• Industry Leaders Honored at 2016 Hall of Leaders Class & Pacesetter Awards

     
    POSTED October 31, 2016
     

The Convention Industry Council held its 21st Hall of Leaders & Pacesetter Awards Celebration on Oct. 18 in Jewel Nightclub at the Aria Casino Resort. CIC honored industry leaders who have directly impacted the profession and contributed to the industry.

The theme this year was Club CIC and kicked off with a VIP pre-awards reception. The event was catered by a variety of restaurants, including Sage, Julian Serrano and Lemongrass. Several performers took to the stage, including cellist duo, Mert Sermet and Jerry Pence and twin tap dancers Sean and John Scott. Shortly following dinner, there was an after party featuring a DJ and quirky food stations that including nitrogen frozen popcorn and miniature desserts.

The recipients of the Pacesetter Award this year were Aoife Delaney and Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA.

“The celebration was a truly exceptional occasion honoring industry pioneers in an intimate and unique setting,” says CIC CEO Karen Kotowski. “This was the perfect venue to showcase an innovative format for award celebrations.”

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