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Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), which represents the interests of its 15 international meetings industry association members, chose the winner of the 2013 JMIC Profile and Power Award.

John Greenway, former member of the UK Parliament, was recognized for his ongoing work over the past 15 years in advising and informing the meetings industry on the opportunities and challenges in communicating industry values to government representatives.

“While we have in the past acknowledged many industry leaders with this award for their initiatives in communications and advocacy, we realize at the same time that our success relies to an equal or even greater extent on the support and participation of those inside the political system who can advise the industry of how governments operate and what kinds of messages and approaches are most likely to resonate with politicians,” said Philippe Fournier, president, JMIC. “This year’s award recipient is a perfect example of such an individual.”

The JMIC Power and Profile Award was established by the Council as a way of recognizing individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to advancing the awareness and influence of the meetings industry in their respective communities.

“Mr. Greenway has now retired from public life; he has continued to participate in activities associated with the industry/political interface and provide valued insights into the political process,” added Fournier.

Award winners are selected each year based on criteria that evaluate the efforts of an individual or organization in increasing industry profile and bringing about structural or policy changes that reflect that better appreciation.

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