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IAEE Awards

Each year, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) recognizes and awards professionals in the exhibitions and events industry for their contributions. Industry professionals can be nominated for any of the awards as long as they meet the criteria outlined by IAEE. These awards represent IAEE’s highest honors and will be presented at Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

The IAEE Awards Program is designed to recognize those professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the exhibitions and events industry. This is your chance to recognize an individual who has forged new ground within IAEE and/or the exhibitions and events industry. Nominate someone who has dedicated his/her career to the exhibition and event industry, has attained outstanding achievement and/or has contributed significantly to the profession.

Once nominations have been received, the IAEE Awards Committee and IAEE Board of Directors will make their final selections based on merit.

The 2022 IAEE Award Winners were recognized at the awards ceremony during
Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition held in Louisville, KY USA.

(Featured here with 2022 Awards Committee Chairperson Daniel McKinnon, CEM [far left] and IAEE President & CEO David DuBois, CMP-F, CAE, FASAE, CTA [far right].)



  • In order to be eligible for an IAEE award, both the nominator and nominee must be active IAEE members or currently employed by an IAEE member company in good standing.
  • Self-nomination is not permitted, except for the Innovative Business Solutions Award and Outstanding Marketing & Sales Award categories.
  • The IAEE Board of Directors must approve all award recommendations of the Committee.
  • Awards Committee members are not eligible for awards during their active term on the task force.
  • Members of the IAEE Board of Directors are not eligible for awards during their active term on the board.
  • Nominations submitted without supporting documentation will not be eligible for consideration.


Click here to log in to the IAEE Member Dashboard and submit your nominations.


*EXCEPTION: The deadline to submit nominations for the International Excellence Award is 31 March 2023.

Important Note to Nominators

The IAEE Awards Committee is comprised of a number of exhibitions and events industry professionals who may or may not be familiar with the candidate you are recommending. To assist committee members make the best selection, please consider the following key questions and include as much material as possible about your nominee:

  • Why is this person particularly noteworthy?
  • What challenges had to be overcome? (Provide enough detail for the committee to ascertain if there was “above and beyond” behavior exhibited).
  • If possible, provide metrics that quantify results and help provide perspective.
  • Provide insights on how the candidate contributed to the improvement of our industry beyond simply doing their own job well.

How to Submit a Nomination

  • Review all of the awards criteria and eligibility requirements.
  • Decide for which award you would like to nominate someone, making sure all criteria for that award is met.
  • Log in to the IAEE Member Dashboard and go to “Award Management” to select “Award Submission” and fill out the online nomination form.
  • Provide all necessary background information citing why you think this candidate deserves the award(s) as specified by the award criteria.
  • QUESTIONS? Click here to e-mail Mary Tucker or call +1 (972) 687-9226.