Incentive Research Foundation Elects 2020 Officers and Conducts Vision 2025 Strategic Planning

WASHINGTON (PRWEB) January 23, 2020
The Incentive Research Foundation is pleased to announce the 2020 IRF Executive Committee and 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 power of incentive and motivational programs. The Board recently met to conduct strategic planning for the IRF’s Vision 2025.
“The members of the IRF Board of Trustees bring a tremendous level of expertise and passion for the incentives industry,” said Kari Vrba, Chair of the IRF Board of Trustees and Chief Commercial Officer, MotivAction an Augeo company. “I’m excited to work with this talented group as we develop the IRF’s strategy to deliver relevant and impactful research and education to existing and new audiences over the next five years.”
Members of the 2020 IRF Executive Committee are:
Chair: Kari Vrba, Chief Commercial Officer, MotivAction an Augeo companyVice Chair: Jim Kelley, Vice President, Marketing & Industry Relations, FernSecretary: Patrick Smith, Managing Director, The Americas, The Leading Hotels of the WorldTreasurer: Mark Alt, Vice President, Maritz Automotive, Maritz
During the January Board meeting, Min Choi, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Germania Insurance, was named to the IRF Board of Trustees. The following individuals are continuing their terms on the IRF Board of Trustees:
Mike May, President, Brightspot Incentives & Events (Immediate Past Chair)Susan Adams, Vice President of Travel & Engagement, Next Level PerformanceCosimo Bruzzese, Vice President of Business Development, Global Sales, PRAStephen Cook, President & Chief Inspiration Officer, Lorandus Meetings & CommunicationsMorgan Crain, Senior Manager, Rewards and Recognition, T-MobileJoost de Meyer, Chairman & CEO, First Incentive TravelSarah Haines, Vice President of Event Management, ITA GroupChris Johnson, Director, Global Travel and Enterprise Events, Land O’ LakesBich-Lien Kaldahl, Airline AdvisorSoma Kim, Account Director, Incentive Sales, Four Seasons Hotels and ResortsRodney Morrow, Director of Sales & Marketing, Fairmont PittsburghDawn Ryburn, Director, Program Management and Communications, Ricoh USA, Inc.Karen Suttle, Manager, Corporate Gifts Central, Maui Jim SunglassesBetty Weinkle, Vice President, Partnership, Blackhawk Network
The IRF has developed a robust research, education, and event schedule for 2020. A new study will be released each month, and the will research be presented during monthly webinars, at the 2020 IRF Education Invitational on May 27 – 31 at Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, and at the Leadership Insights Forum on October 10 – 13.
For more information on the IRF Board of Trustees, visit the IRF website.
The Incentive Research Foundation ( 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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SAE International Names 2020 Board of Officers and Directors

WARRENDALE, Pa. (PRWEB) January 22, 2020
SAE International’s general membership has elected the following officers to its Board of Directors. Officers and directors began their terms on January 15, 2020.
2021 President – Jeff Hemphill, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Schaeffler Group America
2020-2022 Commercial Vehicle Vice President – Michael Weinert, Vice President, Engineering & Manufacturing at (Retired) John Deere
2020-2021 Treasurer – Andrew Jeffers, Global Products Group, Engineering Group Manager at General Motors
Todd Zarfos, Vice President-Engineering, Washington Design Center at The Boeing Company, who is serving as the 2020 President, was elected to his position last year.
A complete list of SAE International’s Board of Directors can be found at:
About SAE InternationalSAE International is a global association committed to advancing mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity. By engaging nearly 200,000 engineers, technical experts and volunteers, we connect and educate mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including award-winning programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™. More at

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Chief Data Officers, Emerging Business Leaders

A recent insight paper published by Exasol considers the crucial role Chief Data Officers (CDOs) play in today’s businesses.(PRWeb January 15, 2020)Read the full story at