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Events Industry Council Announces Seven-Member Hall of Leaders Class

By Todd McElwee

Seven stellar members of the meetings industry have been announced as the latest inductees of the Events Industry Council’s (EIC) Hall of Leaders. The honorees and the rest of EIC’s Global Award’s recipients will be recognized on October 16 during the EIC Global Awards Celebration at the Bellagio Resort & Casino Las Vegas.

The 2023 HOL Class includes the following:
• Carina Bauer, CEO, Regent Exhibitions Ltd / IMEX Group
• Barbara Connell, CMP Fellow, CAE, President & CEO, Solutions by Connell, LLC
• Wanda Johnson, CAE, CEO, American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition
• Steve O’Malley, Enterprise Vice President, Maritz Global Events
• Amelia binti Roziman, CIS, CEO, Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak)
• Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki, CDME, CMP, Managing Director, 2Synergize, LLC
• Dr. Deborah Breiter-Terry, CEM, (retired) University of Central Florida, Rosen College of Hospitality Management

 “Each year I am inspired by the applications, stories and people who make the Global Awards possible, and this year is no exception,” said Amy Calvert, CEO, EIC. “By honoring and celebrating our industry’s contributions to adaptation, innovation, sustainability and equity, and those who are leading the way, we bring together professionals with diverse experience and backgrounds who are united by key global regions and industry sectors. I look forward to celebrating the lifelong leadership, achievements and vision of this year’s Hall of Leaders inductees and award recipients.”

Bauer was appointed CEO of IMEX Group in 2009. Her company profile also notes she has served as Chair of the AEO Council and the EIA and Past President of the SITE Foundation. She’s also Chair of the Brighton and Hove Albion Foundation and been recognized by ICCA, PCMA and SITE. Bauer and her father, Ray Bloom, are the first father/daughter pair to be inducted. J.W. Marriott and J.W. Marriot Jr. are the first father/son pair.

Connell has served as a volunteer leader with various groups and was CEO of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. PCMA noted she was a founding member of its Greater Midwest Chapter, was its first president, and has been honored with its Broad Shoulders Award.

“Being recognized for one’s accomplishments is immensely gratifying; being recognized by an entire industry for one’s lifelong contributions is humbling and rewarding,” said Connell. “It’s equally important to acknowledge the collective work of so many people who have been part of my career and contributed to this achievement. This honor is exceptionally special to me and deeply appreciated.”

Joining American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) in 2019, Johnson previously spent 26 years with the Endocrine Society. In 2018, she won the PCMA Education Foundation’s Visionary Award as Meeting Professional of the Year. She was named a Fellow of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) in 2012.

“Being recognized by this incredible industry provides validation that my journey, with all of the lessons learned and challenges overcome, has been noticed and was worth the effort.”

Enjoying more than 30 years with Maritz, O’Malley also served as Chairman of MPI from 2019–2021. He has been active with ICCA and GBTA and was President of the SITE International Foundation (2012–2013).

“I could not be more humbled and thrilled to join the EIC Hall of Leaders,” he told USAE. “I have loved every opportunity to serve the events industry and my company and am honored to be joining this year’s inductees and all who have been recognized before us.”

Roziman was appointed to her current post in 2021. She joined the Malaysian bureau in 2006 and has been pivotal in it becoming internationally recognized. Business Events Sarawak is a nonprofit organization that is fully backed and funded by the Sarawak, Malaysia, State Government to connect meeting planners with the right connections and resources.

Shimasaki has touched every corner of the meetings industry during a career spanning more than three decades. A respected consultant, she’s also worked for Marriott International, San Diego CVB and has been involved with Meetings Mean Business, Events Industry Council, Destinations International and more.

Breiter-Terry kicked off her industry career in restaurants and hotels before moving into education. In addition to teaching at UCF, she’s been an educator at City College of San Francisco, UNLV, New Mexico State University and University of Florida. Her Gator’s profile notes she retired from UCF in 2020 and was awarded Professor Emerita status in honor of her work. She has been recognized by PCMA and the Greater Orlando Area chapter of MPI.

The Pacesetter Award recognizes emerging leaders with a proven track record of successful leadership and whose forward thinking and innovative approach led to groundbreaking changes that are making an impact on advancing the industry. This year’s recipient is Dale Hudson, CED, Event Specialist, Exhibitions & Conferences, Enhance Events.

“Celebrating the incredibly dedicated and talented professionals within our industry is such a highlight every year and MGM Resorts is honored to host this wonderful event at Bellagio,” said Stephanie Glanzer, Sr. Vice President & Chief Sales Officer of MGM Resorts. “We congratulate all of our colleagues and friends who will be recognized in October for their tremendous contributions to the meetings community.”

EIC’s Social Impact Award honors extraordinary effort on the part of an individual and or organization in the areas of people, planet, and prosperity aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals and EIC Principles for Sustainable Events. Honorees include
Geneviève Leclerc, Co-Founder and CEO, #Meet4Impact; and Zoe Moore, CDP, CEO, Grow with Zomo.

The EIC Adaptation and Innovation Award recognizes extraordinary effort on the part of an individual or organization in the areas of adaptation and innovation to ensure the industry’s relevance now and into the future. Megan Henshall, CMP, DES, Global Events Solutions, Strategic Lead, Google, is the honoree.

“The strength of the business events industry is built upon the passion, ideas, dedication and innovation of so many professionals,” said Sherrif Karamat, CAE, EIC Board of Directors Chair and PCMA and CEMA President and CEO. “This year we celebrate the people and organizations that are making a lasting impact through their leadership while inspiring us as we look toward the future.”

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