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Malek named Emerging Leader

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Kristin Malek, assistant professor of hospitality management, received the Emerging Leader award from the Heartland Chapter of Professional Convention Management Association, PCMA. The Emerging Leader Award is provided to someone who has demonstrated extraordinary service and leadership early in their career. The winner would have made exceptional overall contributions to the PCMA Heartland Chapter and its membership. The PCMA Heartland Chapter serves 175 members from Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Malek is the first faculty member to win this annual award at the regional level. “Winning this award was completely unexpected, since a faculty member has never won this industry focused award before,” said Malek.   When they called my name, it really made me feel like I made a difference in the organization and the community.  To see so many people standing and cheering for me, industry professionals and students alike, was surreal.”

This article was posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, and is filed under College News, Hospitality Management.