Our annual list of the thought leaders
shaping the industry
The incentive industry is changing fast, from increasingly sophisticated digital recognition platforms to cutting- edge research on the most effective ways for improving
workplace performance. But many aspects of incentives remain
as true as they were decades ago: recognition is a powerful tool
for motivating workers and consumers; rewards tailored to the
recipient are most effective. The individuals on this list reflect
this balance of novelty and change. This group of association
and incentive house leaders, researchers, end users, and others
includes long-time industry veterans and individuals brand-new
to their roles. What they have in common is that they are shaping this industry and its direction in important ways while pointing the way to its future.
These 25 people were selected by drawing on input from readers, industry leaders, and our own editorial team. The result is a
group of influencers as diverse as the industry itself, each making
important contributions to the work of promoting and understanding motivation.
Chairman, IMEX Group
IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America have become a vital part
of the meetings industry’s professional development and knowledge-sharing landscape. With the IMEX shows, Bloom and his team have
created and continue to grow a powerful gathering place for members
of the global incentive, meetings, and events industry for networking,
education, and, of course, business.
In 2018, he is looking forward to the first-ever joint Society for
Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Forum in Rome, and to whether 2017’s SITE Index
trends continue, including growing budgets and planned expansion of
personnel eligible for incentive travel awards.
Globalization of the meetings market also continues to be of interest, given the IMEX shows are worldwide. As Bloom says, “The fact
that the SITE Index was published in Spanish and Mandarin for the
first time says a lot about the future of our increasingly diverse and