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ICA elects Nigerian director

Mr. Boniface Imo-owo, managing director, Sumptuous Meals Limited has been elected into the board of the International Caterers Association (ICA) as country director.

With this election Imo-owo becomes the association’s first black and first non- American to hold such a prestigious office.

ICA, a coalition of event planners and caterers all over the world is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education, mentoring and resources for professional caterers and promoting the profession of catering to clients, industry members, vendors and the public.

The organization achieves its objectives by organizing several events of which one of them tagged ICA Catersource Events symposium, an annual conference and trade shows would be holding in Las Vegas , USA between March 7 and 11, 2010.

In 2004, the ICA entered into a Joint Venture with Catersource, to produce the biggest and the most comprehensive educational conference in the world for caterers and event planners.

Mr. Boniface Imo-owo, while addressing newsmen in Lagos recently said to be successful in today’s competitive market and uncertain economy, caterers and event planners must stay abreast of the latest trends, methods, procedures, and best practices.

Imo-Owo said the conference would open doors for training opportunities, networking alliance for event planners and caterers, banquet officers, event directors, fast food proprietors, balloon decorators, entertainment managers and start-up entrepreneurs, among others.

He noted that the event would feature over 150 educational sessions including special events such as round table discussions, a trade show devoted to the catering and events industry, chef demo areas, and the resource room.
Imo-Owo added that educational tracks will focus on Food and Beverage, Sales and Marketing, Operations and Service, Presentation and Design, and Business and Management.

He listed some of the key speakers for the conference to include Carla Hall, owner, Alchemy Caterers Wheaton, MD, Mike Roman, founder and president Catersource Magazine, Conference & Tradeshow, Bill Pannhoff, owner B&B Catering & Event Planning, Spring Lake, NC. Carl Sacks, director of consulting services, Catersource and Chef Domenic Chiaromonte owner, Match Restaurant and Event Venue, Toronto , Canada , among others.


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