OUR 2023 AWARD WINNERS
Southwest Showcase congratulated our 2023 Award winners, a leading industry peer and state-of-the-art meeting destination. These award recipients were recognized on Friday, January 27 during the 2023 Southwest Showcase Luncheon.
2023 Industry Professional of the Year Award
Dana Kirkhart, CEM
Director of Client Solutions
Dana Kirkhart, CEM, started her events industry career in 2007 as the Expo Operations Manager for the Texas Restaurant Association. In 2010 she went to work for CDS Events for a year before they were acquired by Freeman in 2011. Currently the Director of Client Solutions, she supports the San Antonio, Austin and Houston Market, managing over 45 events annually. In that role she ensures cohesive strategies are in place, keeping internal customers and clients engaged in meaningful ways with a focus on positivity, collaboration and teamwork. Her volunteer involvement in the industry is significant, serving in almost every capacity for IAEE-CTC, including as Chair of the organization twice. She has been a member of the Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE) since 2019. Dana’s awards and honors include the Certification in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation and the IAEE Merit Award, both in 2016, as well as the IAEE Central Texas Chapter Chairman’s Award in 2019.
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