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IAEE 2024 Board Announced

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DALLAS, 7 December 2023 – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) announced today the results of the elections for its 2024 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.

2024 IAEE Chairperson Marie Browne manages and grows a portfolio of industry leading events as Group Vice President at RX, a global company in the business of building businesses. Her current portfolio spans industrial sectors from pharmaceutical manufacturing to golf. In addition to managing a portfolio of events, Browne participates in the areas of company strategy and mergers and acquisitions. She has handled transactions of events and business representing values from $5M to $50M in the U.S., Mexico and Brazil in addition to leading the launch of new business representing $10M+ in new revenue per year. Browne received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baruch College and her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Connecticut.

“I look forward to working with IAEE staff and fellow board members in shaping the future of our industry as we explore new technologies and best practices,” Browne said. “It is an exciting time for IAEE, and we will strive to continue serving members’ needs through programs and initiatives that deliver maximum impact.”

“Marie’s vast knowledge and experience in the industry is a great asset to IAEE,” noted IAEE President and CEO Marsha Flanagan, M.Ed., CEM. “We are pleased to welcome her as the 2024 Chairperson and look forward towards a future defined by innovation and collaboration with our new and continuing Board members.”


The newest members to the 2024 IAEE Board of Directors are:

Director Mike Carlucci

Chief Operating Officer

Clarion Events, North America


Director Emile Davis, CEM

Managing Director, Business Development

American Institute of Architects (AIA)


Director Sonia Fong, MBA

Senior Vice President of Convention Development

Louisville Tourism


Continuing Board of Directors members include:

Chairperson-Elect Chuck Grouzard

Executive Vice President, Business Development


Secretary/Treasurer Mary Bender

Vice President of Sales and Customer Service

Taffy Event Strategies

Immediate Past Chairperson Dennis Smith

Vice President, Business Development

Asian American Hotel Owners Association – AAHOA

Director Mark Bogdansky

Vice President, Meetings and Events

Auto Care Association

Director Michael Clarke

Senior Director, B2B Events and Programs Portfolio, Luxury and Leisure

Global Sales Organization – U.S. and Canada

Marriott International Inc. and Marriott International Luxury Brands

Director Michelle Edmonson, CEM

Vice President, Exhibitions

AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology

Director Mary Pat Heftman



Director Anytra Lowe, CEM

Executive Vice President, Client Solutions


Director Brian Pagel

Executive Vice President


Director Necoya Tyson, CEM-AP, CGMP, CCEP


Lightsey Event Solutions

Director Nichapa (Nikki) Yoswee, CEM

Senior Vice President

Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)


Ex-officio Directors are:

Representing the Chapter Leaders Council

Sarah Kokernot, CEM, CMP

Director of Meetings & Events

Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society

Representing the IAEE Asia Council

Xuebin Gu, CEM

Founder and CEO


Representing the IAEE Chapter Leaders Council

Sarah Kokernot, CEM, CMP

Director of Meetings & Events

Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society

Representing the IAEE MATSO Council

John Rozum

Senior Director, Ag and Utility Exhibitions and Events

Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Representing the Past Chairpersons’ Advisory Group

Randy Bauler, CEM

Corporate Relations & Exhibits Director

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Representing the IAEE Consumer Events Council

Michelle Metter


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The announcement was made during Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2023 in Dallas, Texas. Click here for more details about the event.

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, Convention News Television (CNTV), Freeman, GES | onPeak, Grit Productions & Expositions, New Orleans & Company, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Personify – A2Z Events, Risk Strategies Company | Buttine Insurance, Swapcard and Synchronicities (Visit Anaheim, Visit Baltimore and Visit San Antonio). Visit www.iaee.com for more information.

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