True Value announced that Susan Katz, the co-op’s director of corporate events, is the recipient of the Professional Convention Management Association’s 2008 Distinguished Meeting Professional of the Year Award.
This award is given each year to individuals in the meeting and hospitality industry who excel professionally, personally and within the community, True Value said.
Katz, who has more than 30 years of industry experience, joined True Value in 2004, leading a team of professionals responsible for coordinating more than 75 corporate events and meetings each year in Chicago and nationwide. These include three annual conventions where True Value store owners purchase products and learn about the latest trends in retailing. These shows encompass an average of 500,000 gross square feet of exhibit space and 50 training sessions and demonstrations.
Prior to joining True Value, Katz worked for several non-profit organizations, including the National Safety Council and the American Dental Association. PCMA will formally recognize Katz at its 53rd annual meeting, to be held in New Orleans in January 2009.