IAEE Welcomes Chairperson Marie Browne


2024 Board Election Results Announced 

DALLAS, 7 December 2023 – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) announced today the results of the elections for its 2024 Board of Directors. Members of IAEE’s Board of Directors are elected on an annual basis by the official voting member of each IAEE member company. All officers serve a term of one year, except the secretary/treasurer who may hold the office for two years. The directors each serve three years in staggered terms to ensure continuity in the governance of the association.

2024 IAEE Chairperson Marie Browne manages and grows a portfolio of industry-leading events as Group Vice President at RX, a global company in the business of building businesses. Her current portfolio spans industrial sectors from pharmaceutical manufacturing to golf. In addition to managing a portfolio of events, Browne participates in the areas of company strategy and mergers and acquisitions. She has handled transactions of events and business representing values from $5M to $50M in the U.S., Mexico, and Brazil in addition to leading the launch of new business representing $10M+ in new revenue per year. Browne received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baruch College and her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Connecticut.

“I look forward to working with IAEE staff and fellow board members in shaping the future of our industry as we explore new technologies and best practices,” Browne said. “It is an exciting time for IAEE, and we will strive to continue serving members’ needs through programs and initiatives that deliver maximum impact.”

“Marie’s vast knowledge and experience in the industry is a great asset to IAEE,” noted IAEE President and CEO Marsha Flanagan, M.Ed., CEM. “We are pleased to welcome her as the 2024 Chairperson and look forward towards a future defined by innovation and collaboration with our new and continuing Board members.”

The newest members of the 2024 IAEE Board of Directors are:

Director Mike Carlucci
Chief Operating Officer
Clarion Events, North America

 Director Emile Davis, CEM
Managing Director, Business Development
American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Director Sonia Fong, MBA
Senior Vice President of Convention Development
Louisville Tourism

Continuing Board of Directors members include:
Chairperson-Elect Chuck Grouzard
Executive Vice President, Business Development

Secretary/Treasurer Mary Bender
Vice President of Sales and Customer Service
Taffy Event Strategies

Immediate Past Chairperson Dennis Smith
Vice President, Business Development
Asian American Hotel Owners Association – AAHOA

Director Mark Bogdansky
Vice President, Meetings and Events
Auto Care Association

Director Michael Clarke
Senior Director, B2B Events and Programs Portfolio, Luxury and Leisure
Global Sales Organization – U.S. and Canada
Marriott International Inc. and Marriott International Luxury Brands

Director Michelle Edmonson, CEM
Vice President, Exhibitions
AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology

Director Mary Pat Heftman

Director Anytra Lowe, CEM
Executive Vice President, Client Solutions

Director Brian Pagel
Executive Vice President


Director Necoya Tyson, CEM-AP, CGMP, CCEP


Lightsey Event Solutions

Director Nichapa (Nikki) Yoswee, CEM

Senior Vice President

Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)

Ex-officio Directors are:
Representing the Chapter Leaders Council
Sarah Kokernot, CEM, CMP
Director of Meetings & Events
Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society

Representing the IAEE Asia Council
Xuebin Gu, CEM
Founder and CEO


Representing the IAEE Chapter Leaders Council

Sarah Kokernot, CEM, CMP
Director of Meetings & Events

Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society

Representing the IAEE MATSO Council

John Rozum
Senior Director, Ag and Utility Exhibitions and Events

Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Representing the Past Chairpersons’ Advisory Group

Randy Bauler, CEM
Corporate Relations & Exhibits Director
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Representing the IAEE Consumer Events Council

Michelle Metter
Fast Forward Event Productions
The announcement was made during the Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2023 in Dallas, Texas. Click here for more details about the event.

About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE has provided quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education, and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors, and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely, and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: 4imprint, Convention News Television (CNTV), Freeman, GES | onPeak, Grit Productions & Expositions, New Orleans & Company, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Personify – A2Z Events, Risk Strategies Company | Buttine Insurance, Swapcard and Synchronicities (Visit Anaheim, Visit Baltimore and Visit San Antonio). Visit www.iaee.com for more information.

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