In their March issue, the IAEE Young Professionals YPConnect newsletter featured DC Chapter member David Cherry!
Here is reprint of the article! If you wish to view the original, check out the March issue of the IAEE YPConnect newsletter.
David L. Cherry, CEM
Manager, Corporate Relations & Exhibits
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Q: What are your responsibilities in your current role?
A: I expand membership and deepen relationships by connecting our vendors to our provider members through exhibitions and other corporate support opportunities.
Q: What drives your involvement with IAEE?
A: I stay involved with IAEE to keep current on trends in the exhibition industry in order to bring those to my particular industry which is end-of-life care.
Q: What events or networking opportunities are most beneficial or appealing to you as a young professional?
A: Of course the local chapter networking opportunities are awesome as well as the national conferences likes Expo! Expo!. I’ve met so many wonderful individuals that I still keep in contact with through these opportunities.
Q: What was your most memorable IAEE experience?
A: Completing my CEM designation in time for Expo! Expo! in Las Vegas, NV. What made the experience even more special was obtaining my CEM with the same group of other young professionals that started the same time as I did on the journey. We all supported each other until the end.
Q: What are a few of the fun perks at your job/association?
A: My association gives us Flex Days off. I call mine, flex Fridays because that is when I hit the gym harder and longer than my usual workouts throughout the week! I’m a full time exhibition manager and part-time gym rat.
Q: How did you get involved in the industry?
A: I’ve always had a passion for and was a natural fit for the meetings, events and exhibition industry.
Q: Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
A: Be open to constructive criticism, learning new ideas or concepts as well as meeting new people outside of your normal view. I’m a strong advocate for mentorship. I suggest all young professionals find a mentor in the industry to go to for guidance and advice.
IAEE Chapter Affiliation: Washington D.C. Chapter