Jordan Gil, MFA, CEM is a Sales Manager with Emerald Expositions, within the Food Group portfolio, with nearly two decades of experience in the exhibition industry. Jordan began her career as a museum exhibition designer after graduating from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2006. For 10 years, she worked in the museum industry, followed by eight years in association-managed events.
With Emerald, Jordan’s primary focus is the Artisan Bakery Expo, where she facilitates face-to-face connections between buyers and suppliers while creating business relationships. She also serves on Emerald’s DEI Advisory Committee. A Miami native by way of Philadelphia, Jordan now resides in Atlanta with her husband of 14 years and amazing black cat, Sabbath.
IAEE: How has the CEM designation helped in your career?
Jordan: So far, the CEM designation and program has scaled my knowledge of the exhibitions and events industry as well as broadened my network.
IAEE: Why is it important to maintain the CEM designation?
Jordan: It’s important so that I can always learn new industry trends, stay up-to-date on my knowledge, as well as build my network and IAEE community.
IAEE: What made you want to obtain your CEM designation?
Jordan: I love the exhibition industry and I want to know as much as I can, and be a credited influencer.
IAEE: What advice would you give to an aspiring individual who wants to apply for the CEM program?
Jordan: Go for it! The information is priceless, the connections will be lifelong, and it feels so good to be a part of a network that understands what I do every day.
IAEE: How did you start your career in this industry?
Jordan: I started my exhibition career in the fine arts and museum field and received my MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design.
IAEE: How have you made a difference with your show or working with a client by applying the knowledge you gained by obtaining your CEM designation?
Jordan: I have made a difference with my clients by having the knowledge and ensuring they have a smooth experience. I have made a difference with my shows because I’m more aware of all it takes to host an event and keep all the plates spinning. Obtaining my CEM has made me more confident in my career, which allows me to make better connections and help people.
IAEE: What was it that you did or implemented right after obtaining your CEM?
Jordan: I ran around my home very excited and then I got back on the phone and continued to sell!!!
IAEE: What did you like most about the CEM Learning Program?
Jordan: The information I learned and the connections I’ve made so far!