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IAEE offers multiple networking opportunities across a wide range of niche groups. Below you will find activities spanning the 3 day event.

First Timers Program Networking Reception

Monday, 27 November
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (1630 - 1830)
Henry B. González Convention Center

Have you heard about Expo! Expo! but never experienced it for yourself? 

Are you a new IAEE member?

Are you a show organizer looking for new strategies and trends to integrate into your own event?

If so, you qualify to participate in IAEE’s First Timers Program, and it will be an experience you will not forget! If you are an exhibition or event organizer, a new IAEE member (as of 1 January 2017) AND have never attended Expo! Expo!, you cannot miss this opportunity to attend as IAEE’s guest and immerse yourself in the networking events and education sessions that will help guide your strategic planning process for the upcoming year.

Qualified attendees who register by 6 November 2017 will be eligible for a complimentary meeting registration featuring an orientation with industry leaders about how to maximize your experience at Expo! Expo!

If you or someone in your organization is perfect for this opportunity, contact Taylor Lopez, Events Manager.

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YP PartyYoung Professionals Party

Monday, 27 November 
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (1900 - 2200)
Paramour Bar

The IAEE Young Professionals Party is back by popular demand. Especially designed for young professionals in the exhibitions and events industry under 35 years of age, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with colleagues in this fun and lively event! Space is limited. You must register for this event when registering for Expo! Expo!

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Monday, 27 November 
9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. (2130 - 2300)
Marriott Rivercenter

Second annual social gathering for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & queer member professionals.

20 Under 30

Tuesday, 28 November
8:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. (830 - 1115)
Henry B. González Convention Center

IAEE’s 20 under 30 program is for young-professional exhibition organizers who may not be supported by their companies to attend Expo! Expo! The program provides industry education for professional growth in the exhibitions and events industry and helps program participants become better, more productive employees. 

Selected applicants will receive one full, complimentary registration to Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition in San Antonio, TX 28-30 November 2017, and lodging for three nights (over $1,400.00 value). Honorees will be recognized throughout the annual meeting and formally at the IAEE Annual Networking Luncheon and Awards Presentation on Thursday, 30 November 2017. 

Expo! Expo! General Session and CEM Class of 2017 Presentation 

Tuesday, 28 November
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (1300 - 1415)
Henry B. González Convention Center

Keynote Speaker:

Ryan Estis
Leader, Sales Professional, Innovator

Unleashing Your Inner Super Hero

Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting and Exhibition welcomes 2017 attendees at the Opening General Session and CEM Class of 2017 presentation in beautiful San Antonio. Headlining the event will be nationally recognized keynote speaker, Ryan Estis. Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. As the former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. As a keynote speaker, Ryan is known for his innovative ideas on leading change, improving sales effectiveness and preparing for the future of work. He was recently recognized as one of “the best keynote speakers ever heard” by Meetings & Conventions magazine alongside Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Colin Powell and Mike Ditka.

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International Reception & Business Exchange

Tuesday, 28 November
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (1700 - 1830)
Henry B. González Convention Center

The International Reception & Business Exchange is an invitation-only, VIP event to facilitate and build connections between international destinations and U.S. Organizers looking to expand business opportunities outside the United States.

Chapter Receptions

Tuesday, 28 November
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (1700 - 1900)
Henry B. González Convention Center

Enjoy cocktails and hors d’ouevres while you network with exhibitions and events professionals from your local chapter.

Expo! Expo! Opening Reception

Tuesday, 28 November
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (1900 - 2100)
Merida Plaza & Grotto at Henry B. Gonzáles

Kick off your Expo! Expo! experience and the holiday season with a river parade party under thousands of lights adorning the River Walk. Get into the festivities with parade floats decked out for the holiday season, a variety of music and entertainment, incredible food, and of course beer, fine wine and craft cocktails. You won’t want to miss this San Antonio celebration where the spirit of the season shines bright.

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General Session Keynote

Wednesday, 29 November
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (1045 - 1145)

Henry B. González Convention Center

Keynote Speaker:

Valorie Burton
Founder, Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute

Resilient and Ready: How to Thrive Through Challenge and Change

A bestselling author, Emmy-nominated television host and Certified Personal and Executive Coach, Valorie Burton is the founder of the Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute.

She teaches that resilience is a skill that can be learned – and anyone wanting to achieve high levels of success and happiness must learn it. Her life-changing message of resilience has an intriguing, research-based emphasis on positive psychology, the study of what happens when things goes right with us. 

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Humanity Rocks - A Celebration with a Cause

Wednesday, 29 November
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. (2100 - 2400)

Aztec Theatre
($95 per ticket)

Global Experience Specialists (GES) will once again host their spectacular annual charity event, Humanity Rocks: A Celebration With A Cause. This event continues to celebrate the finest achievements of the exhibitions and events industry while giving back to the host city’s local community. This year, Humanity Rocks will be benefitting Boysville, an organization that provides a safe family environment for children in need. 

Entertainment will feature the band, The Spazmatics.

For sponsorship information, contact Rick Jennings, CEM.

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IAEE Annual Networking Luncheon & Awards Presentation    

Thursday, 30 November
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. (1130 - 1245)
Henry B. González Convention Center

Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate the great accomplishments achieved by IAEE members. During this official, annual business meeting of members, IAEE chairperson Ryan Strowger, CEM will review the work of the board of directors and will pass the gavel to 2018 IAEE chairperson Daniel McKinnon, CEM who will provide the vision for the upcoming year. Before the luncheon ends, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau and New Orleans Morial Convention Center will showcase plans for Expo! Expo! 2018 in vibrant New Orleans.

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Expociety - IAEE's Annual Closing Party

Thursday, 30 November
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (1530 - 1700)
Henry B. González Convention Center

At the conclusion of Expo! Expo!, Expociety, the closing event for the annual meeting will provide attendees the perfect platform to further develop connections made at this year’s event, as well as create new ones that will flourish and reconnect next year in New Orleans. Plan to attend to meet with colleagues one last time before heading home! Grand Prize winners will be announced. Don’t Miss It!

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Expo! Expo! Trade Show Hours
Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center

Tue, 28 November 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed, 29 November 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm