Paul Flackett, managing director of the IMEX Group, passed away this past weekend following a long illness. During his 30-year career in the meetings industry, Flackett served in leadership positions with MPI, Destinations International, the International Congress and Convention Association, SITE and the SITE Foundation. In 2004, he was presented with the ICCA's Moises Shuster Award for his outstanding contributions to the industry.
A statement released today by IMEX Group praised Paul as "a great friend and valued mentor to industry colleagues in all corners of the world, thanks to a career in the global meetings and events industry that spanned 30-plus years. His appetite for travel and his desire to play his part and get involved meant that literally hundreds, if not thousands, of meetings industry colleagues the world over felt they knew Paul. He was also a passionate Manchester United supporter and a lover of cricket and heavy rock music. In recent months, his illness meant he couldn't take an active role in IMEX, but his mood was buoyed by well-wishers who brought plenty of bad jokes and good laughs to his bedside."
IMEX Group chairman and friend Ray Bloom said, "Today is a day for deep sadness as well as fond reflection. Paul has been by my side as a friend and in business for over 30 years and was an inspiration to us all in how he conducted himself throughout his career, in particular the humor he brought to us all. He was a friend and mentor to so many in the industry, and I know that he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends."
Plans for a memorial service are currently in the works; Successful Meetings
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