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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Awards Program [clear filter]
Monday, October 1

12:30pm PDT

IFEA Awards Luncheon
There are few things that mean more than being recognized by your professional peers. Don't miss the 2018 IFEA Awards Luncheon, as we pause to pay tribute to the people who have made/make our industry great and continue to light the way through their commitment and creativity. Join your global peers as we:
• Recognize our 2018 CFEE Graduates, sponsored by IFEA Association Endorsed Partner Kaliff Insurance;
• Award the 2018 IFEA Volunteer of the Year Award,  to Jean Lawler, nominated by the North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.A., recognizing the contribution of all volunteers to the success of our events;
• Recognize the Recipients of our 2018 IFEA World Festival & Event City Award; and
• Pay tribute to our 2018 IFEA Hall of Fame Inductee -  Events Development Specialist William O'Toole, CFEE, from Bondi Beach, NSW, Australia - the highest honor bestowed in our field, in acknowledgment of his tremendous dedication to and impact on the global festivals and events industry.

Monday October 1, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room - Town & Country Ballroom

4:00pm PDT

IFEA / Haas & Wilkerson Insurance Pinnacle Awards Presentation
Join us as we put a memorable cap on the first day of the convention  with the most anticipated event of the year. The IFEA / Haas & Wilkerson Insurance Pinnacle Awards pay tribute to both creativity and excellence in multiple categories, from marketing to merchandise; operations to sponsorship; all leading up to the presentation of the coveted Grand Pinnacle Award. This is the Academy Awards Ceremony for the festivals and events industry. The IFEA / Haas & Wilkerson Insurance Pinnacle Awards are proudly sponsored by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance. Don’t miss this unopposed special event as we all wait to hear… "And the Pinnacle Award goes to…"

Speakers / Moderators
avatar for Steven Wood Schmader

Steven Wood Schmader

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 63 years as the “Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide” in 2018. The IFEA operates with a vision... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Vandepopulier

Andrew Vandepopulier

Producer - Festival Specialist, Haas & Wilkerson Insurance
After graduating from the University of Central Missouri with a degree in Business and Education Andrew began working in the disaster and catastrophe claims field for Farmers Insurance. He spent 3 years working around the Midwest handling all types of claims from hail to wildfires... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Room - Town & Country Ballroom
Tuesday, October 2

7:00am PDT

Pinnacle Awards Viewing
Here's your chance to see what all of your award-winning peers have been up to! IFEA / Haas & Wilkerson Insurance Pinnacle Award winning entries will be on display (FOR LOOKING ONLY - NOT TAKING), allowing you the opportunity to get your creative ideas flowing for next year.  

Tuesday October 2, 2018 7:00am - 3:00pm PDT
Location - Golden Ballroom Foyer