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Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), dedicated to building awareness of the meetings industry, named the winner of the 2014 JMIC Unity Award.

IMEX Group Director of International Relations Tom Hulton formally received the award at the IMEX Awards Banquet in Frankfurt, Germany, on May 21.

ECN 052014_POM_IMEX Group_Tom Hulton“Our No. 1 objectives in JMIC have always been to grow the beneficial interactions amongst member organizations and to reach out to the broader business and governmental communities with whom we must interact,” said Philippe Fournier, president, JMIC. “Tom’s extensive roles in both these areas over many years make him a perfect candidate for the Unity Award, and we are pleased to be making it to him at a point where the results of his work are becoming more evident by the day.”

The Unity Award is made annually to an individual who represents the best qualities of meetings industry leadership and who has devoted major efforts to creating stronger relationships and a greater cohesion for the industry. Award criteria evaluate industry leadership and initiative both in a candidate’s own professional conduct and the efforts they put into industry-building through association, education and professional development activities.

“Tom Hulton has always been very supportive of ECM [European Cities Marketing] activities, we are keen to share key messages and mutually benefit from developments in the meetings industry. For us, nominating Tom was obvious, in line with our strengthened cooperation sealed in 2013,” said Ignasi de Delàs, president, ECM.

Following a career that included extensive hotel executive experiences and a role as CEO of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Hulton assumed the position of director of international relations with IMEX, where he has helped to raise the political profile of the meetings industry within government circles in Europe and around the world.

“Our relationship with IMEX has always been one of great professionalism. We are very proud of this new milestone and want to congratulate Tom Hulton on its achievements and valuable contribution to the international meetings industry as a whole,” said Heike Mahmoud, vice president of meetings industry, ECM.

As a key player in the IMEX Politicians Forum, Hulton has also built better communication and recognition of industry issues at local, regional and national government levels all over the world, and with the launch of the IMEX ‘Declaration of Support for the Meetings Industry,’ he helped profile politicians who understand the full economic impact of the meetings and events industry on their communities. In addition, through his work in developing the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum, he has been instrumental in harnessing the imagination of the most promising students and encouraging them to join the meetings industry.

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