CIC Hall of Leaders announced

I don't see it listed in their press section yet, but the Convention Industry Council just sent around a press release announcing the latest additions to its Hall of Leaders, and our very own Virgina Lofft is one of the just six being honored next year! The honorees will be inducted at the 2006 Hall of Leaders Gala on August 20,

2006 in Boston (I hope I can go).

She's joined in the honor by Bill Boyd, CITE, CMP, CMM, President/ CEO

of Sunbelt Motivation and Travel, Inc.; Bob Dallmeyer,

President, R.D.

International; J. Frank Poe,

Director, City of Dallas Convention

& Event Services Department; Mickey Schaefer, CAE,

President, Mickey Schaefer

& Associates, LLC; and Carl Thompson,

Executive Director, Society of

Government Meeting Professionals.

The first time I met Virginia was at my very first RCMA conference, where I was hastily trying to learn how to put out a show daily newspaper. Unfortunately, I had caught some kind of bug and was about to collapse in a fevered pile of wretchedness. She was so kind, and offered to help out while I crawled off to my room for some chicken soup. How could I help but really like her right off the bat? And it's nice to see not one but two women being inducted in '06--for such a predominantly female field, it's always surprising to me how few get the high honors, and Virginia and Mickey most definitely deserve it. Congrats to all six!

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