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Awards | Notification & Presentation | Nomination Protocol | Hall of Fame


AICI has multiple categories to recognize our members for their achievements. They are:

Image Makers Merit of Industry Excellence (IMMIE)

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In 1989, the IMMIE (Image Makers Merit of Industry Excellence) Award was conceived to give recognition to image consultants, to inspire achievement and to create unity within the industry. The IMMIE is an image industry award, not limited to our association membership.

Image Makers Merit of Industry Excellence (IMMIE) Bravo

The IMMIE BRAVO Award is presented each year to a person, organization, designer or retailer whose work or contribution to AICI, its members and its clients is outstanding. This individual or group also actively supports and promotes a positive image in our society. The recipient of this award is selected by the AICI Board of Directors.

AICI Award of Excellence

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In 1995, the AICI Board approved the addition of more categories of recognition to be given annually. AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE are given to members who, over the years, have served AICI in a variety of capacities, demonstrating outstanding commitment to the growth and well-being of the entire association. With an award nomination, those colleagues or mentors who have contributed most, grown fastest or been most innovative are honored. Those honored are committed to the growth of the industry and AICI as well as to that of their own businesses. They uphold and further promote professionalism, ethics, and generosity of spirit in their work and community.

Rising Star Award

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The Rising Star Award is given to a new member who has achieved accelerated success as a newcomer to the field. To qualify for this award, an individual must have been a member of AICI for four (4) years or less.

Jane Segerstrom Award

This award is named in honor of the late Jane Segerstrom, an AICI Houston Chapter and AICI International Board member, whose vision and association work set the foundation of AICI’s international growth. The Jane Segerstrom Award is bestowed upon a person who has helped to further our worldwide association/industry vision and was first awarded in 1997. The recipient of this award is selected by the AICI Board of Directors.

Chapter Recognition Award

The Chapter Recognition Award is given to a chapter that was committed to education, certification, growth, or not-for-profit image services that has improved the quality of others. The recipients of this award are selected by the AICI Board of Directors.

Chapter Member of the Year

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Chapter Members of the Year have been honored since 1995. Each chapter can be represented by an outstanding member determined by chapter vote. Chapter Members of the Year are selected by their chapters. Chapters submit the awardees names to the AICI Awards Committee prior to AICI’s Annual Conference for recognition during the AICI Awards Ceremony. The Awards Committee does not select the Chapter Member of the Year.

Philanthropy Award

The scope of Image for a Cause | AICI Gives Back Philanthropy is international, collaborative and inclusive. Our objective is to actively involve and honor AICI Chapters, AICI individual members involved for giving back and recognize AICI as a socially responsible organization, and create partnerships with companies and organizations with complementary missions.

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Award Notification & Presentation

All nominee names will be presented to AICI Headquarters to ensure that nominees are clear of AICI Accreditation Code of Conduct and Standards of Professional Behavior violations and to ensure member eligibility. Nominators will be notified by February 15, 2019, if the AICI Awards Committee has approved their Nominee. Nominators whose Nominee has not been chosen to receive an award will also be notified by the Awards Committee. Nominators will present their Nominees with the Award at the Annual AICI Conference Gala.

The 2019 AICI Global Conference will take place April 4-7, 2019, at the Lowes Chicago O’Hare, Rosemont Illinois. For more information about the 2019 AICI Conference visit the conference homepage.

Award Recipient Additional Honors

In addition to their presented Award, each AICI Award Recipient will be honored by:

  • A profile in AICI Global magazine
  • The opportunity to author an AICI Global article
  • Permanent listing on AICI Awards page
  • Press Release announcing award winners

AICI Award Nomination Protocol

After the nominations are received by the AICI Awards Committee, the materials are sent to the members of the Awards Committee. The Committee members review all nominations and determine the recipients. The introductions for the awards ceremony. The Awards Committee has the final decision and there is no discussion with any other AICI members.

Awards Committee:

  • Deborah King, AICI CIP, Chair
  • Lilian Bustamante, AICI CIP
  • Joanne Rae, AICI CIP
  • Gail Morgan, AICI CIP

Questions? email: Nominations Chair, Deborah King at

Nomination Procedure for IMMIE, Award of Excellence, and Rising Star

The Nominator submits the following documents to the Awards Committee Chair before February 10, 2019.

