• CIC Lineup for 21st Hall of Leaders Celebration Wowed

    POSTED October 28, 2016

The Convention Industry Council was fully prepared for the 2016 Hall of Leaders and Pacesetter Awards Celebration. The ceremony, which was held on Oct. 18 at Jewel Nightclub in the Aria Resort & Casino, celebrates the 21st class of the industry’s newest inductees.

The event—sponsored by MGM Resorts Events Productions, MGM Resorts International, the IMEX Group and other industry partners—was hosted by Glenn Thayer. Entertainment included cellist duo, Mert Sermet and Jerry Pence and twin tap dancers Sean and John Scott. The Scott twins have previously worked with stars such as Beyonce, Prince, Stevie Wonder and others.

“Each year, we find innovative ways to make the event relevant and enjoyable for our industry audience, while honoring those who have had such an important impact on the industry,” says Karen Kotowski, CMP, CAE, CEO, Convention Industry Council. “The award-winning MGM team is sure to produce another exciting and enjoyable event for the audience and inductees.”

The inductees for the Hall of Leaders include: Richard Aaron, MFA, CSEP Emeritus; Patrick Delaney, CMM, CITE, DMCP; Carol Krugman, CMP, CMM, M.Ed; John Patronski; and Colleen Rickenbacher, CMP, CSEP, CPC, CTA, CPECP. The Pacesetter Award Winners were Aoife Delaney and Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA.

After 7 years of planning, the VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center is now open in downtown Muskegon. The official ribbon cutting took place on April 12, 2021.  


On September 1, over 1,500 businesses across the country illuminated their buildings with red lights to draw attention to the devastation that the live events and performance art industries have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Whether a team is still working from home, or has made a phased return to the office, the past few months have seemed monotonous with not as many in-person meetings and events to break up work weeks. Meeting with a group boosts motivation, and Zoom meetings can’t compare when it comes to rallying morale. After months at home, planning small meetings and corporate getaways away from home is a great way to motivate and revitalize a team’s performance–especially when the destination provides all of the benefits that Colorado offers.