The decision of whether to change the name of the International Association of Exhibition Management to the International Association of Exhibitions and Events rests with members, who will vote on the question between now and November 30, when the results will be announced at the annual meeting in San Diego.
The notion of changing the name first surfaced at last year’s annual meeting in Atlanta, where IAEM leadership had presented members with a motion to rebrand as the International Association for Exhibitions and Events. But the motion met with contention, as many members said they were unaware of a possible name change. Paper ballots were nonetheless cast, but leaders declared the vote invalid because there had not been enough votes to establish a quorum.
Proxy cards have been mailed to all official voting individuals, and the results will be announced during this year’s annual meeting and exhibition, which will be held at the San Diego Convention Center November 28 to 30. Because of IAEM’s recent change to an organization-based dues structure from an individual-based dues structure, it has a new voting procedure. Now, each organization gets one vote, cast by an individual designated as its official voter.
Leaders say the proposed name better reflects the group's strategic plan to broaden the scope of the organization to include all aspects of the exhibition industry, in particular the growing corporate exhibitions and events area.