• ILEA Member Inducted to CIC Hall of Leaders at IMEX America

     
    POSTED September 13, 2016
     

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.

Lumière with Inspirato in partnership with Telluride Ski & Golf announced a new collection of small group experiences, the Forum Retreat Packages.

 

It has been an incredible winter to travel around to various Colorado ski resorts as the snow conditions have been nothing short of terrific. Snowmass, Vail, Beaver Creek, Winter Park, Steamboat Springs, Monarch and Keystone have been part of my Winter 2018/2019 ski agenda, in addition to my home mountain Crested Butte Mountain Resort of course. I’ve written about a couple of these excursions lately and want to share some of the happenings and experiences that are group-friendly and a lot of fun in Steamboat Springs.

 

A recent visit to Grand County confirmed that if I lived closer, I would definitely spend more time there. Isn’t that how you want attendees leaving a meeting or event in the destination you chose, saying “That was so fun, I can’t wait to return!”?

What I like about Grand County is the diversity of experiences you can have in an area that isn’t overly busy and has a lot of charm. There is a ton of open space, and the locals are friendly. Pretty much all of my experiences in Grand County are winter-based so that is my focus here, but summer and fall are equally as nice.