Russ Callahan, CEM, started on the chapter Board of Directors before becoming chair of SWIAEE. Russ shares his goals and vision for the chapter in 2020.
The Board of Directors is a cross-section of our industry, comprising show organizers, suppliers and allied services.
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!
It is an honor and a pleasure to serve as the Chairperson for SWIAEE this year. I am excited about the direction of the chapter and the activity of the board of directors. This year we are going to prove size does matter. We are the most geographically diverse chapter in the country. We have a very active membership and can show the rest of the country how a chapter can make a difference by engaging our organizing members and creating value for our suppliers and venues. This balance is where the board needs everyone's help. We are expanding our board's committees. The real work that happens on the board occurs in these committees, and we need the assistance of the talent membership of SWIAEE. If you are contacted, please assist. If you would like to contribute, please contact us. Collectively we believe in face to face interactions. Events are what we do. We plan to have multiple educational and social events this year and are looking forward to your participation. If there is a question, I can assist you with, please reach out email@example.com.
Executive Committee - Chair
Director of National Operations at Quest Events
Executive Committee - Treasurer
Trade Show Director at Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers
Director - Bylaws Chair
Senior Vice President of Bartizan Connects, LLC
Director - YP & Member Engagement Chair
Operations Manager at Informa Tech
Director - Sponsorship Chair
President of International Trade Information, Inc.
Director - Digital Engagement Chair
Senior Manager, Content and Community at Informa Markets
Director - Golf Tournament Chair
Executive Director, City Wide Sales at MGM Resorts International
Director - Program and Events Chair
If you would like more information on how to become a member of the Southwest Chapter, please contact Sheri Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 559-260-9619.