Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) President Philippe Fournier has announced the winner of the 2012 JMIC Unity Award as Airy Garrigosa, who received the award at the IMEX Awards Banquet in Frankfurt, Germany, on May 23. Garrigosa is a board member for European Cities Marketing (ECM) and was formerly director of the Barcelona Convention Bureau.
“JMIC as an organization is devoted to creating stronger relationships within our industry and promoting greater awareness of the values we represent,” Fournier said. “Airy is an individual that has for many years represented the kinds of qualities and activities that support industry growth and professionalism.”
Dieter Hardt‐Stremayr, ECM president, said: “Airy’s involvement in the board since 2007 has always been very valuable, and her contribution to the association is second to none through the setting up of a variety of convention events and workshops, such as Mercado or Meet Europe. Airy was truly the initiator of expanding ECM activities outside Europe and to the USA as a first start.”
Garrigosa spent the first 12 years of her career in the hotel industry and moved into the meetings sector with an appointment to start up what was at the time the first convention bureau in Spain. She subsequently developed her knowledge of the conference business to the extent that she became a leading authority on this subject and was able to share this through lectures around the world. In the course of this activity she also helped to establish numerous other convention bureaus both in Spain and other countries. At the same time, she also served in many different industry associations, including ICCA, ECM, MPI and SITE.
The Unity Award is presented annually to an individual who represents the best qualities of Meetings Industry Leadership and who has devoted major efforts to creating stronger relationships and a greater cohesion for the industry. Award criteria evaluate industry leadership and initiative both in a candidate’s own professional conduct and the efforts they put into industry‐building through association, education and professional development activities.