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Exhibition Industry Foundation Develops New Award in the Name of Robert Krakoff


Dallas, TX – The Exhibition Industry Foundation (EIF) today announced the creation of The Robert Krakoff Award to help develop future leaders for  the exhibition industry. EIF chairman Lawson Hockman, CEM, said, “The recent and untimely passing of Bob Krakoff has left a void in the industry. He was uniquely responsible for mentoring and developing so many of the leaders of our industry. Dedicating a leadership development award in his name will help remind us all of his extraordinary contributions and is entirely consistent with the values that were so important to him.”

The Robert Krakoff Award will help fund the educational pursuits of future leaders in the exhibition industry. A task force of EIF is currently drafting criteria and guidelines for the award.  The first award is expected to be presented during the International Association of Exhibitions & Events’ Expo! Expo! in December.

IAEE chairman Jeff Price has announced that IAEE will seed the Robert Krakoff Award fund with a $10,000 contribution and invites other organizations as well as the hundreds of friends and colleagues of the late Krakoff to do so as well. “I can think of very few individuals who singularly developed leadership for our industry over his lifetime more than Bob Krakoff, so it is very appropriate for the Foundation to establish this annual award and for IAEE to be the leading sponsor.”

More information will be available soon at EIF’s Web site at

Reach IAEE chairman Jeff Price, president, Cygnus Expositions, at (952) 808-3309 or; EIF chairman Lawson Hockman, vice president, Association Services, IMN Solutions, at 304-754-6777 or; Craig Nauta, EIF managing director, at (972) 687-9213 or

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