DALLAS – July 29, 2013 – Freeman, the leading global partner for integrated marketing solutions for live engagements, today announced that Chairman Donald S. Freeman, Jr. recently received the fourth Lifetime Achievement Award from the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA). The award honors the extraordinary and recognizable contributions of exhibition industry leaders with more than 20 years of experience in the field.
Mr. Freeman was presented with the award at ESCA’s Annual Summer Education Conference, which was held on June 25 in Carlsbad, Calif. At the awards ceremony, presenters noted that Mr. Freeman’s history of industry advocacy and education were key to his selection as this year’s honoree.
“After attending the United States Naval Academy and serving our country in the Navy, Don’s entire career was focused on helping to build the convention and meetings industry,” said Freeman CEO, Joe Popolo. “Don is known for many things, but his dedication and loyalty to our clients and our employees is what stands out in my mind. He had the wisdom to keep Freeman privately held and family and employee-owned, and I believe that is a big part of our success. He is a true servant leader, and I have never met anyone more respected and admired. This most recent honor from ESCA is a testament to his leadership and vision, not just at Freeman but within our entire industry.”
Since becoming Chairman of Freeman in 1977, Mr. Freeman has been recognized by every major industry-related professional organization for his dedication and commitment to promoting the development and growth of the events and exposition industry. In 1993, Mr. Freeman was inducted into the Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders. He was also inducted into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders in 2011.