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International Association of Conference Centers Bestows its
Highest Honors at 26th Annual Conference 
Ron Naples Recipient of The Mel Hosansky Award
(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 of Georgia.  
Naples' celebrated career also includes active participation in IACC's Professional Leadership Development Committee, Membership Development Committee, Internships and the University Relations Task Force, and the New York University Special Interest Groups. A past member of the Board of Directors, Naples also served as co-chair and chair of the Annual Conference in 1988 and 1989, respectively.

Ron Naples receiving the Mel Hosansky Award

Chef Langsub with Copper Skillet
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:
  • Kathryn Hauschild, a senior at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis, winner of the IACC Conference Center Industry Award.
  • Chanelle Dolbeare, a sophomore at NYU, winner of the IACC-NYU Doris Sklar Scholarship.
  • Matthew Ardakadian, a junior at the University of Delaware, winner of the IACC Conference Center Scholarship.
  • Samantha Mora, senior at Stephen F. Austin State University, winner of the IACC Conference Scholarship.  
 The Copper Skillet Award 

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.
The popular Copper Skillet competition was designed to highlight the artistry and skill of the best chefs from IACC-member conference centers around the world and to honor their contributions to the share goal of providing an outstanding conference center experience.  Competing Chefs represented IACC Chapters in The Netherlands, United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Australia, Denmark and Canada.
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 


James M. Mahon
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The International Association of Conference Centers 
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St. Louis, MO 63141
314 993 8575 



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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