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CEM Spotlight on Hayley Savage, CEM

Hayley Savage, CEM shares how earning her CEM designation has enhanced her contributions to the exhibitions and events industry.

Hayley Savage, CEM is a highly skilled professional in the field of exhibition and event management, currently serving as the Conference and Events Manager for the Texas Restaurant Association. With a solid background in catering and events for a luxury hotel brand, Hayley brings extensive expertise and a wealth of experience to her role.

Hayley’s educational journey includes a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the renowned Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston. These academic achievements have provided her with a strong foundation in hospitality management, equipping her with in-depth knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of the industry.

In her current position as Conference and Events Manager, Hayley consistently demonstrates exceptional skill in planning and executing successful conferences, exhibitions, and various industry-related events. With meticulous attention to detail, strategic thinking, and superb organizational abilities, she ensures flawless event execution and delivers memorable experiences for attendees.

Hayley’s unwavering passion for the hospitality industry shines through in her work. She maintains a deep commitment to staying abreast of industry trends and best practices, allowing her to offer innovative and cutting-edge event solutions that exceed expectations. Her ability to cultivate strong relationships with vendors, stakeholders, and clients has been pivotal in fostering successful collaborations and driving positive outcomes.

Hayley recently completed the CEM Learning Program and shared with IAEE how she has benefitted from her IAEE Certification Journey.

How has the CEM designation helped in your career?

The CEM designation helped me expand my knowledge on the exhibition industry and bring fresh new ideas to my show.

Why is it important to maintain the CEM designation?

It is important to maintain the CEM designation to ensure I am keeping up with new trends and core information about the industry.

What made you want to obtain your CEM designation?

I wanted to obtain my CEM designation to learn more about the exhibition industry and bring more value to my company and show.

What advice would you give to an aspiring individual who wants to apply for the CEM program?

My advice to someone who is considering applying for their CEM is… DO IT! You will learn so much and make great industry connections. I enjoyed every second of it.

How did you start your career in this industry?

I started my career in the hotel and lodging side of the industry.

How have you made a difference with your show or with working with a client by applying the knowledge you gained by obtaining your CEM designation?

The biggest difference that I have made with my show this far is how I select and negotiate with my service contractors.

What was it that you did or implemented right after obtaining your CEM?

After each CEM course, I took back the information learned and put it to use. For example, after my budgeting and finance course I evaluated my show budget for next year and made improvements. I enjoyed putting the new knowledge to action and will continue to do so.

What did you like most about the CEM Learning Program?

What I liked most about the CEM Learning Program was getting to share experiences and ideas with fellow classmates and instructors during each course.

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