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October 19, 2017  |  A review of the latest news and happenings.
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Final EXHIBITORFastTrak Conference of the Year

Check out the schedule for EXHIBITORFastTrak Chicago, Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, to determine if the sessions you still need for certification are offered.

If you are new to the CTSM program, starting with a FastTrak is a good way to get a jump start on your educational requirements! For more information go to www.ExhibitorFastTrak.com.

EXHIBITORFastTrak Chicago will be held in the Omni Hotel

Half-day Workshops and CTSM5 Sessions Can Speed Your Progress!
Check out the half-day workshops offered at the front end of EXHIBITORFastTrak Chicago. The half-day workshops (3 hours in length) are equivalent to two regular 90-minute sessions. CTSM5 half-day workshops may be used for two approved required sessions or one required session plus one elective!

Two workshops are offered in Chicago, October 31 - November 3:
  • Half-Day Workshop & Authors Executive Series: Lean Six Sigma White Belt for Exhibitors (108) - approved for 61717, 62017, and 62117

  • Half-Day Workshop: Stop Wasting Time - Organize Your Planning with Templates (204) - This is equivalent to two elective sessions.

If you wish to substitute sessions, be sure to complete the substitution request form at www.ctsm.com/substitutionrequest.asp

This year we have had a sponsor for each of our EXHIBITORFastTrak conferences. Our thanks go out to Access TCA, Exhibit Concepts Inc., Group Delphi and Hill & Partners. Thanks to our sponsors for making our EXHIBITORFastTrak attendees feel special!

Providence, RI:

Access TCA
Chicago, IL (Summer):

EXHIBIT CONCEPTS, INC.
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Sacramento, CA:
GROUP DELPHI
Chicago, IL (Fall):

Hill and Partners
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EXHIBITOR eTrak Schedule Update

The schedule for EXHIBITOR eTrak live online sessions is now posted through March, 2018.

You Can Save Money by completing many of your CTSM-required sessions and electives online, which eliminates any travel expenses. We also offer a multi-session discount, so if you register for multiple eTrak sessions at the same time, you will pay less for each session.

Do you still need to complete any of these CTSM sessions?
  • 11/14: Session 10817 - How To Measure the Value of Trade Show Participation - Part I: Basic Concepts

  • 11/16: Session 109 - How to Measure the Value of Trade Show Participation - Part II: Practical Application. (This will become a CTSM-required session in 2018, as a replacement for 10517)

  • 12/14: Session 72117 - Negotiating Skills to Win

  • 1/18/18: Session 61718 - Graphics Boot Camp: The Basics Every Event Manager Should Know

  • 2/15/18: Session 40218 - Basic Project Management and Reporting Skills

All of the above can be taken prior to EXHIBITORLIVE in 2018. If you are having trouble juggling to fit in as many CTSM-required sessions as possible in Las Vegas, note that the following two are presented online shortly afterwards.
  • 3/20/18: Session 31518 - Integrated Marketing Communications

  • 3/22/18: Session 30818 - Business Marketing Strategies and Trade Shows

See all of the scheduled EXHIBITOR eTrak online sessions at www.ExhibitoreTrak.com/sessions.asp.

 
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EXHIBITORLIVE Registration Is Now Open

Register now for EXHIBITORLIVE, The Trade Show and Corporate Event Marketing Conference, to be held in Las Vegas, February 25 to March 1, 2018.

Choose from 182 educational sessions and workshops (including 70 all-new presentations and 50 new speakers) guaranteed to improve the performance of your trade shows and corporate events. Learn from the trade show marketing experts who run programs for Cisco Systems, Dell, HP, Intel, Siemens, Verizon, Wells Fargo, and many more top brands!

The Exhibit Hall at EXHIBITORLIVE

Plus you will experience North America's largest exhibition of trade show and event suppliers in the Exhibit Hall, featuring nearly 200 cutting-edge exhibitors.

For more information go to www.ExhibitorLive.com.

Check your transcripts to verify which sessions you still need to take to meet the CTSM educational requirements. Note that transcripts will be updated after the final 2017 EXHIBITORFastTrak conference in November. Also note that following a thorough curriculum review this spring, there will be some changes to our CTSM curriculum beginning in 2018.
  • Session 20918: replaces 10517 (If you already took 209 as an elective in 2017, do a session substitution request because it is the same session as 20918).

  • Session 60818: replaces 60917 (If you already took 608 as an elective in 2017, do a session substitution request because it is the same session as 60818).

  • Session 32218: replaces 62117
If you have any questions or would like assistance in planning your best possible schedule, please do not hesitate to contact Wendy or me. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Watch your emails next month for exciting news about CTSM scholarship opportunities!

 
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Is Certification Really Worth the Effort?

Get the answer to that question from CTSM graduates themselves. Graduates are sharing their stories each week on the CTSM LinkedIn site - stories like Jan Aument's below:

Jan Aument "I LOVE this crazy, unpredictable, chaotic and wonderful business! Obtaining my CTSM was one of the first steps I took to gain the knowledge I needed to create order and happiness in my world. It not only gave me the courage to fashion change that was needed, but convinced others that I was the one able to execute it, and with results.

Shortly after receiving my certification, I was asked to join the advisory board of a major tradeshow we exhibited in. I found that other members of the board were interested in logistics like what time the Starbucks opened during set up. While I am a big coffee fan, I knew there was more. Seeing a large problem with downturn in attendee registrations, I proposed an idea for a contest that involved hundreds of individuals who, due to budget cuts, were unable to attend. This still made them feel a part of the show and increased their loyalty to it once budgets came back. It was a huge success, which I owe in part to my continued training with the CTSM program, and I'm proud to have made an impact in our industry.

After working in a large corporation for over 19 years as an event specialist, I felt I had the training, courage and conviction to start my own company about a year ago. I enjoy connecting people and am fortunate enough to be able to do this daily. I am an advisor to those going through the CTSM portfolio process and love helping others and keeping a fresh perspective. If you're thinking about getting your CTSM certification, run for it now; don't walk. You won't regret it. "


- Jan Aument, CTSM Silver, President, Good Plan Jan, Shakopee, MN

If you haven't yet joined the CTSM LinkedIn group and the EXHIBITOR LinkedIn group, do it now!

 
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Congratulations to our Newest CTSM Graduates!
Meet our newly certified CTSMers since August 2017:
 
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Sara Bennett, CTSM
 
 
Krista Terwilliger, CTSM
 
 
Sara Bennett, CTSM
Convention Specialist
Medtronic, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN
 
 
Krista Terwilliger, CTSM
Marketing Coordinator
Columbus McKinnon Corporation
Getzville, NY
 
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Jason Vickers, CTSM
 
 
Pam Lawless, CTSM
 
 
Jason Vickers, CTSM
Manager - Trade Shows and Events
Verizon Enterprise Solutions
Madison, AL
 
 
Pam Lawless, CTSM
Exhibit Manager
Big Ass Solutions
Lexington, KY
 
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Megan Meo, CTSM
 
 
Susan Daddio, CTSM
 
 
Megan Meo, CTSM
Exhibit and Meeting Planner
Hollister, Inc.
Libertyville, IL
 
 
Susan Daddio, CTSM
Director Global Events
Waters Corporation
Milford, MA
 
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