FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP
Chief Operating Officer
The Convention Industry Council (CIC) Announces Hall of Leaders Inductees for 2010
Five Pioneers Will Receive the Meetings, Conventions and Exhibitions Industry’s Highest Honor at a Gala Event in Dallas during PCMA’s Annual Meeting
Alexandria, VA (March 12, 2009) – Five meetings, conventions, exhibition and travel industry pioneers will join 97 fellow leaders immortalized in the Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) Hall of Leaders. The five individuals were selected from a group of extraordinary nominees representing the most outstanding leaders and innovators in the industry. The honorees will be inducted at the 2010 Hall of Leaders Gala in January held in conjunction with the Professional Convention Management Association’s Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX.
In making the announcement, CIC Chief Operating Officer Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP said, "We are pleased to announce the winners of this prestigious award. There is tremendous talent in our industry, and the 2010 class clearly meets the criteria for this award--lasting contributions to the meetings, conventions, exposition and travel industry, as well as to society as a whole."
Nominations were submitted either by CIC member organizations or the general industry community. Only those who have substantially contributed to the industry and whose efforts continue to shape it qualify for nomination for the CIC Hall of Leaders. Nominees must also have proven versatility through a range of actions that have impacted and re-defined meetings, conventions, exhibitions and/or travel. A selection committee, appointed by the CIC, met this month to review the nominations and recommend inductees. The CIC Board of Directors then approved the slate.
The CIC Hall of Leaders was established in 1985. Each inductee is honored at the Hall of Leaders Recognition Pavilion in the Washington (D.C.) Convention Center and on the walls of McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.
The 2010 Hall of Leaders inductees are:
M. Theresa Breining, CMP, CMM
President & CEO
Nominated by: Meeting Professionals International
Terri Breining, CMP, CMM founded Concepts Worldwide, a meeting management firm headquartered in San Diego in 1988, and currently serves as President & CEO. Concepts Worldwide is a recognized international leader in providing ROI measurement, consulting services, and full service strategic meeting management. Terri has been in the meeting planning industry since 1976, and has been responsible for producing meetings around the globe.
During Terri’s more than 30 years in the industry, she has worked consistently and tirelessly to elevate the career role of the meeting professional. As MPI’s Chair (2003-2004), her theme was to empower the meeting professional to work more strategically and gain a seat at the C-level table. She has been a tireless leader in her work as the Chair of the APEX Commission, one CIC’s primary programs to develop standards and best practices for the industry.
Thomas M. Mobley, Jr.
Senior Vice President for Convention Centers
Global Spectrum Facility Management
Nominated by: Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR)
Tom Mobley has built a long and successful career in convention center operations, design and development with successful terms in Baltimore, Jacksonville, Denver, Chicago and Washington, DC. Wherever he landed, Tom brought his unique vision and talent to his city and his building. Tom has been credited with orchestrating major union changes at McCormick Place, and while at the Washington DC Convention Center, he worked with Unions to cooperatively develop a random drug test program that has been duplicated in centers around the country. Tom’s focus on meeting his customers’ needs ensured those elements survived the design and value engineering process and leading to design changes at McCormack Place which increased the meeting to exhibit space ratio.
Mobley’s even-handed manner and spirit of cooperation have served him well in introducing work place safety initiatives, resolving issues and unifying the workforce. A teacher, innovator, a peacemaker, a student of urban development, Tom has used all of these skills in his numerous leadership roles within the industry, including Chair of CEIR and the Convention Industry Council, as well as a Board Member of the Exhibition Industry and PCMA Foundations.
Former President, The Americas
IHG, Intercontinental Hotels Group
Nominated by: IHG, Intercontinental Hotels Group
Until his death in 2008, Steve Porter served as President of IHG, responsible for nearly 4,000 hotels under seven IHG Brands. In his role as global leader of franchise strategy, Mr. Porter was responsible for the development and deployment of best practices in franchising for IHG’s global business. Under his leadership, IHG acquired its sixth and launched its seventh brand in both Candlewood Suites and Hotel Indigo. Mr. Porter also served as Executive Vice President, Operations for Hilton Hotels Corporation responsible for 350 hotels and 40,000 employees.
Mr. Porter efforts on behalf of the industry included chair of the Discover America Partnership, an effort by business and travel leaders to strengthen America’s image around the globe, to encourage foreign visitors to visit America, attend meetings and conventions and therefore stimulate the U.S. economy. Porter also served as Vice Chair for the Travel Business Roundtable, where he advocated for the Travel Promotion Act and laid the groundwork for efforts underway to recognize tourism as a critical component to the U.S. Economy.
Preston Robert Tisch
Former Chairman and Co-Owner
Nominated by: American Hotel & Lodging Association
Preston Robert Tisch was one of the most renowned and respected business entrepreneurs and hoteliers in the country. He was co-founder and Chairman of Loews Corporation which he and his brother Larry built from the ground up to what it is today including Loews Hotels, Loews Theaters, Lorillard Tobacco, CAN Financial, Bulova and Diamond Offshore Drilling. The brothers’ first investment together was a small hotel in New Jersey, which they quickly built into a prosperous hotel chain. Bob Tisch spent the early part of his career leading the development of their hotel business and was largely responsible for the expansion of meeting and convention space in hotels during the 1960s and 1970s.
Mr. Tisch’s contributions to the industry include an unprecedented 19 years as chairman of the NYC & Company, Chair of the New York City Convention and Exhibition Center Corporation, as well as participation in many industry organizations such as ASAE, AH&LA, SHMAI, PCMA and MPI. He established the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Training, and Sports Management at New York University. Mr. Tisch also had a remarkable career in public service, including an appointment as Postmaster General. In addition to all this, his philanthropic endeavors were countless and the benefits far reaching.
Jerry A. Wayne
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Nominated by: Christine Duffy & Hugh K. Lee
Jerry Wayne has served as Vice President, Sales and Marketing at the Greenbrier since 2004. His long and distinguished career included tenures at Galt House Hotel and almost 20 years with Gaylord Entertainment Company. Mr. Wayne was a pioneer who embraced technology and its ability to transform the industry. When most associations were still on CompuServe during the mid-1990’s, Wayne encouraged and sponsored an industry association to move to the World Wide Web and changed that way national organizations communicated with members and chapters.
During his tenure as MPI Chair, Mr. Wayne embraced the formation of the Women’s Leadership Initiative. He also launched the first ever “Buy MPI” campaign which championed the contributions of supplier members to the industry. Mr. Wayne has been honored by ASAE as a Fellow, named the Top 25 Most Influential People by Meeting News, Top 100 Marketers in America by Advertising Age and in 2009 the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing by HSMAI.
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The Convention Liaison Council was founded in 1949 by four organizations to facilitate the exchange of information within the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and travel industry. Now the Convention Industry Council, the organization has grown to include 34 member organizations. CIC's members represent more than 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and travel industry. CIC maintains several signature programs, including the CMP Designation, Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX), and the CIC Hall of Leaders, the industry’s ultimate recognition program. Additional information on the Convention Industry Council can be found at www.conventionindustry.org