Deborah Sexton, FASAE, former PCMA president and CEO, will be inducted into the Events Industry Council’s (EIC) Hall of Leaders Class of 2018, it was announced Tuesday.
“This kind of recognition, at a minimum, continues to place a spotlight on the importance of our industry,” Sexton told Convene. “I am honored to be part of this group, many of whom are dear friends of mine. I will make every effort to live up to this recognition going forward, as I continue to work to advance the value of face-to-face events.”
Sexton, who served as PCMA’s leader for more than 12 years, was nominated by PCMA. She will be recognized at the 2018 Hall of Leaders and Pacesetter Awards Celebration on Oct. 16 in Las Vegas during IMEX America, along with EIC’s other inductees and award winners.
The Hall of Leaders award recognizes a body of work and achievements of distinguished and lasting value by industry leaders who have played an integral role in shaping the events industry.
The 2018 inductees, in addition to Sexton, who currently heads DLS and Associates, are: Corbin W. Ball, CMP, CSP, DES, MS, of Corbin Ball & Co.; Henry S. Givray of SmithBucklin; and Edward Liu, of CEMS Singapore.
The 2018 Pacesetter Award recipients are: Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility: Jeff Chase, Freeman; Innovation: Zena Phillips, CMP, CPCE, Hilton Worldwide; and Young Professional: Jessie States, CMM, Meeting Professionals International.
Chase was also honored last week as Community Advocate of the Year at the PCMA Education Foundation’s Visionary Awards in Washington, D.C.
“To be able to recognize such impactful leaders in our history is a true privilege and we couldn’t be more excited to honor these awardees,” EIC CEO Karen Kotowski, CMP, CAE, said in a press release. “Each notable in their own right, these individuals have made invaluable contributions to our industry and we cannot wait to come together to celebrate each of them in Las Vegas this fall.”