Paul Flackett, MD of IMEX Group and long-time collaborator and friend of IMEX chairman Ray Bloom, has passed away.
Flackett was a well-known and well-liked figure in the global MICE industry, and had a career in events that spanned over 30 years.
During his career Flackett was active in many industry groups including MPI, SITE, the SITE Foundation, Designations International and ICCA. In 2004 he was presented with the Moises Shuster Award during the ICCA Congress for his outstanding contribution to the industry.
In recent months his illness meant he couldn’t take an active role at IMEX but, says a statement released by the organiser, “his mood was buoyed by well-wishers who brought plenty of ‘bad jokes and good laughs’ to his bedside.”
IMEX chairman, Ray Bloom, commented: “Today is a day for deep sadness as well as fond reflection. Paul has been by my side as a friend and in business for over 30 years and was an inspiration to us all in how he conducted himself throughout his career, in particular the humour he brought to us all.
“He was a friend and mentor to so many in the industry and I know that he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”