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
Founder of Blendz Events
Executive Committee - Vice Chair
Vice President, Client Relations at GES
Executive Committee - Treasurer
Director of National Operations at Quest Events
Executive Committee - Immediate Past Chair
Trade Show Director at
Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers
Director - Academia Co-Chair
Operations Manager at Informa Tech
Director of Citywide Sales at MGM
Vice President Business Sales at Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA)
Director - Membership Engagement and
Strategic Account Manager
at Cort Trade Shows Furnishings
Director - Academia Co-Chair
Senior Event Manager at Fast Forward
Director - Program and Events Co-Chair
Manager, Conference Exhibits and
Sponsorship Sales at WorldatWork
Director - Scholarship and Awards Chair,
Program and Events Co-Chair
Vice President of Leasing
at International Market Centers
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/Marketing 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.
If you would like more information on how to become a member of the Southwest Chapter, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 559-260-9619.