It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our much loved friend and colleague, Paul Flackett, IMEX Group Managing Director.
Paul’s funeral on 28 November is for family and close friends only.
A memorial, open to industry colleagues, is being arranged on the evening of Monday, 15 January 2018, in London. Further details will be posted shortly.
Condolences (no flowers please) may be sent to:
IMEX Group, The Agora 1st Floor, Ellen Street, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3LN, UK
If you would like to donate to charity instead of sending flowers, please support Kidney Research UK.
“Today is a day for deep sadness as well as fond reflection. Paul has been by my side as a friend and in business for over 30 years and was an inspiration to us all in how he conducted himself throughout his career, in particular the humour he brought to us all. He was a friend and mentor to so many in the industry and I know that he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Ray Bloom, Chairman, IMEX Group
Paul Flackett, Managing Director, IMEX Group worked in the meetings and incentive travel industry for over 30 years in various formats. He joined Ray Bloom in 1987 to launch EIBTM the following year in Geneva. Paul left EIBTM in 1999 to set up his own consultancy, PF.REDSEVEN. He also gained the CITE qualification in 1994. In 2001 he linked up again with Ray Bloom to start IMEX in Frankfurt with the first show taking place in 2003. Paul became a member of SITE in 1988 and served as President of SITE International in 1995 and as SITE Foundation President in 2002. He was a Chancellor for MPI and served as Vice Chairman of the DMAI European Advisory Council (Destination Marketing Association International). He also undertook various roles for ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association). In recognition of his exceptional contribution to the meetings industry in 2004 he was presented with the Moises Shuster award from ICCA. Paul spoke around the world on industry related topics in destinations including Colombia, North America, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Germany, Thailand, Indonesia, Dubai and Bahrain. Paul was a very keen football fan (Manchester United), a lover of cricket, heavy metal music and a broad range of history across the centuries. He had many favourite destinations as a result of his extensive travels.