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ESPA's Member Awards
Member of the Year

This award recipient is an ESPA Member who has been outstanding in his or her constant enthusiasm and support of both ESPA and the Convention Services Industry. This person is selected annually by the ESPA Board of Directors.  If you feel the Board should consider a certain member, please contact ESPA Headquarters

Criteria and Guidelines
- Nominee is an active member of ESPA.
- Nominee attended the Annual Conference in the current year.
- Nominee made a significant contribution to ESPA through leadership and participation.
- Nominee has been a speaker, presenter, or panelist during one of the current year meetings, or has been an ESPA committee or board member.

Past Recipients

2016 Jamie Huckleberry David L. Lawrence Convention Center Pittsburgh, PA
2015 Paola Bowman, CMP, CTA Fort Worth CVB Fort Worth, TX
2014 Tiffany Hoambrecker, CMP CMP Visit Denver Denver, CO
2013 Julie Brakenbury Greater Raleigh CVB Raleigh, NC
2012 Sissy Lawty Travel Portland Portland, OR
2011 Zach Davis Louisville CVB Louisville, KY
2010 Carla Quercioli Northern Kentucky CVB Covington, KY
2009 Melissa Laskowsky, CMP Georgia Mountain Center Gainesville, GA
2008 Ade Harris Greenville CVB Greenville, SC
2007 Denise Suttle, CMP Albuquerque CVB Albuquerque, NM
David Dvorak, CMP
Starwood Hotels, Worldwide 
White Plains, NY
Philipa Blair
Baton Rouge CVB
Baton Rouge, LA
Julie Pingston, CMP
Greater Lansing CVB
Lansing, MI
Tina Stark
Salt Lake CVB
Salt Lake City, UT
Corinne Pass
New Orleans Metropolitan CVB 
New Orleans, LA
Marilyn J. Healey 
Hilton Long Beach 
Long Beach, CA
Devon Sloan, CMP 
Sheraton El Conquistador 
Tucson, AZ
Kathryn Gleesing, CMP
Greater Milwaukee CVB
Milwaukee, WI
Philomena Petro, CMP  
Philadelphia CVB
Philadelphia, PA
Erika Bondy, CMP
Dallas Convention Center
Dallas, TX
Colleen A. Rickenbacher, CMP
Dallas CVB 
Dallas, TX
Yvette Genova
Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA
Vikki Kelly, CMP 
Denver Metro CVB
Denver, CO
Steve Schwartz
Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC
Louise Beauchamp
Hyatt Regency San Francisco 
San Francisco, CA  

President's Award

Each year the President of ESPA has an opportunity to recognize a member that he or she feels has shown continued support and enthusiasm for the association. There are no specific criteria for this award—it is the President's decision to honor a member that is deserving of special recognition for their volunteer support and efforts towards the betterment of the association.

Past Recipients include:

2016 Tamara Spude, CMP Meet Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN
2015 Amy Cabe Visit Spokane  
2014 Kathy Denkenberger Saratoga CTB Saratoga Springs, NY 
2013 David Dvorak, CMP Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Stamford, CT
2012 Paul Ruby, CMP Sheraton Dallas Dallas, TX
2011 Rhonda Eaton, CMP Reno Sparks Convention Center Reno, NV
2010 Felicia Davis Atlantic City CVA Atlantic City, NJ
2009 Julie Pingston, CMP Greater Lansing CVB Lansing, MI
2008 Eric Blanc, CMP Freeman Orlando, FL
2007 Lyan Tassler Greater Miami CVB Miami, FL
Bob Desautels, CMP
Indianapolis CVA
Indianapolis, IN
Melinda Burnett 
Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
Birmingham, AL 
Corinne Pass 
New Orleans CVB  
New Orleans, LA
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