Incentive Research Foundation Elects 2019 Officers and Welcomes Five Incentives Industry Leaders to Board of Trustees

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Representing all segments of the incentives, rewards, and recognition industry, the IRF Board of Trustees leads the foundation in meeting its mission of conducting research and providing education highlighting the premise and the power of incentive and motivational programs. The Board recently met to review the foundation’s Vision 2020 plan and launch strategic planning through 2025.

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IRF is empowering businesses on Wall Street and Main Street with outstanding research, education, events, and new online communities that help them engage and motivate their workforce.

The Incentive Research Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 IRF Executive Committee and five industry leaders recently elected to the IRF Board of Trustees. Representing all segments of the incentives, rewards, and recognition industry, the IRF Board of Trustees leads the foundation in meeting its mission of conducting research and providing education highlighting the premise and the power of incentive and motivational programs. The Board recently met to review the foundation’s Vision 2020 plan and launch strategic planning through 2025.

“The IRF Board of Trustees represents a diverse range of experience, perspectives, and roles in the incentive industry. We look forward to a collaborative strategic planning process that will position the IRF for continued impact,” said Mike May, CMP, IP, Chair of the IRF Board of Trustees. “IRF is empowering businesses on Wall Street and Main Street with outstanding research, education, events, and new online communities that help them engage and motivate their workforce.”

The IRF has developed a robust research, education, and event schedule for 2019. The IRF will release twelve studies, four issues of The IRF Quarterly Academic Review, and a series of new introductory “Toolboxes.” The IRF’s research and studies will be discussed during monthly webinars and podcasts, on the online IRF Communities, at the 2019 IRF Education Invitational on June 19 – 23, and at the Leadership Insights Forum on September 23 - 24.

Members of the 2019 IRF Executive Committee are:

Chair:         Mike May, President, Brightspot Incentives & Events
Vice Chair:    Kari Vrba, Senior Vice President, Business Development, MotivAction
Secretary:     Patrick Smith, Senior Director of Group Sales, The Leading Hotels of the World
Treasurer:    Jim Kelley, Vice President, Marketing & Industry Relations, PRG

Joining the IRF Board of Trustees are:

Cosimo Bruzzese, Vice President of Business Development, Briggs, an Allied PRA Company
Morgan Crain, Senior Manager, Rewards and Recognition, T-Mobile
Sarah Haines, Vice President of Event Management, ITA Group
Dawn Ryburn, Director, Programs and Communications, Ricoh
Karen Suttle, Manager, Corporate Gifts Central, Maui Jim Sunglasses

The following individuals are continuing their terms on the IRF Board of Trustees:

Janet Traphagen, President, Creative Group, Inc. (Immediate Past Chair)
Susan Adams, Vice President of Engagement, Next Level Performance
Mark Alt, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Maritz
Stephen Cook, President & Chief Inspiration Officer, Lorandus Meetings & Communications
Joost de Meyer, Chairman & CEO, First Incentive Travel
Michael Freedman, Vice President Meetings & Events, Amstar DMC
Chris Johnson, Director, Global Travel and Enterprise Events, Land O' Lakes
Bich-Lien Kaldahl, Airline Advisor
Soma Kim, Account Director, Incentive Sales, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Rodney Morrow, Director of Sales & Marketing, Fairmont Pittsburgh
Betty Weinkle, Vice President, Partnership, Blackhawk Network

For more information on the IRF Board of Trustees, visit the IRF website.

The Incentive Research Foundation (TheIRF.org) funds and promotes research to advance the science and enhance the awareness and appropriate application of motivation and incentives in business and industry globally. The goal is to increase the understanding, effective use, and resultant benefits of incentives to businesses that currently use incentives, as well as businesses interested in improved performance.

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