Events industry veteran Graham Frazer passed away last night (7 January) after a battle against cancer.
Frazer had been vice-president of Maritz, where he spent 14 years, and deputy chairman at Grass Roots (which bought Maritz), where he worked for 17 years.
From January 2010 to August 2013 he was director of travel and logistics at the Imagination agency, before retiring from full-time work.
In 2010 he was awarded an IVCA Fellowship Award.
Close friend David Hackett, chairman of Grass Roots, told CN: “With his history as an industry founder, establishing the Travel Awards; then selling to Maritz; and subsequently becoming part of Grass Roots following the take over, he has always been at the forefront of our industry.”
Hackett added that It was “very sad to lose another big character so soon after the death of Peter Franks”.
Des McLaughlin, until recently head of Grass Roots’ Meetings & Events division, added: “Graham was hugely liked and respected and is a real loss to the industry. He was a pioneer in staging really large global auto events in the 1990s. The bigger and more complex the event the more Graham liked it. If he didn’t know the right location for the event, he got on a plane until he found it! Our industry has lost a real gentleman and character and he will be greatly missed by many.”