Stephenson founded Rave in 1999 and led the company to become the largest chain with an all-digital projection system in 2007. He later formed Rave Cinemas in 2009, which stands as the fifth-largest domestic circuit with 61 theaters and 918 screens.
“Throughout his career, Tom has achieved enormous success by being an early adopter of 3D technology and alternative content,” said ShowEast managing director Robert Sunshine.
Past recipients of the kudo include Stewart Harnell, Chuck Viane, Jeff Blake and Bruce Snyder. Kudo will be handed out during the closing night ceremony held at the Orlando World Center Marriott.