Welcome to the IMA Summit Awards

The IMA Summit Awards 2021 will take place on Tuesday 10th August during the IMA Summit at Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

The IMA Summit is the premier event focused on connecting business professionals within the incentive industry. This three-day conference is dedicated to promoting high standards of professionalism in the incentive and recognition field, creating greater awareness of incentives and helping its members prosper in a changing business environment.

We are busy assembling an incredible judging panel comprising of industry experts and IMA Members from across the globe. As always they are challenged to discuss and debate each nomination, ensuring that only the best of the best secure the top prize. The panel will be announced towards the end of February.

The IMA Summit Awards event offers the perfect chance to toast the industry’s finest achievements, whilst providing a greatly anticipated networking opportunity and the chance to celebrate with friends old and new.

Deadline to submit your nominations for the 2021 IMA Summit Awards is Friday 11 June.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

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IMA Executive, Vice President of Special Markets, Tumi

Mike Landry

Mike has been active on the IMRA Board for as long as he can remember!
He has served as Membership Committee Chair, IMRA Membership Brochure redesign, trade show committees and IMRA Conference Committees.

In addition he has served on numerous IMRA Marketing Conference Committees and has been an active member, presenter and panelist at IMA activities. Mike was also the IMRA Board Representative on the IMA Board of Directors for many years, acting as Liaison between the two organizations. He is a Charter Member of the IMA, and was the Circle of Excellence Award Presenter.

Mike also served on the Board of Directors for the Incentive Federation and on several PPAI Task Forces.

Mike has also been awarded with the following accolades:
• Incentive Magazine Platinum Partner Award – twelve years
• RepLink Data Accuracy Award
• 2019 IMA President’s Award Winner
• 2019 IMRA Spirit Award Winner

Editor, Incentive and Editor, Incentives & Destinations, Northstar Meetings Group

Lisa Grimaldi

Lisa is the editor of Incentive and editor, incentives & destinations, for Northstar Meetings Group. A New Jersey native, she holds a B.S. in journalism from Boston University and a post-graduate certificate in magazine editing from Columbia School of Journalism.

Brian Dunne, CEO Giftcard Consulting, FCMA, FIH, CPIM, MBA, Fellow IMA

I regularly chair, judge and speak at many major conference and awards ceremonies in the gift card, loyalty, incentive and motivation sectors.

My broad experience has seen me working with many global retailers setting up multi-country and multi-currency card programmes, and assisting retailers to drive sales and profitability for their gift card programmes. During my 25 years as CEO at Action Solutions I built the business to be the UK’s leading Prepaid Consultancy.

Key areas of expertise
• Driving demand and profitability from gift card programmes
• Setting up gift card and e-code programmes on behalf of retailers
• Acting as a business advisor or in an ambassadorial role for companies
• An inspiring speaker on all things gift card, loyalty and engagement

Described by many as Mr Gift Card, Brian has a lifetime achievement award from the UKGCVA and the Incentive Marketing Association Europe recently accredited him with the distinction of a Fellowship Award.

Director of Gift Card Sales & Marketing at Landry's Inc. Executive Board of IMA

Len Sadek, CPIM

Retail marketing executive with progressive career in marketing strategy development, customer marketing, product marketing, and merchandising. Known as project leader who always brings results on task and on time.
Director of Sales, Ovation Rewards and Gift Card

Robert Ward

Over 20 years in the Incentive business. Member of the IMA for 17 years. ITC Board Member (past president) IGCC Member. Former IMA Board Member. CPIM designation.

Launched Ovation Rewards as a start-up division. Now it is recognized as an integral component for both revenue and corporate identity, consistently surpassing revenue goals. Responsible for sales, marketing, client relationships, project management, account management, budgets, forecasting, training, and sales goals.

Summit Awards

Chief Strategy Officer HMI Performance Incentives

Lincoln Smith, IP

Lincoln Smith has over 20 years of experience helping manufacturers, distributors, and service companies design award winning performance incentive strategies that motivate sales organizations and channels to accelerate growth and enhance customer engagement.

