Amidst thundering applause and cheers, MPI bestowed its 2002 Meeting Professionals Awards on Sunday, naming Corbin "International Supplier of the Year."

He was selected for his international and chapter participation, industry speaking presentations, article contributions, community service, and previously garnered industry recognition. Visibly moved, he thanked his Washington MPI Chapter for their support and encouraged planners to become involved with their chapters.

"I'm fortunate to be working in an industry I'm passionate about," he said. "I am thrilled to have won this award."

At a separate ceremony on Sunday, Corbin was also one of seven industry leaders named "Chancellors," as part of MPI's newest program. Chancellors will share insights on current trends and future opportunities through creation of an annual "Meeting Industry Vision" white paper and participation in industry speaking engagements.

Corbin is CEO of Corbin Ball Associates, Bellingham, Wash. Look for his next column in the August issue of CMI.