Economic Impact of Gay Marriage as photographed by New York event photographer Jeffrey Holmes.

The Economics of Gay Marriage panel discussion presented by Manhattan Chamber of Commerce held at MetLife Conference Center in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)
Christine Quinn, NYC Council Speaker and first openly gay NYC Council member, addresses The Economics of Gay Marriage Program. A panel discussion presented by Manhattan Chamber of Commerce held at MetLife Conference Center in New York.

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce presented a panel discussion that focused on the role of the business community in pressuring the legislature to approve same-sex marriage.The event was held at the new Met Life Conference Center at 6th Avenue and 42nd Street. The event was photographed by event photographer new york, Jeffrey Holmes Photography for the MCC.  The business community has a stake in this issue because of employee benefits, payroll taxes, talent retention and money will be made when tens of thousands of couples marry here in New York City rather than traveling to other states.

“Economic Impact of Gay Marriage” took place on Monday, March 14, 2011 and was organized by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, hosted by MetLife and sponsored by Bloomingdale’s, Gay City News, Microsoft and the Riverside Church.T

People have figured out that when permitted to marry, the gay community will be more likely to hire a realtor, purchase a home, buy insurance, travel on a honeymoon and use the services of a caterer, wedding planner, florist, and all of the other services engaged by traditional couples getting married.

The Ecomomics of Gay Marriage panel discussion presented by Manhattan Chamber of Commerce held at MetLife Conference Center in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

MetLife Conference Center in New York where the Economic Impact of Gay Marriange Program was held and photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, new york event photographer.

Panel members included Jeremiah Frei-Pearson, Straight Allies Coordinator, Marriage Equality New York; George Carrancho, National Sales & Marketing Manager for LGBT Community, American Airlines; M. V. Lee Badgett, Research Director, Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law & Public Policy at UCLA School of Law; Rachel B. Tiven, Executive Director, Immigration Equality; Paul Schindler (Moderator), Editor-in-Chief, Gay City News; Tracy Teofilo, President, Prestigious & Elegant Events, Inc; and, Jeffrey Hollander, JD, Assistant Vice President Advanced Markets Group, MetLife.

MetLife Conference Center in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)
MetLife Conference Center in New York where the Economic Impact of Gay Marriange Program was held and photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, new york event photographer.

Photographer Note on the venue: MetLife Conference Center is a great venue for medium size conferences. The lighting is ideal. The room features a large projection screen. While a the screen could have been positioned lower on the back wall, it d

oes provide for great viewing. The stage is lighted with with floods high above in the ceiling (perhaps a bit too much of an angle as to provide an uncomplimentary image) fill flash is a must. The venue provides a wonderful view of Bryant Park. Catering of the events is available.

Institutional Investors’s Africa Investment Forum Event Photographer

Institutional Investor's Africa Investment Forum

African dignitaries and investment leaders came together at Institutional Investor's Africa Investment Forum held April 11-12, 2011 at the Metropolitan Club in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Event Photographer in New York, Jeffrey Holmes was Institutional Investor’s choice to photograph the Africa Investment Forum as it has for their international forums since 2004. This long standing relationship demonstrates the confidence they have in his ability to consistently get the images Institutional Investor Events needs for promotional and media release purposes. This assignment was particularly challenging as it was held in the West Room of the Metropolitan Club, New York. While it is a gorgeously rich room featuring a stunning ceiling mural. This is a very dark venue. Added to the challenge was the dark skin tones. Limited light includes 4 windows on the west wall and only eight dimly lighted wall sconces. Generally stage lighting is provided by 2 spots for video recording. The wide f-stop range between stage and audience called upon all of Jeffrey’s talents in order to make great event photography. His camera of choice is the Canon 5D Mark2 with its minimum noise at higher ISO setting and 1Ds Mark2 for its 8 frames per second capture rate.

African dignitaries and investment leaders came together at Institutional Investor's Africa Investment Forum held April 11-12, 2011 at the Metropolitan Club in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

African dignitaries and investment leaders came together at Institutional Investor's Africa Investment Forum held April 11-12, 2011 at the Metropolitan Club in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

