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IAEE Membership Information

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Industry Membership

An organization, other than Event Facility Member, engaged in the exhibition and events industry (hereinafter referred to as “industry”), and is located or does business primarily in North America. Dues are based on annual exhibition and events revenues derived from the industry. This classification receives one vote per member organization.

“Annual exhibition and event revenue” is defined as income received from your exhibition(s) and events(s), or if a supplier, revenue related to the industry, for the last completed fiscal year.

Show and Event Organizers: For those shows or buyer-seller events owned by an organization, include exhibition and events revenue related to each show/event owned. If shows are only fee managed, include only exhibition and events revenue that is recognized by the organization (i.e. management fees, etc.).

Suppliers: Include related revenue from sales, rentals, leases, etc., as well as service revenue (manpower).

CVB’s: Use annual operating budget in support of exhibition and events industry as basis for the dues calculation.

Benefits

  • Organizers – Association, Corporate, Independent and Public Event:
    • IAEE provides an opportunity to learn how to provide a more experiential trade show to your attendees through professional development and CEIR research
    • IAEE brings you tips and trends on the challenges of attendee acquisition
    • IAEE offers the latest technology trends in the exhibitions and events industry
    • IAEE offers an opportunity to become certified in the exhibitions and events industry through the Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation
    • IAEE connects you with a community of industry professionals to share best practices 365 days a year through MemberLink
    • IAEE Provides access to CEIR data and reports that supports the value of participating in face-to-face exhibitions and events
  • MATSO – IAEE membership brings Major American Trade Show Organizers (exhibitions with a minimum of 200,000 Net Square Feet):
    • Access to the influence and relationships that result from the coming together of leaders in the industry
    • Access to professional growth through high-level meeting participation (meetings are closed to members only, no vendors)
    • Access to the distinction that comes from being part of an exclusive group of like-minded professionals
    • Access to critical knowledge not available from other sources
    • Access to timely information that keeps you ahead of current trends
    • Access to breaking news on first-tier cities and other major show issues
    • Access to vanguard solutions for pressing industry challenges

Click here for more information about Major American Trade Show Organizers.

  • Supplier Partners:
    • IAEE helps facilitate face-to-face business opportunities at both the international and chapter level
    • IAEE brings tips and trends on the challenges your clients may be facing
    • IAEE connects you with a community of industry professionals to share best practices 365 days a year through MemberLink
    • IAEE presents professional development both face-to-face and virtually
    • IAEE offers a Certified in Exhibitions Management (CEM) designation
    • IAEE provides access to CEIR data and reports that supports the value of participating in face-to-face exhibitions and events
Industry Membership
Annual Revenues Annual Dues
$0 to $500,000 $559
$500,001 to $2,000,000 $1,039
$2,000,001 to $5,000,000 $1,549
$5,000,001 to $10,000,000 $2,469
$10,000,001 to $18,000,000 $3,749
$18,000,001 to $30,000,000 $5,769
$30,000,001 $60,000,000 $9,619
$60,000,001 to $100,000,000 $14,829
$100,000,001 to $200,000,000 $22,899
$200,000,000+ $45,349

Event Facility Membership

An organization, such as a convention, conference, exposition center or hotel, which provides space for conducting exhibitions and buyer-seller events in North America. Dues are based on gross square footage of exhibition, conference and meeting space. This classification receives one vote per member organization.

“Gross square footage” is defined as the total square footage available for use in meetings, buyer-seller events and exhibitions.

Any organization that may be classified under either of the categories may use either method of dues calculations.

Benefits

  • IAEE helps facilitate face-to-face business opportunities at both the international and chapter level
  • IAEE brings tips and trends on the challenges your clients may be facing
  • IAEE connects you with a community of industry professionals to share best practices 365 days a year through MemberLink
  • IAEE presents professional development both face-to-face and virtually
  • IAEE offers a Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation
  • IAEE provides access to CEIR data and reports that supports the value of participating in face-to-face exhibitions and events
Event Facility Membership
Gross Square Footage Annual Dues
0 to 199,999 $559
200,000 to 399,999 $1,039
400,000 to 699,999 $1,549
700,000 to 899,999 $2,469
900,000 to 1,499,999 $3,749
1,500,000+ $5,769

Outside North America Membership

An organization that meets the qualifications for Industry Member or Event Facility Member, except its established place of business is outside North America. Dues are based on a flat fee. This classification receives one vote per member organization.

Benefits

  • IAEE helps facilitate face-to-face business opportunities at both the international and chapter level
  • IAEE brings tips and trends on the challenges your clients may be facing
  • IAEE connects you with a community of industry professionals to share best practices 365 days a year through MemberLink
  • IAEE presents professional development both face-to-face and virtually
  • IAEE offers a Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation
  • IAEE provides access to CEIR data and reports that supports the value of participating in face-to-face exhibitions and events
Outside North America Membership
Annual Dues
Flat Fee $559

Educational Institution Membership

An educational institution membership includes both faculty and students of the institution. All designated individuals employed as faculty in post-secondary academic programs, whose main employment, remuneration, direction and efforts must be in a recognized academic institution, and they must be considered an employee with their institution. Also included in this membership are all students engaged full-time in a program at the college or university recorded as an IAEE Educational Institution Member. This classification is non-voting.

