March 2018


The Latest News from the IAEE Midwestern Chapter

IAEE Midwest Chapter Chair - Brent Linkin

Spring is well on its way and we are in the midst of our demanding season.  As always one of our primary initiatives is to connect with our entire Midwest Chapter. We're ALWAYS open to new ideas! Hopefully, you had a chance to fill out the member survey that went out a few weeks ago.  We take the results seriously and will be developing some great events throughout our chapter. Some events you have come to know and love, and some will be new so be sure to follow us on social media to be kept updated on the latest happenings! Follow us on Linked In, Facebook, and Twitter

I'd like to give a big shout out to the dedicated Board and their amazing committee members.  We are excited Tricia Mallet from Milwaukee and Gretchen Liedl from Minneapolis  have joined the board in hopes to better engage our entire Midwestern chapter. I'm so pleased to welcome the newest members of this fabulous team:

Gretchen Liedl, American Academy of Neurology

Tricia Mallet, CEM, Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Kara Stahl, CEM, National Restaurant Association

Ross Starr, GES

Although it is only March, we've already had two very successful events this year.  We had a fantastic turnout with great competition at our annual kickball tournament. Congrats to GES for taking home 1st place in a hard-won battle. In February, we participated in a lively presentation of "What's your Wow?", where we learned how to set ourselves apart from the rest and to clearly define and communicate our personal brand.  



UPCOMING EVENTS! 2018 Chapter Programs & Events!

Industry Xchange & Global Meetings Industry Day!

Join us for an industry-wide, collaborative education and networking event for the meetings and events industry.  This annual event will be taking place in Chicago's brand new Wintrust Arena!

When: Thursday, April 12
Location: 200 E Cermak Rd

3:30pm - 4:00pm   Registration / Reception
4:00pm - 5:30pm   Education
5:30pm - 7:30pm   Networking Reception


Chapter Happy Hour! Keep a look out for our next IAEE Midwest Chapter Happy Hour! We are shooting for the first week of May!



Save the date - June Education Program 

            June Networking & Education Event - Planners Attend for FREE

            When: Wednesday, June 13th

            Where: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
            What: Details Coming Soon! 



IAEE Midwest Chapter Annual Golf Outing!

Back by popular demand at Cantigny Golf Club!

When: Monday, August 27th
Location: Cantigny Golf Club Wheaton, Il


          Check-in & warm up:                                 10:15am - 10:45am

          Shot Gun Start with lunch on the course:     11:00am

          Non-golfer's reception starts                       4:00pm
          Reception & Dinner (with prize drawings)     4:00pm - 6:00pm



Chapter Charity! #Weish4ever

As always, we're proud to be raising money for the Andrew Weishar Foundation, whose mission is to provide immediate assistance to families with adolescents or young adults stricken with cancer, so be sure to support them any chance you can!

Full List of 2018 Chapter Events:

2018 Midwest Chapter Program & Events


Shout out to all of our Industry Sponsors!

Looking to become a sponsor? Would you like to host our next educational session? Interested in sponsoring the next chapter happy hour? Learn more hereThank you to the following organizations for their generous support.

Current Sponsors

Choose Chicago
Convention Data Services (CDS)
Oscar & Associates
Shepard Exposition Services 
Valley Expo & Displays
MEET Chicago Northwest
SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals


  • Expo! Expo! Call for Presentations
    • Call for Presentations is now open for #ExpoExpo 2018! Have knowledge that could make a difference in our industry? Submit your speaker proposal by 30 March!



  • Expo! Expo! Idea Generation
  • CEIR - Marketing Spend Report
    • B2B exhibitions dominate in capturing the largest share of the marketing budget of brand marketers! Download the latest Marketing Spend Report to find out how the marketing spend for exhibitors have changed. Free to IAEE Members!


  • Award Nominations
    • The fate of 10 IAEE Awards are in your hands! Nominate an industry superstar! Submit your nomination by logging in to your IAEE Member Dashboard today: 

Thank you to our Chapter Sponsors!