Chapter Leaders Council Spotlight… An Interview with Dan Darby, CEM, VP, Group Show Director, Antique, Jewelry and Watch Shows, Emerald Expositions

Dan Darby, CEM is VP, Group Show Director, Antique, Jewelry and Watch Shows for Emerald Expositions and a member of IAEE’s Chapter Leaders Council. Dan has been an IAEE member for 16 years. He recently shared with IAEE how serving in a leadership role within his chapter has expanded his understanding and involvement not only in the industry, but his community as well.

How did you get involved in leadership within your chapter?

I was recruited to become involved by Daniel McKinnon, a former co-worker, after attending the 2011 Southeast Chapter’s Summer Classic in Orlando.

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

I am the current SE Chapter Board Chairperson and previously served on the Membership Committee.

What have you gotten out of volunteering for your chapter?

Participation has been very rewarding. Certainly the connections and face-to-face interaction are beneficial – those are the backbones of our industry – but the opportunity to work with a wider variety of venues, companies and charitable organizations around metro-Atlanta has been personally rewarding. Although I have lived outside Atlanta my entire life, these are opportunities I doubt I would have taken advantage of without IAEE.

How are you fostering future volunteer leaders?

The Southeast Chapter has embraced IAEE’s commitment to helping mentor our YPs and, as one of our group’s MPs (Mature Professionals), I am working directly with the 15 active YPs from my company to be more involved with the association.

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

I think each chairperson finds a particular area where they feel they can affect growth – maybe it’s education or membership or sponsorships. As a former marketing director, I am most excited to work with our committees to develop new programs to promote the association, chapter participation and our full slate of meetings and events (and without breaking the budget as marketers are reputed to do!).

What is your favorite chapter activity?

The Southeast Summer Classic! Two and a half days of education, networking and socializing with industry members at a great Southeast location. Keep your calendar open for 2018’s Southeast Summer Classic! All IAEE members are invited to attend!

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CEM Learning Program Faculty, an incredible opportunity to meet members on a national and international level and to engage in some very thought-provoking discussions about our industry and its best practices.

Chapter Leaders Council Spotlight… An Interview with Mary Ellen Chapdelaine, CEM, Vice President of Sales, Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services

Mary Ellen Chapdelaine, CEM, is Vice President of Sales at Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services and a member of IAEE’s Chapter Leaders Council. Mary Ellen has been an IAEE member for 20 years. She recently shared with IAEE her perspective on the importance of connecting with her peers and the benefits she gains from her chapter leadership activities.

How did you get involved in leadership within your chapter?

I was recruited by Anna Roa in 1997 to serve on a committee for the Northern California Chapter. She was the Chapter Chair and encouraged me to get involved. Anna was my mentor, inspiration and became a dear friend. She passed away in December after a 31-year career with the Santa Clara CVB. I have been on a committee and/or the Board of Directors since that first volunteer committee position.

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

I have served on Program and Membership Committees and am currently Chair of the Northern California Chapter.

What have you gotten out of volunteering for your chapter?

I have made many great friends, enjoyed networking opportunities and valuable education. I am passionate about making connections. Connecting people together who will benefit from meeting  – that’s what I love to do.

How are you fostering future volunteer leaders?

We have recently made new connections with professors from San Jose University and University of San Francisco. We are working on connecting their students with show organizers to create volunteer opportunities as well as a chance to see a trade show and/or event in progress. We anticipate this will increase their interest levels towards pursuing careers in our industry and foster a new group of future leaders.

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

Bringing people together – working with our Board of Directors and outreach to our membership. We are committed to providing relevant education and networking opportunities.

What is your favorite chapter activity?

Hosting CEM Learning Program courses. Our chapter has hosted a CEM course in San Francisco since 2011. We felt that bringing a CEM course to San Francisco would provide an opportunity for local members who may not be attending Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition to experience the value of this program and continue towards their certification.

Chapter Leaders Council Spotlight… An Interview with Peter Abraham, CEM, Sr. Business Development Manager, Freeman

By Mary Tucker, IAEE Sr. PR/Communications Manager

Peter Abraham, CEM, is Sr. Business Development Manager with Freeman and a member of IAEE’s Chapter Leaders Council. Peter has been an IAEE member for 10 years. He recently shared with IAEE his perspective on the advantages of being an IAEE member and what prompted him to take on a leadership role in his local chapter.

How did you get involved in leadership within your chapter?

The company for whom I worked at the time was interested in having a greater presence locally, and sought volunteers to attend IAEE events in the greater Boston area. At the end of one of the presentations, the then-chapter chair made an announcement that they were seeking volunteers to join the board, and it piqued my interest. After learning more about how I could contribute, it was a no-brainer. I’ve loved every minute of being part of IAEE.

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

I have been part of the Events Committee, Community Service Committee, and have served as Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair.

What have you gotten out of volunteering for your chapter?

Where do I begin? The industry connections and the friends that I have made in these past 10 years are amazing. And in doing so, it’s put me in the position to introduce so many people. I also love the idea of bringing the younger generation in, showing them the ropes and helping to get them started.

How are you fostering future volunteer leaders?

The most important “recruiting tool,” I believe, is in hosting successful events. It entices others to participate. I also love to see the younger generation, who may not initially understand the value of face-to-face, overcome this – and often become our biggest supporters.

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

Stepping into a leadership role has shown me that I have the ability to impact change. By working with such a diverse, talented board, our educational and networking events, as well as our community service has such a significant impact on not only our membership, but to the community at large.

What is your favorite chapter activity?

My favorite chapter activities are the networking events! I love seeing people of so many different facets of the industry come together and share. I love to see the energy they bring to our events. And I love to see people relax and make those same connections that can only enhance both their personal and professional lives.

What other IAEE Councils, Committees and task forces are you currently involved in aside from your chapter activities?

I’m currently involved in the Member Meet-Up Committee.

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.