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Site applauds Fay Beauchine, 2011 CIC Hall of Leaders honoree

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Site celebrates Fay Beauchine, CITE, for recently being inducted into the Convention Industry Council Hall of Leaders during a gala presentation at AIBTM in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. A long-time member and leader of Site, Beauchine currently serves as the Site International Foundation immediate past president. She shares her thoughts on being honored as a new member of the CIC Hall of Leaders.

Loving what you do and feeling like it matters

Moving people around the globe, helping them connect the dots whether it is for commercial business or for creating personal travel memories, this business is an incredible place to be. There is so much opportunity for enriching perspectives. That's what our business does. It gives people new opinions, inspiration, life-changing moments, knowledge … and stories to tell. I have been fortunate to work for great organizations like Northwest Airlines (now Delta) and Carlson Marketing. Both are terrific employers with enabling corporate cultures. Because of the values of these companies, I've been able to be involved in advancing incentive travel, tourism and meetings as an economic driver and as a platform for cultural understanding.

We have all witnessed and lived through a painful and difficult time in the last few years in the industry. Winston Churchill said, "When you are going through hell, keep going," and that is what multitudes in this industry did. People didn't quit when they were tired, they accepted more and they often were paid less. They listened to the voices of their customers and focused on the right things. It required discipline, effort and sacrifice. And our industry has survived two difficult years, thanks to many people working at the grassroots level, and to many association leaders, including Site, who collaborated to support our industry.

We gained strength, courage and confidence with this experience, and we have learned how to defend and articulate the value of our industry. As we contemplate the future, it holds promise and no doubt something we cannot predict. The journey is really one like white water rafting. It's never dull and we are continually splashed. Our raft moves quickly down the river, and we must navigate boulders and logs along the way. One thing for sure, we need to paddle together. more

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