Dan Cantor, CEO and 0wner of Hamilton Exhibits, received the 2020 Hazel Hays Award at the annual Experiential Designers and Producer Association ACCESS conference. The Hazel Hays Award is the “highest honor bestowed by EDPA” and it recognizes an individual for outstanding contribution to the experiential and exhibit industry overall.
EDPA Executive Director Dasher Lowe began his introduction by saying, “This year’s winner has been an EDPA fixture for years. His valuable contributions often fly under the radar because he is never the loudest voice in the room, nor the first to claim credit. It is, perhaps, this characteristic that makes him such an asset to the association. EDPA is better, kinder and more inclusive because of this man. He is a first-class person, always does the right thing, the right way and instilling the values and principles in everything and everyone he engages with. He has served a variety of roles within EDPA and the Foundation and has performed above and beyond the role of your average industry volunteer. He advocates for philanthropy and support of those in need … With a focus and understanding of clients, unwavering respect for competitors, and an insatiable desire to see this industry grow and succeed, no one is a more deserving recipient of this year’s award.”
Cantor has made significant contributions to the face-to-face, experiential industry during his 31-year tenure as owner and CEO of Hamilton Exhibits. He’s been a past EDPA president, EDPA board member, liaison for the EDPA Foundation, and has participated in various boards, committees, volunteerism, mentorship, coaching and providing counsel and advice for industry professionals.
“It’s been a pleasure and an honor to be associated with all of you,” said Cantor upon receiving the award. “I can’t imagine being in this industry without being associated with this organization, and I am extremely grateful and thankful for this wonderful award and recognition.”
In addition to Cantor, Hamilton Senior Project Manager Kyle Miguel received EDPA’s Future Leader Award. The EDPA Future Leaders Program honors the best and brightest young professionals who are already making a difference with their day-to-day contributions and thought leadership.
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