#MemberMonday IAEEDC Chapter Feature: Amy Durkin

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Name:   Amy Durkin

Title:  Director of Association Events

Company:  National Catholic Educational Association

What are your responsibilities with your company or event? Overall management of the annual meeting, fundraising dinner, and conferences.

Tell us about your company/organization/show:  NCEA is the largest private professional education organization in the world, representing 150,000 Catholic educators serving 6 million students in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, and in colleges and universities.

IAEE DC Involvement (Committees, etc):  Past Chair (2011)

What drives your involvement with IAEE DC?  It is a great resource and I would not have my current job without my involvement.  I am very thankful to the chapter.

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Best IAEE DC Experience:  Serving as Chair of the Chapter

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How long have you been in the DC area?  16 years

What made you choose to live here? Job

What is your favorite place in the DC area and why?   Georgetown Waterfront

How did you first get involved in the industry?   My first job was with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association as a Marketing Assistant.  They are co-owners of ConExpo/ConAgg.

Current/Past IAEE HQ involvement:  CEM Commission

What is the most interesting tradeshow other than your own that you have ever attended?

National Restaurant Association

Tradeshow Bucket List- if you could attend any tradeshow that you haven’t yet, what would it be? CES

What book are you currently reading?  Heads in Beds

What is your favorite activity in your free time?  Being with friends and family.

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Where would you most like to travel that you have never been?   Australia

 If you could have any career other than your current one, what would it be?  Can you get paid for drinking wine?

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Member Feature- Mark Shadwick

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Name:  Mark D. Shadwick

Title: Executive Director, Trade Show Sales Development

Company: Hargrove, Inc.

Twitter Handle: @Hargroveinc

What are your responsibilities with your company or event?

My primary responsibility is new trade show sales development

Tell us about your company/organization/show:

Hargrove brings brands to life. We transform our clients’ marketing message, creating physical, experiential environments for trade shows, events and exhibits. Hargrove helps corporations, associations and organizations demonstrate their vision with face-to-face experiences, offering clients personalized service delivered with care by our exceptional team. We are a certified woman-owned business and are widely considered a leader in designing and delivering creative solutions across our three production lines.

IAEE DC Involvement (Committees, etc): None at this time.

What drives your involvement with IAEE DC?  The programs are great networking and educational opportunities. I enjoy seeing all of my industry friends that I have made over the years at the programs.

Best IAEE DC Experience: Obtaining my CEM and receiving all of the warm congratulations from my colleagues regarding this achievement.

How long have you been in the DC area?

Since 1987.

What made you choose to live here?

Since the DMV is the largest base of Associations and Planners in the country, I can see no better place to live if you work in this industry.

#MemberMonday IAEEDC Chapter Feature: Rachel Thomas

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Name: Rachel Thomas

Title: Manager, Exhibits

Company: National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)

 

What are your responsibilities with your company or event?

Alongside the rest of our exhibits team, I manage the three conventions we do each year in the US, China and Switzerland. I sell booth space, process all incoming applications and placements, track and manage EAC requests, enforce show rules, design and update the floor plan, prepare invoices, prepare the security briefing and manage our security partner.

Tell us about your company/organization/show:

Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. NBAA represents more than 9,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. NBAA2014 had more than 1,100 exhibitors and 26,000 attendees.

 

IAEE DC Involvement (Committees, etc):

This is my first year with IAEE, it has been great! So far I have been getting involved with the Young Professionals and helping on the Communities and Outreach committee with IAEE’s social media pages. I am definitely looking to get more involved in the future!

 

What drives your involvement with IAEE DC?

Networking! I think it is so inspiring to be surrounded by so many smart and exceptional people in our industry. You can always learn something new!

Best IAEE DC Experience:

I really like the luncheons, I went to the one at Clyde’s and I really enjoyed how the tables were broken down into different topics. We had some folks at our table who were veterans in the industry and it was really interesting to hear their perspectives and tips.

How long have you been in the DC area?