The event was eye opening as to the future of the continent. Africa is making significant strides in focusing global investors’ interest on the opportunities there. Africa’s new vision of its future highlights the potential that can be found in these nations while addressing many of the obstacles that have hindered foreign investment in the past. This long-term, comprehensive strategy for increasing foreign investments means applying the lessons learned and building on the comparative strengths of the region’s markets and key sectors. In response to these steps forward as well as significantly increased interest among US institutions, Institutional Investor’s Africa Investment Conference is the premier, Africa-focused event in the US in 2011. With the theme, The Gateway to Opportunity, the event embodied Africa’s vision for sustained economic development driven by targeted, informed foreign investment. The Conference was the ideal forum for the necessary exchange of information among senior decision-makers from the region’s governmental and regulatory authorities, executives from Africa’s leading corporations, and the US institutional investors who are interested in learning more about the opportunities in Africa. The Africa Investment Conference supplied investors with the macro information they require about governmental, regulatory, and economic policies coupled with intensive examinations of key sector initiatives, including: Capital markets and banking developments; Tax and legal reforms; Monetary and fiscal policies; Infrastructure public-private partnerships; and Project and leverage financing opportunities in oil and gas, telecoms, transportation, tourism, health services, metals/mining, agribusiness, renewable energy, and power.

This years program included presentations from key government officials and regulators, panel discussions among corporate executives and large US investors, and case studies focusing on some of the region’s more notable achievements. The event photography of Jeffrey Holmes is included in this post with more images available in the Institutional Investor Africa Investment Forum gallery.

Institutional Investor 9th Annual Hedge Fund Awards by Event Photographer New York Jeffrey Holmes

Institutional Investor's 9th Annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards Dinner held at Cipriani Wall Street. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Institutional Investor's 9th Annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards Dinner held at Cipriani Wall Street. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Institutional Investor magazine’s 9th Annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards, recognizes the hedge funds, funds of hedge funds and industry associated investment consultants, endowments, and foundations. They are presented these awards for their innovation, achievements and contributions to the Hedge Fund industry in the past year of 2010.

The event was photographed for Institutional Investor by Jeffrey Holmes, a premier event photographer New York. Institutional Investor has relied upon Mr. Holmes photography services for the past 6 years. “He captures the story of the event. Jeffrey always works the branding of the sponsors into images. We get the shots we need for press and PR as well as promotional materials for next years event. That is why we have use Jeffrey Holmes Photography for all of our awards dinners.”

Award nominees were honored and winners were announced and awarded at a dinner and awards ceremony at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The event emcee was David Faber, CNBC

Institutional Investor's 9th Annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards Dinner held at Cipriani Wall Street. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Institutional Investor's 9th Annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards Dinner held at Cipriani Wall Street. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Anchor and Reporter (and Institutional Investor alumni). An Emmy, Peabody, Dupont, Loeb award winner and New York Times bestselling author, David Faber is host of CNBC’s “The Strategy Session” (M-F, 12PM ET). Faber is also an anchor and co-producer of CNBC’s acclaimed original documentaries and long-form programming as well as a contributor to CNBC’s Squawk on the Street.

Bruce Kovner, Founder and Chairman, Caxton Associates was bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Jeffrey Scott, Chief Investment Officer, Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. was the Outstanding Contribution Award Recipient:

 

Here are Hedge Fund Management Award Categories & Nominees

  • Institutional Hedge Fund Firm of the Year
  • Appaloosa Management -WINNER, BlackRock, Bridgewater Associates , CQS , Paulson & Co.
  • Emerging Hedge Fund Firm of the Year
  • Hutchin Hill Capital -WINNER, Astenbeck Capital Management, Grant Capital Partners, Senrigan Capital Group, Stelliam Investment Management
  • Credit-Focused Hedge Fund Firm of the Year
  • Fortress Investment Group -WINNER, Appaloosa Management, Centerbridge Partners,
  • Marathon Asset Management, VR Capital Group
  • Equity-Focused Hedge Fund Firm of the Year
  • Glenview Capital Management -WINNER, NorthStar Capital Funds, Omega Advisors, SAC Capital Advisors, Visium Asset Management
  • Event-Driven Hedge Fund Firm of the Year
  • Third Point -WINNER, Paulson & Co., Perry Capital, Pershing Square Capital, Management, ValueAct Capital
  • Macro-Focused Hedge Fund Firm of the Year
  • Bridgewater Associates -WINNER, AQR Capital Management, BlueCrest Capital, Management, BlueGold Capital Management, BTG Pactual
  • Multistrategy Hedge Fund Firm of the Year
  • Millennium Management -WINNER, Carlson Capital, Hudson Bay Capital Management, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, Whitebox Advisors
  • Relative Value Hedge Fund Firm of the Year
  • Capula Investment Management -WINNER, BlueMountain Capital Management, Lazard Asset Management, Saba Capital Management, Structured Portfolio Management
  • Large Fund of Hedge Funds Firm of the Year
  • Prisma Capital Partners -WINNER, Blackstone Group, J.P. Morgan Alternative Asset Management, Edmond de Rothschild Holding SA, SkyBridge Capital
  • Small Fund of Hedge Funds Firm of the Year
  • PineBridge Investments -WINNER, Dorchester Capital Advisors, Magnitude Capital, Signet Group, Van Biema Value Partners
  • Hedge Fund Seeder Firm of the Year
  • Blackstone Group -WINNER, FRM Capital Advisors, PioneerPath Capital, Protégé Partners, Tiger Management Corp.
  • Large Corporate Plan of the Year
  • Boeing Co. -WINNER, AT&T Investment Management Corp., General Motors Asset Management Corp., Lockheed Martin Investment Management Co.
  • Small Corporate Plan of the Year
  • International Paper Co. -WINNER, Alcoa, Cargill, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Large Endowment or Foundation of the Year
  • University of Texas Investment Management Co. -WINNER, DUMAC, KAUST Investment Management Co., Ohio State University
  • Small Endowment or Foundation of the Year
  • Cook Children’s Health Care System -WINNER, Museum of Modern Art, New York University School of Law, Vassar College
  • Large Public Plan of the Year
  • Teacher Retirement System of Texas -WINNER, California Public Employees’ Retirement System, Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri, Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System
  • Small Public Plan of the Year
  • San Diego County Employees Retirement Association -WINNER, Public Safety Personnel Retirement System of the State of Arizona, Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees’ Retirement System, San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association
  • Family Office of the Year
  • Mount Vernon Investments -WINNER, Cooper Family Office, Fuqua Capital Corp., Willett Advisors
  • Hedge Fund Consultant of the Year
  • James Mnookin, Cambridge Associates -WINNER, Stephen Nesbitt, Cliffwater, John Shearman, Albourne America, James Vos, Aksia

BEF’s photo coverage of UnitedHealthcare Empire Challenge

BEF United Healthcare Empire Challenge at Hofstra University by New York event photographer Jeffrey Holmes.

BEF United Healthcare Empire Challenge at Hofstra University on June 21,2011. (Jeffrey Holmes)

BEF United Healthcare Empire Challenge at Hofstra University on June 21,2011. (Jeffrey Holmes)

This past summer’s annual Empire Challenge continued for the 5th year to enlist event photographer, Jeffrey Holmes Photography. He is the lead event photographer for Boomer Esiason’s annual dual between the High School All-Stars of New York City versus Long Island students. The event starts with an All-U-Can-Eat Tailgate Party sponsored by Outback Steakhouse. This family-oriented event includes an expo and fun activities prior to the game, and a raffle. The evening highlight is the Empire Challenge football game pitting the best of New York City and Long Island.

While not the everyday sports photographer, I do have the experience of photographing a wide variety of events. As versatile photographer in New York City. I most enjoy capturing the story of story and emotion.

BEF United Healthcare Empire Challenge at Hofstra University on June 21,2011. (Jeffrey Holmes)The annual United Healthcare Empire Challenge highlights the brightest football talent from New York City and Long Island. It supports the Boomer Esiason Foundation and youth football in the New York metro area.  It’s held at James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University.

United Healthcare Empire Challenge 2011,

06/21/2011  In a thrilling contest that pitted the best high school football players from Long Island against their counterparts from New York City, the Long Islanders earned a 17-14 victory in the 16th Annual United Healthcare Empire Challenge All-Star Game.  Read the full story here. Check out a slideshow from the event below.

BEF Empire Challenge 2011 Gallery – Images by Jeffrey Holmes, New York event photographer

What:  16th Annual United Healthcare Empire Challenge

When:  June 21, 2011

Where:  James M. Shuart Stadium, Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.

More Information: www.EmpireChallenge.com

 

 

Steelcase 360 Discussion: Preparing tomorrow’s leaders for the fast paced interconnected business world.

 Steelcase 360 Degree Discussion: Educating the Creative Leaders of Tomorrow. This virtual 360 Discussion photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, Event photographer New York.

How does education prepare tomorrow’s leaders for this fast paced interconnected business world?

Roger Martin, Daniel Pink and Jim Keane discussed how education prepares tomorrow’s leaders for this fast paced interconnected business world in a Live Steelcase 360 Discussion: Educating the Creative Leaders of Tomorrow. The New York location of the event was photographed by corporate photographer Jeffrey Holmes.

Coming out of the recent recession, problems are more complex, markets are more volatile and change is more rapid. Education must keep pace. So how can educators prepare students to lead in today’s interconnected world? Steelcase brought together three of the most influential thinkers on management and education to discuss this topic in its live, virtual panel discussion: Educating the Creative Leaders of Tomorrow.

