Members of the SITE Past Presidents Council gathered last week in Las Vegas at a meeting hosted by IMEX America. The council, comprised of global leaders and pioneers in the motivational events and incentive travel industry that have served as SITE Presidents, has a mission to further advance SITE’s strategic plan to expand the industry, create new educational opportunities and recognize industry leaders for meritorious service.
Council Chair, Louise Hall Reider, CITE, provided an update on the council’s 2014 action plan and key initiatives that include:
• Developing a comprehensive narrative of SITE’s history and accomplishments
• Providing guidance and support to SITE Chapters worldwide
• Recognizing incentive travel leaders for their outstanding service to the industry
Fay Beauchine, CITE is leading the SITE History project taking on the overwhelming task of organizing all the archival assets and preparing an extensive draft cross-referencing the various existing timelines, checking for accuracy and omissions. Once each past president has reviewed and edited their year, the assets will be digitized and a comprehensive and entertaining video will be created which can be used at various SITE chapter and educational events.
““The goal of the project is to develop a compelling narrative of SITE’s history developed from the perspective of those who have lived it,” shared Beauchine. “We want to leverage the history to educate current and prospective members, and the industry at large, about SITE’s purpose and vision and its prominent influence on the incentive travel industry over the past 41 years. Most importantly, it is our hope that these stories of SITE’s journey of building, experimentation, breakthrough, trauma, risk and reward will serve as inspiration to future leaders as they meet the new challenges of tomorrow.”
During the meeting, SITE president, Paul Miller and Chief Excellence Officer, Kevin Hinton provided an overview of the new SITE brand, which has been very well received by the SITE community and industry at large. SITE past presidents have embraced the new brand and, as influential industry leaders, will serve as important ambassadors of the SITE brand.
As the SITE International Board of Directors continues to assess the needs of SITE chapters worldwide, council members will be enlisted to provide guidance and support to chapters needing assistance in their region. Past presidents Tasso Pappas, CITE, CIS, Peggy Whitman, CITE and Mary MacGregor have studied the feasibility of future council projects to support the SITE “Painted Picture” that will be the basis for the council’s 2015 plan. In addition,as part of the Past Presidents Council’s legacy project Michael Hurwitz, CITE and Jane Schuldt, CITE, are in the process of conducting interviews with industry icons who helped form and support the beginning of the incentive travel industry
The SITE Past Presidents Council will convene again at the SITE Global Conference 2014 in Rotterdam where Louise Hall Reider,CITE, will pass the gavel to Patrick Delaney, CITE who will serve as Council Chair in 2015. During the conference the council will present the second Richard Ross Award recognizing an industry leader for outstanding service to the incentive travel industry.
"I‘m genuinely proud and feel privileged to continue the great work started by Louise and am excited and looking forward to working closely again with SITE past presidents such as Fay Beauchine, Jane Schuldt, Michael Hurwitz, Tasso Pappas and other industry icons who I have enormous respect for," shared Delaney. " I’m particularly happy that we are proposing working with chapters, an initiative which I was very involved with starting and which are I believe is the bedrock of SITE."