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Expo! Expo! IAEE's Annual Meeting & Exhibition a Huge Hit in Houston
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) celebrates a highly successful Expo! Expo! IAEE's Annual Meeting & Exhibition, held 10-12 December 2013 in Houston, TX. This year's event attracted slightly more than 2,000 attendees (pending independent audit) and 246 exhibitors to the George R. Brown Convention Center.
"This year's Expo! Expo! IAEE's Annual Meeting & Exhibition is being touted as one of the best meetings we've held yet," says IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. "I am very proud of how much we've accomplished in 2013, and am genuinely looking forward to another great year in 2014."
IAEE's annual conference kicked off on Tuesday, 10 December with a full day of education sessions from the nearly 80 sessions offered throughout the meeting. That evening, attendees enjoyed the Opening Reception where they were treated to a spectacular fireworks display over the convention center from Discovery Green in downtown Houston.
The Expo! Expo! General Session and CEM Class of 2013 Presentation on Wednesday, 11 December recognized the 174 graduates of the 2013 CEM Learning Program as they joined the ranks of the more than 2,000 CEMs worldwide who have earned and maintained their designation. Keynote speaker Larry Winget, the Pitbull of Personal Development® and Wall Street Journal/New York Times bestselling author entertained the crowd with his no-nonsense yet hilarious approach to life and business.
The General Session concluded with dancers leading the way to the Expo! Expo! show hall, featuring 36,400 net square feet of exhibit space. Expo! Expo! was also available online through IAEE's partnership with Convention News Television. CNTV's live stream allowed viewers to experience the show floor and interviews with key industry figures in real time. That evening, more than 450 attendees helped raise a record-breaking $20,000 for Child Advocates, Inc. of Houston by attending the fifth annual Humanity Rocks: A Celebration with a Cause at the House of Blues.
The Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Thursday opened with impromptu interviews conducted by speaker Joel Zeff, followed by a warm welcome from Vice President of Sales Operations & Market Strategy for Los Angeles Tourism Barbara Kirklighter, who invited attendees to return to Expo! Expo! IAEE's Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2014. IAEE recognized its individual award honorees, as well as Platinum Circle inductees, graduates of the IAEE Robert L. Krakoff Leadership Institute, this year's Best of Show winner from IAEE's Art of the Show Competition, the Exhibition Industry Foundation's Helen Brett Scholarship recipients and participants of IAEE's 20 Under 30 program. More than 400 Expo! Expo! attendees voted on the Ultimate Winner for #BoothLove, IAEE and BizBash's newest program recognizing outstanding booth/stand display. Congratulations to Marriott International Tradeshow Booth on becoming the first Ultimate Winner of #BoothLove. Zeff closed the program with entertaining exercises involving audience members to demonstrate the power of teamwork and communication in the business environment.
Expociety, the closing event for Expo! Expo! IAEE's Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2013, provided attendees the perfect platform to further develop connections made at this year's event, as well as create new ones that will flourish and reconnect next year in Los Angeles. Expo! Expo! IAEE's Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2014 will be held 9-11 December in Los Angeles, CA at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Approximately 75 percent of the space available for next year's exhibition will be reserved in an online space draw on 11-12 February 2014. Visit www.myexpoexpo.com for more details as they become available.
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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