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António Manuel Brito, CEM Emeritus, CMP, began his activity in the trade show industry almost 30 years ago and has directed and organized more than 100 trade shows throughout his career as well as several international conferences worldwide.
He is a former Board Director of IAEE – International Association of Exhibitions and Events, MPI – Meetings Professionals International, and AFIDA – International Association for Exhibitions in Latin America. António also has a long experience as speaker and participant in several conferences and seminars in many countries including Portugal, Spain, Brazil, USA, UK, Bolivia, Mexico, South Korea, China and India. He is often invited to execute strategic consulting in some of the larger trade fairs and destinations worldwide, as well as to perform certified audits according to UFI standards.
Through MPI he was a member of the EMEA – European & Middle East Advisory Committee, and of the Spanish Commission Training – AFE, in Spain, as well was Director of APFC (Portuguese Association of Trade Shows). Through IAEE he was member of the Board of Directors and also was member of the Board of AFIDA Latin America Trade Shows Association, where his work was intended to help the development of exhibitions industry over the world, as well as develop quality training in this sector.
In 2010 he was invited to represent IAEE in Brazil and to develop at medium term, the CEM for Brazilian professionals, a position he has assumed with an outstanding success over the years.
His professional qualifications have been recognized by the University of Madrid and he has the title of “Professional Expert in Trade Show marketing” as well as CEM – Certified in Exhibition Management, CMP – Certified in Meeting Planner and the certification in ROI Methodology.
Recognized internationally, António currently develops activities as International Consultant specialized in trade shows to several multinational companies engaged in the trade show organization like Informa Group, Reed Exhibitions, AMR Consulting, MBB Consulting, Artexis, Easy Fairs and SMG. He is currently the only European trainer since 2006 accredited by IAEE as CEM faculty and has taught several courses of this program contributing to CEM certification of several professionals around the world.
In 2010, António received the IAEE Chairman’s Award at a ceremony held during the Expo! Expo! in New Orleans, USA, before the entire industry sector. The IAEE Chairman’s Award is the highest award given as international recognition for his work towards the development of trade shows industry and events worldwide. He was also nominated for Person of the Year in the Industry by the prestigious Spanish magazine “Expone”. In 2019, António was recognized as VIP “Honorary Speaker” during the 15th Anniversary of CEFCO, China Expo Forum for International Cooperation.