Chapter Leaders Council Spotlight… An Interview with Sue McCart, President, HFI Event Services

Sue McCart is President of HFI Event Services and a member of IAEE’s Chapter Leaders Council. Sue has been an IAEE member for 34 years. She recently shared with IAEE her perspective on the importance of leadership within one’s local chapter and why she has stayed true to IAEE over three decades.

How did you get involved in leadership within your chapter?

I just jumped in to the chapter’s leadership opportunities so I could learn and give back.

What chapter committees do you serve on currently and/or have served on in the past?

I am currently the Immediate Past Chair of the Southeastern Chapter and the 2017 IAEE Chapter Leaders Chair. Formerly, I served as the 2016 IAEESE Chapter Chair and have been on the IAEESE Board for several years. Locally, I have participated in the Website Committee, the Education Committee, and the Awards Committee. Additionally, I have been a member of the IAEE Chapter Leaders Committee and the 2013-2015 CEIR Fundraising Council.

What have you gotten out of volunteering for your chapter?

IAEE is MY organization. I do not belong to any other industry associations. Getting involved at the chapter level and the international level has been wonderful for networking, learning, and giving back to the industry that has fed my passion – and my living – for close to 40 years.

What is your favorite chapter activity?

I get jazzed when we have an awesome educational program and the members leave talking about it. We try to make our luncheon programs informative, interactive and fun. Of course, I would put our annual Summer Classic at the top of the list!

Chapter Leaders Council Spotlight… An Interview with Brad Hobson, CEM, Business Development Manager, Freeman

By Mary Tucker, IAEE Sr. PR/Communications Manager

Brad Hobson, CEM is Business Development Manager for Freeman and a member of IAEE’s Chapter Leaders Council. Brad has been an IAEE member for 7 years and, in 2015, received the IAEE Merit Award for his contributions to the DFW chapter. He recently shared with IAEE how he became involved in a leadership role within the his chapter, and why he finds it fulfilling.

How did you get involved in leadership within your chapter?

My counterpart, Heather Chapman, and colleague Bob Berry are previous chapter chairs and they encouraged me to get involved in an organization. At the time I was working on my CEM and CMP, and IAEE seemed like a great fit. Through the years my passion and desire to help grow the Chapter have gotten deeper, and many encouraging leaders assisting me to make leadership a possibility and success. I have made lifelong friends and colleagues through my involvement with IAEE.

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What chapter committees do you serve on currently and/or have served on in the past?

I serve on the Young Professionals and Member Engagement committees.

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What have you gotten out of volunteering for your chapter?

Career-wise, I have learned leadership and management skills as well as working to lead and create a team passionate about something they are donating their time to! I have learned the importance of a career-oriented group of friends. It is important to network with those who share similar goals and are able to help you reach yours.

How are you fostering future volunteer leaders?

Our Chapter has a hard focus on continually recruiting people to help our committees and boards. We also encourage a free flow of ideas and let everyone have ownership in the Board. We have a very encouraging group!

What do you find most satisfying about having stepped into a leadership role within your chapter?

The most satisfying is the moment the event/lunch/education session ends and you know that the attendees have left with a new friend, and learned something new. I know at that point we have done our job.

What is your favorite chapter activity?

My favorite chapter event is our annual volleyball tournament.

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For a list of upcoming DFW Chapter events, click here. 

 

From the MATSO Perspective…An Interview with Jim Pittas, Senior VP, PMMI

IAEE had the pleasure of interviewing longtime IAEE member Jim Pittas, Senior Vice President with PMMI. Jim produces the PACK EXPO and is currently a member of the IAEE MATSO Council. Jim has been a member of IAEE since 1994 and was also the chair of the 2015 Best Practices in Priority Point Systems Task Force.

How did you get your start in the exhibitions industry?

In 1992 I answered a job ad to sell ads space and got a call to sell trade show space. The rest, they say, is history.

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What advice would you give a new IAEE member or person joining the exhibitions community?

Whatever you do be passionate about it. Work hard and always try to be better.

What is the biggest challenge in running your show?

We have launched three new shows in the past three years and need to show consistent value to our exhibitors and members. With the constantly evolving elements in technology and the need to innovate to keep the show fresh, it is a careful balancing act of providing new and fresh content to keep members and exhibitors engaged.

Tell us a fun fact or story that most people would not know about you.

I graduated collage and started grad school to become a clinical psychologist.

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Any final thoughts for those wanting to be more involved with IAEE?

Over the years IAEE has provided me with several great opportunities to network with other industry professionals. There is no other group with this convening authority and it has been the foundation of many lasting connections throughout my career. As an organizer of a major trade show, the addition of MATSO as a council of IAEE has added even more value to me and demonstrates the commitment that IAEE has to its membership.

IAEE has done a tremendous job at providing value for its diverse membership base. I would recommend that new members take the time to read the emails about IAEE’s initiatives, join a task force or committee, attend local chapter events and start networking right away.