Linley Murphy calls 2016 the culmination of three years of hard work since moving to Ohio from Charleston, S.C. With the International Live Events Association she served as the director of membership. “Linley took on the role of planning and creating the December Membership Drive, providing the opportunity for members and non-members alike the chance to network and get to know other event professionals in a very successful way,” Amy Van Duyne, secretary and president-elect of ILEA, says. “As past VP of membership, I have been highly encouraged by Linley’s openness to meet others and help others in any way needed to connect and interact with other people to exchange information and build relationships for future partnerships.” With Women in Sports and Events, Murphy, according to WISE Vice-President Katrina Homer, actively engaged in the organization’s networking events while sharing her event and business expertise as a senior account executive with Event Source. “Linley not only personally supports the organization but has leveraged her employer’s services to ensure that we host successful and beautiful events, like our annual WISE Women of the Year and Scholarship Luncheon,” Homer says. Wanting to be a part of something “distinctly Cleveland,” Murphy joined Playhouse Square Partners. “Linley attends Partners events, helps with event planning, and is a staunch advocate of Playhouse Square Partners, sharing the importance of giving and getting involved with our cause,” Megan Simkovich, development coordinator at Playhouse Square, says. “Linley’s growth within our organization has been mutually beneficial through new business connections and ideas. She has shown the ability to bring new members to Playhouse Partners from her other networks, which has given our organization the ability to broaden our outreach.” Via those three groups, Murphy says she was able to build a network that would be beneficial during the Republican National Convention. “I believe the connections I made through my networking organizations created instant credibility as the whole city embarked on a critical effort to showcase Cleveland to the rest of the country,” Murphy says.
Runners-up: Jen Pickel, senior catering sales manager, Metropolitan at the 9; Nathan Wright, salesman/business development assistant, Mar-Lou Shoes; Nick Borelli, president, Borelli Strategies; Vincent Iannaggi, director of business development, L’Nique Specialty Linen Rental.
2016 — Linley Murphy, Event Source
2015 — Jacob Holland, Event Source
2014 — Lynda Nemeth, Destination Geauga
2013 — Will Tarter Jr., CommunityOne
2012 — Nick Borelli, Rock The House