December 2016

A Message from Your Chapter Chair, Jennifer Kimball

Hello, Midwest Chapter! I will start off with a big thank you to all of our Board members, volunteers and you, our very attractive membership, who made 2016 a year full of accomplishments. I won't do a long recap, but this past year we launched our Chapter App (download it here if you haven't already), enjoyed record attendance, raised over $4,000 for the Hornets Sled Hockey team, and had a kick-ass reception at Expo Expo (thank you to our sponsors, Rosemont CVB and Donald E. Stephens Convention Center)! And I would be remiss not to bring up the most fun holiday party we've ever had on November 30th at AceBounce. Who knew ping pong could be so exciting? 

As I pass the Chairperson reins over to Brett Kolinek, I want to take a moment to say thank you to Dan Traver and Lisa Goecke Malikow. You both were instrumental in paving the way to the fresh, bright, energetic leadership we enjoy today and your focus on new ideas and ways to engage our membership was a source of inspiration to me this past year, and with Brett at the helm we will continue the upward trajectory.

So obviously, we're an amazing group and you have just stood up in your cubicle and demanded aloud to know how you can spend more time with us, so we're going to have all of our event dates on the website as they are confirmed. We're changing a few things up, so make sure you like us on Facebook and join our LinkedIn group so you don't miss ONE SECOND of the good times we have waiting for you in 2017. Kickball? Yes! February 2nd at McCormick Place. High quality programming? You bet! February 22nd at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, and once again FREE to Planners! I mean, c'mon. Be there.  

As always, if you are interested in being a part of a committee, please feel free to contact us. We are committed to outstanding events and programming this year, as well as some fresh new initiatives taking hold so come be a part of the fun!

I look forward to what 2017 has to offer, and I hope you are as well. I loved being your Chair this year and I thank you for all of your support. See you soon, until then have a great holiday season!


Meet Our 2017 Board of Directors 

We are proud to announce our 2017 Board of Directors. Visit our website to see who will be leading the Midwestern Chapter in 2017. 

Quarterly Highlights

Education Program and Holiday Party 

Thank you to everyone who joined us at AceBounce on November 30th . See photos from this fun event here

EXPO!EXPO! Midwestern Chapter Reception

It was great to see everyone in Anaheim. See photos from this annual gathering here

Important Reminders

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 Upcoming Events - Save the Date


Kickball Tournament 

When: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Where: McCormick Place

Save the date to join us for the games, networking, food, drinks, and fun! 

Sign me up! 

Education Program and Networking Reception

When: February 22, 2017
Where: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Program details and registration coming soon! 


Industry Related Tips and Tools

Getting to Know You: Data Collection by Jean Heis, CMP

Help Your Exhibitors Wade through a Sea of E-Mail Clutter by Lisa Goecke Malikow

Merits of Personal Touch in the Digital Age by Patrick Carlson

Bundling Exhibitions Products to Drive Revenue by Chris Baumgartner

10 Tips to Grow Your Trade Show Prospect List by Kevin Jackson

Go Ahead & Go Green! by Erin Sweeney                                                                                                                     

The Only Reason You Need to Start Networking by Jennifer Kimball


Thank you to our Chapter Sponsors!