the most prestigious award in the special events industry. The awards, which honor work from throughout the world, have been handed out since 1986. The GALA Awards will be presented at a black-tie event at The Special Event 2014 in Nashville, TN. Revelation—The Road to the 2014 GALA Awards was the theme for 2014. The GALA Awards are dedicated to those that dared to dream, who seized hold of their revelation and let the idea bloom all the way to success.

Special Events Magazine cover with GALA Award by MK Shannon Awards
The editor for The Special Events Magazine contacted MK Shannon in 1999 to create the GALA Award for The Special Events for their annual conference. Both the program director and magazine editor worked with MK to select the design. The award was designed to represent individuals within the membership who strive to perform and create at the highest level. These individuals compete yearly to earn the GALA Award for their particular category. The sculpture for the award has four figures to represent teamwork. No extraordinary event or project can be completed by one individual, it takes people working together. A spiral base leads into the four figures causing them to rise upward forming a globe-like shape that ends with the arms of the figures holding a star. The star represents the highest level of achievement.
GALA Award by MK Shannon Awards & Rewards
Thirty five different categories were awarded this year at the GALA Awards in Nashville.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Uses Awards by MK Shannon

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek located in South Florida needed awards for several different events and wanted custom designed pieces created from their own artwork. 2D images were provided and MK Shannon created the 3D models from the images and provided awards that were totally unique to the casino industry. The turn around time was about four weeks once the model was approved.

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek located in South Florida needed awards for several different events and wanted custom designed pieces created from their own artwork. 2D images were provided and MK Shannon created the 3D models from the images and provided awards that were totally unique to the casino industry. The turn around time was about four weeks once the model was approved.

Blues, Brews and BBQ Event Awards
The pieces shown here were for three separate events. One is the Blues, Brews and BBQ. The other was Player of the Year for Black Jack. We designed three different sizes of awards for the Blues, Brews and BBQ so that there would be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place award.

Black Jack Event Awards
 The six Black Jack awards that were presented at the event were the Player of the Year Award, Male Player of the Year Award, Female Player of the Year Award, Breakout Player of the Year Award, Player Development Choice Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Altera Corporation Worldwide Presents Awards by MK Shannon

The “Top Performer Awards” are presented at an annual awards dinner to recognize individuals who have made top sales numbers for the year and also for those who exemplify Altera Corporation’s values of Integrity, Teamwork, Winning Mindset, Accountability and Innovation. Awards are presented in Japan, France, Germany and the United States. MK Shannon has provided the awards for Altera for the last six years. The management team had contacted MK Shannon Awards and Rewards searching for a unique award that would represent the corporate sales goals and the Altera values. MK presented several awards to choose from that she felt were appropriate for the management team's goals. They selected one in her inventory of awards, and the rest is “history”. 

Stellar Award
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, Altera Corporation is the leader in innovative custom logic solutions, and has been ever since inventing the world's first reprogrammable logic device in 1984.

Today, over 2,600 employees in 19 countries are providing even more ingenious custom logic solutions—addressing a range of concerns, from power consumption to performance to cost—for customers in a wide variety of industries, including automotive, broadcast, computer and storage, consumer, industrial, medical, military, test and measurement, wireless, and wireline.

In addition to devices, Altera's comprehensive solutions portfolio contains fully integrated software development tools, versatile embedded processors, optimized intellectual property cores, reference design examples, and a variety of development kits.

We are delighted to be their choice in “Top Performer Awards”!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Uses MK Shannon Awards to Honor Outstanding Physicians

In 2008 International Conference Management contacted MK Shannon Awards & Rewards to select awards suitable for use by the MedStar Program at Georgetown University. The University MedStar Program has held conferences each year to honor outstanding work by physicians in various fields of medical study by presenting them awards designed by MK Shannon.

Most recently the MedStar program at Georgetown University has honored the doctors shown in the photos here. 

2013 MedStar Georgetown Achievement Award in Abdominal Wall Reconstruction honoree Adrian E. Park, MD (center) with conference co-chairmen Parag Bhanot, MD (left) and Maurice Y. Nahabedian, MD (right). This award was designed by MK Shannon and is entitled “Double Helix”. The award is plated in sterling silver and 14kt gold and mounted on black marble.

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Diabetic Limb Salvage conference co-chairmen, Christopher E. Attinger, MD (left) and John S. Steinberg, DPM, (right) present the 2013 MedStar Georgetown Distinguished Achievement Award “Diversity” by MK Shannon to George Andros, MD. The award is designed by MK Shannon and has three different human figures each plated in pewter, silver or gold
and is mounted on black marble.

The 2013 Diabetic Foot Global Conference honored two pioneers in amputation prevention with the Edward James Olmos Award for Advocacy in Amputation Prevention. Shown here with honoree, Lawrence B. Harkless is Edward James Olmos (right). This award by MK Shannon is entitled “Soar Above” and is plated in 14kt gold and mounted on black marble.

