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IACC-Americas Names New Millennial Board Associate

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IACC-Americas President T.J. Fimmano announced the appointment of Rebeccah Ray of Bethesda, MD as IACC’s eighth Board Associate following a detailed nomination process through which IACC member properties in the United States and Canada could nominate exceptional staff members under the age of 30.

Rebeccah-RayWhen making the appointment, Fimmano noted “We were impressed with the quality of applications we received this year for Board Associate, and Rebeccah Ray made a considerable impression as someone with passion and vision who could continue to build on the innovative contributions work of those who have held this coveted position before her.”

Rebeccah currently works for Benchmark Hospitality International as Media Coordinator at the Lockheed Martin Center for Leadership Excellence in Bethesda, MD where she is responsible for Communications, Branding, and Employee Relations. She previously served as a Sales & Marketing Intern for Benchmark Hospitality at the French Lick Resort Casino in French Lick, IN. A graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Rebeccah is the recipient of Benchmark Hospitality’s Chairman’s Award of Excellence.

Lockheed Martin Center for Leadership Excellence is a 300,000-square-foot conference center and lodging facility located adjacent to the Corporate Headquarters in Bethesda, MD and supports the company’s training courses, business meetings, and conferences. The center, which has earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Silver certification, includes a 250-seat amphitheater, eight large training rooms, 18 conference rooms, full-service restaurant, and a fitness center.

Since 2007, the IACC Board Associate role has evolved to become a coveted position in the conference center segment among a younger up-and-coming generation eager for a voice in the evolution of the meetings experience.   The non-voting, 18-month advisory role will allow Rebeccah the opportunity to advise the Board on emerging trends as well as attending and participating in Board meetings. The Board Associate also sits on active committees and task forces such as Emerging Trends, Sustainability and Leadership Development.   She will attend and participate in IACC’s 33th annual conference at Pacific Palms Resort in Los Angeles, CA in March and will report to the Board on his observations and experiences at the end of her term.
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