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25 Industry Leaders Who Make the Meetings World Go Round

They have a wide range of personalities and come from varying backgrounds, but all of them have made major contributions to their companies, as well as the meetings and hospitality industries in general.

They’re the 2016 Suppliers of the Year, a group of 25 people who routinely work long hours, consistently perform at a high level and inspire colleagues, clients—and even competitors.

Smart Meetings reached out to our readers to obtain nominations for Suppliers of the Year in four categories: Lifetime Achievers, Visionaries, Doers and Enterprising Up and Comers. Dozens of outstanding suppliers were nominated, so it wasn’t easy to narrow the list. We’re confident that the 25 people selected reflect some of the best of the best in the meetings industry, and serve as excellent role models for others.

Significantly, when asked what accounts for their success, many of them pointed to the same things—building relationships and cultivating teamwork.

Pepper Dombroski, director of sales at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, illustrates this point: “I’m honored to be selected as a Supplier of the Year—it makes me pause to reflect on all the wonderful bosses, mentors and colleagues who have helped me throughout my career. I’ve been privileged to have worked with, and continue to work with, the best in the business. I hope that I can help new and developing salespeople the way that I’ve been helped along the way.”