Sue-PelletierThe announcement was made today at IMEX America, Las Vegas by Ovation Director of Global Sales, Aoife Delaney.

Writer/Editor at Penton Media, Boston-based Sue was nominated for being 'bright, intelligent and cultured' and for 'delivering great content to the meetings industry for many years'. With a career to date spanning offline and online journalism, Sue’s expertise is well-honed and extremely well utilised. She is well known within the meetings industry as a journalist who asks the right questions and is a thought leader, especially in relation to medical meetings and religious conferences.

Passing on his huggability crown to Sue, 2012 winner Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, CMM, CASE, tweeted: ‘enjoy the year and focus on how important it is to spend good personal time with real friends in this amazing industry’. Eduardo also noted how in our people-centric industry ‘there is no technology which can replace hugs.’

Padraic Gilligan, Vice President, Ovation Global DMC added: “in an industry where personality is a vital ingredient to success, the huggability award is a distinguished tribute to receive. Like so many of our huggability nominees, Sue is very active on Twitter (@spelletier) and we look forward to following her words of wisdom as she journeys with Ovation Bear (@ovationbear) throughout 2014’’.