Northstar Meetings Group and Singapore Tourism Board (STB) named three Singapore winners in the second annual "Their PASSION MADE Your Event POSSIBLE" awards program. Taking place during a special event at SACEOS's Singapore MICE Forum (SMF) 2019 in Singapore on the morning of July 26, the award ceremony recognised behind-the-scenes industry professionals whose passion and commitment to excellence contributes meaningfully to the achievement of successful business events and the highest levels of customer satisfaction.
The program recognises professionals in Singapore and in the United States each year (U.S. winners to be announced in September 2019) with a live award ceremony, a video tribute, as well as profiles of the winners and the work they do both online and in Northstar Meetings Group publications.
The 2019 Singapore award winners for "Their PASSION MADE Your Event POSSIBLE" are:
• Sivakumaran Ramalinggam, Assistant Manager, Banquet Operations, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
• Gina Lim, Operations Manager, Pacific World Singapore
• Luke Teo, Assistant Director, Transport Management, Resorts World Sentosa
"Northstar's 'Their PASSION MADE Your Event POSSIBLE' awards - in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board - is one of the most meaningful programs in the meetings and events industry," said David Blansfield, Executive Vice President, Northstar Meetings Group.
"It's our honour to recognise and celebrate three well-deserving industry professionals who, with their dedication and unrelenting drive for service, represent the backbone of the global meetings and events industry. These three honorees have dedicated their careers to ensuring the highest levels of customer satisfaction.
"The meetings industry is a people business. These three honorees put great pride in what they do every day and demonstrate the importance of making every meeting special."
"The launch of Singapore's country brand Passion Made Possible two years ago is recognition that Singapore has been able to come so far only due to the will and passion of her people," said Kershing Goh, Regional Director, Americas, STB.
"This campaign has highlighted that it not only takes a village to deliver a meeting, but also the passion of many unsung heroes to make a Singapore meeting experience entirely memorable. Singapore's MICE industry is powered and set apart by the exceptional passion that each individual, no matter what role they play, brings to their profession.
"These three heroes of the Singapore MICE industry truly embody the Passion Made Possible spirit, and it is individuals like these who enable Singapore to consistently punch above its weight as a MICE destination, anchoring and delivering some of the most important and rigorous business events in the world."
"We are proud to support this campaign that celebrates the gems of our industry," said Priscilla Leong, SACEOS Vice President of Community. "We know first-hand as meeting planners how much it takes to deliver an outstanding meeting experience amidst a competitive environment with short time-lines, high expectations and a host of varying factors any event typically faces.
"These three Singaporean winners represent the indomitable spirit of the Singapore MICE industry. They have given new depth to their roles and contributed to extraordinary experiences that have made indelible memories for their clients. It is the passion within us that makes our industry wired for the future. On behalf of SACEOS, we thank them and celebrate them."
Winners of "Their PASSION MADE Your Event POSSIBLE" awards were identified by a panel of industry experts for representing the ideals of the highest levels of service to the MICE industry and Singapore's "Passion Made Possible" spirit.
Prior to the evaluation, Singapore meetings industry leaders and suppliers nominated behind-the-scenes professionals, such as convention service managers, show decorators, F&B managers/chefs, transportation managers and A/V specialists. Nominees were submitted for embodying the "Passion Made Possible" spirit and for contributing to successful business events for their organisations or their customers' organisations.
In addition to being recognized at SACEOS's SMF 2019 in Singapore, the honorees will also be celebrated in features across various Northstar Meetings Group media, including M&C Asia, Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings and Incentive magazines and their respective websites. U.S. winners will be announced in September 2019, at IMEX America, Las Vegas.
To learn more about "Their PASSION MADE Your Event POSSIBLE", the 2019 Singapore honorees or to nominate a Unsung Hero for 2020, visit passionmadepossibleawards.com. Direct any questions to David Blansfield at [email protected].