International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) proudly announces this year’s recipients of its individual awards program, which recognizes professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the exhibitions and events industry. The recipients will be honored during Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition on Dec. 1-3, 2015 in Baltimore, Md.
“We were very impressed with the nominations we received this year and congratulate these very deserving honorees,” said 2015 IAEE Awards Committee Chairperson Randy Bauler, CEM. “It is very fulfilling to the Awards Committee to know that IAEE members represent the best that the exhibitions and events industry has to offer.”
This year’s award winners were selected after careful consideration and review by the IAEE Awards Committee and approval by the IAEE Board of Directors, following an open call for nominations earlier in the year. The following outstanding individuals were selected for recognition:
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an IAEE member who has rendered distinguished service to IAEE and to the exhibitions and events industry as a whole. This year’s recipient is Tony Lee, President and CEO of Tony Lee International.
The Merit Award recognizes IAEE members whose ideas and/or work have benefited IAEE as an organization in some special way, and is generally reserved for those who have stepped forward at the chapter/local level. This year’s recipients are Larry Grossenbacher, CIO/VP of Training & Safety at Metropolitan Exposition Services; Brad Hobson, CEM, Business Development Manager at Freeman; Rebecca Stevens, CEM, CMP-HC, Director, Business Development at the Texas Medical Association; and Dan Traver, CEM, Business Development Vice President at Freeman.
The Bob Dallmeyer Educator of the Year Award honors IAEE members who possess outstanding creativity, a positive attitude and the ability to transfer knowledge through good communication skills and innovative teaching to promote life-long learning to exhibitions and events industry professionals. This year’s recipients are Andrew Fraser, M.Ed., CHE, Professor at Johnson & Wales University and Charlotte Pearson, CEM, Senior Business Development Manager at Freeman.
The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes IAEE members who have dedicated their time to the progress and fulfillment of the charge of a committee or task force on which they serve. This year’s award recipient is Kristin Barranger, CEM, Manager of Expositions and Communications at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, International Gas & Turbine Institute.
The Outstanding Achievement in Industry Leadership Award recognizes IAEE members who have made an extraordinary personal or professional commitment that materially contributes to the advancement of the exhibitions and events industry. This year’s recipient is Janet Sperstad, CMP, Program Director at Madison College.
The Outstanding Achievement in Innovation in Business Solutions Award recognizes achievement in the creation of new and innovative business solutions. This year’s award recipient is InGo LLC.
The Outstanding Achievement in Marketing & Sales Award recognizes an IAEE member’s outstanding achievement in marketing and sales activities including outstanding performance in total event revenue/profit; advertising revenue; attendance; sponsorship revenue; exhibit space sales; and customer service. This year’s award recipient is Ellen Schwartz, Vice President, Sales and Marketing at the Los Angeles Convention Center, AEG Facilities.
The Young Professional of the Year Award recognizes excellent professional performance by IAEE members 35 years of age or younger who have committed their time to advancing the standing of young professionals in our industry. This year’s award recipient is Cassie Thompson, Manager, Event Services at SmithBucklin.
The Rookie of the Year Award recognizes excellent professional performance by an IAEE member with three or less years of full-time exhibitions and events industry experience. This year’s award recipient is Sarah Bopp, Associate Manager Booth Sales & Operations at the American Pet Products Association.