Steelcase 360 Degree Discussion Educating the Creative Leaders of Tomorrow photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, New York corporate photographer.

Reena Jaana and Jim Keane during the Steelcase 360 Degree Discussion of Educating the Creative Leaders of Tomorrow.

 

Moderated by Reena Jana, an innovation expert and journalist, the Steelcase 360 Discussion explored how education can be redefined to better prepare tomorrow’s creative leaders. Moreover, the panel sought to identify the critical skills needed to achieve success as a business leader and how education will need to adapt. Joining the discussion were Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management; Daniel Pink, bestselling author on the changing world of work and Jim Keane, President of Steelcase.

“Given the recent recession, the rapid pace of change, and the complexity of an interconnected world, the skills that today’s students need to lead are far different from what we are used to,” said Keane. “Educators must keep pace with these global business changes to prepare students.”

While Jana joined Keane in the Steelcase showroom in New York City to host the panel, Martin and Pink participated via high-definition videoconferencing from Toronto and Washington D.C., respectively, using Steelcase’s mediascape with HD videoconferencing technology.  With mediascape with HD Videoconferencing, panelists can view each other, present and share content seamlessly during the discussion.

 

 

About the Panelists

 

Roger Martin is dean of University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, as well as a professor of strategic management as well as the author of The Design of Business. A Canadian from Wallenstein, Ontario, Roger was formerly a director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Daniel H. Pink is the author of four provocative books about the changing world of work — including the New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind and Drive. His articles on business and technology appear in many publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Wired, where he is a contributing editor.

 

Jim Keane, Steelcase President photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, Corporate Photographer New York.

Jim Keane, President of Steelcase, during a Steelcase 360 Degree Discussion: Educating the Creative Leaders of Tomorrow.

Jim Keane is president of the Steelcase brand of Steelcase Inc. Named to this role in October 2006, Jim oversees the sales, marketing and product development activities of the Steelcase, Turnstone, PolyVision and Details brands.

 

 

 

Reena Jana, former Innovation Department Editor for BusinessWeek photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, New York Corporate photographer.

Reena Jana, former Innovation Department Editor for BusinessWeek moderates Steelcase 360 Degree Discussion on Educating the Creative Leaders of Tomorrow.

 

Reena Jana is the former Innovation Department editor for BusinessWeek. Currently, Reena is a freelance writer for national publications (including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review and Wired) specializing in the intersection of emerging technologies and culture.

Steelcase  helps create great experiences wherever work happens. Ther brands offer a comprehensive portfolio of workplace furnishings, products and services, inspired by nearly 100 years of insight gained serving the world’s leading organizations. Steelcase is globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 650 dealers. They design for social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Steelcase is a global, publicly traded company leading our industry with fiscal 2010 revenue of approximately $2.3 billion.

Small Business Summit brings technology solutions to business by event photographer New York Jeffrey Holmes Photography

Christopher McCann, President of 1-800-Flowers, explains how a single flower shop in Manhattan became the world's largest florist with revenues expected to exceed $1 billion. Small Business Summit 2011 at Digital Sandbox in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Christopher McCann, President of 1-800-Flowers, explains how a single flower shop in Manhattan became the world

The Sixth Annual Small Business Summit, sponsored by Dell Computers, was a special environment where small business owners meet their peers and learn from vendors offering cutting edge technology for small business. Attendees learned, shared and connected with both old and new relationships. This year featured Chris McCann, President of 1-800-Flowers and Jim Fowler, CEO/CoFounder of Jigsaw, plus panels of experts, interactive sessions and networking with exhibitors. Sponsors gave away some fabulous prizes. The event was was organized by Smallbiztechnology.com and Prime Strategies and held at Digital Sandbox in New York. The event photographer for the 5th year was Jeffrey Holmes Photography, a respected business event photographer New York producing great event photography.

 

The  Small Business Summit also presented the 2011 Small Business Strategy Award and Hot Tech Demo winners on at Digital Sandbox in New York City. Winner the 2011 Small Business Strategy Award, ath Power Consulting, a leading financial services market research and strategy firm. Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care and Great Bear Auto and Body Shop were named as runner up winners for this award. Twisplays, a technology firm that allows you to conveniently display whatever Twitter streams you desire from a larger LED screen, has been named the winner of the 2011 Hot Tech Demo. “This award recognizes and honors businesses that have developed and executed a strategy producing significant growth in profits or market share over the past few years,” says Marian Banker, MBA, Co‐Producer of the Small Business Summit and President of Prime Strategies. “ath Power Consulting is an excellent example of success using the strategy of finding and leveraging their opportunity in a market downturn” adds Marian Banker. “We feel honored to be presented with the 2011 Small Business Strategy Award,” said Frank Aloi, President and CEO of ath Power Consulting. “As the downturn in consumer sentiment continued in financial services, we knew that analyzing and improving the customer experience would ‐ or certainly should ‐ be a top strategic priority in the U.S. banking industry. Our goal was to prove how ath Power could help financial institutions rebuild sustainable profitability, trust in the market and return to high performance by using our solutions. We achieved that goal by implementing a solid business strategy, ultimately leading us to increased customer retention and profits. ath Power is proud to be recognized for our achievement.”

