Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund

Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund


The mission of the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund (BDEF) is to support exhibition and event industry education and professional development by providing a challenging and engaging educational experience. The fund is designed for young professionals, professionals new to the exhibitions and events industry, those that are intellectually curious about trends and opportunities, and those that are interested in learning about the global marketplace.


The Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Task Force is committed to recognizing deserving individuals by providing funding for them to further their professional growth in the exhibitions and events industry. Funds may be awarded for the following programs and there is no stated limit to the amount that can be requested or granted.

Global exchange experiences: Funding to attend a program outside of their home country. The program must be related to the exhibition industry
Education sessions at industry events: Funding for speakers that are consistent with the mission of the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund.
CEM Learning Program: Candidates enrolled in the CEM program (must have a minimum of three years’ experience).
Supporting activities that are consistent with the mission of the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund.

All applications, including required attachments, must be received by one of these two deadlines:

1. Deadline 1 April. Recipients will be notified by 15 May.
2. Deadline 1 September. Recipients will be notified by 15 October.

Funds awarded must be used in the year following the award, with the exception of the CEM Learning Program (see above).

Donate to the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund here.

Click here to download the 2018 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Application.


Amy Drum, CAE, CMP
Drum Consultants
IAEE Member, U.S.A.

“I am very honored to have been selected as a recipient of the 2017 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund. This award will allow me to complete my CEM certification program, extend my career path and attend Expo! Expo! with other industry colleagues from around the globe. Ultimately I will be better positioned to serve my clients, customers and the profession.”

Read Amy’s Update on her CEM Journey

Melissa D. Peticolas
Account Executive
Vista Convention Services
IAEE Member, U.S.A.

“I am thrilled to have been selected as a Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund recipient for 2017. Using this grant to obtain my CEM designation will allow me to remain competitive in the industry and provide a unique perspective to my current and future clients. I look forward to the challenge and am excited to see what the future holds for me in the exhibitions and  events industry.”

Bob DallmeyerBob Dallmeyer
1938 – 2014


Bob Dallmeyer was President of RD International, a global exhibition management company, for 30 years. Throughout his 51-year career in the trade show industry, he organized some of the most prestigious trade exhibitions in the world and became a beloved mentor and icon.

Bob was a poet, teacher, speaker, world traveler, radio show host, published author, activist, mentor, and friend; a true inspiration to all who came in contact with him. The Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund was created as a memorial to Bob and to furthering opportunities for education and mentoring, without regard to geographical boundaries.


Peggy Johnston
Administrative Manager
International Association of Exhibitions and Events™
12700 Park Central Drive, Suite 308
Dallas, Texas 75251 USA
Tel: +1 (972) 687-9202

Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund