SITE & SITE Foundation recognised the individual achievements of 5 incentive travel professionals during the society’s annual general meeting that took place virtually during SITE Hybrid Conference.
The Kevin Forde Spirit Award awarded by SITE
The Kevin Forde Spirit Award is given each year to a SITE member who exemplifies the traits that Kevin Forde was known and respected for: generosity of time and energy for his fellow incentive travel professionals and volunteer roles. This year, for the first time, two great members and SITE chapter leaders were jointly presented with the Kevin Forde Award.
Hasan Dinc, CITP, Managing Director, O.D.S. Turkey & President, SITE Turkey was praised for his ubiquity at SITE events this year, both local and global and his activity as a chapter leader, joining almost every chapter leader call and significantly contributing to each meeting with helpful feedback. He kept spirits up in his chapter with fun events and posted inspiring videos of these encounters while also fostering links with other organizations in Turkey to lobby for our industry. Significantly, he led chapter support to hospital workers with meals early in the pandemic and currently has a campaign to support English language classes for students.
Tes Proos, CIS, CITP, Director, Crystal Events Africa & President SITE Africa was lauded for her boundless generosity in giving time to SITE. She was literally a one-man show for the chapter in 2020. She’s made great strides, too, in educating more African countries about incentive travel. She leveraged her leadership at SITE Africa as the source to bring leaders from all over Africa together in the midst of the pandemic for a major continent-wide summit for business events professionals. In a difficult year for business revenues, Tes sponsored attendees to YL Conference and was also very active at the chapter leadership level, attending meetings, supporting other chapters and contributing with helpful feedback.
SITE Member of the Year awarded by SITE
The SITE Member of the Year Award is presented to a volunteer who has left an indelible mark on SITE throughout the year.
This year’s recipient was Michael Dalton, Founder, MicDrop Support & Solutions & Immediate Past President, SITE Ireland. Michael was recognised as continually going over and above to serve SITE, being an exemplary chapter leader and member. His dedication and accomplishments in 2020 include chairing the committee that organised the Chapter Excellence Awards, leading a team of former chapter leaders to review/revise criteria for the Chapter Excellence Awards. He also created a webinar “SITE Ireland: CITP Certification - Your Questions Answered Section,” which helped demonstrate how to apply to sit for the CITP exam and provided overall tips. He offered this to all chapters, to rave reviews. Michael was also the catalyst behind the SITE Ireland sponsorship agreement with Tourism Northern Ireland, supporting 15 new CIS certifications.
David Riddell Memorial Scholarship awarded by SITE Foundation
The David Riddell Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of SITE Past President David Riddell to provide an opportunity for worthy individuals to participate in SITE educational programs. The scholarship funds Global Conference attendance costs up to $3000 for recipients selected by the SITE Foundation Board of Trustees based on their submission of an original essay.
With a winning essay on incentive travel from the perspective of the qualifier, this year’s recipient of the Dave Riddell scholarship is Isabel Hagel. A native of Germany, Isabel is Operations Executive at Dublin based Custom Ireland, a leading DMC in Ireland and an affiliate of The DMC Network. She is described by colleagues as “an absolute joy … hard-working, enthusiastic, a quick learner, diligent, and efficient.” She described her win in the following terms; “It was very exciting to be awarded the David Riddell Scholarship. I received so many messages and read many comments congratulating me on my achievement – thank you all so very much. The past year has been very tough for everyone in our industry, however last night’s ceremony proved how motivated we all are to come out of this stronger than ever. I’m very proud to be a part of this industry!”
Richard Ross Past Presidents’ Award awarded by the SITE Past Presidents’ Council.
The Richard Ross Past Presidents’ Award was created in memory of SITE Past President and long-time member Richard Ross, who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City. It recognizes an individual or organization that has furthered the vision, ideals and ethics of SITE.
Embodying the ideals and impact of this award’s namesake, winners will have demonstrated integrity, honesty and faith in others, with notable contributions and long-term service to the incentive travel and motivational events industry.
Stephen Powell is the worthy recipient of this year’s Richard Ross Past Presidents’ Award. A seasoned hotel sales and marketing leader with several years of corporate management as well as on-property experience with companies including IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Loews Hotels and Fairmont Hotels, Stephen’s association with SITE goes back to the late 80s.
Stephen’s experience includes pre-opening six major hotels during a stellar industry career. Sales and marketing has been his focus including development of marketing and sales strategies enabled by advertising, promotions, channel management, call centers, offshoring and direct sales. He is an acknowledged expert in global markets with experience in the USA, Europe, Africa, Middle East, UKI and Asia including Greater China.
Stephen brought his outstanding experience and expertise to SITE over many years and played a seminal role in establishing and consolidating SITE Foundation as a power house of research, education and advocacy on behalf of the global incentive travel industry.