IAEE: Expo! Expo! Concludes With Awards Ceremony

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) will close out its Expo! Expo! annual meeting and exhibition in Houston Thursday with an awards luncheon.

• The Pinnacle Award, IAEE’s highest honor, will be presented to 40-year industry 

veteran Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Others being singled out for their achievements include:


•    John Patronski, executive vice president of industry development at Global Experience Specialists, who will receive the Distinguished Service Award.


•    Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes, president of the Marketing Design Group, who will receive the Educator of the Year Award.


•    Rebecca Orens, senior exhibits coordinator for the Society for Human Resource Management, who will receive the Young Professional of the Year Award.


•    Don Vaughn, retired president of The Augusta Group, and Melissa Ooi, executive vice president at ASP Inc., who will be honored for their outstanding achievements in industry l

eadership and marketing and sales, respectively. 


•    The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association will be co-honored for their outstanding achievement in innovation in business solutions.

IAEE’s Merit Award winners, recognized for their ideas and work that has benefited the organization in a special way, are: 


•    Gerry Eng, national sales manager for the Georgia World Congress Center;


•    Mel Forehand, vice president of expositions for the Texas Restaurant Association;


• , director of tradeshow sales for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.  

“Thanks to each of these individuals for their dedication and commitment to IAEE and to the exhibitions and events industry,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois.

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Posted by Michael Hart

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