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IAEE Announces First CEM-Advanced Professional Graduates

December 3, 2019

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) announced today the first graduates of its CEM-Advanced Professional (CEM-AP) program, the latest addition to IAEE’s CEM Learning Program. The CEM-AP program applies to CEMs with at least 10 years of industry experience who have acquired 30 education/leadership credits through a combination of leadership activities and industry-related continuing education.

“IAEE’s Education Committee and Board of Directors have been deliberate and mindful of how we expand the IAEE Certification Journey,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “The CEM-AP program caters to CEMs who have the knowledge and experience one acquires after a decade in the field, and now want to take their skills to a more strategic level.”

The first ever CEM-Advanced Professional course, Leading and Negotiating for Success, was held on 28 -29 April 2019 at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa. Nine CEM students attended the two-day inaugural program led by facilitator Dr. Sam Potolicchio, Founder and President of the Preparing Global Leaders Forum and Distinguished University Professor, Department Chairman and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Political Science at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. In addition to the two-day course, students had to complete a CEM Commission approved case study.

The following five individuals earned their CEM-AP status in 2019:

Diedra Crawford, CEM-AP, CMP
Industry Sales and Operations Director
Digestive Disease Week

Matthew Kalb, CEM-AP
Sales Manager

Ryan Lovell, CEM-AP
Senior Account Manager

Julie Pazina, CEM-AP
National Director of Sales
Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services

Necoya Tyson, CEM-AP, CGMP, CCEP
Director of Meetings and Conventions
American Traffic Safety Services Association

The CEM-APs were recognized during today’s Opening General Session at Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition being held through Thursday, 5 December at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Click here for more information about the CEM-AP program and here for complete details about IAEE’s Certification Journey.

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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