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EVCOM renames award in honour of Peter Franks

Award for new talent to be known this year as the Peter Franks Rising Star Award to recognise TFI Group founder

Pictured: Peter Franks

EVCOM is renaming its Rising Star category in the Live Awards 2016 in honour of Peter Franks, the chairman and founder of TFI Group who passed away last December.

The award will be known this year as the Peter Franks Rising Star Award to recognise Franks’ work throughout his career inspiring the next generation of event professionals.

Franks had strong links with EVCOM, having been a founder member of industry association ITMA UK, which became EVCOM. At ITMA Franks was a director and then vice chairman for 13 consecutive years.

“Peter was passionate about the events industry and its role in both the marketing mix and the engagement of audiences,” said Keith Baker, Franks’ friend and business advisor.

“He loved investing time in people and took an enormous sense of satisfaction in seeing individuals with whom he worked personally develop themselves and their careers. Indeed, quite often the conversations and meetings he would have with TFI’s young professionals would last longer than one of his board meetings.

“Peter would have been extremely proud and humbled to be associated with the Rising Star Award and it is a fitting tribute to someone who cared so much about the role young professionals play in this fantastically dynamic and innovative industry.”

Steve Garvey, EVCOM CEO, added: “The EVCOM Rising Star Award is a fitting tribute to Peter who was an inspirational individual. We are proud for it to bear his name in 2016, a name that is synonymous with the values we look for when judging this award: aspiration, achievement and advancement.”

The EVCOM Live Awards honour business and consumer events in the UK and recognise work by agencies and the clients who commission them. The Rising Star Award is given for best new talent. 

Nominations are encouraged from both the organiser and supplier communities and the Rising Star category is free to enter. Nominations can be made here before the 4th October.

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