December 2014 

A Message from Your Chapter Chair, Dan Traver, CEM


Hello Everyone!

Wow.  I can’t believe that the year is coming to an end already.  As I get older it seems as though each year goes by faster and faster.  Anyway, I guess that is life, but what a great year we had!  I want to thank all of you for the opportunity to be Chairperson of this GREAT Chapter!  It was truly an honor.  

We tried some different things this year that I hope you all enjoyed.  It started in January shifting away from wiffle ball and giving kickball a try.  Congratulations to Valley Expo for winning the first annual kickball tournament.  It was a fun event and we look forward to getting a few more teams to join in 2015. 

The Midwest Chapter is the second largest chapter in the country.  I am passionate about continuing to encourage the membership to be engaged and get closer as a community.  There are so many people with so many great ideas and experiences - it is imperative that those messages get out to the younger generation to carry on. We started the Member Mixers as a new engagement strategy to do just that. Cultivating those relationships in a casual setting and continuing to build on our great community.  I hope to see more of you next year as we continue to do them and improve upon them. 


I am truly excited about extending our relationship with our Chapter Charity, Chicago Hornets.  The kids that are part of this hockey team are truly amazing. 

I had the opportunity to meet Isabelle at out Christmas Party and what an outstanding young lady she was.  We hope to have a rematch with them early next year to try and get our revenge from a tough loss last time. 

Lastly, Happy Holidays to everyone!  This is the most important time of the year to step back, enjoy our families and loved ones, and remember why we work every day. The passion we all have for our industry is like no other. It was great to see so many of you in L.A. at Expo! Expo! and I hope to see you all at Convening Leaders in January.  It was an amazing year and you are all in for a real treat for what Lisa Goecke, your incoming Chairperson, has planned for you in 2015!

- Dan 

This Quarter’s Highlights



IAEE Midwestern Chapter Holiday Party with Educational Program

On December 3, 2014 we held our annual holiday event at Kendall College Chicago. We took a culinary and beverage stroll through several of Chicago's distinctive ethnic neighborhoods while learning about the local cuisine and how to best pair food and beverage.  Neighborhood information cards with food details, including drink recipes, were available at each station. 


Midwestern Chapter Reception at Expo! Expo! 
Our chapter reception was a great way to get to know our fellow chapter members while in Los Angeles at Expo! Expo! It was great seeing everyone sporting their “I heart MWC” stickers on their badges during the event. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our events this year as well as next year in Baltimore.

Member Social Event
We held a member social event on Tuesday, November 11 at Theory in Chicago. Thank you for everyone who came out and keep an eye on our Facebook for upcoming social events. 

MWC Member Recognition

Congratulations to the following members of our chapter who were recently inducted into IAEE’s Platinum Circle. The IAEE Platinum Circle celebrates those who have held an IAEE membership for 25+ years. Congratulations and thank you for your continued membership!

Ms. Rose Horcher, CEM, CMP
Ms. Maureen Dieball
Ms. Andrea Goldberg
Mr. Richard Simon
Mr. Eugene Hardison
Mr. Mark Hoper, CEM

Important Reminders

Become a Sponsor Today!

Don’t forget to include IAEE Midwestern Chapter in your budgets for 2015. You can make your 2015 sponsorship commitment by completing and returning the form. No need to pay until January. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact our Sponsorship Committee Board Liaison, Brent Linkin.

Upcoming Events - Save the Date

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 2nd Annual Kickball Tournament

Join us for Networking, Food, Drinks, and Fun!

Where: McCormick Place

When: Registration Opens at 4:30 PM

           Games Begin at 5:30 PM

Pick your team soon! The deadline to register is January 15, 2015. Team space is limited. Please pre-register. Click here for more information

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – Education Program

How Big Is Your Pipe?" 
Educational Program and Member Mixer - Attend and earn 1.5 CEM credits 
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Registration
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. –Panel Discussion
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Networking Reception

About the Program:

This insightful panel will discuss the ins and outs and latest updates in a constantly changing environment.  Whether you’re looking at an in-house meeting at a hotel for 300 people or an event at a convention center for thousands, we’ll help you understand what you need so you can budget correctly and get the best service for your event participants. 

It’s crucial to know the format of the delivery and we’ll tell you why, as well as define commonly used terms and send you off with a quick reference guide to take back to the office and share. 

Online registration coming in 2015!


Thank You to our 2014 Sponsors



Choose Chicago 


Global Experience Specialists


Convention Data Services 

Oscar & Associates




Valley Expo & Displays 




Fern Exposition & Event Services




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