Benefits

  • IAEE helps facilitate face-to-face business opportunities at both the international and chapter level
  • IAEE brings tips and trends on the challenges industry professionals face
  • IAEE connects you with a community of industry professionals to share best practices 365 days a year through MemberLink
  • IAEE presents professional development both face-to-face and virtually
  • IAEE offers a Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation
  • IAEE provides access to CEIR data and reports that supports the value of participating in face-to-face exhibitions and events
Educational Institution Membership
Annual Dues
Flat Fee $559

Additional Benefits

For Faculty:

  • Access to content and teaching tools within the Faculty Resource Center including IAEE’s BlackBoard platform
    • One comprehensive outline and 5 modules of instruction
    • Outline supports 18 to 54 hours of instruction
    • Lesson plans, learner outcomes, activities, test/quiz, presentation slides and other resources including videos
  • Connections with fellow professors throughout the U.S. and around the world
  • Opportunity to receive a desk copy of the Art of the Show textbook, sent upon request
  • Review of academic papers dealing with innovation in the meetings, exhibition, events and convention industry
  • Receive tips and trends on the challenges of exhibitions and events to share with your students

For Students:

  • IAEE connects seasoned professionals with students and young professionals in the industry though its Mentor Program
  • IAEE provides students with a quarterly young professional newsletter that provides tools to land that first job after graduation, and resources to network with industry professionals
  • IAEE connects you with fellow students throughout the U.S. and around the world
  • IAEE provides students with career resources through the use of IAEE’s Career Center and ExhibitionIndustryJobs.com

Corporate Event or Exhibit Marketer Membership

An individual or organization that uses or creates experiential events to market programs, products and/or services to both business-to business and business-to-consumer organizations. Organizations producing their own event(s), will take precedence over event or exhibit marketer, and they would fall under the Industry Member Category. This classification receives one vote per member organization.

Benefits

  • IAEE provide organizations with face-to-face business opportunities at both the international and chapter level
  • IAEE helps members understand tips and trends on the challenges your clients may be facing
  • IAEE connects you with a community of both show organizers and suppliers to come together to share best practices 365 days a year through MemberLink
  • IAEE provides professional develop both face-to-face and virtually
  • IAEE offers a Certified in Exhibitions Management (CEM) designation
  • IAEE provides access to CEIR data and reports that supports the value of participating in face-to-face exhibitions and events
Corporate Event or Exhibit Marketer Membership
Annual Dues
Flat Fee $559

Faculty Membership

A Faculty Membership is a member who is teaching or directing a program at a college or university approved by the IAEE Board of Directors. Faculty Membership is for individuals employed as faculty in post-secondary academic programs, whose main employment, remuneration, direction and efforts must be in a recognized academic institution, and they must be considered an employee with their institution.

Benefits

  • Access to content and teaching tools within the Faculty Resource Center including IAEE’s BlackBoard platform
    • One comprehensive outline and 5 modules of instruction
    • Outline supports 18 to 54 hours of instruction
    • Lesson plans, learner outcomes, activities, test/quiz, presentation slides and other resources including videos
  • Access to CEIR data and reports that supports the value of participating in face-to-face exhibitions and events
  • Connections with fellow professors throughout the U.S. and around the world
  • Opportunity to receive a desk copy of the Art of the Show textbook, sent upon request
  • Review of academic papers dealing with innovation in the meetings, exhibition, events and convention industry
  • Receive tips and trends on the challenges of exhibitions and events to share with your students
Faculty Membership
Annual Dues
Flat Fee $160

Student Membership

A Student Membership is for an individual who is engaged full-time in a program at a college or university approved by the IAEE Board of Directors. Student members shall not be entitled to vote, hold office or be a Director in the Corporation.

Benefits

  • IAEE provides the opportunity to develop networking skills through attending chapter events, international events and becoming active within MemberLink
  • IAEE offers access to CEIR data for writing papers and conducting research
  • IAEE connects seasoned professionals with students and young professionals in the industry though its Mentor Program
  • IAEE provides students with a quarterly young professional newsletter that provides tools to land that first job after graduation, and resources to network with industry professionals
  • IAEE connects you with fellow students throughout the U.S. and around the world
  • IAEE provides students with career resources through the use of IAEE’s Career Center and ExhibitionIndustryJobs.com
Student Membership
Annual Dues
Flat Fee $35

Retired Membership

A Retired Membership is an individual who has been a member of IAEE, or a designated representative of a Voting Member of IAEE, for ten (10) or more years, and who is retired and no longer employed in the exhibition and events industry. For the purpose of this definition, “employed” shall mean substantial remuneration for any labor. Retired members shall not be entitled to vote, hold office or be a Director in the Corporation.

Benefits

  • IAEE helps facilitate face-to-face business opportunities at both the international and chapter level
  • IAEE brings tips and trends on the challenges your clients may be facing
  • IAEE connects you with a community of industry professionals to share best practices 365 days a year through MemberLink
  • IAEE presents professional development both face-to-face and virtually
  • IAEE offers a Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation
  • IAEE provides access to CEIR data and reports that supports the value of participating in face-to-face exhibitions and events
Retired Membership
Annual Dues
Flat Fee $60

Auxiliary Membership

An Auxiliary Membership is for an individual who has been a member of IAEE but is no longer employed in the exhibitions and events industry and would like to remain involved in the organization. Auxiliary members shall not be entitled to vote, hold office or be a Director in the Corporation. Individuals must be preapproved and reapply annually to maintain this membership. Please contact our membership department for further details at membership@iaee.com.

Benefits

  • IAEE helps facilitate face-to-face business opportunities at both the international and chapter level
  • IAEE brings tips and trends on the challenges your clients may be facing
  • IAEE connects you with a community of industry professionals to share best practices 365 days a year through MemberLink
  • IAEE presents professional development both face-to-face and virtually
  • IAEE offers a Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation
  • IAEE provides access to CEIR data and reports that supports the value of participating in face-to-face exhibitions and events
Auxiliary Membership
Annual Dues
Flat Fee $99