Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

June 10 2013

CIC Plans Redesign of Hall of Leaders Inductee Exhibit



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The Convention Industry Council (CIC) will pay tribute to meetings icons in a new way with a full overhaul of the Hall of Leaders exhibit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The inspiration and concept behind the display is rooted in a new website that will house photos, videos and success stories of all former inductees. While still in the planning stages, CIC hopes to unveil the exhibit and website to coincide with the Hall of Leaders Gala to be held at IMEX America, October 13, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. 

“The Hall of Leaders that came before us and those that will come after us serve as a living history of the meetings industry,” said Stacy Tetschner, CAE, president and CEO of National Speakers Association and chair of the Hall of Leaders Task Force charged with leading the redesign effort. “Never before have we had a such complete collection of the legends and trail blazers that shaped meetings. I look forward to developing the infrastructure that allows us to capture our story and build upon it year after year.”

The Board has been fully engaged with staff in several initiatives to raise the profile of the Hall of Leaders and make the stories about these industry pioneers more widely accessible,” said Fran Rickenbach, CAE, IOM, executive vice president of Association of Destination Management Executives International and chair of the CIC Board of Directors. “The new Hall of Leaders website will allow anyone to access this information 24/7 from anywhere in the world, not just when physically in the DC center.”

Talks to redesign the Hall of Leaders Pavilion began when the digital element of the exhibit malfunctioned earlier this year. The display will incorporate elements of the existing pavilion as well as a mobile component so that CIC can use it as part of its booth at trade shows in the building.  In addition to the Washington Convention Center, the second Hall of Leaders exhibit at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago is also being reviewed by CIC for similar improvements. 

CIC will release updates on the exhibit design as the plans progress. To read more about this year's class of honorees, visit: http://www.conventionindustry.org/HallofLeaders/2013Gala.aspx  

About CIC: Convention Industry Council’s 31 member organizations represent more than 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. CIC facilitates the exchange of information develops programs to promote professionalism within the industry and educates the public on its profound economic impact. CIC’s programs include the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program, the Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) initiative, and numerous industry resource projects. http://www.conventionindustry.org