Howard Feiertag, an instructor of hospitality and tourism management in the Pamplin College of Business, has been recognized as one of the top 30 professionals in the global meetings and events industry.

Feiertag will be honored, along with other recipients of the Top 30 CMP Influencers Awards, at a reception later this month in Reno, Nevada. The awards are sponsored by the Convention Industry Council, which administers the Certified Meeting Professional program and is marking the program’s 30th anniversary.

More than 75 individuals were nominated by their peers for the award. According to the council, the recipients were selected by a committee, based on the number of votes in a Facebook poll, personal influence on peers, and community/leadership presence.

A Virginia Tech faculty member since 1989, Feiertag teaches hospitality sales as well as meetings and convention management.

He was a senior vice president at Servico, a hotel management company based in West Palm Beach, Florida, before joining the university.

His 30 years in the hospitality industry include serving as the first convention bureau manager in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Orlando, Florida. His many professional honors include induction to the Convention Industry Council Hall of Fame and the Lifetime Achievement award from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International.

Feiertag, who was among the first to receive the CMP designation in 1985, earned a bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University.