Hundreds gathered to celebrate the achievements of six individuals who have made an indelible mark on the meetings and incentive industry at the Convention Industry Council's Hall of Leaders Gala on August 20 in Boston. Held only every other year, the CIC HOL honors outstanding leaders and innovators.

Among the six honored was Virginia M. Lofft, former vice president/publishing director, The Meetings Group Magazines, Prism Business Media, publisher of Financial & Insurance Meetings. Lofft was recognized not only for her publishing achievements, but for her leadership in educating the international travel market about the importance of meetings and incentives and as a mentor for a great many women in the industry.

The other inductees were William Boyd, CITE, CMP, CMM, president/CEO, Sunbelt Motivation and Travel, Inc.; Robert Dallmeyer, president, R.D. International; J. Frank Poe, director, City of Dallas Convention & Event Services Department; Mickey Schaefer, CAE, president, Mickey Schaefer & Associates, LLC; and Carl C. Thompson, executive director, Society of Government Meeting Professionals.

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