Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group has been honoured by Exhibition News with its Pioneer Award. The Award was presented by Julian Agostini, Managing Director of Mash Media at the EN Awards held in Battersea Evolution, London on 22 March 2019.
Before the announcement, Nicola Macdonald explained the criteria for the Pioneer Award. She said that the exhibition industry is full of inspiring entrepreneurs, individuals who are innovative, risky and brave, who trust their intuition, possess incredible foresight, exude self-belief and most of all, have a will to succeed.
She continued, saying that as the winner of the Exhibition News Pioneer Award, Ray Bloom has displayed all these qualities and opened the door to tomorrow’s world, while growing the industry to the benefit of all. He has innovated and inspired throughout a long career in the exhibition industry. She added that he was a visionary, creating events for events people and pioneering the hosted buyer programme which is now widely used in the industry.
Nicola Macdonald concluded “Ray is a true pioneer of the exhibition industry, growing truly global, trailblazing events while still remaining the approachable, personable and passionate face of the brand. We were thrilled to recognise him for his lifelong contribution to the industry at the 13th EN Awards.”
After the presentation of the Award Ray Bloom said; “This is totally unexpected. It means an enormous amount. When you’ve been working in the industry for 30 years to be recognised by your peers is very gratifying. I feel greatly honoured tonight. I’d like to thank Exhibition News very much, and the IMEX team and all our industry partners, friends and colleagues for their tremendous support over many years.”