SWIAEE history starts with two separate chapters: one from Southern California and the other from Southern Nevada (including Las Vegas). In the 1990's each chapter's board of directors decided to merge as Southern California had many show organizers, but few suppliers and Las Vegas had no show organizers, but lots of suppliers.
Arizona came on board years later. Collectively, we have the largest group of convention centers, hotels and amazing weather in the country!
Executive Committee - Chair
Trade Show Director at Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers
Executive Committee - Vice Chair
Founder of Blendz Events
Executive Committee - Treasurer
Executive Committee - Immediate Past Chair
Director of National Operations at Quest Events
Director - YP & Scholarship Chair
Operations Manager at Informa Tech
Director - Meetings and Program Co-Chair
Senior Vice President, Event Operations at Access Intelligence LLC
Director - Policy Chair
Vice President, Client Relations at GES
Director - Communications Chair
Senior Manager, Content and Community at Informa Markets
Director - Membership Engagement Chair
Vice President of Leasing at International Market Centers
Director - Golf Chair
Executive Director, City Wide Sales at MGM Resorts International
Program/Meetings/Education Committee plans and produces chapter meetings, events and educational programs. It is our goal is to add value, enhance the careers and skills of our members, and to help them develop meaningful professional relationships through education and social meetups spanning the industry. Responsibilities shared among committee members include the full scope of event management - content development, marketing, and logistical support such as site selection, food/beverage arrangements, registration, and onsite support.
The Sponsorship Committee offers viable sponsorship opportunities to our Chapter and adjacent community, which allow for the promotion of their brand, at the same time providing revenue dollars to fund unique and engaging learning and networking opportunities to our members.
The Communications Committee is the voice of SWIAEE, sharing important chapter news, event announcements, and celebrating the victories of individual members, the chapter, and our industry as a whole. Committee members craft marketing copy, keep the website updated, generate creative collateral for our communications, and promote industry news across SWIAEE social channels.
Young Professionals/Academia Committee supports and elevates young professionals in the trade show industry by providing focus on the needs of those who are at the beginning of their career paths and to provide an educational, social, and professional support network.
Membership Engagement Committee welcomes new members to SWIAEE and develops leaders in the chapter for roles on committees and Board of Directors.
The Golf Committee plans and executes an annual SWIAEE golf tournament. Duties include recruitment of golfers and sponsorships, pre-event planning and onsite execution of the event.
As 2021 ended with a notebook full of unforgettable experiences and 2022 is off to a hopeful start, we want to thank you for all of your continued support and the essential role you play in SWIAEE. We understand what an important responsibility we have to provide a safe, inclusive, and engaging environment for our members to thrive and we take this responsibility very seriously and are grateful for the opportunity to work alongside you in supporting our members and industry’s success.
We hope you continue to find opportunities to learn, network, and engage by being a member of SWIAEE. For those that are interested we will be offering a variety of educational sessions, networking opportunities and so much more. Stay tuned for an exciting calendar of events we have planned for 2022.
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you as your 2022 Chair and I wish you a year of success and good health.
SWIAEE Board Chair