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IAEE calls for award nominations

IAEEThe International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) has issued the call for nominations for its annual awards program to recognize exceptional exhibitions and events industry professionals.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to honor colleagues for their hard work and accomplishments,” said Lenay Gore, 2012 IAEE Awards Committee Chair. “Whether someone is new to the industry or an industry veteran, there is a category that acknowledges top-level dedication and IAEE is eager to recognize it.”

Each year, industry professionals can be nominated for any of the awards as long as they meet the criteria outlined by IAEE, found at www.iaee.com/awards. Nominations must be submitted to IAEE by June 29, 2012.

These awards represent IAEE’s highest honors:

Pinnacle Award (formerly known as the William Hunt Eisenman Award) – recognizes an IAEE member who, over the years, has furthered IAEE’s objectives of advancing exhibitions and events management through the promotion of education, the dissemination of knowledge and the introduction or development of innovative techniques, and who has been dedicated to the perpetuation of the highest ideals, trust and professionalism in this highly specialized field.

Distinguished Service Award – presented to IAEE members who have rendered distinguished service to IAEE and to the exhibitions and events industry as a whole.

Merit Award – presented to IAEE members whose ideas and/or work have benefited IAEE as an organization in some special way and is generally reserved for individuals who have stepped forward at the chapter/local level.

Educator of the Year Award – recognizes an IAEE member who possesses outstanding creativity, a positive attitude and the ability to transfer knowledge through good communication skills and innovative teaching to promote life-long learning to exhibitions and events industry professionals. Educators include IAEE-education speakers, industry speakers, university professors and CEM faculty members.

IAEE Committee/Task Force Volunteer of the Year Award – presented to an individual who has dedicated his/her time to the progress and fulfillment of the charge of a committee or task force on which they serve.

Outstanding Achievement in Industry Leadership Award – recognizes an individual(s) who has made an extraordinary personal or professional commitment that materially contributes to the advancement of the exhibitions and events industry, and demonstrates how voluntary leadership can enhance or change the industry.

Outstanding Achievement in Innovation in Business Solutions Award – recognizes the achievement in the creation of new and innovative business solutions.

Outstanding Achievement in Marketing & Sales Award – recognizes outstanding achievement in marketing and sales activities.

Young Professional of the Year Award – recognizes an individual who has less than five years of full-time experience in the exhibitions and events industry. It recognizes excellent professional performance by someone who has committed his/her time to advancing the standing of young professionals in our industry.

The IAEE awards committee reviews nominations and discusses each candidate’s qualifications in depth, prior to recommending its selections to the IAEE board of directors. The final selections, chosen by the board, are based on merit. Recipients must have a proven track record and have forged new ground in the chapter, IAEE and/or the industry. Honorees will be recognized at Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition to be held December 4-6, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.

Information about the 2012 IAEE Individual Awards, including nomination forms for download, can be found at www.iaee.com/awards.

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