  1. Nomination Form
  2. Official Nomination Letter
  3. Four (4) Supporting Letters
  4. List of Accomplishments
  • The four (4) Supporting Letters of Nomination are written by a variety of Nominee’s professional associates, such as clients, chapter or industry members or individuals who have benefited from the Nominee’s extraordinary contribution, so as not be limited to trainees of the Nominee.
  • The official and supporting letters should specify the Nominee’s accomplishments and describe how they have earned this award.
  • The “List of Accomplishments” is a separate page listing the activities, projects, products, etc. with their related dates which qualify the Nominee as a recipient of the Award.

Submit all documentation electronically by uploading to the website form below.

Please note: Only those nomination packets containing all of the above listed required criteria will be eligible as candidates. All documents must be received before February 10, 2019. Failure to comply with all of above submissions will negate eligibility of nominee.

Official and Supporting Letters of Nomination

Official and supporting letters should specify the Nominee’s accomplishments and describe how they further AICI or the image industry. Examples to include:

  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to AICI or the image industry
  • Faithfulness in carrying out AICI or image industry responsibilities
  • Willingness to assume additional responsibilities and do whatever is necessary to further AICI or image industry goals
  • Ability to work well in a spirit of teamwork
  • Professional growth as a result of AICI or image industry participation

Example of an Official Letter of Nomination

I am pleased to nominate NOMINEE NAME for the AWARD for CATEGORY.

As VP Membership for the CHAPTER NAME for the last three years, I have had the pleasure of working closely with NOMINEE NAME. She has traveled to Toronto and presented informative and enjoyable workshops to the group each year since 2003. These educational events are always amongst the most highly rated by the attendees. Our members and guests (including novice as well as experienced consultants) travel from all over the province to participate in her workshops because they know that they will be able to immediately implement the valuable tips she provides to further the development of their careers.

NOMINEE NAME’s dedication to AICI at both the local and international level is apparent to all who were involved with the CIC examination this past January 16th in Toronto. As the supervisor for the development of the CIC and the current committee chair, she was instrumental in the successful execution of the exam.

NOMINEE NAME created and distributed an FLC study guide which was crucial to candidates’ preparation for the event. The exam process itself was proctored with the utmost academic integrity and professionalism which reflected well on our association.

As a frequent media guest, NOMINEE NAME’s expertise is sought after by radio and television producers as well as editors of national newspapers, magazines and e-zines. She has been interviewed by many of Canada’s top publications and talk shows. During these interviews NOMINEE NAME mentions AICI whenever possible. This has certainly contributed to the growth of the public image of the association.

NOMINEE NAME is the author of Managing Your Image Potential: Creating Good Impressions in Business and a contributing author to the New York Times best-selling book Masters of Networking: Building Relationships for Your Pocketbook and Soul. These literary achievements as well as her commitments to organizations such as the Ontario March of Dimes and Business Networking International demonstrates her ability to work independently as well as part of a team to help others and to raise the awareness of various causes.

NOMINEE NAME is a shining example of a well rounded image consultant who exemplifies credibility, innovation, and professional generosity. As a consultant who has been practicing for the last three years, I have often looked to NOMINEE NAME for advice, education, and encouragement. She is a mentor and friend to so many because she is one of the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic people in our profession. She is an esteemed AICI colleague and a true leader of the image industry.

Example of a Supporting Letter of Nomination

I am pleased to support the nomination of NOMINEE NAME for the AWARD for CATEGORYNOMINEE NAME has presented one workshop a year for the AICI CHAPTER NAME in the past few years. She has shown us how to build our businesses through referrals, guided us through the proposal writing process and coached us on how to wine, dine and act fine, among others. Her workshops are always well planned, well executed, extremely well received and fun. No matter what level you are with your business, you always learn something you can use.

NOMINEE NAME’s commitment to educating and mentoring image consultants doesn’t end with her workshops for the Chapter. She always has time to help new consultants, sharing her knowledge and experience freely, no matter how busy she is.

Her involvement with the FLC exam shows her continued commitment to education and support of the industry. I recently found out that she reviews the exams of those who failed to let them know where they need to upgrade their skills. This takes a lot of time and dedication.

NOMINEE NAME is truly committed to education at all levels—individual, industry and international.

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