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IAEE Public Events Council Announces 2016 Board of Directors

January 20, 2016

Mary Bender to Serve as Chair

DALLAS, 20 January 2016 – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) announces the selection of Mary Bender, Marketing Director for Emerald Expositions, as 2016 Chairperson of the IAEE Public Events Council. Serving as additional officers of the Council are Vice Chairperson Joe Cascio, General Manager of the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center and Immediate Past Chairperson Bob Morgan, General Manager of the Dulles Expo Center.

“I look forward to a very productive year as we focus on developing several initiatives,” said Bender. “Our goals in 2016 include developing a resource guide for public event producers; expanding and revising our Public Events Bootcamp programming; and collaborating on research with other consumer show organizations.”

The Council welcomes its newest members Camille Candella, Vice President, Marketing at Emerald Expositions and Cathy Rick-Joule, Vice President, Boat Show Division for the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

Remaining members of the Council are:

  • Mindi Cherry, CEM, Vice President, ConvExx;
  • Ken Loyst, Partner, Fast Forward Event Productions;
  • Richard L. Maples, Executive Vice President of Sales, Shepard Exposition Services;
  • John McGinn, CEM, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing, Rhode Island Convention Center Authority (SMG);
  • Michelle Metter, Partner, Fast Forward Event Productions;
  • Paul E. Schweitzer, Vice President Business Development, Marketplace Events; and
  • Eric Udler, CEM, President, All Show Services.

The Public Events Council serves as an advocate for organizers and suppliers of public events through awareness, engagement, education and recognition. The Council develops recommendations for the consideration of the IAEE Board of Directors and is permitted to adopt policy statements that address industry issues of particular interest to the organizers and suppliers of public events.

About the IAEE Public Events Council
The IAEE Public Events Council is charged with bringing awareness, engagement, education and recognition to the public events community. Public events resources such as the industry reports, education opportunities at the annual meetings, information about the Top Public Events recognition program and the public event organizer discussion group can be found on the IAEE website.


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.

Terri Phillips, CEM
Executive Director, IAEE Public Events Council
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