Ken Weyel of Microsoft Advertising presents his insight into web marketing at the Small Business Summit 2011 at Digital Sandbox in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Ken Weyel of Microsoft Advertising presents his insight into web marketing at the Small Business Summit 2011 at Digital Sandbox in New York.

“I am so pleased again this year that the ‘Hot Tech’ demo segment has received such a great response,” says Ramon Ray, Co‐Producer of the Summit, Editor & Technology Evangelist of Smallbiztechnology.com. “Small businesses want to see how technology can transform within their business and budget and Twisplays is a perfect example of this. Providing any business the ability to extend their brand and messaging by leveraging their existing Twitter stream is a perfect example of how to expand to a larger audience without breaking the bank”, adds Ray. “We are excited to be named the 2011 Hot Tec Demo Winner, says Joshua Persky, CEO of Twisplays. Our goal is to help businesses promote their brand and increase sales by leveraging existing social media marketing programs, in this case with Twitter.” During the Summit, each of the winners will showcase and tell how their products help a growing business and why it’s important. To learn more about the Summit or these business owners, visit smallbiztechsummit.com

Ramon Ray moderates a panel including Matthew Weiss, Traffic Ticket Lawyer, Andy Steuer of Deluxe and Ken Weyel, Microsoft Advertising. They shared their views on how to achieve outstanding.growth using online marketing techniques.Small Business Summit 2011 at Digital Sandbox in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Ramon Ray moderate a panel including Matthew Weiss, Traffic Ticket Lawyer, Andy Steuer of Deluxe and Ken Weyel, Microsoft Advertising. They shared their views on how to achieve outstanding.growth using online marketing techniques.Small Business Summit 2011 at Digital Sandbox in New York.

Event Photographer Comment: Digital Sandbox is a great venue for technology events. WiFi is available for attendees. From a photographer’s perspective, the lighting is substandard. The room used for the exhibition hall is dark with the spot lighting, exposed ceiling with vents and conduit painted black. This is not a great environment for bounce flash lighting. I make it work by shooting manual strobe and over powering the ambient light. Exposure and color correction is adjusted in post production of RAW files. The rooms where presentations and programs are generally held have white ceilings with fluorescent lighting and make photographing the speakers easier. However in the end, program producers should consider adding supplemental lighting to the stage area.

“America’s Got Talent” Top Ten finalists receive Courage award from Boomer Esiason Foundation

Jeffrey Holmes, Event photographer New York. (Jeffrey Holmes)
Ali and Christina Christensen, Top Ten Finalists on “America’s Got Talent” perform at BEF’s Booming Celebration. Photo by event photographer New York Jeffrey Holmes

Michael Brennan Courage Award
Ali and Christina Christensen
, Top Ten Finalists on “America’s Got Talent.

This award was established in 2000 to hour the memory of BEF’s friend and colleague Michael Brennan. It is awarded to outstanding individuals living with cystic fibrosis.

Singing Sisters put Cystic Fibrosis in the National Spotlight. Ali and Christina Christensen thrilled the cystic fibrosis community in 2010 when they made it into the Top 10 on the popular “America’s Got Talent” television show. The singing sisters, who both have cystic fibrosis, charmed the show’s celebrity judge panel and won over a national audience. Alexa (“Ali”), 21, and Christina, 14, were presented with the 2011 Michael Brennan Courage Award during the Boomer Esiason Foundation’s Annual Awards Gala 2011. This award is given annually to outstanding individuals living with CF.

Jeffrey Holmes Photography, New York event photographer, covered the event for the Boomer Esiason Foundation this year as well as the past years. His event photography is published in the Boomer Esiason Foundation’s printed and web marketing and public relations program throughout the year.

Alexa and Christina Christensen are sisters from Idaho Fall, who since childhood have astonished audiences with their singing and songwriting talents. Even bigger that their voices are their spirit. The two siblings were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when they were very young. Initially performing as soloists. The girls joined together in 2011 to sing Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” as a special tribute at their older sister’s funeral. Each have their unique strengths. Ali is a vocalist of many talents including yodeling. Tiny Christina’s giant voice left the crowd amazed.

