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Celebrating its 43rd anniversary, the 2013 Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA) Annual Business Meeting will be held Dec. 9 at the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRBCC). Early Bird Registration ends Nov. 8.

Always held in conjunction with the International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ (IAEE) Annual Meeting, the ESCA meeting and reception celebrates the association’s past, present and future leaders as well as its accomplishments throughout the year.

GRBCC is connected to IAEE headquarters hotel, the Hilton of the Americas, on the second and third floors of the hotel.

During the reception and business program, ESCA will highlight accomplishments of 2013 and goals for 2014. An annual awards program will also recognize individuals for both Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Service.

The Lifetime Achievement award recognizes the individual or individuals for extraordinary contributions over a significant course of time within the exhibition industry. Nominees should have made generally recognizable contributions to the industry, such as:

  • Product development/inventions or pioneering techniques;
  • Design or development of procedures and/or systems that are acknowledged as having advanced the industry;
  • Represented ESCA and/or the cause of ESCA members and the greater industry through issue advocacy, education, and/or though leadership; or
  • Was/is a role model for ESCA and the industry at large.

To be eligible for the Lifetime Achievement award, the nominee: must have a minimum of 20 years of active involvement in the exhibition industry; must have been an ESCA member for a minimum of 5 years or must be a current member if still employed in the industry; can be retired; can also be awarded posthumously; can be awarded to more than one member annually; can be a current Board of Director Member; and does not have to be awarded annually.

ESCA’s Outstanding Service Award recognizes an individual who made measurable or generally recognizable contributions to the industry during the 12 months prior to the nomination cutoff of Oct. 31. Criteria include:

  • Representing the industry through issue advocacy, speaking, or education (Leadership);
  • Through volunteer activities, made a significant contribution to ESCA or the industry at large as a representative of ESCA (Volunteerism); and
  • Developed or designed a product, service or procedure that has had significant impact in the industry beyond the scope of the member’s employer during the 12 months prior to the nominating period (Innovation).

Eligibility for the Outstanding Service Award include: must be an employee of an ESCA member company in good standing; members cannot self-nominate; can be awarded to more than one member annually; and nominee can be a current member of the Board of Directors.

Nominations can be emailed to mitt@esca.org through Oct. 31.

To register, visit www.esca.org.

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