IAEE Awards


Each year, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) recognizes and awards professionals in the exhibitions and events industry for their contributions. Industry professionals can be nominated for any of the awards as long as they meet the criteria outlined by IAEE. These awards represent IAEE's highest honors and will be presented at Expo! Expo! IAEE's Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

The IAEE Awards Program is designed to recognize those professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the exhibitions and events industry. This is your chance to recognize an individual who has forged new ground within IAEE and/or the exhibitions and events industry. Nominate someone who has dedicated his/her career to the exhibition and event industry, has attained outstanding achievement and/or has contributed significantly to the profession.

Once nominations have been received, the IAEE Awards Committee and IAEE Board of Directors will make their final selections based on merit. The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2016 IAEE Awards is Friday, 10 June with the exceptions noted below.

Click on the links below to find complete information about the criteria and requirements for each award:

(NOTE: You must be an IAEE Member to submit a nomination for an IAEE Award.)


  • In order to be eligible for a standard award, both the nominator and nominee must be active IAEE members or currently employed by an IAEE member company in good standing.
  • Self-nomination is not permitted, except for the Outstanding Achievement in Innovation in Business Solutions Awards and Outstanding Achievement in Marketing & Sales Award.
  • The IAEE Board of Directors must approve all award recommendations of the Committee.
  • IAEE staff may not submit names into nomination.
  • Members of the Awards Committee may submit nominations but may not nominate an employee or employer for an award.
  • Awards Committee members are not eligible for awards during their active term on the task force.
  • Members of the IAEE Board of Directors are not eligible for awards during their active term on the board.
  • Nominees who do not win but meet all criteria will be carried forward for two years, except in the following award categories: Outstanding Achievement in Innovation in Business Solutions, Outstanding Achievement in Marketing & Sales, Young Professional of the Year and Rookie of the Year. 
  • Nominations submitted without supporting documentation will not be eligible for consideration.


The Awards Committee is comprised of a number of exhibitions and events industry professionals who may or may not be familiar with the candidate you are recommending. To assist committee members make the best selection, please consider the following key questions and include as much material as possible about your nominee:

  • Why is this person particularly noteworthy?
  • What challenges had to be overcome? (Provide enough detail for the committee to ascertain if there was "above and beyond" behavior exhibited).
  • If possible, provide metrics that quantify results and help provide perspective.
  • Provide insights on how the candidate contributed to the improvement of our industry beyond simply doing their own job well.


  • Review all of the awards criteria and eligibility requirements.
  • Decide for which award you would like to nominate someone, making sure all criteria for that award is met.
  • Fill out the online nomination form.
  • Provide all necessary background information citing why you think this candidate deserves the award(s) as specified by the award criteria.
  • Click here to go to the IAEE Member Dashboard to fill out the online nomination form and attach all supporting material.
  • QUESTIONS? Click here to e-mail Mary Tucker or call +1 (972) 687-9226.

Click here to learn more about the 2015 IAEE Award Winners.