As a former strategy consultant for Agency.com, Lincoln structured effective interactive business practices for Fortune 500 companies. Lincoln was promoted from EVP of Sales & Marketing to Chief Strategy Officer in July 2019.

Lincoln’s favorite thing to do is spend time with his wife and four kids – he enjoys coaching youth soccer teams throughout the year.

Chairman of CR Worldwide & President of IMA Europe

Sean Wilkinson

I founded CR Worldwide (previously known as Corporate Rewards) on 2nd August 2002. During the past 19 years I have been working at the forefront of the Incentive, Reward & Recognition industry.

CR Worldwide (Named Number One Incentive Agency 2020) currently employ 58 industry professionals delivering programs that provide outstanding results to a broad range of blue-chip clients including Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Red Bull. With offices in the United Kingdom, USA and Germany, CR Worldwide create innovative platforms and events to engage people and improve performance. CR Worldwide help companies grow by rewarding best behaviours from the people most valuable to their business - their employees, customer’s and partners.

I have been a Board Member of the Incentive Marketing Association both in the USA and Europe for over 10 years and I am the newly appointed President of the Incentive Marketing Association Europe ( IMA Europe ). The association is dedicated to promoting high standards of professionalism in the Incentive, Reward & Recognition industry. By creating awareness of our industry, we are able to help our members prosper in a changing business environment through education, training and research.

I regularly judge at various award ceremonies, attend many global industry events including our own IMA Europe quarterly Member Meetings held in various cities throughout Europe. I enjoy shaping IMA Europe for future growth alongside a great team of like-minded industry professionals from throughout Europe.

My business background was is in the world of horseracing, and for leisure I now enjoy hiking, skiing, cycling and I am currently learning to play polo in between spending time with my family.

Co-Founder Tripxoxo.com/Reward Port

Heena Akhtar

Heena is a Free Spirited Traveller .Doctor by education, her love for travel has inspired her to take up travel as a full time career and she has Co founded India’s leading online travel company www.tripxoxo.com, currently Asia’s largest collection of Activities, experiences & things to do with over 1 lac plus options across 900 cities. With 15+ years of experience in the Travel & Rewards space, she also Co-founded Rewardport, India’s leading Loyalty and Promotion Marketing company with a base of more than 500+ Clients and over 6000 campaigns .
At work her big strengths are focus, financial acumen and ability to always look at bright side of things … always hopelessly positive.
Chairman Grupo Digi

Cristiano Miano

Being an entrepreneur for over 20 years, Miano is the founder of grupo Digi, a holding company that owns Agência Digi, one of the leading Inventive Marketing agencies in Brasil.
Servicing clients such as Coca Cola, Cargill, Burger King, Honda and others. Miano is
proud of being Harvard Business SchollOPM45 Alumini and siting in the board of the promotional marketing association in Brasil for the last 8 years. CPIM and have already trained IP certified professionals in Brasil
Sales Manager, Continental Premium Corp

Lore Rincon

Lore Rincon serves as Sales Manager at Continental Premium Corporation, a manufacturers sales representative firm who specializes in brand name merchandise.

As an 18 year veteran of the incentive industry she takes pride in working with customers to place brand name merchandise in corporate gift, employee reward and customer loyalty programs. As a passionate ambassador of brand name merchandise, Lore has participated in several industry panel discussions and moderated education sessions. She currently serves on the Incentive Manufacturers & Representative Alliance (IMRA) board.

Founder and CEO CarltonOne Engagement

Rob Purdy

Rob Purdy is a Founder, CEO and passionate climate activist who has transformed the Engagement industry through the creation of visionary technology platforms.

Rob founded CarltonOne Engagement, a global technology company that develops SaaS-based solutions for employee recognition, channel, loyalty and reward management. CarltonOne has introduced three core platforms that together, impact millions of members in over 100 countries.

Rob’s strategic vision for more connected services that empower today’s distributed workforce truly differentiates CarltonOne as one of the world’s leading technology providers for the Engagement industry.

Director, Channel Marketing: Incentives at Tango Card

Cindy Mielke

Cindy Mielke, CPIM, is Tango Card’s Director, Channel Marketing: Incentives and has spent more than 20 years working with clients and partners on their incentive and recognition program rewards.

