Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund


The mission of the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund (BDEF) is to support International Exhibition and Event industry education and professional development. The fund is designed for event professionals worldwide, including young professionals, professionals new to the exhibition and event industry and those that are interested in in learning about the global marketplace.

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Education Grant

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

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:

  • Applications are closed. Recipients will be notified by 14 August.
  • Deadline: 2 September. Recipients will be notified by 15 October.

2023 Grant Recipients


Christen Tye, CEM

Education Manager, World of Concrete, Informa Markets
– Grant awarded to attend a future IAEE CEM-AP course


Projeni Pather, CEM-AP

Managing Director, Exposure Marketing
– Grant awarded to attend a future IAEE CEM-AP course

Past Grant Recipients

Lisa Fricke

Shannon Binger, CEM
Hillary Harvey
Dana Jasat, CEM
Jordan Lawson
Farirai Nandipa Muregi
Danielle Tempesta

Racquel Codling, CMP
Elizabeth George
Brittany Peck

Elena Estudillo
Tiffany Hale
Jaclyn Halu, CMP, CEM

Amy Drum, CMP, CAE, CEM
Melissa Peticolas

Bob Dallmeyer

Bob Dallmeyer
1938 – 2014

In Honor of Bob Dallmeyer

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.


Beverly Benbow, M.Sc.
Director: Governance, Board and Committee Administration