Incentive Excellence They're known as the Crystal Awards, and they recognize not only those incentive programs with standout trips, but also those that have been the most effective in meeting companies' objectives. At the International Conference of the Society of Incentive & Travel Executives, held in December in Acapulco, the following companies were honored with 1998 Crystal Awards during a special luncheon:

Creative Use of Incentive/Motivational Travel to Achieve a Marketing Objective First Place: William E. Bryson, MotivAction, Minneapolis, Minn. for John Deere & Co.

Second Place: Jeffrey P. Broudy, United Incentives, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa. for Hunter Douglas Inc.

Creative Use of Incentive/Motivational Travel in a Nonsales Program Kirsten Zellmer, Turnkey Motivation, Johannesburg, South Africa for Pick-n-Pay

The Best Communication Program First Place: Michael Hadlow, USMotivation, Atlanta, Ga. for Diebold, Inc.

Second Place: William E. Bryson, MotivAction, Minneapolis, Minn. for C dial Corp.

Best Trip Delivery Program--Four Nights or Less First Place: Soni Strang, CMP, Sun Microsystems, Palo Alto, Ca.

Second Place: William E. Bryson, MotivAction, Minneapolis, Minn. for Zurich Kemper Life

Best Trip Delivery Program--Five Nights or More First Place: Tony Graham, Tony Graham & Associates, Dublin, Ireland and Anne Wold-Graham, EGR, New York, N.Y. for Abbott Diagnostics

Second Place: Michael Hadlow, USMotivation, Atlanta, Ga. for Diebold, Inc.

Outstanding Single Event First Place: Tony Graham & Associates, Dublin, Ireland and Anne Wold-Graham, EGR, New York, N.Y. for Abbott Diagnostics

Second Place: Richard Lowy, Famous Events & Destinations, Vancouver, British Columbia for Conseco

* CORRECTION World IncentiveNexus, the new organization that qualifies and pairs meeting planners and suppliers, charges suppliers for the qualification service. This was incorrectly stated in the December issue of Corporate Meetings & Incentives.

In addition, company founder, Carol Krugman, CMP, remains President of Krugman Group International and Jim Skiba, CMP, remains President of his firm, Incentives to Intrigue.