Quarter 3 Newsletter 2020  

Greetings IAEE Midwest Chapter friends, welcome to fall!

This year has certainly been different. I am looking forward to some consistency and beauty in the coming weeks as we appreciate the spectacular colors of fall as well as cool, crisp days and nights.

Speaking of consistency, we are pleased that “the show went on” for our IAEE Midwest Chapter Golf Outing earlier this month. It was our first in-person event since February. Thank you to all who came out to reconnect and network that day. It was simply wonderful to see everyone’s safely-distanced smiling faces!

There has never been a more critical time to stay connected with your industry colleagues. Are you taking advantage of the IAEE MWC Member Connect organized by our Young Professional committee? I would like to give a personal shout out to my September member connect partner, Kathy Lovato, of the American Dental Association. We enjoyed our first call last week when we were able to discuss current challenges and success stories, as well as share fun personal recommendations. It is not too late to join! For more information, go to our YP Committee section on the chapter website.

Another way to stay connected during these times is by volunteering on an IAEE MWC committee. Whether you are currently working or researching your next lucky employer, we know you have a lot to offer as we navigate this critical time for our industry. We are starting to think about what we want to achieve in 2021, so please reach out to me at [email protected] to get involved and help us make a difference!

Stay healthy and sane, everyone. As we keep moving forward, I hope to see all of you at our Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting on November 11th.

Dawn Young, CEM, Chapter Chair

Our next IAEE Midwestern Chapter Meetup hosted by the Young Professionals, is scheduled for Thursday, October 15th. More details to follow shortly.  In the meantime - save the date! 

2021 Proposed Directors/Officers Slate

The Nominating Committee is pleased to present the following slate of Officers and Directors for the IAEE Midwestern Chapter 2021 year. Ballots will be emailed to all chapter members on November 2, 2020. Please be sure to cast your vote by Noon on November 13th.  The election results will be formally announced on December 1stClick here to view the ballet. If you have any questions, please contact Gail Brooks, CMP - IAEE MWC Executive Director.

IAEE MWC Member Spotlight
Mary Liz Davis, CEM

The IAEE Midwestern Chapter Member Connect program kicked off in September. Members are paired with others in the industry to connect, network, idea share, and have fun! This month's activity had members choosing this or that in various categories to help start off conversations between each other. We are pleased to introduce you to our member Mary Liz Davis, CEM. Mary Liz has been in the industry for 24 years, starting on the general contractor side. She now works at GES as a Senior National Sales Manager. As a long time active member of IAEE, it is no wonder she is active in this Member Connect program and passionate about connecting with others in our industry. Learn more 

EXPOCAD ~ Platform Demo

On Wednesday, August 19th, we held our first of what we’re hoping is a series of virtual platform demos. We were thrilled that our partners at EXPOCAD responded to our new chapter sponsorship opportunity and educated us on their platform. Many topics were covered, and the presenters, Michele Bennett, CEM, Senior Exhibition Manager, SPIE, and Rich Stone, CEO, EXPOCAD® by ACT, did an outstanding job. From discussing the logistics of a virtual event, incentivizing your attendees from selling floor space to selling cyberspace, attendees learned how to pivot their upcoming events to a virtual platform. The presentation was packed with essential information and expert advice. The program recording and speaker presentations can be found here.

Expo! Expo! IAEEMWC YP Scholarship Opportunity

Each year the Midwestern Chapter awards one outstanding young professional with a scholarship to attend EXPO! EXPO. The Scholarship includes the recipient's registration and complimentary two-night hotel stay (the individual will cover airfare and the remaining hotel stay.) Don't miss this opportunity to experience this premier show and learn about the latest industry trends and technology, as well as network with like-minded professionals. The application deadline is Thursday, October 1, 2020. Learn more


IAEEMWC Annual Meeting

Topic:Where Do We Grow Next: Preparing for Success
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
3:00 - 4:15PM

The IAEE Midwestern Chapter is fortunate to have Kevin Dunn, a former Division President, McDonalds North America to help guide attendees through this critical time in their professional journey. Kevin will share strategies for building your personal brand and effective techniques for developing powerful leadership skills. Kevin focuses on the relationships critical to the success of your personal brand. This includes Kevin's management philosophy that is centered on results through people, character-driven leadership, and maintaining a work-family-community balance.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to shape your successful future. Registration now open! Learn more and reserve your spot! 

Transitional Membership 

As we continue to experience the devastating economic downfall to our industry, IAEE continues to support those that may have been laid off recently. We’re offering a transitional membership that will help you keep your member benefits and stay abreast of all the industry's new developments.

This transitional membership is available to individuals who were employed by member companies as of March 2020. It will extend benefits through June 2021. IAEE is waiving the criteria for this membership, so please fill out the form or contact [email protected] to keep receiving up to date information. Learn more

Annual Golf Outing - Highlights 

Wednesday, September 2nd was our 31st Annual Golf Outing at Seven Bridges. It was a gorgeous day for golf, networking and raising money for our chapter charity, Sarah’s Circle. The hole contests raised $545 for Sarah’s Circle, and offered up some great bragging rights for the winners below:

Longest putt – Kelly Denman
Longest drive men – Drew McCartney
Longest drive ladies – Mary Pat Heftman
Closest to the pin – Drew McCartney
Putt against the president – Mary Pat Heftman
Water target skills challenge – Bill Dadonno

The winning foursome consisted of: Bill Glasgow, Jr., Bill Daddono, Dave Dolan, and Kelly Denman.

Thank you to all of our sponsors + participants.

Seeking Virtual Meeting & Exhibition Platforms

As we continue the path to resume some normalcy in our professional lives, virtual meetings are now the new reality. Our chapter held a successful virtual education session on Exhibitions Day. We had an overwhelming participation of 255 attendees. Following the session, our attendee survey indicated members want and need more information on Virtual Meeting & Exhibition platforms. Throughout the next few months, IAEE Midwestern Chapter will be offering a new sponsorship opportunity by holding tech demonstrations from IAEE members who specialize in virtual production and broadcasting. 

Does your company have a virtual platform to hold meetings and exhibitions? Sign up now to conduct a presentation and educate our members about your virtual platform!  The Midwestern chapter has over 750 meeting planners! Please contact, Gail Brooks. Spots are LIMITED and special consideration will be given to IAEE Members.


Thank you to our Chapter Sponsors!