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Take My Advice – Attend Expo! Expo!

As I write this I’m 29 years old.  I’ve been working in the world of meetings and trade shows since GES hired me right out of college. In 7 years and three positions, I’ve managed to carve out an actual “grown up” career where people seek my advice, and (most of the time) trust in what I tell them.

I’m lucky enough to work for the number one meetings destination in the galaxy. The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority  (LVCVA) endlessly supports my personal and professional growth and provides limitless opportunities to get involved and help others get engaged in this industry. To say I’m happy is an understatement.  What really jump started my career at the LVCVA was my involvement in IAEE’s 20 Under 30 program in 2014, when my current organization invited me to a focus group as a (then) client.

Learn more about the 20 Under 30 program then submit your nomination!

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Selected honorees will receive one full, complimentary registration to Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Anaheim, CA 6-8 December 2016, and lodging for three nights (over $1,400.00 value).
Deadline to submit is Friday, 7 October.

To put it bluntly, IAEE is to thank for most of the advancement I’ve made as a young professional in a “grown-up” industry.  It has led to countless work-turned-real life friendships and life lessons that I’m lucky to lean on every day. Expo! Expo! is the focal point of it all.

Go for the education.

Go for the networking.

Go so you can see the Mount Rushmore of industry heavyweights partying at a hotel bar.

Just go.

It’s an incredible investment in your career and you’ll see dividends immediately.


Use the Justification Toolkit to get your manager’s approval to attend!

justification-toolkitI currently chair the Young Professionals committee for IAEE and want everyone to be involved and see the benefits as I do.  While these kind of events can often be intimidating for young professionals, once you arrive, you’ll instantly regret not coming sooner. The warm welcome you’ll receive is one of the most rewarding feelings you’ll have. If you have questions or trepidation about attending Expo! Expo! or even chapter events PLEASE don’t hesitate to call or email me. Hoping you see you in Anaheim!


Alex Land, CEM
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
2016 Chairperson
IAEE Young Professional Committee


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