22 July 2014 I Las Vegas
GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer was honoured by Destination Marketing Association International – DMAI – as one of the first six inductees into its newly established Hall of Fame today.
Launched in 2014, on the occasion of DMAI’s centennial celebrations, the Hall of Fame Award was created to recognize individuals who have changed the future of Destination Marketing for the better, made significant contributions to the advancement of the industry and shaped travel marketing and is regarded as the highest honor that DMAI can bestow.
Milton Carmichael, Peggy Flower, George D.Kirkland, Rossi Ralenkotter, Leonard Rolston and Grimmer are the inaugural inductees into the DMAI Hall of Fame. More information about the Award and its Inductees can be found here: http://www.destinationmarketing.org/hall-of-fame#about
Grimmer’s colleagues, clients and friends from Asia were quick to offer their congratulations to him. Ms Etsuko Kawasaki, Director of Japan Convention Bureau said: “Gary is always professional and helpful to all those who need of his advice. I believe his knowledge and thoughtful expertise to convention bureaus contribute to the development of the Asian meeting business.” Echoing her thoughts was Zulkefli Sharif CEO Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau: “This award truly recognizes his pursuit for excellence and contribution to the business events industry. Gary’s passion in the industry has driven us closer towards our vision to be Asia’s role model bureau.”
Tony Xu, Vice President of China National Convention Center in Beijing, and co-author of the upcoming “A Panorama of the Meeting Industry” were among others who sent their congratulatory messages immediately after the announcement: “Gary is definitely deserving of this honour.” Jason Yeh, CEO of GIS Group in Taipei and Chair of ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter added: “As my mentor, Gary has broadened my horizons, rendering tremendous insight and wisdom over many years of our friendship. He is always willing to share and help. He is also the respectable person you should consult and trust when you need to connect with certain key people.”
Rod Kamleshwaran, COO of GainingEdge had this to say: “We are very proud of Gary’s achievements and contributions to this industry. Especially his exemplary efforts in helping far and emerging markets. He never stops generating new thoughts and ideas. Gary is so humble that we often forget how privileged we are to have regular access to his amazing talent and wisdom.”