I have lived in the DMV for 5 years. I started in Annapolis, moved to Baltimore and I currently reside in Ellicott City, MD.

What made you choose to live here?

I always knew I wanted to live in or near a big city. After college, my first job opportunity was in Tenleytown.

What is your favorite place in the DC area and why?

I love Eastern Market on the weekends. I love finding unique jewelry there.

How did you first get involved in the industry?

Ironically enough, when I first moved here I had no friends, I didn’t know anyone. I started looking on Facebook for folks that went to Penn State and that’s when I found my friend Caitlin. I reached out to her and asked if she would be willing to meet. We ended up hitting it off and finding out that we lived in the same apartment complex. It was quite serendipitous. She then got me my first job in the industry at Hargrove, Inc. where she also worked. That’s where I fell in love with the industry.

 

What is the most interesting tradeshow other than your own that you have ever attended?

I really liked all of the conferences and shows that Inc. Magazine puts on. I went to Growco a couple years ago and saw Richard Branson speak, he really commanded the audience. It really made me want to take my profession to the next level, to be better, to do better. That’s one thing I love about this industry, you are always surrounded by so many inspiring people who are truly passionate about what they do.

 

Tradeshow Bucket List- if you could attend any tradeshow that you haven’t yet, what would it be?

I really want to visit CES and the Paris Air Show.

 

What book are you currently reading? 

I’m currently reading two.

This is Where I Leave You by Johnathan Tropper (love any of his books)

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The Life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo… I haven’t decided if I like it yet but I am trying to get up the motivation to do a big cleaning spree on our house. I love collecting stuff and have a very hard time letting go, so I’m still a bit intrigued to read all of this Japanese organizing consultant’s tips.

 

What is your favorite activity in your free time?

I love being outdoors and hiking. I just got engaged during a hike – the Cascade Falls Trail in Patapsco to be exact! My fiancé and I also hiked the 26 miles to Manchu Picchu back in January.

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Where would you most like to travel that you have never been?

There are so many places, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one! Thailand, Venice, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Australia, Ireland, Alaska.

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If you could have any career other than your current one, what would it be?

I love anything creative or crafty! I would love to work for Pinterest. I also interned for Martha Stewart back in college and I would love to be a part of her team that design and layout the magazine.

 

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#MemberMonday IAEEDC Member Feature: Joe Felperin

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Name:  Joe Felperin

Title: Director of Business Development

Company: CadmiumCD

Twitter Handle:  @CCD_JoeF

What are your responsibilities with your company or event?

Generate new accounts and service current clients.  In addition, serve as the company’s industry relations representative to the meetings industry organizations.

Tell us about your company/organization/show:

Our services include conference proceedings, on-site audio recording, audio synchronization with presentation slides, abstract collection systems, speaker data collection, review tools, poster galleries, online itinerary planners, exhibitor management tools, and conference education Apps. To learn more about us and our extensive line of products, visit us at CadmiumCD.com

IAEE DC Involvement (Committees, etc):

IAEE DC Special Events Committee & Expo!Expo!

What drives your involvement with IAEE DC?

Passion for the Exhibits Industry and the great networking opportunities within the chapter.

Best IAEE DC Experience:

A couple experiences.  1. Being named volunteer of the month. 2. Participating in the “Smarter than a 5th Grader” with the DC Chapter and winning the competition at Expo!Expo! 2009.

How long have you been in the DC area?

Born and raised in the Maryland suburbs – a true native Washingtonian.

What made you choose to live here?

I choose to continue to live here because I love the DC area and still have many friends that I grew up with in the area.

What is your favorite place in the DC area and why?

The Jefferson Memorial…..you can see all the monuments from there, the White House and the Tidal Basin.

How did you first get involved in the industry?

I started selling custom exhibit booths in 1997 and then moved into show management selling exhibit space and sponsorships.

