THE NECESSARY CONCLUSION to many a meeting, the traditional corporate awards ceremony has a long, if unexciting, history. Often formal and colorless, it can sometimes leave an attendee cold once dinner is over and the speeches begin.

“I think everyone in our industry dreads them,” says Mark Veeder, partner and creative director of EventQuest, a New York-based event management and production company. “They're often boring and unimaginative.”

But it doesn't have to be tha

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