Events Advocates CEIR and IAEE Consolidate Governance
The deeply-intertwined foundation and association will soon share a board of directors.
The move was made to “simplify governance, fundraising and administrative responsibilities,” according to a statement from the two organizations.
CEIR — the Center for Exhibition Industry Research — long noted for its deep library of event-industry trends and economic research, will now share a board of directors with the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, the largest association for the tradeshow industry.
CEIR CEO Brian Casey will leave the organization, and CEIR operations will be headed up by Cathy Breden, COO of IAEE.
The chairperson-elect of IAEE — soon to be Daniel McKinnon — will serve as the chairperson of the CEIR Foundation board of directors. Aaron Bludworth, the current chair of CIER, will serve on the IAEE board for at least one year to help with the transition.
Over the past decade, CEIR and IAEE have maintained a strategic relationship, so this move mostly formalizes and streamlines a longstanding partnership. Breden has worked as managing director of CEIR since 2006, when IAEE took over the day-to-day operations of the foundation from outside contractors.
Despite the unified governance, the two organizations will remain financially sovereign, and CEIR will retain its nonprofit status.
Research director for CEIR, Nancy Drapeau, will remain in her position, and a CIER project manager will be hired to work with Drapeau and Brenden.