The last awards of the evening, the Paul Flackett IMEX Academy Awards, honoured three women for their long-term commitment to the industry, for pushing back the boundaries around innovation, understanding the importance of impeccable customer service, and knowing how to get the best out of a team. The 2019 winners were:
Tammy Blount-Canavan, president and CEO, Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, who received the Destinations International Global Ambassador Award. Blount-Canavan has nearly 30 years of service and was recently recognized as one of the 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry. Her organization has made huge strides in sustainability and destination stewardship and is continuing to build an engaged global destination community.
Global Climate Action Summit received the hotly contested IMEX EIC Innovation in Sustainability Award. The Climate Action Summit was the first event in the world to receive ISO 20121 certification by an accredited third-party certification organization. Jeffrey Wexler, COO, and Jaime Neck, head of sustainability, accepted the award on behalf of the event.
Carola van der Hoeff, COO and congress director of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) received the PCMA Global Business Events Executive of the Year Award. Praised for her inclusive approach, van der Hoeff plays a key role in the highly influential AC Forum and is president of a fund that encourages scientists considering organizing international conferences in The Netherlands.