with Honors and Awards; Bob Johns Recipient of the Mel Hosansky Award
|St. Louis, MO - 12 April 2006 - The Silver Anniversary Conference of
the International Association of Conference Centers, "Remember. Imagine.
Achieve", was highlighted by the presentation of awards and honors to recognize
members who have served with distinction and made extraordinary contributions
to the success of the organization.
Jeff Farina, Chief Development Officer, Benchmark Hospitality International
and President of IACC-North America, presided over the three-day event
at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO.
IACC's Award of Excellence was presented to Sean McLaughlin and Victoria Todd-Smith. The award was established four years ago by the IACC Board of Directors to underscore the organization's commitment to education and to give heightened recognition and visibility to those who give of their time, talent and resources to expand and enhance IACC's educational offerings.
McLaughlin, General Manager at Glen Cove Mansion in Glen Cove, NY, served on the Board of Directors, the Quality Committee and as Chair of the Communications Task Force. For two years, he served as Co-Chair of the IACC Learning Network. Under his leadership, IACC hired a Director of Training & Development and increased its regional programming tenfold.
Todd-Smith, F&B Manager of the Professional Education and Conference Center at Kent State University Stark Campus, served on the Board of Directors and the Annual Conference Planning Committee. Todd-Smith was recognized for being single-handedly responsible for the creation and development of the Copper Skillet Conference Center Chef of the Year Competition which is one of the most popular events at the Annual Conference.
Farina presented IACC's highest educational honor, the Pyramid Award,
to Ellen Sinclair, Vice President, Benchmark Hospitality International.
The Pyramid Award was established to shine the spotlight on members who
demonstrate exceptional commitment to IACC education. Sinclair is a past
member of the Board of Directors and, as Co-Chair of the Professional Development
Committee, she substantially increased the overall quality of IACC's core
competency courses and training programs.
An enthusiastic crowd of more than 400 guests cheered as Chef Slaven was presented the award by Peter Stewart, General Manager, MGSM Executive Hotel & Conference Center of Australia and President, IACC-Global. Stewart noted that the competition gives greater recognition to the food & beverage programs and the phenomenal chefs who are associated with IACC-member conference centers around the world.
Celebrating its Silver Anniversary, the International Association of Conference Centers, founded in 1981, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of the conference center industry. Active members meet a stringent set of Universal Criteria and agree to a Code of Ethics. Currently, the association includes approximately 400 members from the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, France, England, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Japan. For more information, visit the website at www.iacconline.org.
The International Association of Conference Centers
James M. Mahon
|Also See:||Bob Prewitt Presented the International Association of Conference Center's Mel Hosansky Award for Distinguished Service / April 2005|
|ARAMARK Harrison Lodging’s Jack Kealey Named Recipient of IACC’s Mel Hosansky Award For Distinguished Service / April 2003|