September 2017


The Latest News from the IAEE Midwestern Chapter

IAEE Midwest Chapter Chair - Brett Kolinek

Brett Kolinek, CEM

What an eventful quarter for the IAEE Midwestern Chapter.  However, before we focus on what happened, I'd like to take a moment to highlight how we got here, and what we're doing to prepare for the future.  In December of 2016, Brent Linkin, the Chapter Vice Chair and I shared lunch and discussed the direction of the 2017.  We strategized on our goals as well as setup objectives for the future.  With the seeds planted and of course, with the help of the leaders before us, the IAEE Midwestern Chapter events are evolving to meet the needs of a growing industry.  The future of our chapter is looking strong as we start to onboard new board members in 2018 from cities other than Chicago!

Thank you to the YPs and to all who have attended the monthly meetups/networking events.  In addition to our local meetups in Chicago our members in Minneapolis held a meetup on July 27, plus the association traveled to Milwaukee to network and watch the Cubs vs. Brewers at Miller Park.  Whether a Cubs or Brewers fan the feedback from the event was well received.  Early in September the weather held out and 92 golfers experienced a wonderful new course for IAEE at Cantigny Golf Club.  The food, golf, as well as other events have all been well organized and I am proud of the team for the efforts on the golf outing and all the events, marketing, etc. throughout the year.

Lastly, I'd like to take a moment to thank all of you reading this newsletter.  By reading this you're supporting our chapter and without you all of this would not be possible.  We have an action packed Annual Meeting planned on October 30th at the Brand New Marriott Marquis.  Please see below for more details.

Annual Meeting!
OO LA LA! Brand NEW Marriott Marquis!

Tours will be available!

WHEN: Monday, October 30
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Registration
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch/Annual Meeting/Program

WHERE: Marriott Marquis
2121 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616

Ryan Strowger, CEM    

IAEE Chairperson, Ryan Strowger, CEM will kick us off with an update from IAEE Headquarters. Then we'll dive into our education program, "Attracting International Attendees and Foreign Exhibitors to U.S. Conferences and Trade Shows" presented by Cherif Moujabber, President of Creative Expo's & Conferences; Borys Mejía, Trade Commissioner, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ecuador; Leana Salamah, Account Strategist and Executive Director, Chicago Office mdg; and Chris Wehking, Chief Program Officer, American Society of Anesthesiologists.

  • Young Professional EXPO! EXPO! Scholarship winner will be announced! #IAEEYP
  • Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented! #tradeshowlife
  • We will host a 50/50 Raffle to support our amazing Chapter Charity the Andrew Weishar Foundation. #weish4ever


Special thanks to our Annual Meeting sponsor

IAEE National Concurrent Young Professionals Happy Hour!
Be There or Be Square!

WHERE: Butch McGuire's 
20 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60610

Free to attend, please RSVP! See you there!!



Expo! Expo! IAEE's Annual Meeting & Exhibition is the "show for shows." Exhibition and events industry professionals attend this premier show to learn about the latest industry trends and technology, as well as network with like-minded professionals. This spectacular face-to-face meeting provides attendees with a diverse marketplace to view and assess the tools needed to plan and manage successful trade shows and events for years to come.

WHERE: San Antonio, Tx

WHEN: November 28 - 30


We've had quite the social summer!  If you didn't participate, you definitely MISSED OUT! 

  • July 28 - Beers, Brats, Cubs & Brewers!


  • August 24  - YP's largest Happy Hour! Renaissance Hotel, Downtown Chicago

  • September 11 - 28th Annual Golf Outing 
    Another successful day on the course! Great comradery and sportsmanship.  What a better way to spend a day not in the office! Congratulations to Larry Stoddard, Dave Dolan, Les Stern & Tom Buhmann on coming in 1st place!

  • CHAPTER CHARITY! #weish4ever!

    We are excited to share that we raised $4,000 for The Andrew Weishar Foundation at our Annual Golf Outing! 

    Many thanks to our Midwest Chapter for all of your generous donations.  Together we are helping so many young children that have been stricken with cancer.  These contributions truly personally touch so many lives.



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