Event photographer, corporate photographer Jeffrey Holmes Photographer

Ali Christensen, Top Ten Finalists on “America's Got Talent" performs with sister at benefit for the fight against cystic fibrosis. Photos by event photographer New York Jeffrey Holmes

Christina and Ali’s dream is inspiring people who face challenges or have lost hope. Their message is that while everyone has to navigate personal trials, each is a gift where there is joy to be experienced and dreams to be realized.

The photography portfolio of Jeffrey Holmes, a corporate portrait and event photographer is experienced in corporate portrait photography and portrait corporate head shots. Jeffrey Holmes is an accomplished artist among corporate portrait photographers and is a noted photographer in New York. He has been the official photographer for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce since 2002. Jeffrey Holmes Photography is known to his clients as their New York event photographer, the choice for photographer for events, always a professional photographer, and event photography New York. Professional photographer for creative corporate portrait photography and respected among portrait photographers. New York event photographer is the photographer for events and event photography New York. Great images and superb customer service.

Ralph Stayer of Johnsonville Sausage receives Boomer Esiason Foundation MVP Award

Most Valuable Player
Ralph Stayer
, Chairman and CEO, Johnsonville Sausage

Event photo by Jeffrey Holmes, event photographer New York

Ralph Stayer, Johnsonville Sausage receives MVP award from Gunnar Esiason (l) and Boomer Esiason (r). Photo by Jeffrey Holmes, Event photographer New York.

The MVP Award was established in 1994 to recognize outstanding individual contributions to the Boomer Esiason Foundation fight against Cystic Fibrosis. The award is a bronze statue of Boomer and Gunnar created by well know sports sculptor, Marc Mellon.

Ralph C. Stayer is the Owner and has been the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Johnsonville Sausage since 1968. He has led the company to the largest selling sausage brand in North America.

New York event photographer, Jeffrey Holmes Photography captured the event for BEF. Jeffrey has photographed this grand event for the past five years.

Event photographer, corporate photographer Jeffrey Holmes Photographer

Ralph Stayer, Johnsonville Sausage accepting MVP award from Boomer Esiason Foundation. Photo by event photographer Jeffrey Holmes.

Mr. Stayer joined the meat and sausage business in 1965 and immediately began building the wholesale operation. It was spun off in 1968 as a separate company. His involvement in the business has resulted in many accomplishments including leading Johnsonville into a national brand. The brand is nationally renowned for its business operation method that blends teamwork and individual accountability, thus developing exceptional talent at all levels.

Mr. Stayer served as Chief Executive Officer of the Year by Tom Peters in 1988 and was runner up in the Ernst & Young national Master Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000. Mr. Stayer Founded Leadership Dynamics, a consulting firm. In 1990, Mr. Stayer established the Leadership Dynamics consulting firm, which specializes in coaching leaders of large organizations on strategy and execution through people. Mr. Stayer has been Independent Director of Brunswick Corp. since 2002. He serves as Director at Johnsonville Sausage LLC. Mr. Stayer is the National Trustee of Boys and Girls Clubs in the Midwest region. In addition, he is the chairman of the Marian College Board of Trustees and a Board member of PAVE, an organization dedicated to improving education for urban students in Milwaukee. In 1990, Mr. Stayer wrote How I Learned to Let My Workers Lead that was published in the Harvard Business Review – one of their top 100 most reprinted articles – and in 1993 co-authored the business bestseller Flight of the Buffalo, published by Warner Books. Mr. Stayer graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA degree, majoring in finance.

The photography portfolio of Jeffrey Holmes, a corporate portrait and event photographer is experienced in corporate portrait photography and portrait corporate head shots. Jeffrey Holmes is an accomplished artist among corporate portrait photographers and is a noted photographer in New York. He has been the official photographer for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce since 2002. Jeffrey Holmes Photography is known to his clients as their New York event photographer, the choice for photographer for events, always a professional photographer, and event photography New York.

Professional photographer for creative corporate portrait photography and respected among portrait photographers. New York event photographer is the photographer for events and event photography New York. Great images and superb customer service.

“Booming Celebration” fights Cystic Fibrosis as photographed by New York event photograher Jeffrey Holmes

Boomer Esiason Foundation's Booming Celebration, "Celebrationville" photographed by Boomer Esiason Foundation by Event Photographer New York Jeffrey Holmes

Boomer Esiason (r) with son, Gunnar at the BEF Booming Celebration by Boomer Esiason Foundation by Event Photographer New York Jeffrey Holmes

The Boomer Esiason Foundation held its 18th Annual Booming Celebration. The annual event recognizes the contributions of people who have had an meaningful impact in the fight against cystic fibrosis. This year’s theme was “Celebrationville, The Flavor of Life.”

