2012 President’s Award Presented by The Incentive Marketing Association

2012 President’s Award Presented by The Incentive Marketing Association
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Aug. 15, 2012 - PRLog -- Aug. 15, 2012 - NAPERVILLE, Ill. –The Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) has named Norma Jean Knollenberg, CPIM, owner and CEO of Top Brands, Inc., Oshkosh, WI, the 2012 recipient of its President’s Award. She was presented with the honor in July at the IMA’s Annual Summit Meeting in Washington DC.

The IMA President’s Award was introduced in 2003 to commemorate the IMA’s fifth anniversary. The award recognizes individuals who have actively furthered IMA’s mission by creating a greater awareness of incentives; helping incentive suppliers prosper in a changing business environment through education, training, research and marketing; and promoting high standards of professionalism in the incentive field.

Knollenberg is one of the very few people who has been president of three industry associations: the Association of Incentive Professionals (AIM), the Incentive Manufacturers & Representatives Association, and the Incentive Marketing Association. She has chaired major conferences for each of these organizations and served on each organization’s executive team, strategic planning committee, and other multiple committees. Her counsel is sought by trade show management, fellow leaders, and the many people she has mentored over the years. Throughout her career in the incentive field, she has supported the Incentive Federation and now serves on its Executive Committee. Knollenberg earned her Certified Professional of Incentive Management (CPIM) certification in 2005.

Past President Award recipients have included:
2003      Pete Erickson, Managing Director, The Motivation Show

2004      Bruce Bolger, President, Selling Communications, Inc.

2005      Greg Canose, President, Award Marketing Services, LLC

2006   Karen Renk, Executive Director of IMA, the Incentive Marketing Association

2007   Howard Henry, Executive Director of AIM, the Association of Incentive Marketing, originally known as NPSE, the National Premium Sales Executives

2008   Donna Oldenburg CPIM, Conference Director, The Motivation Show

2009      Jon Hanson, founder of RepLink

2010   Michelle M. Smith CPIM, CRP, VP, Business Development,
O.C. Tanner

2011      G. Stephen Slagle, CAE, President - Incentive Federation

“Norma Jean Knollenberg has consistently given back to the industry with her expertise and knowledge. She has been a strong voice for the Incentive industry’s welfare and has helped the industry grow and thrive,” said IMA Executive Director Karen Renk, CAE.  “We are very proud to present the President’s Award to Norma.”

Business improves when employees and customers are recognized, rewarded, and engaged through effectively structured programs with defined goals and proven returns. The Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) is comprised of the companies who are leaders in the incentive industry.  IMA provides education, resources and research to promote the use of incentive programs to the business community and is the umbrella organization for the Global Incentive Council (GIC), the Incentive Gift Card Council (IGCC), the Incentive Manufacturers & Representatives Alliance (IMRA), the Incentive Travel Council, the Performance Improvement Council, the Recognition Council, IMA-Australia Council, IMA-Canada Council and IMA-Europe Council. More information about IMA and the incentive marketplace is available at http://www.incentivemarketing.org/.                  

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