The 4th Annual DMC Network & Ovation Talent Search was held on October 18th 2016, during IMEX America in Las Vegas, Nevada, and produced by AWG Destination Services, a DMC Network Company. This year's competition was hosted at Light at the Mandalay Bay. Opened to IMEX participants, the DMC Network and Ovation welcomed all industry planners and suppliers who came by their show booth to receive entrance credentials. Judges for this year's competition included: David Peckinpaugh (Maritz Global Events), Mark Theis (SPG & Marriott International), Caroline Pidroni (Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau), and Tony Fundaro (Meeting Professionals International).
Alison Watson, Society Offices AMC, got first place, followed by Pechha Wallach, Maritz Travel Company. Allison took home the event's grand prize of a 7-night trip from SPG & Marriott International with 2 first class tickets on United Airlines. Pechha was awarded a 1 year MPI membership and $1,500.00 education scholarship provided by MPI.
The 5th annual 2017 Talent Search will be held on Tuesday, October 10th 2017.