The evening honored Ralph Stayer, Chairman and CEO of Johnsonville Sausage; Ali and Christina Christensen from “America’s Got Talent” television talent search program, Jim Hynd,VP of Pharmaceutical Products at Abbott; Dan Buttling, SVP of Premium Brands at Diageo;and Jack Cassidy, President of CEO of Cincinnati Bell.

The event was held the evening of February 26, 2011 at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel. An extensive live and silent auction included travel packages, autographed sports memorabilia and unique jewelry. After the dinner and award presentations, guests were entertained by a top-shelf musical act, Rubix Kube.

Photographed by New York event photographer, Jeffrey Holmes Photography. Jeffrey has photographed this premier New York event for the past five years. Jeffrey commented, “It is one of my favorite events to cover. It is a great cause, a wonderful group of organizers and VIP guests plus a terrific venue that makes creating great event photography New York style!” His event photography is published in the Boomer Esiason Foundation’s printed and web marketing and public relations program throughout the year.

Boomer Esiason said this about this year’s Booming Celebration:

“Given the theme…The Flavor of Life, it would be easy to assume the focus of the event is good food and eating well. To me, the theme calls to mind two ideals, Living life to the fullest extent possible and Coming together from all walks of life to achieve our mission. It is up to each of us to determine how to make the most out of the life we’ve been given. I always am humbled to meet people from the cystic fibrosis community who not only have accepted the hand life dealt them but also have embraced the fact that despite CF, their lives are rich with possibility and opportunity. We will meet some of these courageous people tonight, and I know you will be touched by their strength and their optimism.

On my second point, I learned a long time ago that people can accomplish very little on their own. But no matter who we are and where we come from, when we join together, we can make a difference. I take heart when I meet new supporters of our Foundation and realize that as our circle continues to widen, it grows stronger and formidable. Cystic fibrosis is not a disease that surrenders easily. We have been at this for a while now and the reason we have made progress in disarming this disease is simple: we’ve done it together.”

Boomer Esiason Foundation's Booming Celebration by by event photographer New York Jeffrey Holmes

An enjoyable evening at BEF's Booming Celebration, photo by event photographer New York Jeffrey Holmes

The Boomer Esiason Foundation’s “Booming Celebration” tradition began in 1993 when a close group of friends gathered at a small Long Island pub to help the Esiason family in fighting a cause close to their hearts. That year, 175 people joined together to raise $60,000. Enthusiasm and support has grown exponentially over the years. Today, the 800 people who attend the annual flagship fundraising event help to raise valuable contributions. Over the years, the Booming Celebration has raised millions in support of the cystic fibrosis community and the fight against CF.

But the real stars of Booming Celebration are the children and young adults who are living with cystic fibrosis. In 2003, the guests who gathered to mark the event’s 10th anniversary were captivated as 11-year-old Gunnar Esiason made his first public speaking appearance. Just three years later, Gunnar and his sister, Sydney, were the hosts of Booming Celebration. Now, Gunnar is 19 and living, breathing proof that people with cystic fibrosis can live full, happy lives. The opportunity has never been greater to develop new drug treatments for Gunnar and the 30,000 other Americans living with cystic fibrosis. About 91 percent of every dollar raised at Booming Celebration and other Foundation events enhances their lives and gives them more tomorrows.

BEF’s Booming Celebration honors the Boomer Esiason Foundation’s Most Valuable Player each year. It is also an opportunity to congratulate others who have played a significant role in the Foundation’s success over the past year. Our annual awards recognize those extraordinary people living with CF, a special board member and other friends of the Foundation whose efforts often take place behind the scenes.

Boomer Esiason Foundations' Booming Celebration photography by event photographer New York Jeffrey Holmes

Ralph Stayer (c)of Johnsonville Sausage receives MVP award from Gunnar Esiason (l) and Boomer Esiason (r). Photo by Jeffrey Holmes, Event photographer New York.

Most Valuable Player
Ralph Stayer
, Chairman and CEO, Johnsonville Sausage

The MVP Award was established in 1994 to recognize outstanding individual contributions to the Boomer Esiason Foundation fight against Cystic Fibrosis. The award is a bronze statue of Boomer and Gunnar created by well know sports sculptor, Marc Mellon.

Boomer Esiason Foundations' Booming Celebration photography by event photographer New York Jeffrey Holmes

Ali and Christina Christensen awarded Michael Brennen Courage Award at BEF Booming Celebration for cystic fibrosis. Photo by Jeffrey Holmes, event photographer New York.