Current/Past IAEE HQ involvement:

Our company CadmiumCD is proud to be partners with IAEE for Expo Expo providing our Call for Speakers, Speaker Management and Attendee Itinerary Planner modules.  I was part of bringing that opportunity to CadmiumCD.

What is the most interesting tradeshow other than your own that you have ever attended?

There are a couple that come to mind.  For clients – CES and NAB.  For Industry – ASAE Annual, IAEE Expo!Expo! and IMEX 2014.

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Tradeshow Bucket List- if you could attend any tradeshow that you haven’t yet, what would it be?

MPI WEC since we partner with them and I haven’t had the chance to attend yet.

What book are you currently reading?

My books are industry related…..all the industry publications and social media.

What is your favorite activity in your free time?

Sports and Leisure.  I still ref basketball, ump softball, play golf and softball plus attend as many music and theatre events as possible.

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Where would you most like to travel that you have never been?

Far East, Israel and South America.

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If you could have any career other than your current one, what would it be?

Coaching sports

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#MemberMonday IAEEDC Member Feature: Susan Haning

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Name:     Susan Haning, CEM, CMP

Title:  Director of Business Development

Company:  NAILBA

Twitter Handle: @susanhaning

What are your responsibilities with your company or event?

Sales for exhibits/sponsorships and advertising – new business development in all areas

Tell us about your company/organization/show:

NAILBA is the National Assn. of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies- a mouthful for sure.  Our members are Business General Agencies who sell life insurance products to agents and producers who in turn sell to the consumer.   Currently our members write over 18 Million Dollars in annualized premiums.

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IAEE DC Involvement (Committees, etc):

I have been in the past on a local level involved on the board (Secretary) and on the membership committee and various other committees.  On the National level I was on the education committee, Expo Expo committee, Senior Level Round Table committee and Chair of the Education Committee.   I was also on the CEM Faculty for a number of years as an online instructor but took a sabbatical to make room for the younger up and coming members.

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What drives your involvement with IAEE DC?

Comradery and mentorship.     When I started out in this Industry I knew no one and one of my best moves was joining IAEM and volunteering on a committee- especially at the registration table and selling the 50/50 tickets.   I met so many nice people who helped guide me in my career path.   I will always attribute my success to my early beginnings with IAEE.   (or NAEM as it was when I first started).

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Best IAEE DC Experience:

I have to give you two:  I would say one of my MOST memorable experiences was singing Karaoke with Bill McGlade at one of the local Happy Hour events.   I think clothes were thrown at us or we threw them at the crowd and one of us went down on our knees – it was truly an amazing experience and I’m not sure it was the singing that did it!  😉    Professional best experience was being the Chair of the National Education Committee and leading a group of esteemed colleagues for a year in creating one heck of an education program for ExpoExpo!.   It was rewarding working with and leading so many amazing individuals from all different   companies and different skill levels.  Truly a rewarding experience and one I’ll always treasure and never forget.

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How long have you been in the DC area?

Since 1986 – 29 Years

What made you choose to live here?

I was born in DC- my father (ARMY Biochemist) and my mother (Medical Secretary) worked at Walter Reed and until he turned civilian in 1968 we lived in DC/MD area- I have to add a cute little note here- my parents met the first day my Mom started at Walter Reed and they married 3 weeks later- LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT and they were married for 44 years prior to his death!!    We then moved to Morgantown, WV where my Dad pursued a Dental degree at WVU (GO MOUNTAINEERS) and once he was established and set up a practice we stayed and grew up in my Mama’s hometown of Shinnston, WV.   I loved the small town life BUT I hankered for big city living so during my Senior Year of college I visited the DC area and interviewed at Bloomingdales as part of their Management Training Program.   3 days after high school graduation I packed up the car and moved to the DC area and started working for Bloomies.  I actually lived in Boliver, WV (Harpers Ferry suburb) for about 6 months because I couldn’t afford to live in or around the Tysons area.

What is your favorite place in the DC area and why?

