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58 SMT007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2021 ensure high-touch items are cleaned and sani- tized multiple times a day through the duration of IPC APEX EXPO 2022. Additionally, the San Diego Convention Center became one of the first convention cen- ters in the United States to achieve the presti- gious GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation. Un- der the guidance of the Global Biorisk Advi- sory Council (GBAC), the convention center is implementing a program of stringent proto- cols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention. Centerplate, the food and beverage provid- er for the San Diego Convention Center, was the first North American venue to achieve the Rise SAFE hygiene verification label for food and beverage services. To earn the label, Cen- terplate passed a site audit and protocol re- view covering 36 checkpoints in four core ar- eas: process, people/training, facilities, and hygiene/cleaning. Centerplate demonstrated 100% compliance across all areas. For the most current information regarding COVID-19 protocols for IPC APEX EXPO, visit COVID-19 | IPC APEX EXPO 2022. SMT007 Alicia Balonek is the senior director of trade shows and events at IPC. Alicia Balonek The IPC APEX EXPO event of 2021 was an entirely virtual event. The following awards were presented during the show. Let's hear it for these men and women who continue to give back to the industry! For more information about these award winners, visit the I-Connect007 2021 edition of Show & Tell Magazine. • The IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award: Karen McConnell, Northrop Grumman • Best Technical Paper: Sarah Czaplewski, IBM • Rising Star Award: – Radu Diaconescu, – Vlad Koncar, ENDSAIT, University of Lille • Dieter Bergman IPC Fellowship Award: – Michael Ford, Aegis Software – Jan Pedersen, Elmatica – Hans-Peter Tranitz, Continental Automotive GmbH IPC APEX EXPO 2021 Award Winners

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