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The Ovation Global DMC39s cute little bear mascot

The Ovation Global DMC's cute little bear mascot

I'm in the Cub Club!

I was unreasonably excited when I got the news this morning that I made the shortlist [3] for the Ovation Global DMC's Huggability Award [4]! And it appears that, while only one person wins, everyone on the shortlist is inducted into the company's Cub Club (backstory on the whole thing is here [4]), so we all are winners. I'm in great company, too—others on the list include the fabulous Jeff Hurt [5] of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting fame, and The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America's Sharon Chapman [6], CMP, CMM, both of whom I've interviewed for various articles [7] over the years, so I know just how huggable—well, at any rate how smart and engaging—both of these folks are. Sharon also is one of our 2012 CMI Changemakers [8], which is Corporate Meetings & Incentives' [9] way of recognizing those who are moving the meetings business forward. Whew, tough competition indeed!

And the rest of the list [3] is just as impressive: Bobbi Landreth, Manager, Sales Planning, FedEx Corporation; Eduardo Chaillo, Executive Director of Meetings, Mexico Tourism Board; Faye Bennett, Sales Manager, IMEX Group; Kathy Roche, Manager, Meeting & Convention Planning, Western & Southern Life, USA; Riccardo Pizzuti, Event Manager, ega professional conference organisers, Italy; Rick Lambert, President, Destinations Inc, USA; and Thayer Phillips, Director of Transportation, Capitol Services, Inc., a DMC Network Company.

I hope I don't get disqualified for not being able to be present to collect my hugs at IMEX America, but no matter what, this just made my day—thanks and virtual hugs to Padraicino [10] and the rest of the good people at Ovation Global.

(Pictured is the Ovation mascot, the Ovation Bear. How cute is that?)