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IAEE Announces 20 Under 30 Honorees to Be Recognized at Expo! Expo! 2018

October 23, 2018

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) has selected this year’s honorees of its 20 Under 30 recognition program, brought to you by Synchronicities, which affords young professional exhibitions and events organizer members the opportunity to experience Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition to be held 11-13 December 2018 in New Orleans, La.

IAEE believes that by recognizing and elevating these young leaders, the evolution and distinction of the exhibitions and events industry will be fostered around the globe. In addition to receiving a complimentary full registration to Expo! Expo! and lodging for three nights, honorees will be recognized throughout the annual meeting and formally at the IAEE Annual Networking Luncheon and Awards Presentation on Thursday, 13 December 2018.

“IAEE is fortunate to boast an impressive group of young professionals who strive to learn as much as they can about our industry and are eager to contribute to the future of exhibitions and events,” said IAEE EVP & COO Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE. “We are honored to support their efforts by giving them the ability to attend Expo! Expo! and continue expanding their knowledge and network at this one-of-a-kind meeting.”

The 20 Under 30 program provides selected honorees with not only industry and leadership education for professional growth in the exhibitions and events industry, but also lifelong connections with fellow honorees and attendees.

The following individuals were selected as this year’s 20 Under 30 honorees:

Colleen Bransford
Program Coordinator
Southern Gas Association

Chris Briare
IT Administrator

Nataki Hemmings, CMP
Event Coordinator

Shameka Jennings, MTA, CMP, DES
Director of Education and Events
National WIC Association

Bryan Jones, CEM
Corporate Development Manager

Cory Karalekas
Operations Manager
Natural Products Expo West, Natural Products Expo East, NBJ Summit (Informa Exhibitions)

Kate Kisner
Marketing Manager
The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo; Dwell on Design (Informa Exhibitions)

Laura Miller
Senior Manager Partner Solutions & Key Accounts
ASIS International

Rachelle Muckle, CEM
Manager, Exhibitor Experience
National Association of Broadcasters

Emily Nelson
Registration Coordinator
Diversified Communications

Katie Owings
Operations Manager
Sponsorship Boost

Kim Palastro
Marketing Coordinator

Kathryn Pearson
Senior Coordinator, Meetings & Exhibits
NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Dana Ronan McClay, CEM
Operations Manager
Access Intelligence, LLC

Lassandra Smith
Operations Manager
Messe Frankfurt, Inc.

Patricia Studebaker
Marketing Manager, Attendee
International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo; International Roofing Expo (Informa Exhibitions)

Madelynn Thompson
Operations Coordinator

Jessica Uecker
Event Producer
PMI Entertainment Group

Fred Vieira
Event Manager, Latin America
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

Heather Webb
Marketing & Communications Manager
Restaurant Facility Management Association

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About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: 4imprint, Buttine Exhibition Insurance, Convention News Television (CNTV), Freeman, New Orleans & Company, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Personify – A2Z Events, Swapcard and Synchronicities (Visit Anaheim, Visit Baltimore and Visit San Antonio). Visit for more information.

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