Celebrating the Lifetime Achievements

The Hall of Leaders award is the premier recognition program in the meetings, conventions, exhibitions, hospitality and travel industry--our industry's "lifetime achievement award." The award recognizes outstanding leaders who have undoubtedly shaped the industry. The defining quality among these leaders is that the industry would not be what it is today without their contributions. Members of the Hall of Leaders are:

  • Pioneers--whose contributions helped to shape the industry and whose work continues to advance it;
  • Influential--leaders whose work has affected the entire industry;
  • Prolific--demonstrating distinguished achievements of lasting value, including significant leader roles, development of original ideas, techniques or innovations in products, training or services for use in the industry;
  • Altruistic--contributing to charitable efforts, their communities and the welfare of others.


 2017 Hall of Leaders Inductees


  David Peckinpaugh, CMP, CIS

Martiz Global Events
Nominated by the Events Industry Council Board


Patricia "Patti" Roscoe, DHL, CITE
CITE, Founder-Allied/PRA Destination Management
Nominated by Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE)


Janet Sperstad, CMP

Madison College

 Nominated by International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)




 2017 Pacesetter Award Winners



 Dan Berger - Innovation 

Social Tables
Nominated by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) 


Guy Bigwood - Sustainability

MCI Group
Nominated by MCI 

Mac Campbell, CVP - Young Professional
Baltimore Convention Center
Nominated by International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)


One-hundred two extraordinary leaders have been inducted into the CIC Hall of Leaders representing the industry's brightest talent and outstanding leadership. The presentation of the award is made during a formal Hall of Leaders Gala. In addition, each inductee is honored at the Hall of Leaders Recognition Pavilion, located permanently in the Washington (DC) Convention Center. The pavilion contains a short tribute video to each inductee, highlighting his or her career. A second Hall of Leaders is housed in Chicago’s McCormick Place. The McCormick Place display features bronze plaques which bear the inductees’ likenesses and includes brief statements of their contributions to the industry.