Joachim König, managing director of HCC Hannover Congress Center and former president of EVVC, the European Association of Event Centres has been named the winner of the 2019 JMIC Unity Award.
“As an organisation devoted to building stronger relationships within our industry and promoting greater awareness of the values we represent, the recognition of individuals who invest their personal time and efforts in industry advancement is very important to us”, said Kai Hattendorf, president of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC).
“Ours is an industry where many contribute in this way so each year we are presented with a challenge in selecting just one – and I am therefore pleased to say that as the recipient is someone who has demonstrated strong leadership over many years and in several different organisations he is in our view particularly deserving.”
König was deeply engaged in advancing industry development not only within his specific region but subsequently at the global level. For over nine years he developed and led a powerful regional organisation that among many other things developed advocacy and reporting tools that are in many respects a standard for the industry.
He subsequently added responsibilities for representing our sector in a federal-level tourism initiative. Finally, he the led the re-organisation and advanced crucial structures in a global level organisation.