IAEE Welcomes Incoming Chairperson Julia Smith 2015 Board Election Results Announced

Published on : Friday, December 4, 2015

IAEEToday, 2015 International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) Chairperson Megan Tanel, CEM passed the gavel to 2016 IAEE Chairperson Julia Smith, CEM, CTA at the Annual Networking Luncheon and Awards Presentation held during Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2015 in Baltimore, Md.

“I look forward to building on IAEE’s successful advocacy initiatives, and to promoting program development to attract future generations to careers in the exhibitions and events industry,” said Smith. “I am honored and excited to serve as 2016 Chairperson, and will be able to draw on my experiences as an involved IAEE committee and board member and volunteer.”

Smith joined Global Experience Specialists (GES) in 1989 after seven years in show management, and is currently Senior Vice President of National Sales. She has served on a variety of IAEE committees including the IAEE Awards Committee, the CEM Appeals Committee, as past chairperson of IAEE Services, Inc., on the board of the IAEE Southwest Chapter, and is a graduate of IAEE’s Krakoff Leadership Institute. For nearly a decade, she served as a board member of the Health and Pension Trusts for Local 831, the decorators union in Southern California, and she is currently a board member of the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA) and Visit Anaheim.

Smith was the first associate member of IAEE to earn the Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation, is a CEM Faculty member, and has taught CEM modules in the U.S., Taiwan, China, Canada and Europe. She is a recipient of IAEE’s Distinguished Service Award as well as the inaugural recipient of IAEE’s Woman of Achievement Award. Smith also contributed chapters to the most recent editions of IAEE’s Art of the Show textbook.

IAEE welcomes its newest members of the IAEE Board of Directors:


Continuing Board of Directors members include:


Ex-officio Directors include:


Members of IAEE’s Board of Directors are elected on an annual basis by the official voting member of each IAEE member company. All officers serve a term of one year, except the secretary/treasurer who holds office for two years. The directors are divided into three classes, as nearly equal in number as possible, each to serve three years in staggered terms to ensure continuity in the governance of the association.


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