Baton Rouge, LA (PRWEB) April 29, 2013
A gala dinner at the 27th annual conference, held April 3-7 at the Westin Denver Downtown hotel in Denver, Colorado, was the occasion for honoring new and veteran AIIP members for outstanding service, mentoring, writing, and creative business potential. "Our dedicated volunteers and our innovative practitioners are critical to the success of our organization and our profession," says AIIP President, Jocelyn Sheppard.
Margaret King, President, InfoRich Group, Inc. (Drexel Hill, PA), received the Marilyn Levine AIIP President’s Award, given in recognition of any person or organization that has demonstrated extraordinary support of the objectives of AIIP. King was honored for her success in obtaining discounted pricing and other benefits from information industry partners. “These discounts, available to our members from more than 30 partners, are an important reason why many information professionals join AIIP,” explains AIIP Marketing Director/Content Susan Berkman, “and Marge has done an amazing job of negotiating a wide range of benefits on behalf of our members.”
For her long-time role in welcoming new members to AIIP, Deborah G. Bardon, Principal, Bardon on Call (Oakland, CA), won the Sue Rugge Memorial Award. An early pioneer in the independent information industry, Rugge was widely admired for the mentoring she provided to her fellow information professionals. “Debbie’s generous sharing of her time and wisdom is very important for individuals who are in the process of transitioning from the corporate or organizational world into a life and career as an independent info pro,” states AIIP President-Elect Connie Clem.
The Pam Wegmann International Award was established to recognize the contributions made by a member of AIIP who lives outside of North America. Heather Carine, Business Researcher, Carine Research (Adelaide, South Australia), traveled to Denver to accept the award. Carine was recognized for her promotion of the independent information profession in the Pacific region, as well as for serving as Editor of AIIP Connections from 2009 to 2011.
This year’s recipient of the Myra T. Grenier Award was Jennifer E. Burke, President, IntelliCraft Research, LLC (Quakertown, PA). The award carries a $600 stipend to enable a new or aspiring independent information professional to attend the AIIP Annual Conference. Burke’s winning application explained how she intends to build a business that combines her previous experience in marketing, advertising, and customer service with in-depth business intelligence skills and tools.
The AIIP Connections Writer’s Award is presented annually to the author of the best original article published in the association’s quarterly newsletter. Danielle Conklin, Principal, Cotton Gloves Research, LLC (Bedford, MA), was recognized for her article “Don’t Delay… Hire a Business Coach Today,” published in the September 2012 issue of AIIP Connections.
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The Association of Information Professionals (AIIP, http://www.AIIP.org) is the premier industry association for independent information professionals. The membership consists of more than 500 owners from around the world whose firms provide research and consulting services across a wide variety of industries. Business research, competitive intelligence, market analysis, database development, training, and information management consulting are just a few of the areas in which AIIP members specialize. Some of the vertical industries AIIP members serve include scientific, medical, pharmaceutical, regulatory, information technology, education, financial services, manufacturing, nonprofits, and life sciences. A directory of members is available at http://www.aiip.org/content/hire-info-pro.
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For more information about the Association of Independent Professionals, contact AIIP Headquarters, Baton Rouge, LA; 225-408-4400, email: office(at)aiip(dot)org.