Industry royalty from both sides of the Atlantic turned out in droves to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Serviced Workspace Industry at the recent BC@50 milestone event. This event coincided with, and was held as the theme of the 11th Annual WANY – Workspace Association of New York — Educational Conference in New York, magnificently hosted by Silver Suites at the World Trade Center.
Among the many deserved industry luminaries that were honored for their lifetime achievements in the industry at BC@50 were Pinnacle Award winners Martin Senn, CEO of Davinci Virtual Office Solutions; Jennifer Brooke, Executive Director of the UK’s BCA (Business Center Association); and Frank, Gail and Troy Fabish as the First Family of the U.S. Serviced Workspace Industry for its first half-century.
Also receiving special recognition for their exceptional contributions to the success of the Serviced Workspace Industry at BC@50 were Beacon Award winners Ed Bungert, Isabel Garcia and Wendy Spreenberg; plus Vanguard Award winners WUN Systems and Search Office Space. Rounding out honors was WANY Conference Chair Angela Olivo who was bestowed the ‘Terry Coiro Memorial Spirit Award’ by Emerge212 … and as a special surprise and treat, Paul Fegen (the originator of the Fegen Suites which was the forerunner of today’s Serviced Workspace models) magically appeared in-person and addressed the event’s thrilled attendee’s, both with his pioneering experiences and insights, plus dazzling them with his magician skills.
Congratulations to the Serviced Workspace industry and all those honored at BC@50, which has enjoyed an incredibly successful first half-century of existence as the seminal Collaborative Consumption/Sharing Economy industry model (decades before Craigslist, Uber, Zipcar, AirBNB, etc.) as a prime example of a disruptive innovation 50 years ago…with the best yet to come the next 50 years!