Ummm – so many places.    I love National Harbor- the energy, the shops, the food and most especially the water.   I love sitting down with a glass of wine and just watching the people and/or the boats go by or getting on the Ferris Wheel and seeing the magnificent sights that one can view for miles.  And the dueling piano bar….well let’s just say I’ve had many a fun time there!!

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How did you first get involved in the industry?

Funny story- I was at one of our local hangouts Rumors and met a guy who was in the Industry and who worked for Andrews-Bartlett.  He traveled all the time (sometimes canceling dates) but his job sounded so exciting.  I had joined Bloomingdales because I wanted to be a buyer and travel but that wasn’t happening so I thought why not do what this guy is doing it sounded fun, exciting and so different.  I had NEVER even heard of or knew anything about the hospitality Industry but I wanted to try it.  I interviewed as a customer service representative and got the job and that was in August of 1989 and I’ve been in the Industry ever since and loved every minute of it (okay maybe not EVERY minute but almost all of it J).

Current/Past IAEE HQ involvement:

See above in committee involvement.

What is the most interesting tradeshow other than your own that you have ever attended?

NACS- National Assn. of Convenience Stores.   I actually used to work on the NACS show for 10 years and it is the most fascinating show I have ever attended.  From Playboy Bunny’s to Twinkie Costumed Characters, to chocolate, to Condom Man and to just about EVERYTHING you can imagine you would find in a convenience store.

Tradeshow Bucket List- if you could attend any tradeshow that you haven’t yet, what would it be?

International Assn of Amusement Parks.   I love amusement parks (even though I get sick on roller coasters and rides that go round and round) but I love the energy and adrenaline rush you experience at parks.

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What book are you currently reading?

James Patterson’s “Cross my Heart”.   I also read a lot of David Baldacci.

What is your favorite activity in your free time?

FREE TIME – WHAT’S THAT?   He He just kidding.   Cooking- I love to entertain and make appetizer type foods.   I currently cater a friend’s parties at her store and most recently helped cater a friend’s retirement party.

Where would you most like to travel that you have never been?

South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Brazil.

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If you could have any career other than your current one, what would it be?

I would love to own a Bed-and-Breakfast Inn on the Cape or some Beach/Fishing Community and only be responsible for the food/cooking part of the running the Inn.    Or if this didn’t pan out then selling pepperoni rolls on the Italian Riviera along the beach would be nice too!!!

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#MemberMonday IAEEDC Member Feature: Dan Ketelsen

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Name:  Dan Ketelsen

Title: Director of Convention Sales – Mid Atlantic Region

Company: Anaheim Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau

Twitter Handle: @DJKdanketelsen

What are your responsibilities with your company or event?

I’m the face of Anaheim in DC!

Tell us about your company/organization/show:

Anaheim has the largest convention center on the West Coast

IAEE DC Involvement (Committees, etc):

Attend Luncheons

What drives your involvement with IAEE DC?

With a convention center like Anaheim, we want to talk to everybody at IAEE!

Best IAEE DC Experience:

Attending an IAEE DC Young Professionals Happy Hour, even though I was too old to be “Young”

How long have you been in the DC area?

18 months

What made you choose to live here?

My boss asked me to move here, best decision I ever made!

What is your favorite place in the DC area and why?

Too many to list, it’s such a great area

How did you first get involved in the industry?

I dropped out of college in 1993 and got a six month work visa in the UK.  I worked in a tiny little hotel in Oxford and fell in love with the hospitality industry.  After that I went back to school and changed my major to HRIM, the rest is history, 17 years with Hyatt Hotels all over the country and 2.5 years with the AOCVCB.

What is the most interesting tradeshow other than your own that you have ever attended?

The NAMM SHOW every January in Anaheim, 99,000+ by invite only attendees

Tradeshow Bucket List- if you could attend any tradeshow that you haven’t yet, what would it be?  Star Wars Celebration, CES, National Restaurant Assn Show

What book are you currently reading?

I read cook books

What is your favorite activity in your free time?

