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IAEE Welcomes Incoming Chairperson Skip Cox
Thursday, December 12, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) 2013 Chairperson Jason McGraw, CTS, CAE passed the gavel to chair-elect Jonathan "Skip" Cox at the Annual Networking Business Luncheon and Awards Ceremony held during Expo! Expo! IAEE's Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Houston, Texas.

"We have exciting developments to IAEE's education programs underway which will increase their reach and scope, both domestically and abroad," says Cox. "With IAEE members in more than 40 countries and growing, the focus on global development will also play a significant role in 2014. And our strong partnership with the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) will continue. I am looking forward to working closely with Brian Casey, CEM, CEIR's new CEO, in the coming year to advance both of our organizations' goals."

Cox is chief executive officer at Exhibit Surveys, Inc. Under Cox's leadership, Exhibit Surveys, Inc. has grown and maintained its position as the premier intelligence and measurement resource in the exhibitions and events industry. He focuses strategically on client development and serves as the visible face of ESI in the marketplace. This affords him the opportunity to translate emerging needs of clients into the next diagnostic tools for ESI to develop. He also is heavily involved with the direct application of these new tools to enhance the strategic and tactical planning for exhibition and event organizers, marketers and facilities.

Cox joined Exhibit Surveys in 1971 as assistant survey director immediately after graduating from Wittenberg University, was promoted in 1973 to survey director and in 1978 became vice president. In 1994, he became president, and his responsibilities subsequently grew to include chief operating officer. On 1 January 2005, he became CEO. Cox has more than 40 years of research experience exclusively in the exhibitions and events industry.

Cox speaks at many business and professional association meetings, and is often invited to present Exhibit Surveys' research findings at events in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia. He also frequently contributes articles to publications and academic journals serving marketing and event marketing fields. His involvement with industry associations is extensive. He presently serves on the board of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). In the past he served on the boards of the Corporate Event Marketers Association and the Trade Show Exhibitors Association (TSEA). Recognition from these associations includes the TSEA's Chairman's Award, CEMA's Pinnacle Award, and IAEE's Chairman's Award.

Continuing directors include Immediate Past Chairperson Jason McGraw, CTS, CAE, senior vice president of Expositions, INFOCOMM International; Chairperson-Elect Megan Tanel, CEM, vice president of Exhibitions, Association of Equipment Manufacturers; Secretary/Treasurer Julia Smith, CEM, senior vice president of National Sales, Global Experience Specialists (GES); Vicki Bedi, director, PSBediGroup; Thomas Cindric, CEM, vice president, Hanley Wood Exhibitions; Tony Lee, Tony Lee International; Christopher McCabe, senior vice president, Emerald Expositions; Daniel McKinnon, CEM, vice president, Access Intelligence LLC; Martin Moggre, CEM, executive vice president & chief sales officer, Exposition Services, Freeman; Manolita Moore, MBA, chief operating officer, Western Veterinary Conference; Shawn Pierce, president, Registration and Housing Services, Experient, a Maritz Travel Company; Susan Schwartz, CEM, managing director, ConvExx; Ryan Strowger, CEM, vice president of Exhibitions, Conferences and Sales, International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions; and John Stuttard, senior vice president, UBM Live.

Ex-officio members of the board include Edward Liu, managing director, Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd, representing the IAEE Asia Exhibition Council; Dennis Slater, president, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, representing the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR); Chris Nemchek, senior vice president, Sales & Exhibitions, Specialty Food Association, Inc., representing the IAEE MATSO Council; Kristin Barranger, CEM, manager, Expositions & Communications, ASME International Gas Turbine Institute, representing the Chapter Leaders Council; Robert Morgan, general manager, Dulles Expo Center, representing the IAEE Public Events Council; and Lee Ann Norton, director of Meetings & Events, Bowling Proprietors Association, in the Robert L. Krakoff seat on the board.

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 holds office for two years. The directors are divided into three classes, as nearly equal in number as possible, each to serve three years in staggered terms to ensure continuity in the governance of the association.

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: American Airlines, Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, BearCom, Mexico Tourism Board, New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Orange County Convention Center, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Baltimore and Visit Orlando, and Voicelogic. Visit www.iaee.com for more information.


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