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David Peckinpaugh and Charlotte Blank Named Two of the Most Influential People In the Motivation Industry by Incentive

December 08, 2016

David Peckinpaugh and Charlotte Blank Named Two of the Most Influential People
in the Motivation Industry by INCENTIVE

(DECEMBER 7, 2016) David Peckinpaugh, president of Maritz Global Events, and Charlotte Blank, executive director of The Maritz Institute, have been named as two of the 25 most influential people in the motivation industry by Incentive Magazine

“There is an army of dedicated professionals across the globe that makes this industry possible,” said Vince Alonzo, Editor-in-Chief of Incentive Magazine, “and we’re excited to recognize the individuals who have significantly contributed to the advancement of the motivation industry, or made it easier for motivation professionals to do their jobs.” 

Peckinpaugh was honored as an influential industry mover for providing strategic leadership for two of the largest organizations in the event industry—Maritz Travel and Experient—as well as being a tireless advocate for incentives and meetings. 

Since joining Maritz in 2011, Peckinpaugh has led Maritz Global Events through significant financial and employee growth, placing renewed focus on clients, industry partnerships and global presence. With his executive leadership team, Peckinpaugh sets the business strategy and future direction of the collective companies, while ensuring they consistently design and deliver exceptional experiences to clients and their guests. His passion and advocacy on behalf of the events industry has earned Peckinpaugh accolades and recognition from peers and organizations including MPI Rise Award’s Meetings Industry Leadership, the Joint Meetings Industry Council’s Unity Award, Incentive Travel Council’s Advocate of the Year and one of Successful Meetings’ 25 Most Influential People.

Blank was honored as an influential visionary for bridging the gap between academic theory and applied incentive practice, working to elevate the use of field research to better understand the human psyche in the modern marketplace.

As leader of The Maritz Institute, Blank helps the behavioral science think tank bridge the gaps between academic theory and business application. Blank has recently elevated The Maritz Institute’s focus on field research, as a primary driver of insights into the human psyche in the modern marketplace. With the launch of The Maritz Institute field research exchange platform, creative and strategic field experiments are being conducted in partnership with the Institute’s expanding academic network of applied behavior scientists. These insights benefit Maritz’ pioneering clients with customized solution applications, and help The Maritz Institute to illuminate the impact of the human psyche in the modern marketplace. Blank is helping to bridge the gap between academic theory and applied incentive practice by helping to extend research from the lab to the field, enhancing relationships within academia. Her passion is exploring the truths about people which inspire us and build community.

“Congratulations to David and Charlotte on being named to the list of most influential people in the incentive industry,” said Dennis Hummel, president of Maritz Holdings Inc. “Their forward-thinking and innovative approach to the work they do for Maritz, our clients and the industry has awarded them this honor, and we are proud to have them on our team!”

The 25 Most Influential People in the Incentive Industry were selected by the editors of Incentive Magazine, with input from members of the industry and feedback from readers. Each honoree will be featured in the November/December 2016 issue of Incentive and online at

Maritz Holdings Inc. – St. Louis-based Maritz is a sales and marketing services company, which helps businesses achieve their full potential through inspiring and motivating employees, channel partners and customers. Maritz companies provide market and customer research; customer loyalty, sales incentives and employee rewards and recognition programs; and meeting, event and travel incentive services to Fortune 500 companies and beyond. For more information, visit or contact us at 1-877-4MARITZ.

Incentive is the only multi-platform brand devoted exclusively to motivation and performance improvement through the use of incentive programs and consumer promotions, and has been the premier source of cutting-edge strategies to drive in-house, dealer channel, and consumer sales. Incentive is the only independent resource that encompasses travel, merchandise, and gift card awards, providing insightful, creative, and unbiased information and customer acquisition services for C-level executives and senior sales, finance, and HR managers who rely on this information to grow their businesses. For more information, visit

Northstar Meetings Group is the leading B-to-B information and marketing solutions company serving all segments of the business meetings, events, and incentives market, including full-time and part-time meeting planners, as well as senior corporate, association, and not-for-profit decision-makers, and incentive professionals, facilitating their professional development and achievement of business goals. Our influential brands—Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, and Incentive—currently serve over 200,000 active meeting planners and incentive professionals, across an integrated suite of data, digital, events, and print products. Our mission is to identify and engage meetings and incentive professionals across all industries, to facilitate their continuing professional development, and provide access to the resources and services they need at every step of their planning process. For more information, visit