Sandy Angus, Cliff Wallace Named to CIC Hall of Leaders

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Alexandria, VA – Exhibition industry veterans Sandy Angus and Cliff Wallace are among four individuals who will be immortalized in the 2011 Convention Industry Council (CIC) Hall of Leaders.

Angus, chairman of Montgomery Worldwide, and Wallace, managing director, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and chairman of Hong Kong – Shanghai Venue Management (Zhengzhou) Ltd., will be joined by Fay Beauchine, president, engagement & events, Carlson Marketing, and Christian Mutschlechner, director of the Vienna Convention Bureau.

“There is tremendous talent in our industry, and the 2011 class clearly meets the criteria for this award. All have shown leadership and contributions spanning many facets of the industry as well as contributing to society as a whole,” said Karen Kotowski, CEO of the CIC.

Each inductee is honored at the Hall of Leaders Recognition Pavilion in the Washington DC Convention Center and on the walls of  McCormick Place in Chicago. The formal induction will take place June 21 at the Hall of Leaders Gala at the Baltimore Convention Center. The gala will be held in conjunction with AIBTM-The Americas Meetings & Events Exhibition.

Here is a summary of the inductees’ accomplishments:
Sandy Angus currently serves as chairman of Montgomery Worldwide. For over 40 years, Angus has shaped the industry by establishing shows all over the world. He brought standards and professionalism to an increasingly global exhibitions industry, including the production of the first training video for exhibitors. Angus is a former chairman of Union des Foires International (UFI), the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and the Association of Exhibition Organizers (AEO). He is the founder of the Exhibition Industry Federation.

Cliff Wallace, CFE has been the Managing Director of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre since 1995 and also serves as chairman of Hong Kong – Shanghai Venue Management (Zhengzhou) Ltd. He has planned and managed venues in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. An American by birth, Wallace is a world leader in the adaptation of western business and venue management skills in Asia, first in Hong Kong and now mainland China. He introduced a radically different financial operating model for government and venue owner/authorities that has become an established industry management option and practice. Wallace has served as chairman of UFI, the International Association of Venue Managers, the Asia Pacific Exhibition and Convention Council, the World Council for Venue Management and Hong Kong Polytechnic School of Hotel and Tourism Management.

Fay Beauchine is president of engagement and events for Carlson Marketing and is the former VP of sales and customer care for Northwest Airlines. In the 1980s, Beauchine and her marketing staff developed simplified group meeting agreements which reduced the complexity of working with multiple carriers. Northwest Airlines/KLM was the first alliance to sign a single carrier corporate agreement in the U.S. This type of collaboration and joint promotion helped destinations bring in more visitors and helped airlines fill seats. Beauchine has served multiple industry organizations including SITE, NBTA, MPI, PCMA, ICCA and ACTE.

Christian Mutschlechner is director of the Vienna Convention Bureau. Mutschlechner’s key contributions are in education and development of industry statistics. He has a passion for helping educate future leaders and serves as a lecturer at several universities and schools. Mutschlechner collaborated with a Vienna university to calculate the economic impact of meetings. As ICCA’s lead representative to the United National World Tourism Organization, he also established a globally accepted standard for meeting industry statistics.  He currently serves as the 2nd vice president of the Austrian Convention Bureau and is the immediate past president of the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA). He played the leading role in setting up the AC Forum, the platform for Europe’s most important medical congress organizers.

The Convention Industry Council’s 31 member organizations represent more than 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.

Reach Karen Kotowski at (571) 527-3116 or kkotowski@conventionindustry.org; Sandy Angus at +44 (0) 207 886 3081 or sandy.angus@montex.co.uk; Cliff Wallace at +852 2582 8888 or cliffwallace@hkcec.com; Fay Beauchine at (763) 212-4520 or fbeauchine@carlson.com; Christian Mutschlechner at +43-1-211 14 / 500 or christian.mutschlechner@vienna.info