(Pictured: Ray Bloom receives the Exhibition News Pioneer Award 2019 from Julian Agostini, managing director of Mash Media. Photo Credit: Aniseed Photo.)
Ray Bloom, chairman of the IMEX Group, was honored by Exhibition News with its Pioneer Award at the EN Awards held in Battersea Evolution, London on March 22. The award was presented by Julian Agostini, managing director of Mash Media.
Nicola Macdonald explained the criteria for the Pioneer Award. She said that the exhibition industry is full of inspiring entrepreneurs, individuals who are innovative, risky and brave, who trust their intuition, possess incredible foresight, exude self-belief and most of all, have a will to succeed. She continued, saying that as the winner of the Exhibition News Pioneer Award, Ray Bloom has displayed all these qualities and opened the door to tomorrow’s world, while growing the industry to the benefit of all. He has innovated and inspired throughout a long career in the exhibition industry. She added that he was a visionary, creating events for events people and pioneering the hosted buyer program which is now widely used in the industry.
Nicola Macdonald concluded, “Ray is a true pioneer of the exhibition industry, growing truly global, trailblazing events while still remaining the approachable, personable and passionate face of the brand. We are thrilled to recognize him for his lifelong contribution to the industry at the 13th EN Awards.”
After the presentation of the award, Bloom said, “This is totally unexpected. It means an enormous amount. When you’ve been working in the industry for 30 years to be recognized by your peers is very gratifying. I feel greatly honored tonight. I’d like to thank Exhibition News very much, and the IMEX team and all our industry partners, friends and colleagues for their tremendous support over many years.”
IMEX in Frankfurt 2019 will take place at Messe Frankfurt from May 21-23, with EduMonday, its pre-show day of learning and insights on May 20. For more info, visit www.imex-frankfurt.com
IMEX America 2019, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will be held in Sept. 10-12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian | The Palazzo, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on Sept. 9. For more info, visit www.imexamerica.com