IAEE Announces 2019 Legend of the Industry

June 24, 2019

Gary Shapiro to be Honored During the Krakoff Leadership Institute

Today, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) announces the selection of Gary Shapiro as its 2019 Legend of the Industry. He will be honored during this year’s Krakoff Leadership Institute (KLI) to be held 5-6 August 2019 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla.

The KLI Legend of the Industry is selected from IAEE members whose contributions, innovation and leadership have been truly unique and remarkable. An informal setting then allows each KLI participant face-to-face interaction with this industry leader.

Shapiro is President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies, which owns and produces CES®  – The Global Stage for Innovation. He directs a staff of about 200 employees and thousands of industry volunteers, leading his organization’s promotion of innovation as a national policy to spur the economy, create jobs and cut the deficit. CTA advocates for a lower deficit, skilled immigration, free trade and policies that support innovative new business models. CTA does not seek government funding for the industry.

Shapiro is a New York Times bestselling author, whose books include Ninja Future: Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation (HarperCollins, 2019), Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses (HarperCollins, 2013) and The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream (Beaufort, 2011). Through these books and television appearances, and as a columnist whose more than 1,000 opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy. He is considered an “influencer” on LinkedIn and has more than 300,000 followers.

“It is an honor to be selected as the 2019 IAEE Legend of the Industry,” Shapiro said. “Exhibitions and the tech industry are all about innovation, change and pushing the envelope. Thanks to the many relationships we’ve developed through IAEE, we’ve been able to learn and apply what we learned to ensure CES remains the global stage for innovation and an excellent experience for all who attend.”

The IAEE Krakoff Leadership Institute brings together individuals interested in learning more about themselves so they can get involved and become effective strategists, contributors, facilitators and innovators. This highly interactive curriculum integrates theory and practice to ensure institute participants leave capable of both thinking better and doing better.

IAEE extends a special thank you to its 2019 KLI partners:

Title Partner
Synchronicities – a three-city partnership between Anaheim, Baltimore and San Antonio

Host and Hotel Partner
Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Host and Leadership Dinner Partner
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Registration Partner
Streampoint Solutions

Registration for the Krakoff Leadership Institute closes this Friday, 28 June 2019. Click here to register today! This program is open to IAEE members only.

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; a2z, Inc.; BearCom; Buttine Exhibition Insurance; Convention News Television (CNTV); Delta Airlines; New Orleans & Company; New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center; Orange County Convention Center; Streampoint Solutions; and Synchronicities (Visit Anaheim, Visit Baltimore and Visit San Antonio). Visit www.iaee.com for more information.

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