Launches News: IMA honours Brian Dunne with Fellowship Award

The Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) honored Brian Dunne, CPIM, managing director, Giftcard Consulting, with the Karen Renk Fellowship Award. The prestigious award was established in 2014 to honor Renk, who served as the IMA executive director for its first 14 years. The award was presented at the annual IMA Summit.
Renk guided the IMA, championed the business case for incentives and mentored a wide group of individuals for the betterment of the industry and the association. She was known for a number of qualities including mentoring, character, collaboration, and professionalism. The Karen Renk Fellowship is awarded to the IMA member who best exemplifies these qualities in service to the association, either through their work within the organization or through outreach to the community at large.
Dunne was recognized for championing the IMA and the incentive industry. He is a frequent speaker on gift cards, loyalty, incentives, and motivation. Dunne was a leader in establishing and growing the IMA Europe Chapter, where he served as President of IMA Europe for eight years. In 2016 he was instrumental in spearheading the transition from a Strategic Industry Group to a Chapter of the IMA which has served as the catalyst for the IMA Europe’s recent growth and success. Dunne also served on the IMA Board of Directors.
“Brian’s contributions, his leadership and mentoring approach are exactly what Karen Renk valued and demonstrated daily, said Spencer Toomey, CPIM, president emeritus, IMA Board.“Brian has given the IMA and the industry enormous amounts of time and energy that have helped move the industry forward in Europe and the US. He truly is an incentive ambassador and he engages people everywhere he goes,” Toomey added.

Dunne becomes the third recipient of the Karen Renk Award. Sean Roark, CPIM, vice president incentive programs, PromoPros/IncentPros, received the first Karen Renk Fellowship Award in 2015 and Heidi Chatfield, VP marketing, All Star Incentive Marketing, received the 2016 award.



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