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TSE’s Irene Sperling Honored with IAEE Chairperson’s Award


Anaheim, CA – Trade Show Executive’s (TSE) esteemed Irene Sperling was named the 2016 recipient of the Chairperson’s Award presented by the International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE).

The honor was announced December 8 at IAEE’s Expo! Expo! in Anaheim. The highly regarded Vice President and Associate Publisher of TSE accepted the honor from IAEE Chair Julia Smith during the annual Awards Luncheon.

The presentation, which had been a well-kept secret, came after TSE Publisher Darlene Gudea was officially honored with the previously announced Legend of the Industry Award presented by IAEE’s Krakoff Leadership Institute.

Sperling has graced the aisles of Expo! Expo! and countless other trade show industry events on behalf of TSE since she joined the newly launched publication in 2003. She had already become a familiar face among the industry as publisher of the rival Tradeshow Week. Previously, she had been show manager of Reed Exhibitions’ Kitchen and Bath portfolio.

In her acceptance remarks during the annual Awards Luncheon, Sperling called IAEE a cornerstone of professional development in the events industry and a center of the universe for professionals. “It’s all about the people that we meet and the people we work with,” she said. “I’ve met so many people from around the world. You learn about their lives and their shows, and you become educated in the process.”

Along with her long association with IAEE, Sperling is active in the Professional Convention Management Association, and was the 2016 recipient of the Shawn Corwin-Myland Award presented by Convention Sales Professionals International.

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