A monthly member communication of the Incentive Marketing Association.
In this Issue
Strategic Industry Groups of IMA
Global Incentive Council (GIC)
Thank You to our 2015 Education Foundation Sponsors
Join IMA in welcoming your newest association colleagues.
BRITANNIA CORPORATE EVENTS
CARDCASH EXCHANGE, INC.
CARLTON GROUP, LTD.
ECHO VALLEY MEATS, INC.
ENERGY 2 ENGAGE (E2)
GREAT LAKES SCRIP CENTER, INC.
HYATT HOTEL CORPORATION
INCENTIVE CONCEPTS, LLC
KOHL'S DEPARTMENT STORES
MERIDICAN INCENTIVE CONSULTANTS
One of our major focuses this year is membership. The Membership Task Force is re-evaluating our value beginning with a short survey about how you feel about being an IMA member. Please take a few minutes and help the team with your input. This will go a long way toward insuring IMA is delivering value to you and future members.
Just Do It.
Robert Ward has been in the hotel industry for 30 years and the incentive industry for over 20 years. Having worked for FRHI Hotels & Resorts the past 15 years, Rob has also worked at Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt and Starwood. He currently is the Director of Sales, Ovation Rewards for FRHI which is their individual incentive stay program as well as being responsible for all corporate transactions for the Fairmont, Swissôtel and Raffles gift card programs.
Robert has been attending the IMA Summit for over 10 years. As the IP and CPIM programs were first introduced by IMA, he was one of the first to attain the IP status. Next step was the CPIM Certification.
“Having been in the industry so long, I was surprised by how much I learned during the certification program.” Ward said. “I was also surprised by how timely the course was in terms of both new information and reviewing information I had learned long ago and tucked away.”
Robert has found the CPIM is great for business. It has led many clients to ask specifically what the initials stand for when they receive correspondence and allows him the opportunity to explain all of the steps needed to achieve the certification, separating him from the crowd in terms of professional development.
Robert has long been a leader in the industry, and in IMA. In addition to serving as a past Director on the IMA Board, Rob has also served in the follow capacities:
Registration is open.
Early Bird Registration ends June 5,
Can you believe it? Less than 60 days until the IMA Event of the year begins!
As things begin to shape up around this year’s IMA Executive Summit, the excitement continues to build. From our opening reception, hosted by Target, to our highly acclaimed keynote speaker, Max Weinberg, to our totally revamped educational sessions, to our blockbuster Monday night networking dinner and entertainment event hosted by the IGCC and Cracker Barrel - this is one IMA Summit you do not want to miss!
The IMA Summit dances into Nashville starting July 26th. We will be at the Hilton Nashville Downtown, an all-suite hotel which is located in the heart of the Nashville action. It is a AAA 4-Diamond property with 4 restaurants and bars, 10 minutes from the airport and a short walk to some of Nashville’s best attractions: The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Bridgestone Area, the historic Ryman Auditorium, the Johnny Cash Museum and around the corner from Broadway, famous for the best country music bars in town.
Actually, this is much more than a simple “save-the-date.” This is a CANNOT miss, MUST attend, industry event of the year “save-the-date.”
IGCC is hosting an Incentive Industry Shindig at this year’s IMA Executive Summit on Monday, July 27, 6:00-10:00 pm, in Music City, USA – Nashville!
Imagine incentive industry leaders reveling at the city’s #1 venue - the Wildhorse Saloon. We have booked the entire venue and will be occupying 2 floors for this private event. The event will include award-winning barbecue and a live music concert by top country artists. We are confident all Summit attendees will reflect on this memorable event for years to come!
If you have been thinking about getting your Incentive Professional (IP) designation, the Summit is the place to do it. The Principles of Results-Based Incentive Program Design will be offered in a classroom style session at the Summit on Sunday July 26, from noon – 3pm, followed by a proctored exam session from 3:30 – 5pm. Upon successful completion of each of these session, you will walk away with your IP designation. Register for the course and test session online when you register for the Summit.
This year’s event promises to be one that is remembered for several years to come, so let your company be remembered with it by sponsoring one of the great opportunities still available. Click here for a list of available sponsorship opportunities.
See you in Nashville!
When: October 13-15
The 2014 IMEX Show was a huge success for IMA booth partners. Collectively we had 217 pre-scheduled appointments, a 30% increase over the 2013 show. The show itself set new records in attendance with 10,354 participants, coming from over 150 countries. The number of pre-scheduled appointments for all exhibitors had a 6% increase over last year. Each of IMA's booth partners was able to schedule their own appointments and connect in face-to-face meetings with hosted buyers.
IMEX has extended the same exhibitor rates to IMA for 2015, so there will be no increase to members who chose to exhibit in the IMA booth. The price per partner will be $7,000 (all inclusive).
Booth space is limited to 11 partners and are going fast. To secure your spot early, please email Donna Chrobak.
Once again, IMA will be partnering with the Incentive Buyers Conference to present education to conference attendees. Brought to you by INCENTIVE magazine, the Incentive Buyers Conference will take place August 16-18, 2015 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, NV. IBC is a conference designed to connect key incentive suppliers with highly-active, qualified industry buyers.
Join other industry buyers from throughout the U.S. for education sessions led by the IRF and the IMA, networking activities, and face-to-face business appointments with representatives from the industry’s top suppliers to find the perfect options for your upcoming incentive programs.
IBC 2015 Features Include:
Forum Events' most recent HR Summit event, held in Los Angeles, was a great success with nothing but positive feedback. This is a two-day, hosted buyer event focused on bringing buyer and vendor together. The delegates are invited but they have to meet our criteria which includes confirmation of their role in the organization, spend, services and products of interest as well projects for 2015/16. They will be primarily VP’s and Directors although C-Level delegates are also invited. Ultimately, they have to be a decision maker and in control of their budget, they will be of the highest caliber with a genuine interest in your services. They are from large corporate organizations, brand name companies and government bodies with budgets to match! All you need to do is arrive, host your pre-qualified meetings and network, it really is that simple!
September 14th – 15th at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, LA
(Informal Ice Breaker Drink Reception 13th)
March 14th – 15th Philadelphia, PA
(Informal Ice Breaker Drink Reception 13th)
As an IMA member, you will receive a 10% discount. Click here for more information or to register for to attend. To receive your IMA member discount, reference discount code: IMA-DISC-HREBSUMMIT
|The May/June issue of Premium Incentive Products magazine is their Annual IGCC Gift Card Trends and Directory issue. The major feature article promotes the use of gift cards for incentives, rewards and recognition and the Directory lists all the IGCC members. It is mailed to 40,000 BPA audited subscribers, primarily end users. To view the digital issue, click PIP May/June 2015.|
Sales & Marketing Management’s annual IGCC Supplement and Directory is our unique opportunity to reach senior corporate sales and marketing decision makers throughout North America, throughout the year. Every current IGCC member will be listed with complete contact information in the directory which will run in SMM’s July/August issue. IGCC is working directly with SMM to create relevant content that will be included in the supplement that will help promote gift card use to SMM’s 25,000 print and 46,000+ online subscribers. For more details, contact your Sales & Marketing Management rep or Mike at 952.401.1283. Click here for a look at our current directory.
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