Greetings from the Chair

From The Chair:

Greetings! For those of you who missed our January luncheon and Town Hall Meeting, I would like to send a “recap.”

2017 is a year of “Transformation, Transparency, and Giving Back.” The Chapter is undergoing many changes this year, starting with a new Chapter Administrator, new Photographer, new AV provider, new Registration company, new website, and a new expanded Board of Directors, which I am honored to Chair.

This is Your Chapter, and your Board of Directors. On the chapter website will be listed the members of the Board along with the committees they chair. If you have any suggestions on the things that the Chapter is involved with please feel free to reach out to anyone on the Board.

Our Chapter Charity for 2017 is an organization known as FRIENDS OF GUESTHOUSE. Founded in 1974, Friends of Guest House is a 501(c)(3) charity that helps Northern Virginia women successfully reenter the community from incarceration. Their website is: This group of people, in my humble opinion, is a community of women who are overlooked or forgotten, unless it directly impacts one’s family. (as it did my own) We had an opportunity to hear from the Executive Director and other staff from FOGH, but the most compelling presentation came from a woman who, by the time this article is written, was graduating from the program and moving into her own living quarters – with a new job, and having opened her 1st bank account!

On the heels of that presentation, and a couple of financial pledges from one of our Vendors and myself, we are on track to try and raise some significant dollars to present to FOGH at our November luncheon. When you come to our luncheons or special events, please “dig a little deeper” knowing that your dollars will go directly to this worthy charity.

Lastly, the DC Chapter will be forming a Community Service committee to explore other ways that we, as a chapter, can GIVE BACK to the communities in which we live and work.

Yes, 2017 will be a good year – we’ve gotten off to a great start, and I’m looking forward to serving as your Chapter Chair, working along with some of the finest people in the world!





B. Murphy , CEM

Fern National Sales Manager

[O] 781-519-5013

[M] 703-867-0597

IAEE DC Chapter February Luncheon

IAEE D.C. Chapter Luncheon

(Friday, February 10, 2017, Maggiano’s, Washington, DC

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Networking Reception

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Luncheon and Education Program

Topic: Speaker/Title/Company: Barbara A. Myers, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of IMN Solutions, a global, full-service association, meeting and event management company located in the Washington, DC area.

Description: Key Trends for 2017 and Success Strategies for Planners in the Shared Economy This session will provide an overview of key trends for organizations going into 2017 with a special focus on the impact of the sharing economy on the events and exhibition industry. Whether it’s Airbnb, Uber or Sharing Cities Network, the sharing economy is creating new business models and forcing for-profit

businesses to adapt or fall behind. The same will hold true for the exhibition and events industry without the right strategies and plans. Born out of the recession and developing values, the sharing economy has evolved into a formidable movement. The list of companies active in the sharing economy is long, growing, and global. It touches all sectors, and utilizes network-enabled sharing to connect users and reduce hassle and costs. The sharing economy’s “triple bottom line” (financial, environmental, and social) aligns well with exhibition and events industry and there are already success stories. Exhibition and event professionals are just now at the precipice of embracing the sharing economy are are working understand how this economy will impact exhibition and event design, implementation, execution and strategies to extend networks and connect people and resources. Our industry has yet to tap into the full potential of the sharing economy. This session will explain what the sharing economy is, its implication on the exhibition and events industry and what organizers can do to leverage the shared economy for greater success.

Speaker: Barbara A. Myers, CAE CEO, IMN Solutions Phone: 386.235.3551 Email:

Register Here 


Important Dates:

Luncheon: Friday, February 10, 2017

Pre-registration Deadline: Wednesday, (marketing to complete)

Pre-register and save!

Pre-Registration Fees:

Chapter Members: $40.00

Non-members: $45.00

Onsite Registration Fees:

Chapter Members: $50.00

Non-members: $60.00

After the deadline, we will gladly register you onsite; however, please make every attempt to pre-register so the Chapter can provide correct guarantee numbers to the venue. We make every effort to accommodate all onsite registrants, but if the number exceeds the capacity of the venue, we won’t be able to accommodate additional onsite registrations.

Address for Lunch Location – Chevy Chase Pavilion, 5333 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20015

Metro – Friendship Heights Station, Red Line

Parking – Chevy Chase Pavilion Parking, 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

(202) 464-2900

IAEE Response to Travel Ban by Trump Administration

The original announcement can be found here.

Please direct all questions regarding the statement to IAEE HQ. We encourage our DC Chapter members to participate in HQ’s request to Share Your Story.

As you may know, President Trump recently signed an executive order temporarily banning visitors from seven countries from entering the U.S. While IAEE does not usually take a position in highly political matters, when it begins to affect our members, we do take notice. IAEE is 100% committed to bringing your voice and concerns to Washington, D.C. Below you will find a quote from IAEE chairperson of the board, Ryan Strowger, CEM along with a call to action.

From Ryan Strowger, CEM:

“The global exhibitions industry contributes more than $200 billion to world economies, with roughly $77 billion contributed to the U.S. GDP annually,” said Ryan Strowger, CEM, chair of IAEE and SVP of Exhibitions, Conferences and Sales with the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). “Furthermore, more than 42 million visitors attend 9,400+ business-to-business exhibitions and events in the U.S. alone and IAEE members and stakeholders are rightfully concerned about the long-term ramifications of restrictions placed on global travelers coming to the U.S.”

How is this Affecting Your Organization?

Please share your story with us on how this new executive order is affecting your organization and members by visiting the “Share Your Story”  on the Exhibitions Mean Business website or email Nicole Bowman, MBA, IAEE Vice President of Marketing & Communications here.

Thank you,

IAEE Management