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IAEE Names Susan Schwartz, CEM, 2020 Legend of the Industry

Taylor Humphries

DALLAS — The IAEE announced that Susan Schwartz, CEM, has been named as its 2020 Person of the Industry. She was honored during the IAEE Virtual Leadership Conference held August 6-7. The Legend of the Industry is selected each year from IAEE members whose contributions, innovation and leadership have been unique and remarkable, and the contributions she has made thus far have been just that.

“Susan was very helpful to me when I first joined the IAEE Board,” said 2020 IAEE Chairperson Robert (Bob) McLean, CPA, CAE, CEM, Executive Vice President of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). “Her insights and willingness to question and challenge activities demonstrated what an active and engaged board member looks like. She exemplifies the dedication and quality of work that makes the exhibitions and events industry a great one, and we are fortunate to have her. I am pleased to present her with this distinguished honor, of which she is a most deserving recipient.”

Schwartz is Managing Director and Co-Founder of ConvExx, an independent exhibition management company in Henderson, Nevada, which culminates nearly 30 years of excellence in the exhibition industry.

Schwartz joined IAEE in 1984 where she served on more than 20 IAEE committees, task forces and councils. She has also served on the IAEE Board of Directors, Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) Board of Directors, and Exhibition Industry Foundation (EIF) Board of Trustees in various capacities including officer positions.

Schwartz has been recognized with various industry awards including IAEE’s Chapter Merit Award in 1998 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2003. She has also received the Woman of Distinction Award from the Nevada Association of Women Business Owners.

“It is a true honor to be considered as a Legend of the Industry by IAEE,” said Schwartz. “It’s been my privilege and pleasure to work in this exciting industry — even in these challenging times.”

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