A strong advocate for the incentive industry, Mielke is president emeritus of the Incentive Marketing Association and past president of the Incentive Gift Card Council. She currently serves on the board of the Incentive and Engagement Solutions Providers council.

President of Sharp Incentives

Tasha Sharp

In 2004 I launched Sharp Incentives, a manufacturer’s representative firm covering the Rocky Mountain States and the Southwest. We have been honored to be selected for The Incentive Magazines IMRA Representatives awards for: The Most Indispensable Independent Manufacturer’s Sales Representative Company; The Best Customer Service Award; The Best Program Development Award and The Best Business Development Award. We have been recognized by O.C. Tanner as one of The Top Supplier Representatives.

When you love what you do it shows. I also believe in giving back to the community and Industry. I have had active leadership roles in The Junior League of Phoenix.
I been a member of the IMA Board, and President of the IMRA board.

I love; to travel, watch tennis, hike, play golf, ski, scuba drive and hang out with friends who are self-proclaimed foodies!

President/Publisher, Lakewood Media Group

Mike Murrell

EVP of major b2b publishing company, overseeing $7+ M custom publishing division. Managing Partner/EVP, major Minneapolis ad Agency. Group publisher of Potentials and Incentive magazines. Owner/Publisher of Training and Sales & Marketing Management magazines. Mike was a key member of the steering committee that founded the IMA and is delighted to see how it has grown and evolved over the years.

Incentive Marketing Association Hall of Fame. Retired USAF and commercial airline pilot. Good at staying busy!

Vice President of Merchant Relations - Raise Marketplace

Martha Weaver

Martha brings 120 years of prepaid and payments experience to Raise, where she leads the company’s efforts to establish and grow merchant partnerships. Martha has dedicated much of her time and energy, building collaboration and educational opportunities within the industry.
Specifically working across all Gift Card industry associations, including the IMA and IGCC. Currently, Martha serves on the IGCC Board and is the IGCC’s VP of Education and IMA Summit Education Committee member.

Previously, Martha served as Director of the Gift Card Network, where she grew the membership, developed key educational content and events and served as an industry resource to the gift card community. Prior to that Martha held executive positions with Travel Tags, Arroweye Solutions and Target Corporation.

Martha holds a BA in Communication and English from Carroll University.

President, The Incentive Research Foundation

Stephanie Harris

Stephanie Harris is President of the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF). In her role she directs the efforts of the IRF, an organization that funds and promotes research to increase the understanding, effective use, and benefits of non-cash incentives to businesses globally.
Harris is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of the IRF, working closely with the IRF Board of Trustees.
Prior to joining the IRF, Harris was part of the American Express Meetings & Events leadership team, leading their global event strategy, thought leadership, and marketing efforts. During her tenure, Harris created the Global Meetings Industry Forecast which has become an industry bellwether.

She received the American Express Chairman’s Award for Excellence and was a 2015 Pacesetter at American Express GBT.

Harris also spent eight years at Maritz, as Division Vice President, Brand Strategy & Marketing, working across the Motivation, Rewards, and Travel business units where she developed an understanding of, and passion for, the incentives business. She received
the Maritz Innovation Award for her work on Travel Insight, a conjoint research-based approach to incentive travel program design.

Harris has served on the Meeting Professionals International Foundation Board and the Travel + Leisure Business Travel Advisory Board. Currently, she represents the IRF on the Events Industry Council and serves on the Incentive Federation Board of Directors.

President, RK Incentives

Rich Killian

Rich Killian CPIM, is the President and Founder of RK Incentives. He is an active participant and past Board of Directors Member of the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) and is a two times past President of the IGCC (Incentive Gift Card Council).

Rich is a proud graduate of Robert Morris University, based in Pittsburgh, PA and is a member of the University's CEO Club. RK Incentives is based in beautiful South Tampa, Florida. Rich is married, and a very proud father of his two sons Jake (14) and Luke (10). Rich is a big fan of both Pittsburgh and Tampa sports teams.

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We look forward to celebrating with you in 2021