The former director of sales at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) was named the PCMA’s Global Executive of the Year in a glittering business events industry dinner last night.

Ben Goedegebuure, Global General Manager – EMEA for Maritz Global Events,  was recognised for his ‘three decades of generosity and passion for the business events industry’ at IMEX’s Gala dinner.

In front of an industry audience, Goedegebuure, who led the sales team at SEC from 2008-2014, was honoured by Sherrif Karamat, President and CEO of PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association).

“Ben Goedegebuure leads by example. Throughout his career Ben has worked across all business event disciplines; consistently chartering new trails and innovating how business is conducted,” Karamat said.

Goedegebuure, has been a passionate industry leader for over 30 years and worked on all sides for the business events industry – from associations, to PCOs, venues and agencies. Throughout his career he has built a remarkable reputation and sphere of influence.

Industry colleagues know him as generous, always willing to share his knowledge, and as nurturing to those new or transitioning in the industry. He has shown a strong commitment to association service, now as an active member of the PCMA EMEA Advisory Board.

Previously, he chaired PCMA’s International Task Force, served on the PCMA Board of Directors (as the first non-U.S. board member), and chaired the PCMA Global Advisory Group.

Today Goedegeburre leads Maritz Global Events’ global expansion in EMEA. In this role he is a well-respected trailblazer, innovating how business events are conducted and how partnerships among companies, suppliers and vendors drive successful events globally.


 

Imex Frankfurt took place 15 – 17 May at Messe Frankfurt. Next year’s event in Frankfurt takes place from 21 – 23 May 2019.

Ben Goedegebuure, Global General Manager – EMEA for Maritz Global Events, pictured centre, with Ray Bloom, IMEX founder, right and Sherrif Karamat, President and CEO of PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association)