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.



Anthony Caterina
Faculty Member
University of Houston, Conrad N. Hilton College
IAEE Member, U.S.A.

“I look forward to learning from each CEM course so I can share that information with our students.”


Sai Chand
Project Incharge
HITEX Exhibition Centre
IAEE Member, India

“A great man said, ‘If you have to make a mark in this world, either make people’s lives easier or happier.’ Bill Gates made it easier with Windows OS; Shel Dorf and others made it happier with Comic Con. I choose the Comic Con way. However, being in India and working for an exhibition center, I always wondered if I will ever be able to create something like that. But this grant liberates all the doubts I had, and I am sure I will be a better show manager after coming to Expo! Expo! Thanks IAEE for approving my grant; I cannot ask anything more than this. I look forward to meeting and learning from the gurus of the industry.”


Christine Frye, CTA
Sales Representative
National Trade Productions, Inc.
IAEE Member, U.S.A.

“I am very grateful for the generous support of the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grant. I look forward to upholding the legacy of Mr. Dallmeyer and growing into an industry leader by completing my CEM.”


Loresa Novy
Senior Event Services Manager
Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services
IAEE Member, U.S.A.

“I am thrilled to be a recipient of the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grant! The CEM designation is the standard within our industry. With the grant, I will be able to complete my CEM education through IAEE.”


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.

  • CEM Learning Program: For candidates enrolled in the CEM Learning Program (must have a minimum of three years experience).
  • Education Sessions at industry events: To include funding for speakers that are consistent with the mission of the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund.
  • Global exchange experiences: Funding for attending an industry program outside of their home country.
  • Supporting activities that are consistent with the mission of the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund.

All applications, including required attachments, must be received no later than 1 September for grants to be awarded for the following calendar year. Recipients will be notified by 31 October.

Click here to download the application.

Donate to the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund here.

The 2017 Grant Application deadline has passed.

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