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Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund

Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund


The mission of the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund (BDEF) is to support exhibition and event industry education and professional development by providing a challenging and engaging educational experience. The fund is designed for young professionals, professionals new to the exhibitions and events industry, those that are intellectually curious about trends and opportunities, and those that are interested in learning about the global marketplace.


The Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Task Force is committed to recognizing deserving individuals by providing funding for them to further their professional growth in the exhibitions and events industry. Funds may be awarded for the following programs and there is no stated limit to the amount that can be requested or granted.

Global exchange experiences: Funding to attend a program outside of their home country. The program must be related to the exhibition industry
Education sessions at industry events: Funding for speakers that are consistent with the mission of the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund.
CEM Learning Program: Candidates enrolled in the CEM program (must have a minimum of three years’ experience).
Supporting activities that are consistent with the mission of the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund.

There are two review periods each year. All applications, including required attachments, must be received:

  • Deadline: 1 July. Recipients will be notified by 14 August.
  • Deadline: 1 September. Recipients will be notified by 15 October.

Apply for the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund

Donate to the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund here.


Shannon Binger, CEM
Sr. Manager, Meeting Services
American Thoracic Society

“I am beyond grateful to be awarded funding from the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund. With this grant support, I am able to obtain my Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) designation which is an indispensable achievement for my career and work within the Industry. Thank you IAEE BDEF Task Force for selecting me to be a recipient!”


Dana Jasat
Manager, Exhibit Sales
International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)

“During these unprecedented times, where there is so much uncertainty, the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund has provided me with an opportunity to continue expanding my knowledge-which will allow me to be a more successful leader within my profession.”


Farirai Nandipa Muregi
Events Director
Farirai Nandipa Events

“When I came across the CEM Learning Program, I was ecstatic as I had been searching for the right program to further my career in events and this was the perfect fit. Receiving the Bob Dallmeyer Grant means I am now able to study with peace of mind knowing that my journey has been fast tracked. I will finally be part of an elite group of exhibitions & events professionals and hopefully make a meaningful contribution to the industry in Zimbabwe.”



Racquel Codling, CMP
Elizabeth George
Brittany Peck

Elena Estudillo
Tiffany Hale
Jaclyn Halu, CMP, CEM

Amy Drum, CMP, CAE, CEM
Melissa Peticolas

Anthony Caterina
Sai Chand, CEM
Christine Frye, CTA, CEM
Loressa Novy, CEM

Bob DallmeyerBob Dallmeyer
1938 – 2014


Bob Dallmeyer was President of RD International, a global exhibition management company, for 30 years. Throughout his 51-year career in the trade show industry, he organized some of the most prestigious trade exhibitions in the world and became a beloved mentor and icon.

Bob was a poet, teacher, speaker, world traveler, radio show host, published author, activist, mentor, and friend; a true inspiration to all who came in contact with him. The Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund was created as a memorial to Bob and to furthering opportunities for education and mentoring, without regard to geographical boundaries.


Peggy Johnston
Administrative Manager
International Association of Exhibitions and Events®
12700 Park Central Drive, Suite 308
Dallas, Texas 75251 USA
Tel: +1 (972) 687-9202

Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund