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64th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat - ReCap

It's a Wrap! The 64th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, went off with great success September 25-27, 2019 in Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A.!


The IFEA would like to thank our Convention Presenting Sponsor, Haas & Wilkerson Insurance and all of you who were in attendance at the Convention in addition to a special thank you to all who contributed their time, resources and efforts in making the Convention such a great success! We look forward to seeing you again in 2020 for the 65th Annual IFEA Convention & Expo which will be held in . . . . . Watch this space for more details!


Exact Location and Date to be announced soon!

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The Convention May be Over - But Don't Stop the Networking!

After another great year at the 64th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, meeting old friends and making new ones, don't let the distance between you stop the networking! You traded business cards, you talked about great ideas, you discovered new vendors and suppliers . . . you said you'd be in touch . . . well, what are you waiting for? Pick up that phone, jot down an email, follow through and stay in touch!

If you can't find where you put that business card or phone number, check out your Convention attendee list. And if that doesn't work, give the IFEA a call. No matter what - if there's even one person you enjoyed chatting with at the Convention this year, keep in touch . . . you never know where things will lead!

64th Annual Convention Photos Available


For those of you in attendance at the IFEA Convention and even for those who couldn’t make it but are curious to see some of the happenings at the Convention, a highlight of some of the Convention photos are posted on this page, but to see all the photos taken at the 64th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, head to our #IFEA64 Convention Photos page!
View Photos Here

(If you would like a high resolution copy of any of the images, please copy the image you'd like and email it to nia@ifea.com to receive the higher resolution.)

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Thank You to All Our Speakers


A special thank you to all our speakers for being part of the 64th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance in Williamsburg, VA, U.S.A. this September and for sharing your time and expertise with your fellow attendees. Your participation added an important dimension to our educational programming and will ultimately help to improve the quality and success of events throughout our industry.

Convention Presentations Available Soon

If you're looking for a specific presentation from the Convention, those speakers who provided us with copies of their PowerPoints or Handouts will be found here within the next week.

Thank You to Our Sponsors


Thank You To Our Volunteers


As our IFEA Volunteer of the Year Award Program states . . . "the importance of volunteers to our industry cannot be overestimated."

The IFEA would like to share a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you who gave a few minutes, a few hours or even a few days during the 64th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance. Every brochure, registration packet and name tag that was handed out; every inflatable, flag, banner or sign that was set out and then moved . . and moved again; every centerpiece that was set out and collected; every speaker that was introduced and evaluation collected; every raffle ticket and Convention Pin that was sold; and all the odd jobs before, during and after . . . we could not have put the Convention on . . without YOU! Thank you for sharing your time with us and for all the assistance and expertise you provided that made the IFEA Convention the best it can be!

Thank you also to VolunteerLocal for providing such a great platform for our volunteers to sign up on!

If you'd like to help out as a volunteer at the 2020 IFEA Convention & Expo, send an email to beth@ifea.com and keep an eye on your Inbox for more details.

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Thank You to Our Entertainers and Decor!


A special thanks to all our entertainers and decor providers at this year's Convention. Thank you to you all for making the Convention so festive!

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Thank You For Making Our 'Garden Party' a Success


The IFEA Foundation Party & Auction – “Garden Party” and the “Ultimate Experience Raffle” teamed up for a repeat success that had attendees adorning fascinators and suspenders in 2019! Although the weather wasn’t as cooperative as we would have liked it to be (thanks BAMWX.com for the up to the minute weather reports!) and the ‘Garden Party’ was moved inside, a refined time was still had by all with BJ Griffin & the Galaxy Groove setting the vibe to open up the evening!
Anticipation quickly built as the night’s festivities got underway and we drew the winner of the Ultimate Experience Raffle. Congratulations again to Butch Helton from Pigeon Forge Office of Special Events who chose the “Discover Washington DC” for his Ultimate Experience package.

The evening livened up even more after that with eager participants ready to bid for 11 Live Auction Item Packages. With packages ranging from Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Tickets, Experience Thunder Over Louisville, Discover Washington D.C., Imagine South Africa and much more, this year’s lucky winners walked away with some fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience packages!

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Thank You Auction Donors and Bidders


A world of thanks goes out to all of those who donated items to the IFEA Foundation’s Live and Silent Auctions this year, and to the many excited attendees who bid on them during the 64th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance. Your generosity on all fronts helped to make this year's Foundation event an even more memorable one and helped to ensure that future IFEA programming and resources have support for many years to come.
We also appreciated everyone’s patience this year as we transitioned our Silent Auction to an online format and look forward to expanding participation even more in 2020.
Your participation is greatly appreciated and thank you again for taking the time to support our industry.

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Congratulations to our 2019 IFEA Award Winners


The IFEA made a big impact on the world on September 25, 2019 as we honored the recipients of our many awards programs at the IFEA Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Eventeny and the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Award Presentation. We would like to extend a huge congratulations to all of our recipients, winners and inductees! To find out who was recognized, just follow the links below:

To learn more about IFEA's Award Programs, Click Here.

Share Your Success with Others - Order Duplicate Awards Today

Congratulations to all the 2019 IFEA Award winners! You are probably making arrangements this very second, to celebrate with your staff, volunteers, board, sponsors and community for all their hard work in putting on such a great event!! As you do so, why not take a moment to recognize their hard work and efforts by giving them their own Award. It's a great way to recognize all those that were involved and give them the pride of being affiliated with an award-winning event or city!
  • Order Duplicate 2019 IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Here
  • Order Duplicate 2019 IFEA World Festival & Event City Awards Here
If you are a past IFEA Volunteer of the Year or a past IFEA Hall of Fame Inductee, and would like to order a duplicate award or a current trophy - please contact Nia Hovde at nia@ifea.com.

Congratulations to the 2019 IFEA CFEE Graduates


Together with CFEE Program Sponsor, Kaliff Insurance, the IFEA would like to congratulate our 2019 CFEE Graduates:

  • Erin Atkinson, MedeAnalytics, Denver, CO
  • Daniel Baldacci, IFEA Latin America, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Kristin Bryant, City of Clayton, Clayton, MO
  • Syeira Budd, King William Fair, San Antonio, TX
  • Jack Hammer, Three Rivers Festival, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Carina Jimenez, City of McAllen, McAllen, TX
  • Karlee May, Downtown Boise Association, Boise, ID
  • Janet Landey, Institute of Events Management, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Dianna Lawrence, City of Richardson - Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival/Cottonwood Arts Festival, Richardson, TX
  • David Olivares, Kaliff Insurance, San Antonio, TX
  • Suzi Patterson, Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Kailua-Kona, HI
  • Angela Poco, City of West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Carrie Ring, City of Yuma, AZ
  • Molly Tomasallo Johnson, City of Paducah, Paducah, NY
To learn more about the IFEA's Certified Festival & Event Executive Certification Program, Click Here.

Congratulations to the 2019 IFEA Foundation Legacy Scholarship Recipients

Thank you to the IFEA Foundation and their Legacy Scholarship program for providing scholarships to twelve deserving students and new professionals, allowing them to attend the IFEA Convention this year. Scholarship recipients are able to return home with new ideas, information and motivation to take their own events and careers, as well as our industry, to the next level.
  • The Arts Festival Legacy Scholarship – Awarded to: Sarah Umlauf, Cultural Festivals, St. Louis, MO
  • The Nick Corda Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to: Anna Adelman, Student, Kansas City, MO / Liverpool, UK
  • The Carolyn and Lee Crayton Legacy Scholarship - Awarded to: Nan Krushinski, City of Delray Beach, FL
  • The Georgia Festivals & Events Association Scholarship – Awarded to: Charise Stephens, Georgia Wellness and Fitness Festival, Macon, GA
  • The Bill & Gretchen Lofthouse Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to: Priscilla Garcia, City of Imperial, CA
  • The Mampre Media International Scholarship – Awarded to: Mairin Petrone, Pittsburg Irish Festival, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Daniel A. Mangeot Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to: Daphne Dickens, Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA
  • The Jean McFaddin Legacy Scholarship – Awarded to: Megan Tramonte, ArtFest Fort Myers, Fort Myers, FL
  • The Richard Nicholls Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to: Alexa Maldonado, High Point University, High Point, NC
  • The Bruce & Kathy Skinner Scholarship - Awarded to: Lindi DiMaio, Festival Management Group, Delray Beach, FL
  • The John Stewart Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to: Karlee May, Downtown Boise Association, Boise, ID
  • The George Zambelli, Sr. Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to: Brenda Eckler, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI
For more information about IFEA Foundation Legacy Scholarships, Click Here.

Congratulations to the 2019 Photo Scavenger Hunt Winners!

Capturing some of the Convention’s most picturesque moments to share on their social media, the IFEA Photo Scavenger Hunt had over 26 participants vying for first, second and third place prizes. The scores were close and our congratulations go out to the three lucky winners:
  • 1st Place: Erin Browning, O'Neill Events/Boulevardia
  • 2nd Place: Mairin Petrone, Pittsburgh Irish Festival
  • 3rd Place: Jessica Hodges, National Cherry Festival
Special thanks to First Data/Clover for contributing our first place cash prize, the IFEA for the second place 2019 Convention discount, and Alison Baringer and the North Carolina Azalea Festival for the third place gift card.
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The Expo May Be Over . . But The Show Goes On!


A sold-out Expo in 2019 brought a diverse and supportive group of industry vendors to meet with Convention attendees and showcase the many products and services available on the market today.
While the 2019 IFEA Expo may be over, but you can still purchase the products and services you need from industry suppliers that exhibited at the 2019 IFEA Expo, and get $100 off your 2020 IFEA Convention registration! Our Expo 2019 New Business Incentive Voucher allows you to earn credit for doing business with IFEA exhibitors, even if you weren’t able to attend the IFEA convention.

Simply purchase a product or service from one or more of our 2019 Exhibitors – complete list available in our Virtual Trade Show – then submit your completed voucher form and proof of purchase by October 31, 2019 to qualify for the discount. The offer may be used up to 5 times per organization, as long as the supplier is one that you’ve not worked with in the past year.

View the 2019 IFEA Exhibitors Here.
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