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62nd Annual IFEA Convention Re-Cap

The 62nd Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat


presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance
September 14-16, 2017
The JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.

It's a Wrap! The 62nd Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat went off with great success September 14-16, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.!


The IFEA would like to thank 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 2018 for the 63rd Annual IFEA Convention & Expo which will be held in . . . . . Watch this space for more details!

Exact Location and Date to be announced soon!


Thank You to All Our Speakers

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A special thank you to all our speakers for being part of the 62nd Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. this past 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 Now Available

If you're looking for a specific presentation that was presented at the Convention, those speakers who provided us with copies of their PowerPoints or Handouts can now be found here.

Congratulations to our 2017 IFEA Award Winners

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The IFEA made a big impact on the world September 14, 2017 as we honored the recipients of our many awards programs. 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 2017 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 2017 IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Here
  • Order Duplicate 2017 IFEA World Festival & Event City Awards Here
If you are a past IFEA/Zambelli Fireworks 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

Follow Up with EXPO Vendors

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With IFEA's Online
Virtual Trade Show

Whether you missed attending the IFEA Expo in Tucson or simply weren't able to get around to all of the exhibitors on site, there's still an opportunity to explore the many quality products and services that were offered up for attendees. From Winter Wonderlands, Websites, ticketing and video production, to insurance, inflatables, crowd management, event management software and more . . . take a minute to scroll through our Virtual Trade Show on the IFEA website and discover what your event needs to invest in for 2017! IFEA Exhibitors - your partners in achieving event excellence!

Check out who was there and follow up with them today. View Here.

Shop with IFEA Exhibitors and Save!

If you committed to new* business valued at $100 or more with an IFEA Sponsor and/or IFEA Exhibitor during the 2017 IFEA Expo or will commit to that new business by 10-31-17, you will receive a $100 discount towards your 2018 IFEA Annual Convention & Expo Registration. Best of all, you can use the discount up to 5 times (5 different vendors) for a whopping $500 off per registration!

Download and complete the incentive voucher here. Questions? Contact Kaye Campbell, CFEE, Director of Partnerships & Programs at or 208-433-0950 x815.

(*May not be a current customer or have done business together within the last year.)

The Convention May be Over - But . . .

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Don't Stop the Networking!

After another great year at the 62nd Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, 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!

62nd Annual Convention Photos Available

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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, the 2017 IFEA Convention & Expo Photos are posted online on the IFEA’s Facebook Page! Check back often as we’ll be posting more soon! View 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 to receive the higher resolution.)

Congratulations to the 2017 IFEA CFEE Graduates

Together with CFEE Program Sponsor, Kaliff Insurance, the IFEA would like to congratulate our 2017 CFEE Graduates:
  • Christine Bryan, CFEE, Pittsburgh Pride/Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh
  • Jason Kingsley,CFEE, Calgary Pride
  • Kathy Kramer, CFEE, OC Fair & Event Center
  • Dolores Mendoza, CFEE, City of Pasadena
  • Elaine O'Connor, CFEE, Magnum Events
  • Zis Parras, CFEE, Canadian National Exhibition
  • Lisa Potvin, CFEE, City of Santa Clarita
  • Rachel Prebble, CFEE, CORE Education
  • Gary Van Horn, Jr., CFEE, Pittsburgh Pride/Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh
  • Kelly Zanders, CFEE, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
To learn more about the IFEA's Certified Festival & Event Executive Certification Program, Click Here.

Congratulations to the 2017 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 Carolyn and Lee Crayton Legacy Scholarship - Awarded to: Arreen Andrew, Mass Cultural Council
  • The Pete Van de Putte Scholarship - Awarded to: Syeira Budd, King William Fair
  • The John Stewart Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to: Jennifer Gyorfi, Chico State University Student
  • The Tennessee Festival & Event Professional Scholarship - Awarded to: Daniel Lewandowski, Memphis in May International Festival
  • The George Zambelli, Sr. Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to: Jessica Lim, Chico State University Student
  • The Mampre Media International Scholarship - Awarded to: Lauren Mosley
  • The Bruce & Kathy Skinner Scholarship - Awarded to: Whitney Nelson, Scottsdale Arts
  • The Daniel A. Mangeot Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to: Syeeda (Sai) Powers, Scottsdale Arts
  • The Nick Corda Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to: Kathleen Quigley, Chico State University Student
  • The Bill & Gretchen Lofthouse Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to: Brianna Snider, Chico State University Student
  • The Richard Nicholls Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to: Daeja Vogensen, Chico State University Student
For more information about IFEA Foundation Legacy Scholarships, Click Here.

Foundation Jazz Under the Starrs A Great Success

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The IFEA Foundation Party & Live Auction – “Jazz Under the Starrs,” “IFEA Chopped Championship” and the “Ultimate Experience Raffle” teamed up to be a great success.The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for a magical starr filled night with the sounds of the Larry Redhouse Tri on the Ania Terrace at the JW Marriott in Tucson, AZ.

Starting out with the IFEA Chopped Championship, teams went ‘knife to knife’ to cook up their versions of the evenings meal.Although the competition was tough, the 2017 Chopped Champion Apron went team ‘Zesty Festy’ – comprised of Kendra Wright, David Eads and Kaylee Williams!

A spectacular evening followed as we drew the winner of the IFEA Foundation 50/50 raffle. Congratulations to John Haak from ExtremeTix! Then with much anticipation, the winner of our first Ultimate Experience Raffle was selected. Congratulations to Pete Van de Putte, CFEE from Dfest® who selected the “Peruse the Philadelphia Flower Show” Live Auction Package. A perfect upcoming retirement surprise for Pete!!

The evening livened up even more after that as everyone got in bidding mode as we auctioned off the IFEA Foundation Live Auction Items.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!

Thank you to all who were in attendance for the IFEA Foundation Party & Live Auction and to all who helped make the evening a great success including: The JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, The Larry Redhouse Trio, Visit Tucson, Fabulous Inflatables/ Dynamic Displays, The IFEA Foundation & World Board of Directors and all those who donated and bid on silent and live auction items.We greatly value and appreciate all your support.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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