Michael Brennan Courage Award
Ali and Christina Christensen
, Top Ten Finalists on “America’s Got Talent

This award was established in 2000 to hour the memory of BEF’s friend and colleague Michael Brennan. It is awarded to outstanding individuals living with cystic fibrosis.

Singing Sisters put Cystic Fibrosis in the National Spotlight. Ali and Christina Christensen thrilled the cystic fibrosis community in 2010 when they made it into the Top 10 on the popular “America’s Got Talent” television show. The sisters, who both have cystic fibrosis, charmed the show’s celebrity judge panel and won over a national audience.

Quiet Giant Award
Jim Hynd
,VP, Pharmaceutical Products. Abbott
Dan Buttling, SVP of Premium Brands at Diageo

Behind every great success, there are great people. The Quiet Giant Award was established in 1999 to recognize people who diligently and quietly aid in the fight against cystic fibrosis.

Throughout his career, Mr. Hynd has maintained a unique focus on putting patient needs first and he has tirelessly championed those living with cystic fibrosis in particular. Over the past 15 years, Jim has led his colleagues in fundraising and volunteer efforts that benefit the CF community.

Boomer Esiason met Mr. Buttling several years ago and has built a relationship between Diageo and BEF. Thanks to Dan and his team, Diageo is a proud supporter of BEF and a partner in the fight against cystic fibrosis to find a cure.

Timothy O’Brien Award
Jack Cassidy
, President, CEO of Cincinnati Bell

The Timothy M. O’Brien Award was established in 2003 to honor a Boomer Esiason Foundation Board Member who exemplifies the success and drive Tim showed. As one of the Foundation’s original Board Members, he was the first to introduce a major corporate relationship to the organization. While Mr. O’Brien’s death in the September 11 terrorist attacks devastated the Foundation, the Timothy M. O’Brien Award ensures his memory lives on the hearts and minds of his many friends.

As a BEF Board member, Jack Cassidy has helped launch cause marketing programs that have raised millions of dollars in support of the fight against cystic fibrosis. For example, one corporate program has generated significant contributions to the cystic fibrosis fight since its inception in 1999. Jack also organizes an annual sporting clays shooting event near Cincinnati, which as raised significant funding for the Boomer Esiason Foundation. To date, these programs have generated valuable dollars in the fight against cystic fibrosis.

Entertainment
RUBIX KUBE

Event photographer, corporate photographer Jeffrey Holmes Photographer

Rubix Kube performs at BEF Cystic Fibrosis benefit. Photographed by Jeffrey Holmes event photographer New York.

Booming Celebration features live entertainment every year. This year guests were treated to an 80′s Experience by RUBIX KUBE. This group has taken New York City and surrounding boroughs by storm, headlining regularly at NYC’s best and most legendary venues. RUBIX KUBE is the premiere ’80s tribute band of NYC and beyond.

Past year’s have featured top-shelf musical acts including O.A.R, Credence Clearwater Revisited, KC and the Sunshine Band, Kool and the Gang, Hootie and the Blowfish, Richard Marx and Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles as well as Joe Piscopo.

Academy Award Nominated Ana Joanes, Producer-Director of FRESH, at Green Film Festival in New York.

Green Film Festival Ana Joanes, Producer/Director of FRESH photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, Event photographer New York

Green Film Festival Ana Joanes, Producer/Director of FRESH photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, Event photographer New York

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Green Business Committee Retail and Hospitality sub-committee is presented the first ever MCC Green Film Festival. Segments of four films were shown. The films focused on green and sustainability issues in the food and restaurant industry, organic farming, urban farming, composting, and water and energy issues relating to agriculture. The films were Fresh, Food Inc, Flow and Gasland. Gasland was nominated for an 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary. A panel discussion and then a networking cocktail party catered by GustOrganics.The event was photographed by Jeffrey Holmes Photography, event photographer New York.

Program speakers included Nancy Ploeger, President, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Robert J. Koenig, Associate Dean: School of Managements Student Advancement Programs, NYIT; David R. Pospisil, CEM, Manager, Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs, Con Edison Company of New York; Keynote by David Bragdon, Director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, NYC.

The panel discussion was moderated by Marcel Van Ooyen, Executive Director of GrowNYC. Panel members included Ron Bergamini, CEO, The Action Environmental Group; Alberto Gonzalez, Founder and CEO, GustOrganics, Ana Joanes, Producer/Director of FRESH; Alan Someck, Project Director – Green Hospitality Initiative of New York State Restaurant Association Education Foundation.The  event was sponsored by Green Hospitality Initiative (Sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association  Educational Foundation.)