Richard Aaron, CSEP Emeritus, MFA, and member of the International Live Events AssociationI will be inducted into the Convention Industry Council Hall of Leaders at IMEX America, Oct. 18–20, in Las Vegas.
“Richard, for more than 40 years, has never once stopped offering up inspiration to every segment of our industry,” says Jodi Collen, CSEP, immediate past president, ILEA. “He is very deserving of the CIC Hall of Leaders Award, and we are proud to have him affiliated with ILEA.”
Aaron is the first inductee that lists his industry affiliation as a member of ILEA. The CIC Hall of Leaders Award recognizes outstanding leaders who have shaped the industry, acknowledging career achievement, inspiring change in global meetings within the travel and events industry.
A 20-year professor at New York University, Aaron has made numerous contributions to the industry. He has worked with the SEARCH Foundation, which provides support to special event, meetings and hospitality professionals who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease.
He was also behind, BizBash. an innovative tool that addresses a digital solution for ideas, news and resources for event and meeting professionals.
The CIC Hall of Leaders will also recognize Colleen A. Rickenbacher, CSEP Emeritus, CMP, CPC, CTA, CPECP. Rickenbacher has been an ILEA member for 20 years and is a member of the ILEA Dallas Chapter.
The CIC Hall of Leaders awards ceremony will take place Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 from 5:30 p.m–8 p.m. at the Jewel Nightclub at Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.