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.

There are two review periods each year. All applications, including required attachments, must be received:

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

Apply for the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund

Donate to the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund here.


Elena Estudillo
IAEE Mexico Chapter
IAEE Member, Mexico

“This opportunity to live the Expo! Expo! experience with a full meeting pass, and having the possibility of participating in its wide educational program is so enriching for the professionals of this wonderful exhibitions industry. For me, this not only represents a moment, but it has a value that will last forever, since the knowledge acquired in this experience, both theoretical and experiential, will mark a before and after in my professional career.”


Tiffany Hale
Expo Manager
National FFA Organization
IAEE Member, U.S.A.

“Receiving a grant from the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund is a true honor. I’ve learned so much during my first few years in this industry and I’m grateful for the opportunity to attend the 2019 Krakoff Leadership Institute. I’m confident that this opportunity will help me grow personally and professionally, while building a foundation of leadership skills needed to continue my career in the events and exhibitions industry for years to come.”


Jacyln Halu, CMP
Sales Manager
Complete Show Services – Las Vegas Expo
IAEE Member, U.S.A.

“I am grateful for being awarded the IAEE Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grant to earn the premier global (CEM) designation to accommodate my career goals to develop my expertise, specialized in exhibition management.”


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