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IAEE Names David DuBois as New President; 
the Former PCMA Prez Comes Aboard October 4


Dallas, TX – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) has selected David DuBois, president & CEO of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, as the organization’s new president, Trade Show Executive (TSE) has learned.

DuBois will begin his new job October 4 and will replace Steven Hacker, who is retiring after more than 20 years at the helm of IAEE.

“David was the unanimous choice of our search committee and board of directors,” said IAEE Board Chair Doreen Biela. “We are confident that David will provide us with the same kind of creative, enthusiastic, and effective leadership that we have enjoyed for so long.”

DuBois’ career in the association and destination sector stretches about 30 years. He is a former president and CEO of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and held executive jobs with Meeting Planners International (MPI) during two separate terms.

His career also includes executive sales positions with the Sheraton and Ritz-Carlton chains.

Up the Ladder

·DuBois first joined PCMA in 1991 as senior vice president and oversaw the development of 15 new chapters.

·He left PCMA in 1996 and moved to Dallas to become COO of MPI. At the same time, he was executive vice president of the MPI Foundation.

·In 2000, he was named president and CEO of PCMA at the time the association moved from Birmingham, AL to Chicago. He also represented PCMA on the executive committee of the Convention Industry Council.

·It was back to Texas and MPI in 2002 to become vice president of corporate services and another term as EVP of the MPI Foundation. He was named vice president of sales and key account management in 2006.

·In 2007, DuBois launched his CVB career by becoming president and CEO of the Fort Worth bureau. He worked with an $8.5 million budget and a staff of 42. During his time in office, Fort Worth saw its hotel stock grow by 1,000 rooms and downtown room nights grow 50%.

DuBois has been a member of IAEE and a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executive. He holds certifications as a Certified Meeting Professional and Certified Association Executive.

“It is an honor and a pleasure to have been selected to become the new staff leader of IAEE,” said DuBois. “Our association is the principle global resource for those who plan, produce and service the exhibitions and events industry. I enthusiastically look forward to working closely with the staff and volunteer leaders of IAEE.”

Like MPI, IAEE is headquartered in Dallas, which is adjacent to Fort Worth. IAEE has recently grown to an impressive 1,300 member organizations and 8,000 individuals.

Reach David DuBois at (800) 433-5747 or; Steven Hacker at (972) 458-8002 or

Stay tuned for more information, including an interview with David DuBois by Trade Show Executive’s Hil Anderson