• ILEA Member Inducted to CIC Hall of Leaders at IMEX America

     
    POSTED September 13, 2016
     

Richard Aaron, CSEP Emeritus, MFA,  and member of the International Live Events AssociationI will be inducted into the Convention Industry Council Hall of Leaders at IMEX America, Oct. 18–20, in Las Vegas.

“Richard, for more than 40 years, has never once stopped offering up inspiration to every segment of our industry,” says Jodi Collen, CSEP, immediate past president, ILEA. “He is very deserving of the CIC Hall of Leaders Award, and we are proud to have him affiliated with ILEA.”

Aaron is the first inductee that lists his industry affiliation as a member of ILEA. The CIC Hall of Leaders Award recognizes outstanding leaders who have shaped the industry, acknowledging career achievement, inspiring change in global meetings within the travel and events industry.

A 20-year professor at New York University, Aaron has made numerous contributions to the industry. He has worked with the SEARCH Foundation, which provides support to special event, meetings and hospitality professionals who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease.

He was also behind, BizBash. an innovative tool  that addresses a digital solution for ideas, news and resources for event and meeting professionals.

The CIC Hall of Leaders will also recognize Colleen A. Rickenbacher, CSEP Emeritus, CMP, CPC, CTA, CPECP. Rickenbacher has been an ILEA member for 20 years and is  a member of the ILEA Dallas Chapter. 

The CIC Hall of Leaders awards ceremony will take place Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 from 5:30 p.m–8 p.m. at the Jewel Nightclub at Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth changes its name to Saint John’s Resort in August.

It’s part of a rebranding with multiple enhancements that Director of Sales and Marketing Fadi Sibani says make it a true Detroit destination resort.

Formerly owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit as St. John’s Provincial Seminary from 1948 to 1988, the property was transformed in the 1990s as a center for youth and families before it was redeveloped into a hotel and conference center in the 2000s. 

 

First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 

 

Six months ago, Detroit’s TCF Center got a new name—Huntington Place. Now the convention center is getting striking new public art—an outdoor sculpture by acclaimed artist Scott Hocking. The 15-foot diameter bronze sculpture, Floating Citadel, will be located in the main circle drive of Huntington Place in downtown Detroit. The installation of the sculpture is expected to be complete by late summer. Renderings and images are available here