2022 Committees

Interested in joining an IRF Committee? Read about our Committees below fill out the form below to express your interest in joining.

IRF Research Committee – The committee focuses on the core element that drives the IRF, research. The committee takes a multi-faceted approach to reviewing the main pillars of incentives by taking an in-depth review of various sources such as travel data, consumer trends, incentive metrics, survey results, and market analysis. The Research Committee provides impactful insights into topics and trends vital to all aspects of the non-cash incentive industry. The committee meets monthly and members are assigned to subcommittees that match their strengths or areas of interest. The Chief Academic Officer or Chief Research Officer leads each committee and subcommittee to ensure proper guidance and optimal results. This committee is for all those interested in helping shape the industry trends of tomorrow.

IRF Content and Communications Committee – The IRF Content and Communications Committee works to increase the Foundation’s presence and awareness within the non-cash incentives industry as well as broaden the reach of IRF research and education to industry veterans, corporate users, and emerging users. The committee supports education opportunities, digital communications, webinars, and more, working to ensure IRF content is delivered in relevant, easy-to-consume forms. The committee meets monthly and forms sub-committees to work on individual communications initiatives including social media, website updates and improvements, promotion of upcoming events and educational opportunities, and more, interacting with other committees to promote their initiatives.

IRF Events Committee – The IRF Events Committee provides strategic direction in the development of IRF education events including The Annual Education Invitational and the Leadership Insights Forum to enhance the attendee experience, showcase the latest industry trends and IRF research, and drive event success. The Events Committee will drive the development of new event types as needed/identified. The committee meets monthly and works closely with the Incentive Research Foundation staff to ensure the successful development and execution of all in-person events.

IRF Sponsor Development Committee – The IRF Sponsor Development Committee works to develop and facilitate opportunities for industry partners to provide funding and resources across IRF events, communication channels such as the website and podcasts, and research to support the IRF’s mission. The committee meets monthly to discuss the current and future sponsorship opportunities. Sub-committees may be formed to review and vet newly formed ideas prior to launch.

Executive Jim Kelley Mark Alt
Research Richelle Suver Min Choi
Volunteer Management Chris Johnson Kelsey Nicol
Events Cosimo Bruzzese Sarah Haines
Content and Communications Stephen Cook Morgan Crain
Sponsor Development Committee Patricia Kerr Karen Devine 


What is the committee appointment process?
Starting in January of 2023, the IRF is implementing a one-year commitment for all-volunteer committee members. Committee Chairs will meet with the volunteer management leads (formerly the Nominations Committee) to evaluate the needs for the upcoming year as we work to achieve Vision 2025. Chairs will determine the appropriate committee size to ensure everyone has a voice and opportunities to be engaged in sub-committees as appropriate.  Based on what is needed for the achievement of Vision 2025, the committee size and make-up will be determined.

Volunteers will be asked to commit to a one-year term for the committee. Some volunteers may be asked to re-commit, particularly for projects in progress. New committee members may be added from the pool of volunteer forms completed throughout the year.

How does someone express interest in volunteering for a particular committee or committees?
A Committee Interest Form will be available year-round on the IRF website. Anyone interested in volunteering for the upcoming year is encouraged to complete this simple form. Committee chairs will then look to this pool to fill their committees on an annual basis.

Can volunteers serve on more than one committee?
Volunteers will be appointed to committees in a manner that has them serving on one committee per term.   This will allow them to be fully engaged in the committee they are appointed to while also allowing for more individuals to volunteer and be a part of the IRF. 

 How can I engage in IRF without being on a committee?
We appreciate all support within the industry, and there are many additional ways to stay involved with IRF, whether you are on or off a committee.  Some of these examples involve sharing, liking and commenting on IRF content on social media, participating in IRF research studies, distributing IRF reports with clients and partners where appropriate or attending any of the multiple events offered throughout the year. 

Committee Interest Form