IACC Board of Directors Elects New Global President
Chicago, Illinois, October 8, 2015 – The International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) announced the election of Alex Cabañas as Global President, effective immediately.
Alex Cabañas, CEO of Benchmark Hospitality International near Houston, will serve a two-year term as head of the association, which has over 350 conference and meeting venue members in 22 countries worldwide. Cabañas has been active with IACC for a number of years and serves as Vice President of the IACC-Americas chapter, having joined the IACC-Americas Board in 2011 and the IACC Global Board in 2012. During his tenure, Cabañas co-chaired a task force to conduct a review of IACC on a global basis. He leads the IACC 2020 task force, which is developing a strategy that will take IACC on a 5-year journey and will set the goals for the organization to achieve further success.
Alex Cabañas commented, “IACC is a global community of people and meeting venues committed to delivering exceptional meeting experiences. We lead the small meetings industry and create trust with meeting planners and our clients through the delivery of the most productive meeting environments available.” Cabañas continued, “Perhaps most importantly, our members support and learn from each other. There is a kinship within IACC like no other association that I’ve been affiliated with. It is a privilege to step into the Global President’s role and support the continued growth of IACC.”
Alex Cabañas joined Benchmark Hospitality International in January 2006. Prior to this, he worked for The Boston Consulting Group from 2000 through 2005. While with Boston Consulting, he worked with clients in a number of different industries including: travel and tourism, government, consumer/retail, telecommunications, e-commerce, financial services and energy.
Cabañas earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and holds a BBA and MS in Finance from Texas A&M University.
Outgoing Global President, Peter Stewart commented, "Alex comes to the role of Global President after a significant contribution at a global level, where IACC has developed a strategy for the future, through IACC 2.0. He comes to his new role with great enthusiasm and is very well placed to lead the association over the coming years.”
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The IACC Vision: IACC is a community of passionate people and organisations delivering innovative and exceptional meeting experiences.
About IACC: Founded in 1981, the International Association of Conference Centres is a not-for-profit association dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of the meetings venue industry and to giving member properties the tools necessary to provide an exceptional IACC meeting experience. Active members meet a set of stringent Quality Standards and agree to a Code of Ethics. Currently, the association includes approximately 400 members from the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Kenya, Nigeria, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, England, Scotland, Ukraine, The Netherlands, Germany, Hungary and the Philippines.
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About Benchmark Hospitality International: Benchmark Hospitality International® is a recognized global leader in the management and marketing of resorts, hotels and conference centers. The company’s two distinctive portfolios of properties, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels®, represent the finest in guest-dedicated hospitality in unique destinations across the United States, in the Caribbean and Japan. Benchmark Conference Centers® maintain the highest standards for certification in meeting excellence. Benchmark Hospitality was launched in 1980 as an independent company and today operates worldwide from offices in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, and regional offices in New Jersey, Washington State, Japan and Chile. For additional company information visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com.
IACC is primarily a venue-based association, which certifies residential and non-residential meetings and conference focused venues.
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