Photography, check me out at www.djkphotography.smugmug.com

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Where would you most like to travel that you have never been?

Tough question, Nova Scotia is currently high on the list

If you could have any career other than your current one, what would it be?

Chef or Freelance Photographer

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#MemberMonday IAEEDC Member Feature: Jean Bryant

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Name: Jean Bryant, CEM

Title: President

Company: Professional Trade Show Partner

What are your responsibilities with your company?

My primary role is to secure freelance projects working with associations and corporate companies to assist them in bringing their projects to completion.  In many instances, I am the extra hand that is needed on their team or have a specific expertise for their short-term project needs. In the past year I have been fortunate to have handled a variety of projects that have encompassed exhibit space, sponsorship and advertising sales, as well as sponsorship development, onsite operations and rebooking booth space responsibilities.

Tell us about your company:

I started Professional Trade Show Partner as a way to continue working in an industry and at a profession that I truly enjoy while embracing more of a life-work balance.  Trading a three-hour a day commute to setting my own schedule was a great motivator to start an independent contracting business.  This is the best of both worlds.

IAEE DC Involvement:

I am a frequent attendee at the DC chapter luncheons and when needed, have assisted committee members with tasks.

What drives your involvement with IAEE DC?

The networking is number one!  The majority of my business projects are due to referrals from IAEE DC chapter members.   Recently I shared with a new luncheon attendee how I am still friends with several people who reached out to make me feel welcome at my very first luncheon more than 20 years ago.  The wealth of experience alone is reason enough to be involved with IAEE DC.  Having a network of colleagues that share experiences and offer solutions to industry challenges is invaluable.  I would also highly rate the speakers and education programing presented at the luncheons.

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Best IAEE DC Experience:

I really enjoyed the Fun Night at Wolf Trap and would like to see those events revisited and scheduled again.  The dinner was a nice relaxed event and the shows were entertaining.

How long have you been in the DC area?

I was born in Washington, DC and when I was five years old my family moved to the Wheaton, Maryland area in Montgomery County.

What made you choose to live here?

Almost 35 years ago, my husband and I decided to build a house and live in Mount Airy, Maryland.  We fell in love with the area and buying land, property taxes and building a home were more affordable in Frederick County than other surrounding counties.  At that time, we both had family in the Montgomery County area.

What is your favorite place in the DC area and why?

I don’t visit DC places often, but enjoyed the Bethesda area while working there.  There are lots of restaurants, the fresh vegetable market and unique shops to visit. My favorite side trip was to Accent Beads – the jewelry supply store in north Bethesda.

How did you first get involved in the industry?

I applied for a local job with Sugarloaf Mountain Works thinking that it was a group that wanted to preserve the Sugarloaf Mountain in Frederick Maryland!  After the interview and subsequent job offer – I was in the consumer show business for the arts and crafts industry.  After leaving Sugarloaf, I moved on to the association trade show world of machine tools, then on to another association responsible for a medical meeting show for AABB, the American Association of Blood Banks.

What is the most interesting tradeshow other than your own that you have ever attended?

I love Expo! Expo!  I can hardly wait to see the exhibit hall, attend the education sessions and network with many of the friends and colleagues that I connect with at this annual event.

Tradeshow Bucket List- if you could attend any tradeshow that you haven’t yet, what would it be?

Probably a jewelry show.

What books are you currently reading?

Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander.  This is on recommendation from Dan Cole during one of our chapter luncheon programs.  Also Nora Roberts, The Boonsboro Inn trilogy.

What is your favorite activity in your free time?

I design and make jewelry.  My husband Ben and I belong to an agility dog club and spend time training Molly, our English springer spaniel.

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Where would you most like to travel that you have never been?

I would like take a few weeks to cover the entire California coast to visit the “sea glass capital” and each of the lighthouses.

If you could have any career other than your current one, what would it be?

I am so blessed in my current situation that I can’t think of anything else I would rather do at this point in my life.

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