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by Leo Jakobson | November 05, 2015
A leader of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence was recognized with one of the meetings and events industry's most prestigious awards recently.

Jane E. Schuldt, CIS, CITE, founder and president of World Marketing Group, Ltd., was inducted into the Convention Industry Council's (CIC) 2015 Hall of Leaders during a black tie gala in Las Vegas during the IMEX America show in October. This was the 20th anniversary of the annual Hall of Leaders induction. Including this year's five honorees, only 119 people have been so honored. 

Schuldt started Minneapolis-based World Marketing Group in 198. It was one of the first companies to market Asian destination management companies (DMCs) to the U. S. meetings, incentives, conventions, and events (MICE) market. 

Over the years, she has spent a great deal of time and energy helping SITE grow, having served as president of both the SITE International Board of Directors and the SITE Foundation, where she is currently immediate past president. At the latter, she has in recent years championed important industry research and education projects, which fits her long effort through both SITE and her business to inform and connect buyers and suppliers about the power of incentive travel and motivational events.  

"My best teachers were and are SITE members who give more than they get, and become better educated in the process," Schuldt said. "This is a lot to absorb, to be honored for what to me was simply part of the job -- to learn the industry, service my clients, and connect to the world."

She added: "I must say thank you to all my fellow SITE members and to an association without equal in our specialized industry. SITE and its members truly are best in class. I'm so very proud to receive this honor on its behalf."

Other industry inductees into the Convention Industry Council 2015 Hall of Leaders were:

Patricia Farias Barlow, CEM, CEO, Puerto Vallarta Convention Center and FIDEES

Larry Luteran, former senior vice president of Group Sales and Industry Relations, Hilton Worldwide

Craig Smith, former president (retired), Freeman Audio Visual, Inc.

Amy Spatrisano, CMP, former principal at Meet Green