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Three Members of CIC's Hall of Leaders Speak Out on Industry Trends and Challenges for the New Year

Jan 16, 2013
Roundtable Discussion Kicks Off CIC’s Final Push for 2013 Nominees

Corporate confidence, new boundaries in professional development, pro-active advocacy campaigns and channeling new technology head the list of key issues facing the industry, according to a panel of three Hall of Leaders members conducted by the Convention Industry Council (CIC).

The three members shared their thoughts as CIC was shifting into full gear to seek nominations for the 2013 Hall of Leaders, the 27-year-old institution honoring outstanding leaders and innovators in the meetings, conventions and exhibition industry.

For the first time, inductees will now be selected on an annual basis rather than every other year, adding more stature and continuity to the industry’s premier recognition program. The 2013 induction celebration will take place Oct. 13, 2013, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas prior to the start of IMEX America.

At the same time, CIC is continuing its call for nominations for the newly created Pacesetter Awards, launched last year to celebrate achievement and excellence among today’s industry participants.

Panel participants included: Terri Breining, Principal of Breining Group LLC and a Hall of Leaders inductee from 2010; Christine Duffy, President and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association, inducted in 2007; and Christian Mutschlechner, Director of the Vienna Convention Bureau, inducted in 2011. The Hall of Leaders currently has 106 members.

“The biggest challenge for the industry is uncertainty – in the economic situation, the outlook for corporate earnings and the implications from the recent U.S. elections,” said Duffy.

Breining, who emphasized the need for meetings to serve as a key marketing and communications channel, warned that planners have to strike a balance with technology and not employ it simply “as a gimmick that might obscure the real focus of a meeting.”

Mutschlechner pointed to the expanding participation, management and contribution on a global scale of event attendees via virtual formats and new technological means.

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The CIC introduced the Pacesetter Awards last year and created five categories of distinction:
  • Young Professionals
  • Sustainability and Social Responsibility
  • Innovation
  • Friend of the Industry
  • Chairman’s Award
Nominees for the Pacesetters will be measured on individual excellence based on innovation, impact, vision, leadership, influence, collaboration, courage, perseverance, and other achievements.

“We are encouraging all industry trade organizations and participants to be heard in the process and come forward with colleagues, mentors and influencers worthy of consideration,” said CIC President and CEO Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP.

The deadline for initial nomination forms for the Hall of Leaders and the Pacesetter Awards is Feb. 1, 2013 with complete submission materials due two weeks later. More information and Nomination Forms can be found at

For questions on the nomination process, contact CIC at or 571-527-3116.