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Convention Industry Council Honors BizBash President

The organization honored event professionals at its Hall of Leaders Celebration and Pacesetter Awards in Las Vegas.

October 21, 2016, 7:30 AM EDT

Honorees and hosts at the Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders & Pacesetter Awards, (pictured, from left to right): Karen Kotowski, president and C.E.O. of the Convention Industry Council; John Patronski; Mariela McIlwraith; Patrick Delaney; Carol Krugman; Richard Aaron; Colleen Rickenbacher; and Bonnie Fedchock, executive director of the National Association for Catering & Events.

Photo: Peter Noble/Christie’s Photographic Solutions

BizBash President Richard Aaron was among the event industry pioneers honored by the Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders & Pacesetter Awards Celebration Tuesday in Las Vegas.

The organization honored five leaders in the meetings, conventions, exhibitions, and events industry. In addition to Aaron, the honorees were Patrick Delaney, managing partner at SoolNua; Carol Krugman, chairwoman of the Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management at Metropolitan State University of Denver; John Patronski, executive vice president of industry development at Global Experience Specialists; and Colleen Rickenbacher, co-founder of the Global Protocol, Etiquette & Civility Academy.

The council also honored two young industry professionals, Aoife Delaney, director of sales at Ovation and fellow honoree Patrick Delaney’s daughter; and Mariela McIlwraith, president of Meeting Change.

“It was truly rewarding to see my efforts in developing modern event industry practices by my work with ILEA, MPI, New York University, Four Foundations, and BizBash so fully acknowledged by C.I.C.,” Aaron said. “The amazing outpouring of appreciation by so many Industry leaders sent me soaring to the heavens at this truly memorable award celebration.”

The 21st edition of the awards took place at Jewel Nightclub at Aria Resort & Casino and had a “Club C.I.C.” theme. The evening included a V.I.P. reception, the awards program, and an after-party.

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