A memorial for our friend and colleague, Paul Flackett, took place on Monday, 15 January 2018 at the QEII Centre in London. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate the life of "the boy from Birmingham". Read about the evening and watch Paul's friends Padraic Gilligan, Paul Miller and James Rees' commemoration song.
“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
"I remember Paul for many things, but most of all his pioneering spirit. He was a person who made this a better world through his industry volunteerism and his leadership, demonstrating what we should take seriously and what, maybe, we shouldn't."
Fay Beauchine, CITE, President, Brojure and Past-President, SITE/SITE Foundation
"Paul, you were my mentor, you were my friend and that of many of us in this crazy world we live in. We are all the poorer for your passing. May you rest in peace."
Patrick Delaney, Managing Director, SoolNua and Past-President, SITE
Paul Flackett Academy Awards
Our annual celebration of outstanding achievement, the IMEX Academy Awards, are being renamed the Paul Flackett Academy Awards in his honour.
We're raising funds to support Kidney Research UK.
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.