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Events Industry Council Announces Winners of Global Recognition Awards

The Events Industry Council (EIC), the global voice of the business events industry on advocacy, research, professional recognition, and standards, has announced the winners of its annual Global Recognition Awards.

The awards celebrate and honour exemplary achievements and focus on leadership at all levels and areas of focus within the global business events industry. This year’s winners are:


  • Arnaldo Nardone, Director, FIEXPO Latin America; Geoff Donaghy, Group Director Convention Centres, ASM Global; Rajeev Kohli, Joint Managing Director, Creative Travel, and Dave Lutz, Managing Director, Velvet Chainsaw, were inducted into the EIC Hall of Leaders. They join 140 previous recipients each of whom has had a significant legacy impact on the global business events sector.
  • Lotta Boman, Owner and CEO, Sigtunahöjden Hotel & Conference Centre, won the inaugural Social Impact Award which recognises her extraordinary effort in the areas of people, planet and prosperity.
  • Matthias Schultze, Managing Director, German Convention Bureau and Heather Seasholtz, Mary-Ann Ubranovich and Shannon Majewski for their collaboration on the Pandemic Compliance Advisor Course were announced as the winners of the Adaptation and Innovation Award, which recognises the extraordinary effort on the part of an individual or organisation in the areas of adaptation and innovation to ensure our industry’s relevance now and into the future.
  • Rachel Klar, Senior Events Marketing Manager, Intuit won the Pacesetter Award, which recognises emerging leaders whose forward thinking and innovative approach has led to ground-breaking changes that are advancing the industry today.

The winners will be recognised at the Global Awards Ceremony, at an in-person event that takes on the evening of 7th November 2021, at MGM Grand Las Vegas during Imex America.

Commenting on the announcement, Amy Calvert, CEO of the EIC, said: “Collaboration and connections are at the very heart of our industry. Our Global Awards play an important role in recognising the remarkable efforts and impact event professionals have on our industry and society. Now, more than ever before, we need to come together to celebrate these achievements, and I look forward to doing so, in person, at our Global Awards Ceremony on the 7th November.”

The Strategic Partner for the Global Recognition Awards is MGM and the Official Event Technology Provider is Cvent.

Read more about EIC’s Awards programme »

Read more about the Events Industry Council »

Caption: Lotta Boman, Owner and CEO, Sigtunahöjden Hotel & Conference Centre. Photo: Sara Appelgren