2016 Hall of Leaders & Pacesetter Inductees


In baseball, it’s the Hall of Fame.

In culture and science, it’s the Nobel Prize.

In the meetings, conventions and exhibition Industry, it’s the Hall of Leaders.


The Hall of Leaders for three decades has been a symbol of industry excellence, achievement and inspiration, welcoming 119 pioneers into its exclusive club. The Hall represents intelligence and leadership, ideas and innovation, influencers and risk-takers, but above all it recognizes forward-thinkers who have made a difference, shaped the industry into what it is today and acted as catalyst for what’s possible tomorrow from future generations of industry professionals.  

Traditionally, CIC has honored its industry pioneers with a night of special recognition and will continue to do so- but with a new flair. Gone is the lengthy sit-down dinner of year’s past,as we strive to celebrate honorees in an environment as electric as the energy they bring to the industry. 


 2016 Hall of Leaders Inductees


Richard Aaron

  Richard Aaron, MFA, CSEP Emeritus

Nominated by International Live Events Association (ILEA)- formerly International Special Events Society (ISES)

Patrick Delaney

Patrick Delaney, CMM, CITE, DMCP
Submitted by Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE)

Carol Krugman, MEd, CMP, CMM_hi-res

Carol Krugman, CMP, CMM, M.Ed.

Metropolitan State University of Denver

 Nominated by MPI

John Patronski 11 2013

John “Jack” Patronski, GES 

Nominated by International Association of Exhibitions and Events

Colleen Rickenbacher

Colleen Rickenbacher CMP, CSEP, CPC, CTA, CPECP

 Colleen Rickenbacher Inc. 
Joint submitted by Protocol & Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association (PDI-POA) and the Dallas Fort Worth Chapter of MPI 


 2016 Pacesetter Award Winners


Aoife Delaney 2014


 Aoife Delaney

Ovation Global DMC
Submitted by Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE)

Mariella McIlwraith

Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA

Meeting Change and GMIC
Nominated by MPI 

See the 2016 Hall of Leaders Celebration Highlights!