March 2016

A Message from Your Chapter Chair, Jennifer Kimball

Hello, Midwest Chapter! Are you ready to hear about what the amazing Midwest Chapter Board has in store for you in 2016?  I thought so.

We've gotten off to a strong start already this year, from a feisty kickball tournament to a very successful educational program to a Young Professional's meet-up with over 30 attendees, and we have much more to come. We are working hard to ensure there is something for everyone in the chapter to participate in and the best way to be aware of these opportunities is to check out our website and follow us on social media (you can find all of our social media links below).

Our incredible Board and their committees are continually working on new ways to better serve our members; from outdoor activities to YP meet-ups to golf to riveting programming at our educational events, if you are bored this year it isn't our fault!  If you want to be a part of this exciting group please click here to let us know. We have so many committees and opportunities to choose from, and it's the participation of our members that makes us as strong and interesting as we are, so now is the time to get started!      

At our February Board meeting we focused on realigning our goals to better serve you, and so our dedicated team is working on improving our communication to better convey opportunities within the chapter, and engaging more members through varied networking opportunities that encourage participation. We are working hard to provide innovative ways for our members to network through memorable experiences. See our upcoming events list for one of our new opportunities!

I am incredibly proud of the dedication of this team and along with our Immediate Past Chair, Lisa Goecke Malikow, our Vice Chair, Brett Kolinek and Treasurer, Brent Linkin look forward to continuing the momentum of building a stronger, more vibrant chapter for you.

I hope to see you soon!


Event Creative

Quarterly Highlights


Educational Program and Member Mixer: The Natural Relationship between Attendee Acquisition and Exhibit Sales

On February 24th, the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center rolled out the red carpet to host a panel filled with diverse presenters from many aspects of the industry. The discussion focused around finding ways to attract and acquire new attendees to an event rather than focusing all of a planner's attention on exhibit sales. The discussion broadened views on market segments and how to support new industry sectors at events.

Additionally we held our volunteer drive, so if you're interested in finding more information on our committees please visit here or take our volunteer survey.


3rd Annual Kick Ball Tournament

Congratulations to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) from Milwaukee for winning the IAEEMWC 3rd Annual Kickball Tournament on January, 28th! Thank you to all who participated!

Important Reminders

Tweet us
and tag us on Instagram at @IAEEMWC! Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn, and be on the lookout for our NEW IAEE MWC Blog to keep up with the latest industry news and trends!

IAEEMWC 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities

There is still time to become a Sponsor Today! We can also customize a package for you for the remaining events in 2016.

Don't forget to include IAEE Midwestern Chapter in your budgets for 2017. You can make your 2017 sponsorship commitment by completing and returning the form. No need to pay until January 2017.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact our Sponsorship Committee Board Liaison, Brent Linkin.


Upcoming Events - Save the Date

2015 YP Rooftop Happy Hour


Young Professionals Happy Hour
Wednesday June 1, 2016 | 4:30 - 7:00 PM
The New Renaissance Chicago Rooftop 
1 W. Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago IL 60601

Please join us to kick off summertime! Appetizers will be provided.

Free to attend, but please RSVP

A photo illustration depicts a new way to network

Talking Like TED II
June Educational Program and Networking
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

This program is generously sponsored by:
Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center

Details and registration coming soon!

 A photo illustration depicts a new way to network

*NEW* Sweatworking!
Network while Working Out
Tuesday June 28, 2016 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Location to be determined.

Please join us for our first ever Sweatworking Meet-Up!  Sweatworking is a new, healthier and interactive form of networking, so come out and connect with your colleagues over a workout!  We will have a fitness/yoga session led by a personal trainer in a local Chicago park. 

Further details and registration coming soon! 

 2015 Golfers

27th Annual Golf Outing 
Monday, September 12, 2016
Seven Bridges Golf Club 
Woodridge, IL

IAEEMWC golfers will once again be able to experience this 4-Star rated course that will provide a golf experience unlike any other. Not a golfer?  Join us for the member mixer networking reception and dinner following the outing.

Take advantage of our early bird rates and register today!

 2015 Annual Meeting Program Panel

Annual Meeting
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 
11 AM - 1:30 PM
River Roast
315 N LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Further details and registration coming soon!

Young Professionals - Day in the Industry Program

Young Professionals - Day in the Industry Program

On February 26th, students from DePaul University participated in the IAEE Midwestern Chapter Young Professionals "Day in the Industry" program. Students spent the day with David Berrios and Corcoran Expositions at the Chicago Golf Show.

The "Day in the Industry" program gave students the opportunity to observe exhibitor move in and gain hands-on experience by assisting with exhibitor registration. At the Chicago Golf Show, they also had the chance to shadow the Exhibits Manager. One of the DePaul students, Kenzie Mocogni said, "I was so impressed with the event in many different aspects.  There is no better way to learn than through hands on experience and the advice of successful people who are willing to help and offer tips." 

Young Professionals Spotlight

Patrick Callan - Sales Associate, Global Experience Specialists (GES)

Hometown: Lisle, IL
University: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Fun Fact: I love to ski and have been skiing on three continents!

What is one piece of advice you would give to other IAEE Young Professionals?
Everything is a process. It takes time to develop and learn all of the intricacies of the industry.

What is the biggest lesson you've learned since starting in the industry? 
There are so many moving parts that must come together for a successful show. Watching everything come together for the finalized product is eye-opening.

What is your favorite quote?
"Laugh at the odds and live life so well that death will tremble to take you."

Industry Related Tips and Tools

What is "Sweatworking" you ask?! 

Apps for Optimal Efficiency

Download the CEIR 2016 Digital Tool Kit to Enhance the Attendee Experience, today!                             


Thank you to our Chapter Sponsors!