I recently met with the members of my editorial advisory board to choose MiM+E’s Hall of Fame inductees.
Each year, the magazine’s board members nominate exemplary leaders in the meetings and events industry to our Hall of Fame, which comprises seven categories. Then the board meets to discuss the nominations in detail and vote on a winner for each category, which are publicly revealed in our summer issue. The process requires a great deal of thought and effort. The result is that the Hall of Fame is a significant honor for those chosen.
This process is the most intensive stretch of the board’s commitment each year, but it’s just one of the many ways its members support the magazine. They contribute ideas and source suggestions for each issue, and meet before our annual awards party in May for a lengthy conversation on issues and trends in the industry (many future story ideas grow from that conversation). Some of them write for the magazine or for this blog.
All of it is done in a volunteer capacity. Board members commit to serving for two years, with an option to extend their commitment for an additional two years – an option many of them take. As industry leaders themselves, they are in demand and already very involved. But they make time for this magazine.
The current members of MiME’s editorial advisory board are: Traci Bahlman (Holiday Catering) Jennifer Berkemeier (Cobo Center); Deb Denyer (Mission Point Resort); Mark Ephraim (wedding officiant) Janet Korn (Experience Grand Rapids); Taryn Miracle (Great Wolf Lodge); Kat Philips (National Cherry Festival); Becca Schlussel (Star Trax Events); Ana Skidmore (TwoFoot Creative); and Aaron Wolowiec (Event Garde).
It’s a wonderful group, and I appreciate their support tremendously. Of course, the day will come when they need to rotate off. And we’re always open to considering new members (we aim for a mix of geographical location and area of expertise when doing so.) If you’re interested in serving on the board in the future, please get in touch.