The IMEX Academy Awards are presented to individuals who have served the meetings and incentive travel industry exceptionally well. Each of the winners has achieved consistently high standards within their chosen profession. In most cases, candidates are recommended by their colleagues.
There are four awards by region: Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Plus an award for Special Services to the Industry at Large run bi-annually.
What is awarded?
The winners are recognised at the IMEX Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony, in the IMEX Daily Paper and on this website.
Contact Annie Speyer to make a nomination or for more information.
Recipients of the 2017 IMEX Academy Awards
Academy Europe: Olivier Lépine, General Manager, Biarritz Tourisme
Academy The Americas: Diane DiMaggio, Business Development Director, Northstar Travel Media
Academy Asia Pacific: Jeannie Lim, Executive Director, Singapore Tourism Board
Academy Africa Middle East: Karim El Minabawy, President, Emeco Travel, Egypt
Africa and the Middle East winner -Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, Chief Convention Bureau Officer at South African Tourism.
Europe winner -Eric Bakermans, Marketing Manager, Meetings and Conventions at NBTC Holland Marketing.
Asia Pacific winner - Geoff Donaghy, CEO, International Convention Centre Sydney, and Group Director Convention Centres, AEG Ogden.
Americas winner - Elliott Ferguson, President and CEO of Destination DC.
Judy Henrich,Director, Recruitment & Industry Relations, Global Cynergies, LLC
Rajeev Kohli, Joint Managing Director, Creative Travel
Glen Byrom, Founder of twiice the Victoria Falls & Chobe dmc
Edgar Hirt, Managing Director CCH of Congress Centre Hamburg and President of the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC)
Fay Beauchine, former President of Business Loyalty at Aimia
Martin Winter, CEO of Gold Coast Tourism Corporation
Trevor McCartney, General Manager of Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre
Pablo Sismanian, Inprotur, Argentina
Jane Vong Holmes, Gaining Edge
David Sands, Uwin Iwin, South Africa
Christian Mutschlechner, Vienna Convention Bureau
Indra Sukirno, Jakarta Convention and Exhibition Bureau.
Gordana Plamenac, National Tourism Organisation Serbia.
Adel Zaki, Egypt Incentives and Events.
Jonathan Walker, Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Airy Garrigosa, Barcelona Convention Bureau.
Samuel Koo, Seoul Convention Bureau
Rick Antonson, Tourism Vancouver
Trudi Wagner, Marriott Hotels
Rick Taylor, The Business Tourism Company
Jon Hutchison, Business Events Sydney
Suprabha Moleeratanond, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau
Nik Racic, Croatian Convention Bureau
Yussef Husseiny, Jordan Tourism Board
Greg Ortale, Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Liu Ping, China Star Professional Programs
Eduardo Chaillo, Mexico Tourism Board
Patrick Delaney, Ovation Global DMC
Joseph Sanna, Kenya Tourist Board
Pieter A Van der Hoeven, PG International Consulting
Jane Schuldt, World Marketing Group
Barbra Albrecht, Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau
Angeline Lue, South African Tourism Convention Bureau
Walter Foletti, Expoforce AG
Pierre Heumann, ANAe
Gillian Taylor, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority
Ana Maria Viscalles, Puerto Rico Convention Bureau
Gary Grimmer, Gary Grimmer & Company
Jean Christophe Espinosa, Director of Marketing and Promotion for Brunei Tourism
Gregory Kurdian, founder of Sunbound Bahamas
Alec Gilbert, CEO of Durban International Convention Centre (ICC)
Tatjana Radovic, Congress Manager of the Ljubljana Tourist Board of Slovenia
Bill Fontgivell, Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I, Barcelona
Elhamy Elzayat, Emeco Travel, Cairo
Eduardo Sanovicz, Reed Travel Exhibitions Brazil
Alan Trotter, Conventions & Incentives, New Zealand
Maarten Vanneste, Abbit Meeting Support, Belgium
Peggy Lau, Pacific World, Hong Kong
Jack Munro, Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board
Arnaldo Nardone, Radisson Montevideo
Sumaira Isaacs, MCI Dubai, UAE
Rob Spalding, Association Meetings International, UK
Anthony Wong, Asian Overland Services
Anne Wallin Rodven, Oslo Convention Bureau
George Crossland, Africa Reps
Jim Germain, USA Hosts