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Recap: 27th Annual Conference of The International
Association of Conference Centers
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The Mel Hosansky Award for Distinguished Service Presented to Rodman Marymor
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St. Louis, MO - 17 April 2008 -- The 27th annual conference of the International Association of Conferences Centers of North America convened last month at Zermatt Resort & Spa in Midway, Utah to an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 400 members from around the globe.  The spectacular setting was an inspirational backdrop for a hard-hitting educational program and the celebration of achievements in food & beverage, technology, marketing, education, and environmental sustainability. 

The Mel Hosansky Award for Distinguished Service, IACC’s highest honor, was presented by North American President Neil Pompan to Rodman Marymor CEO of northern California-based Cardinal Communications who steered IACC’s online presence to its current technologically advanced design.  According to Pompan,” Rod and his talented staff brought IACC Online into the 21st century and built it into one of the most respected, state-of-the-art web sites in the hospitality community and the association world.”   An emotional Marymor commented, “

Since 1985, the Mel Hosansky Award for Distinguished Service is awarded to 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 of Meetings & Conventions Magazine and later Successful Meetings.
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 Rodman Marymor 

Chef Suennemann and Peter Stewart
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Amid a chanting international crowd, animated parades, colorful waving flags, and various multi-lingual cheers, the fifth annual Copper Skillet Conference Chef of the Year competition was taken by chef Marc Suennemann of Chateau Elan Winery, Resort & Conference Center near Atlanta, Georgia.  His Seared Chicken Medallions, Seared Red Snapper, Ratatouille Vegetables and Risotto Rice edged out other competing chefs from The Netherlands, France, Denmark, Canada, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Australia in front of a panel of distinguished area judges and international chef judges. 

Other significant awards were presented to Kristin Kurie of The Wilderman Group who received the coveted Award of Excellence for her years of service to IACC and the conference center industry.  Joe Sebestyen, past president of IACC-North America, accepted the Pyramid Award for his long-time contributions to conference center education.

IACC Marketing Committee Chair, Steve Sackman unveiled the association’s new brand architecture with a pulse-pounding logo animation designed by Toronto’s Red Chair Branding. The strong new visual identity was presented to inject “new life and energy” into the entire spectrum of IACC communications while representing the diversity of its membership.  According to Sackman, the logo symbolizes a mountain peak or pinnacle while evoking concepts of achievement and leadership.”

IACC’s first Town Hall Meeting featured seven association leaders in a Q+A session with an on-site audience and members from around the world who participated via a ground-breaking webcast.  Questions were submitted over the Internet covering the full range of topics that included membership value, technology, marketing, sustainability, emerging trends, and how to get more involved in IACC activities.  At the close of the conference, Pompan received an enthusiastic response when he asked the audience if they wanted to see another own Hall Meeting in the future.  Said Pompan, “people were genuinely interested and appreciated the opportunity to ask questions and express views.  We were thrilled with the session.”

Founded in 1981, the International Association of Conference Centers is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of the conference center industry and to giving member properties the tools necessary to provide an exceptional meeting experience. Active members meet a set of stringent Universal Criteria and agree to a Code of Ethics. Currently, the association includes approximately 400 members from the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, France, England, The Netherlands, Germany and Japan. For more information, visit the website at www.iacconline.org.  IACC = exceptional meeting experiences.

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Contact:

James M. Mahon
Global Director of Marketing & Public Relations
JMMahon@aol.com
http://www.iacconline.org/
914 548 5835

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Also See: International Association of Conference Centers Bestows its Highest Honors at 26th Annual Conference; Ron Naples Recipient of The Mel Hosansky Award / May 2007
The International Association of Conference Centers Celebrates 25 Years with Honors and Awards; Bob Johns Recipient of the Mel Hosansky Award / April 2006
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