The cancellation of eroFame 2021 also meant that the decision had to be made to skip this year’s EAN Awards. But in the case of Jackie White, Executive Vice President of CalExotics, there was an urgent need to act, as she is taking her well-deserved retirement at the end of 2021 – after almost 30 years in the industry – so there would have been no opportunity in 2022 to award her personally for her long and successful career in the industry. So the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ was sent across the pond and received at CalExotics’ headquarters. There, Jackie was presented with a ‘Surprise Award Ceremony’ by her colleagues and the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ was handed over to her. “I wanted to thank EAN for awarding me this very prestigious award — I was totally shocked!!! Speechless really…..to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award from EAN is a highlight in my 29 year career in this industry. I can’t thank you enough for making this happen before I retire, I know that was not easy and I appreciate what it took to accomplish. EAN has set a standard in the industry and for that I thank you!“ Jackie White says. “I will miss eroFame, and please know I wish you all the very best, much success and most of all health and happiness. Thank you again for this very prestigious award I am truly honored!“ Matthias Johnson, EAN Editor-in-Chief, had the following to say about the successful surprise: “Of course, we would have loved to present Jackie with her award in person at eroFame, but when the decision was made that the event would have to be cancelled due to the Corona pandemic, we knew we had to find another way to pay proper tribute to Jackie’s life’s work. Jackie has shaped our industry for nearly 30 years and from day one, she has been an extremely important part of the CalExotics success story. She is an icon of our industry! We are very glad that we were able to surprise Jackie together with her colleagues. We wish her all the best in her retirement and future!”
The current issue of EAN (December) features an article about Jackie White’s career, as well as reactions from her colleagues and clients on her retirement from the industry.