News for the Hospitality Executive
|(St. Louis, MO -“ 1 May 2007) - The 26th annual conference
of the International Association of Conference Centers, 'Building on the
Cornerstone' featured the presentation of awards and honors to recognize
members who have served with distinction and made extraordinary contributions
to the success of the organization.
Neil Pompan, President of IACC, North America and COO of EMCVenues, welcomed an enthusiastic crowd of more than 450 conferees to The Heldrich in New Brunswick for the three-day event from April 19 - 21. This was only the second time the annual conference was held in the Northeast. The attendance level hit a seven-year high bringing attendance back to pre-9/11 numbers. "That's a tribute to the health of our association and the conference center industry" commented Pompan.
The conference was highlighted by the presentation of IACC's most prestigious
award, The Mel Hosansky Award for Distinguished Service, to Ron
Naples, a 20-year veteran of the conference center industry and President
of Maple Mountain Hospitality in Manchester Center, VT. In addition
to being the first recipient of IACC's highest education award, the Pyramid
Award, Naples has received the Award for Teaching Excellence from New York
University and serves as an adjunct assistant professor at NYU's Preston
Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality and Sports Management. He has
also served as an instructor of the IACC Cornell Course for 12 years and
is instrumental in developing a similar IACC course this year at the University
Established in 1985, the Distinguished Service Award annually acknowledges one individual who has given the most to IACC and the conference center industry. Originally called the Distinguished Service Award, it was renamed in 1990 in memory of its first recipient, Mel Hosansky, a longtime editor and early supporter of IACC and its activities.
Two highly respected IACC members received awards that were created 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.
Neil Pompan presented the Pyramid Award to Peter Stockmann and the Award of Excellence to Erin Peschel during the association's annual Education Luncheon at the conference.
Peter Stockmann, CEO of Michigan-based 3P Business Solutions has been active on the Annual Conference Planning Committee's Education Sub-Committee for eight years, and active on the association's Learning Network Committee and currently serves as secretary of the Board of Directors. The Pyramid Award was established in 2000 to shine the spotlight on members who show a true and long-lasting commitment to IACC education.
Erin Peschel, Director of Conference Center Operations at the Conference Center at Northpointe in Lewis Center, Ohio, served as co-chair of the Annual Conference Planning Committee in 2005 and 2006. She has developed and presented several training courses, and hosted several IACC regional programs along with the 2006 SPIN (Small Property Information Network) Conference. The Award of Excellence was established by the IACC Board of Directors to underscore our organization's commitment to education and to give heightened recognition and visibility to those individuals who give of their time, talent and resources to expand and enhance IACC's educational offerings.
Pompan also recognized the association's four scholarship winners:
With great ceremonial fanfare and a cheering crowd, the fourth annual
Copper Skillet Award was given to Canada's Chef Assadang Langsub of Dolce
International's Spencer Leadership Centre in London, Ontario. This was
the second time that a Canadian captured the the Copper Skillet Award.
He captivated the crowd and the three regional judges with his masterful
creation of a Thai-themed dish he called Suwanphum Platter. With more than
23 years experience, Chef Langsub has worked in Japan, Thailand, Cambodia
and Canada. He has developed a love of fruit and vegetable carving that
he clearly demonstrated in his artistic creation during the competition.
James M. Mahon
The International Association of Conference Centers
|Also See:||The International Association of Conference Centers Celebrates 25 Years with Honors and Awards; Bob Johns Recipient of the Mel Hosansky Award / April 2006|
|Bob Prewitt Presented the International Association of Conference Center's Mel Hosansky Award for Distinguished Service / April 2005|
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