THE 63rd ANNUAL IFEA CONVENTION, EXPO & RETREAT IS DESIGNED TO INFORM AND ELEVATE ALL OF YOUR PERSPECTIVES;providing access to many points-of view; increasing awareness of changing technologies, trends, issues, opportunities and risks; and extending educational and networking opportunities to share and grow your professional experience and expertise.

WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL PLAN NOW TO JOIN US(with your staffs, boards, key volunteers, city representatives, sponsors and vendors) as we welcome the world’s top events, host markets and industry experts, for an unforgettable opportunity to evaluate, prepare for and respond to the many critical and changing perspectives that are influencing our industry and all those that we depend on.

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Monday, October 1 • 9:00am - 10:00am
IFEA 63rd Annual Convention Open: Changing Perspectives

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The 63rd Annual IFEA Convention & Expo officially opens on Monday, October 1st at 9:00 a.m. Including welcomes from IFEA industry leaders and an unforgettable performance by the internationally acclaimed Sultans of String, we will set the stage for our time together over the coming days, from all perspectives, as we look to the future and explore the growing and important roles that the events and industry we are all a part of continue to play in our cities, communities and the world around us.

Speakers / Moderators
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Sam Lemheney, CFEE

IFEA Foundation Board, 2018 Board Chair, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Chief of Shows & Events
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Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE

President & CEO, International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA World)
Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE, is the President & CEO of the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA World), which celebrates 68 years as the “Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide” in 2023. The IFEA operates with a vision... Read More →
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Jeff Curtis

IFEA World Board, 2018 Board Chair, Portland Rose Festrival Foundation , Executive Director
Jeff Curtis is the Chief Executive Officer of the Portland Rose Festival Foundation, the nonprofit organization that produces one of the world's top special events, the Portland Rose Festival. Originally hired as a sponsorship manager and later promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing... Read More →

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Sultans of String

The IFEA is pleased to welcome 3– time JUNO Awardnominees and Billboard charting band Sultans of String.Helping us to get things off with a memorable musicalperspective, Sultans of String creates “Energetic and excitingmusic from a band with talent to burn!” according to MaverickMagazine... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Room - Town & Country Ballroom