LANSING, Mich.-- The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) is pleased to announce that President and CEO Jack Schripsema, CTA and Executive Vice President and COO, Julie Pingston, CMP, CTA were recently recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards by two different industry entities.

On May 23 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan Meetings & Events magazine welcomed Schripsema into their Hall of Fame with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Schripsema has been in the hospitality business for nearly 50 years starting with Westin Hotels in Beverly Hills, New York City and Detroit in operations and sales management positions as well as hotels and CVB’s throughout Michigan, including: Detroit, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Flint and Lansing. Schripsema was also part of the opening team for the Detroit Plaza Hotel Renaissance Center (1977) and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (1980) in Grand Rapids. Schripsema is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Julie Pingston was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award of her own at the 33rd Annual South Lansing Business Association awards ceremony at the Chisholm Hills Golf and Banquet Center in Holt on May 23.

The award, named after longtime Lansing business advocate Alfreda Schmidt, was bestowed upon Pingston for her tireless efforts to advance the community during her more than 25 years at the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau. Named among her accomplishments of which she is most proud is the cultivation of the Greater Lansing Certified Tourism Ambassador program and the GLCVB’s Autism Education Training Program. Pingston is a graduate of Alma College.

The mission of the GLCVB is to promote the region as a visitor destination to impact the area’s economy.