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2016 Rising Star Award Winner

Avery Levitt, CEM, Marketing and IT Manager, SX Marketing Inc.

Introductory Speech by Sandra Martin, CEM:

The Rising Star Award was created to recognize the significant contributions that a new member has made to the association.  Tonight’s nominee is a great example of a “Rising Star”.  Since joining CAEM in 2014 this person literally dove right in and began getting involved in as many ways as their busy schedule would allow.
After attending their first CAEM Conference, our nominee was inspired to become an active member and immediately joined the Social & Special Events Committee, spending a year bringing new ideas and valuable contributions.  During this time this person also enrolled in the CEM program and in less than 2 years, successfully obtained their designation.  Presently, our nominee is currently bringing their unique experience and fresh perspective to the Communications Committee.
In this person’s short time as a member of CAEM, they have demonstrated a willingness to learn, but more important, a desire to contribute to the betterment of the Association as a whole.  It is for these reasons that Avery Levitt from SX Marketing, is the 2016 Rising Star Award recipient.

Acceptance Speech by Avery Levitt, CEM:

Thank you.
It is truly an honor to be thought of as a rising star in our industry. From the classes, to the seminars and the conferences, I’ve learned and grown so much because of my involvement in CAEM. I’ll always be thankful for the opportunities it has provided me, and for the people I’ve met through it.
Serge, Michael, Christiane. Thank you for continuing to make CAEM the great association that it is. To all my CAEM friends – especially my first friends, Neil, Kelly, and Tara - thank you for always making CAEM feel like a second home to me.
Joel, Nancy. Thank you for always supporting me on my journey. Words cannot express how much it means to me, knowing that I have your unwavering support. It is great working with you even when we disagree on important matters, like which gingerbread cookie design we should use in our advertising, or the proper way to load a truck.
Tiffany. Thank you for always pushing me to be better and to do more. And for never failing to find a type-o in my work, right after I send it to print.
A special thank you to Mikey as I’m sure you had a hand in me being up here today. I owe you a great deal for both my personal and professional growth, ever since we met nearly a decade ago. Even when you weren’t there physically to introduce me, my go-to line in the CAEM courses was usually a simple “I work with Mikey”. This was always met with smiles and shows that even in your absence, you are still great at breaking the ice.
But back to CAEM. Coming up in June we have our annual conference in the beautiful city of Charlottetown, P.E.I. We’ve got a star studded line up of speakers, lots of great networking events, and of course a lovely set of new hashtags to memorize. I encourage anyone who is on the fence to make the trip. I promise the experience will make it worth your while. And if you can’t make it, there are still many great ways you can get involved, like volunteering on a committee.
I am not a man of many words, so I would just like to finish off by saying that when I first started in CAEM it felt like I was in a room full of strangers, but now, I am surrounded by my family, my friends, and my colleagues.
Thank you so much.