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's many attributes include an impressive array of centers of excellence—in cancer, gastroenterology, neurosciences, and transplants. We, at MK Shannon Awards and Rewards, are proud to provide awards to honor and recognize outstanding individuals and the work they are doing to meet the healthcare needs of their communities.

Friday, February 28, 2014

General Electric Aviation Custom Award by MKShannon

This custom award project involved the reproduction of a portion of a GE jet engine blade whose unique and innovative design is displayed at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. There is only one word to describe the elegance of this “blade”-- gorgeous! It was a joy for MK Shannon to recreate and experience this exquisite piece of work. The pewter blade is about a foot tall and very dynamic. A black patina was used to create a contrast that allows the beauty of the blade to exhibit itself sharply.

It took several weeks to complete the model. The base of the award was also designed by GE Aviation and then executed by MK Shannon Awards following specific directions provided by GE. The name plate is imprinted on clear Lucite and raised off the marble base with small aluminum standoffs to make it stand out.

GE Blade
As an award for engineers it is pretty extraordinary. The GE Blade is presented at GE's Annual Leadership Meeting.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

MK Shannon Awards Provides Children’s Miracle Network Awards in Canada!

In early December, Kari Martin of Children’s Miracle Network Awards, Canada, called to order the MIM awards to be presented to their top corporate partners for success in raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network in Canada for the year 2013. This will be the first year these awards have been presented in Canada. They have been presented in the United States for several years. The design is a more modern version of the previous logo of a hot air balloon. MK Shannon Awards provided the new awards after creating them in pewter. Children’s Miracle Network Awards, U.S. provided the artwork and MK Shannon created the piece in pewter for use by Children’s Miracle Network.

TD Bank Group received the 2013 award. Shown below are:

John Hartman, Chief Operating Officer Children’s Miracle Network, Canada
John Lauck, President and CEO Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Salt Lake City National Office
Tina Murphy, TD Bank Group, National Community Investment Manager
Ameera Virani, Account Director, Children’s Miracle Network

Children's Miracle Network Canada 2013 Award Recipient
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is celebrating its 30-year anniversary! Since 1983, the organization has raised more than $4.7 billion—most of it $1 at a time—for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

You have probably given at Costco or some other retail store where your name has been placed on the “balloon” and posted for all to see. Please join us in supporting the efforts of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by visiting their website http://childrensmiraclenetwork.ca/

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Announced 2013 Outie Award Winners of Custom Awards Designed by MK Shannon Awards

MINNEAPOLIS, MN—November 4, 2013 Five silver ‘Outie’ statuettes were bestowed upon Outie Award winners while 2,200 attendees from around the world gathered at the 15th annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Summit is the leading LGBT professional development conference, equipping attendees with the tools, resources and connections to create equitable and inclusive workplaces for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people.
The 2013 winners were Target, Lockheed Martin, The Dow Chemical Company, Cathy Bessant from Bank of America, and Kevin Jones. The winners were chosen from a competitive slate of nominees and voted on by an independent panel of experts from companies and nonprofits that set the standard for LGBT workplace equality.
The annual Outie Awards honor individuals and companies for their leadership in creating workplace cultures of inclusion and equity for the LGBT community.
Artist and designer of the Outie Award, MK Shannon, describes her sculpture as a single 11 inch figure that appears to run in a forward motion with the body stretched upward. The figure is reaching far above to hold an “exclamation point" as high as it can reach. The exclamation point is a symbol for Out & Equal. It is held by the figure like a torch, bringing light, truth and hope for equality for all people everywhere.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals "Excellence Award" by MK Shannon Awards

MK Shannon Awards and Rewards specializes in the reproduction of awards that are crafted using a company's logo. That is what was done for the Children’s Miracle Network. The logo provided to us is used all over North America as their symbol. The awards were created to honor various donors each year. This is the second rendition of the logo over the past several years. The more modern version from 2011 represents a more contemporary “balloon”. This project has been in place since 2007. The old logo is a familiar site in stores all over the nation where individuals donate a dollar or more and place their name on a paper balloon that is displayed on the wall of the store after each donation is made. The photo at right shows the “rough drawing” of the first model sculpted by MK Shannon for the Children’s Miracle Network Excellence Awards.

The second photo is of the finished award cast in pewter and mounted on marble.

The third photo (below) shows the Excellence Award, the updated version, cast in pewter and mounted on marble.

The organization decided to “modernize” their logo and needed an award that reflected their new image. Problem? Not with MK Shannon Awards. Once the company provided the new logo it was just a matter of weeks before the new design was sculpted, molded, and cast.The new image was created to their satisfaction and has been used for the past two years with great success.

Joan Beck, Executive Administrative Assistant for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Salt Lake City, Utah says this about the awards and the individuals who receive them:
“Our Excellence Award is given to employees of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. They are a part of our hospital relations team and we give out this award every quarter. Our team votes for who they think had performed the best over the past quarter. These are some of our most current recipients!”

Here's a little background about Children's Miracle Network and its founders.