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IAEE Announces 2021 Award Winners

December 8, 2021

Honorees Celebrated at Expo! Expo! in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, 8 December 2021 – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) revealed the recipients of the 2021 IAEE Awards in a special presentation held today during Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Philadelphia, Pa.

The IAEE Awards recognize outstanding contributions by IAEE members to the organization and to the exhibitions and events industry. They were selected after careful consideration and review by the IAEE Awards Committee and approval by the IAEE Board of Directors following an open call for nominations by IAEE members earlier in the year.

“It is a great pleasure to bestow these honors on our very deserving colleagues,” said 2021 IAEE Awards Committee Chairperson Kellie Shevlin, CEM. “These awards acknowledge the outstanding contributions IAEE members make to the advancement of the exhibitions and events industry.”

Congratulations to the 2021 IAEE Award Winners:

The Lifetime Achievement Award is a special award which recognizes IAEE members who, over the course of their career, shape the industry and significantly impact how the industry operates. This year’s recipient is Dennis Slater, President of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. Slater’s impressive participation record with IAEE spans 35 years. He has been a long-time advocate for the trade show industry and, under his leadership, AEM has been a tremendous supporter of IAEE, Exhibitions Mean Business and CEIR. Slater was promoted to President of AEM after vast success in overseeing its trade shows and, during his tenure, has built an outstanding corporate culture.

The Pinnacle Award is one of IAEE’s highest honors and recognizes an IAEE member who, over the years, has furthered IAEE’s objectives of advancing exhibitions and events management through the promotion of education, the dissemination of knowledge, and the introduction or development of innovative techniques and who has been dedicated to the perpetuation of the highest ideals, trust and professionalism in this highly specialized field. The award was established in memory of the late Founder and Past President of IAEE (formerly NAEM) William Hunt Eisenman and is presented by IAEE in recognition of extraordinary achievement in the exhibitions and events management field over the course of the recipient’s career.

This year’s recipient of the IAEE Pinnacle Award is Jonathan “Skip” Cox. Cox’s impact on the exhibitions and events industry spans more than five decades, including four of them as an IAEE member. He devoted 55 years to Exhibit Surveys, with 25 of those at its helm. In that time, Cox has made an indisputable name for himself as a champion of ROI in the exhibitions and events industry.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an IAEE member in recognition of an individual who has rendered distinguished service to IAEE and to the exhibitions and events industry. Qualifying criteria includes extraordinary service and contributions at both the local and national levels that have furthered the growth and development of this organization. When representing IAEE, the honoree will have served as a role model for the industry. This year’s recipient is Juan Tamez, CVE, CEM, Managing Director, Expo Guadalajara.

The Woman of Achievement Award recognizes a member who has led the way in advancing women through her outstanding leadership within the industry and her community. It is presented at the annual IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum and recognized at Expo! Expo!. This year’s recipient is Rachel Wimberly, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Tarsus U.S.

The International Excellence Award recognizes exceptional performance by an IAEE member in creating, launching, managing and growing international events. This year’s recipient is the Simon Wang, Executive Vice President, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).

The Chapter Merit Award recognizes IAEE members whose ideas and/or work have benefited IAEE as an organization in some special way and is generally reserved for those who have stepped forward at the chapter/local level. This year’s recipients are Russell Callahan, CEM, Director of National Operations, Quest Events; Paul Treanor, Senior Manager, Content & Community, Informa Markets Limited; Gwen Venable, CEM, Executive Vice President of Communications, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association; and Steve Walker, Executive Director, City Wide Sales, MGM Resorts International.

The Bob Dallmeyer Educator of the Year Award is presented to IAEE members who possess outstanding creativity, a positive attitude, and the ability to transfer knowledge through good communication skills and innovative teaching to promote life-long learning to exhibitions and events industry professionals. This year’s award recipient is Robyn Davis, CPTD, Trade Show Trainer/Consultant, Exhibitors WINH LLC.

The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes IAEE members who have dedicated their time to the progress and fulfillment of the charge of a committee or task force on which they serve. This year’s award recipient is Erika Welling, CEM, DES, Chief Experience Officer, Blendz Events.

The Innovative Business Solution Award recognizes achievement by an IAEE member or member organization in the creation of new and innovative business solutions. Criteria include: product/service overview; clear presentation of objectives and fulfillment of those objectives; impact on the industry, present and/or future; clear presentation of what makes the product/service innovative; growth potential; and effective use of social media. This year’s recipient is Visit Orlando.

The Young Professional of the Year Award recognizes excellent professional performance by IAEE members 35 years of age or younger who have committed their time to advancing the standing of young professionals in our industry. This year’s award recipient is Moriah Hathaway-Casey, CEM, Manager, Exhibit Services, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Click here for more details about the IAEE Awards Program and to learn more about this year’s winners.

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 www.iaee.com for more information.

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