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About the Program

IAEE’s 20 Under 30 Program affords remarkable young professional organizers the opportunity to experience the magic of Expo! Expo! first-hand. IAEE believes that by recognizing and elevating these young leaders, evolution and distinction of the exhibition and events industry will be fostered around the globe.

The 20 Under 30 program will not only provide selected honorees with industry and leadership education for professional growth in the exhibitions and events industry, but also lifelong connections with fellow honorees and attendees.

Selected honorees will receive one full, complimentary registration to Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition in New Orleans, LA on 11-13 December 2018, 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, 13 December 2018.

2017 20 Under 30 Class at Expo! Expo!

Thank you to our 20 Under 30 Partner



  • Must be a member of IAEE
  • Must be an exhibition organizer
  • Must be a full-time employee
  • Must be 30 years old or younger
  • Honorees must be prepared to attend the entire meeting from 11 December  – 13 December including the Annual Networking Luncheon and Awards Presentation on Thursday, 13 December

Honorees Receive:

  • Hotel accommodations for three nights, 10 December – 12 December
  • Full complimentary registration to the 2018 Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition in New Orleans, LA and to the Young Professionals Party on 10 December
  • A schedule of required events and meet-up times
  • Recognition throughout the event and formally during the Annual Networking Luncheon and Awards Presentation on Thursday, 13 December 2018

Please note: Honorees are responsible for transportation and any incidental costs accrued, including additional in-room costs.

Congratulations to this year's 20 Under 30 Honorees!

Colleen Bransford
Program Coordinator
Southern Gas Association

Chris Briare
IT Administrator

Nataki Hemmings, CMP
Event Coordinator

Shameka Jennings, MTA, CMP, DES
Director of Education and Events
National WIC Association

Bryan Jones, CEM
Corporate Development Manager

Cory Karalekas
Operations Manager
Natural Products Expo West, Natural Products Expo East, NBJ Summit (Informa Exhibitions)

Kate Kisner
Marketing Manager
The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo; Dwell on Design (Informa Exhibitions)

Laura Miller
Senior Manager Partner Solutions & Key Accounts
ASIS International

Rachelle Muckle, CEM
Manager, Exhibitor Experience
National Association of Broadcasters

Emily Nelson
Registration Coordinator
Diversified Communications

Katie Owings
Operations Manager
Sponsorship Boost

Kim Palastro
Marketing Coordinator

Kathryn Pearson
Senior Coordinator, Meetings & Exhibits
NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Dana Ronan McClay, CEM
Operations Manager
Access Intelligence, LLC

Lassandra Smith
Operations Manager
Messe Frankfurt, Inc.

Patricia Studebaker
Marketing Manager, Attendee
International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo; International Roofing Expo (Informa Exhibitions)

Madelynn Thompson
Operations Coordinator

Jessica Uecker
Event Producer
PMI Entertainment Group

Fred Vieira
Event Manager, Latin America
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

Heather Webb
Marketing & Communications Manager
Restaurant Facility Management Association

For questions regarding the 20 Under 30 Program, please contact Jannat Choudhury and Taylor Denver.

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