The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) has announced the winner of its 2018 Profile and Power Award as Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of the German Convention Bureau (GCB).
The award was made in recognition of Schultze’s leading role in generating research on the future of our industry including measurements that effectively document and demonstrate industry accomplishments over a wide range of areas.
“We all know Matthias as a special leader who has strengthened the structure and role of the GCB to promote Germany as a leading sustainable global destination that is serving as a model for others,” said JMIC President Kai Hattendorf.
“In the course of doing this he has also spearheaded and shared important industry research – backing up the important role the business events industry has when it comes to developing communities around destinations, and our industry’s wider role as such.
“His additional role as co-founder and co-chair of the strategic alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe will provide a platform to make this work even more effective, as will his active presence in a number of industry organisations and advisory boards in higher education”.
The JMIC Power and Profile Award was established by the Council as a way of recognising individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to advancing the awareness and influence of the Meetings Industry in their respective communities. The winner is selected each year efforts in increasing the wider industry’s profile and bringing about structural or policy changes.
The JMIC represents the combined interests of 15 international Meetings Industry associations and has provided a forum for information exchange and recognition among industry groups for well over 50 years. It has recently become more engaged in the process of documenting and communicating the diverse values of the industry to broader community and governmental audiences.
The active member associations that comprise JMIC today are:
AACVB, the Asian Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus
AIPC, the International Association of Convention Centres
ASAE, the American Society of Association Executives
Cocal, the Latin American Confederation of PCO and Related Companies
DI, Destinations International
ECM, European Cities Marketing
EVVC, European Association of Event Centres
IAPCO, the International Association of Professional Congress Organizers
ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association
MPI, Meeting Professionals International
PCMA, the Professional Convention Management Association
SISO, the Society of Independent Show Organizers
SITE, Society for Incentive Travel Excellence
UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry
UIA, the Union of International Associations.