It’s hard to define what makes a leader. Yet, when we’re in the presence of one, we know it. Leaders are visionaries. They influence others. They work for the common good. These six, peer-nominated leaders are our picks for today’s Wedding Industry Leaders.

What individuals and companies in the industry rise above the competition when it comes to advancing the industry, reinvention, having a clear and distinct brand, and more? We asked readers, and the nominations poured into our inboxes. We then asked the Wedding Planner Magazine team and advisory board to review these nominations and choose the top industry leaders. It was a difficult process as there were many fabulous candidates, but we did narrow the field and are pleased to announce the 2016 selections for Top Wedding Industry Leaders right here.


Frank J. Andonoplas, MWP™
Owner, Frank Event Design, Chicago


About Frank: For the past 23 years, Frank has owned Frank Event Design, a full-service event design and planning firm. Since 2010, he has been an adjunct professor at DePaul University, where he teachers business etiquette and wedding and event planning management. Active in the industry, Frank served as Illinois state coordinator for the Association of Bridal Consultants, and was awarded its coveted Penner Award for passion and excellence to the industry. He has won more than 20 Chicago Excellence Awards for best wedding and the prestigious Gala Award for Best Wedding from Special Events Magazine. He was named Event Planner of the Year at the Catersource/Events Solutions Conference and Chicago’s Favorite Wedding Planner by Today’s Chicago Woman. He is a member of the advisory Boards of Special Events Magazine and Wedding Planner Magazine*. His expertise is consistently shown in all major local and national bridal magazines as well as local Chicago television stations, CBS’s The Early Show, and ABC’s 20/20 nationally. Most recently, he was inducted into the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame.


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