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IAEE announces 2022 election results, announces MENA Forum 2022

IAEE welcomes Chairperson Carrie Ferenac 2022 Board Election results announced.

PHILADELPHIA – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) announced the results of the elections for its 2022 Board of Directors. Members of IAEE's Board of Directors are elected on an annual basis by the official voting member of each IAEE member company. All officers serve a term of one year, except the secretary/treasurer who may hold the office for two years. The directors each serve three years in staggered terms to ensure continuity in the governance of the association.

Carrie Ferenac, Co-Founder and President of CNTV, will serve as 2022 IAEE Chairperson of the Board. Ferenac and her business partner, Marcelo Zolessi, co-founded Convention News Television (CNTV) in 2007 after seeing a need for digital content and live production in the exhibitions and events industry. Now, the company produces live and remote content for more than seventy clients annually. The video stories bring events to life and offer associations and for-profit show organizers a new stream of revenue through sponsorships. CNTV also partners with IAEE, PCMA, TSNN and Tradeshow Executive to produce video content and live coverage of industry events throughout the year. Ferenac also volunteers her time and energy to projects that forward the industry, including Legislative Action Day and the Exhibitions Mean Business campaign.

As incoming Chairperson, I encourage all members to renew their passion for the industry by getting involved and supporting IAEE’s initiatives for 2022,” Ferenac said. “We are seeing a lot of enthusiasm and optimism as our industry recovers from the pandemic. Despite new potential challenges, it is important to keep that momentum going into the coming year.”

The newest members to the 2022 IAEE Board of Directors are:

  • Director Bilal Al Barmawi, CEM, CEO, 1st Arabia Company Exhibitions and Conferences Organizers;
  • Director Mark Bogdansky, Vice President, Meetings & Events, Auto Care Association;
  • Director Anytra Lowe, Senior Vice President, Client Services, Freeman;
  • Director Brian Pagel, Executive Vice President, EmeraldX; and
  • Director Necoya Tyson, CEM-AP, CGMP, CCEP, Vice President, Banker Education & Events, Texas Bankers Association.

(NOTE: The IAEE Board of Directors approved the appointment of Brian Pagel, Executive Vice President, EmeraldX to fill the unexpired term of Jennifer Heinold, CEM, ending 31 December 2022, at which time he will be eligible for a full three-year term. Heinold resigned from the board due to two directors from the same company being on the board, which the IAEE Bylaws does not permit.)

Continuing Board of Directors members include:

  • Chairperson-Elect Dennis Smith, Senior Director, Exposition Sales & Business Development, AVIXA;
  • Secretary/Treasurer Janet Sperstad, CMP, Program Director, Meeting and Event Management, Madison College;
  • Immediate Past Chairperson Robert McLean, Jr., CPA, CAE, CEM, Executive Vice President, Promotional Products Association International;
  • Director Mary Bender, Vice President of Sales & Operations, Taffy Event Strategies;
  • Director Marie Browne, Group Vice President, Reed Exhibitions;
  • Director Chuck Grouzard, Executive Vice President, Exhibition Sales, GES;
  • Director Christopher Harar, President, NTP Events, National Trade Productions, Inc.;
  • Director Justine L. McVaney, Senior Vice President of Event Planning & Operations, National Association of Broadcasters;
  • Director KV Nagendra Prasad, CEM, Head-Operations and Leasing (Transit Oriented Development), L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited; and
  • Director Brian Scott, President and CIO, ClearTone Consulting.

Ex-officio Directors are:

  • Xuebin Gu, CEM, Founder and CEO, WeMeet, representing the IAEE Asia Council;
  • Chen Huifeng, President and CEO, DLG Convention and Exhibition Holding Limited, representing the IAEE China Council;
  • Gwen Venable, CEM, Executive Vice President of Communications, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, representing the Chapter Leaders Council;
  • John Rozum, Director, Ag and Utility Exhibitions & Events, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, representing the IAEE MATSO Council;
  • Jacqueline Russo, President, Global Expositions, Inc., representing the Past Chairpersons’ Advisory Group; and
  • Michelle Metter, Partner, Fast Forward Event Productions, representing the IAEE Consumer Events Council.

The announcement was made during Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2021 in Philadelphia, Pa.

IAEE MENA Forum Brings Industry Professionals Together in UAE
(IAEE) also announces it will hold the IAEE MENA Forum on 13-16 March 2022 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The IAEE MENA Forum will offer exhibition and event professionals education sessions including women’s leadership and young professional programming, and Arabic Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) Learning Program classes.

The forum will feature two days of networking via diverse activities and workshops highlighting important industry topics. Industry professionals will explore the latest trends in exhibitions and events through education sessions focusing on leadership, strategy, design, marketing, management and technology.

We are pleased to present this outstanding program that has been developed with our valued partner 1st Arabia in Abu Dhabi,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “We experienced delays in our original schedule due to COVID and subsequent economic conditions, but attendees will find the IAEE MENA Forum worth the wait.”

This is an important region for the industry and we look forward to hosting the IAEE MENA Forum next year, which will bring buyers and sellers together for a very meaningful event,” noted IAEE MENA Chapter Chairperson Bilal Al-Barmawi, CEM, CEO and Managing Director of 1st Arabia.

Abu Dhabi has established itself as a vibrant and dynamic global hub for business events and the emirate continues to cement its position as a destination of choice within the region and beyond. We have cutting-edge technology, a state-of-the-art conference and exhibition centre, and outstanding hotels of all categories,” added Director of Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau Mubarak Al Shamsi.

Complete details and registration will be available on the IAEE MENA Forum website in January 2022.

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