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Bill Dussor, Longtime IHRSA Staff Member, Passes Away

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BOSTON, MA - Sadly, we at IHRSA lost one of our own on Saturday, January 13. Bill Dussor, Director of Meetings & Trade Shows emeritus, passed away after a long battle with colon cancer.

While Bill was respected and well-liked by the many industry leaders that have served on the IHRSA Board of Directors during his tenure at IHRSA over the past 26 years, the reality is that the vast majority of IHRSA members probably never had met Bill; but if you ever attended an IHRSA event, then you've experienced the fruits of his labor. Bill worked diligently and tirelessly behind the scenes, logging an insane amount of late-night and pre-dawn work hours ensuring that each event went off without a hitch.

"The IHRSA family is deeply saddened by the news of Bill's passing," notes Joe Moore, IHRSA's President & CEO. "He was unique, a person who could seamlessly orchestrate thousands of moving parts without seeking the limelight."

Bill began his career at IHRSA in 1992 and has served several functions here, including managing membership sales and program marketing, as well as meeting, education and trade show management. A native of upstate New York, Bill previously worked in the hotel and hospitality industries in Albany, including contributing to the "I Love NY" campaign, and in Boston, where he worked with national and international organizations in the planning and execution of meetings and events worldwide.

"Bill was not only a true friend, but the consummate professional," notes Jay Ablondi, IHRSA's Executive Vice President of Global Products. "He believed in providing the highest caliber service to IHRSA members and worked tirelessly to ensure every event attendee or exhibitor received 5-star service. I learned a tremendous amount from Bill over the years as I'm sure others have that had the opportunity to work with him. He will be dearly missed."

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