What are Networking Circles?
During registration, we will ask for your primary job/role in your organization. This informationis used to assign you to a networking circle. Your “circle” will be made up of people with similar job duties, and you will have the opportunity to meet with them on Sunday and Wednesday during the convention. This is a time to meet new people and build your network for the future. This time will NOT include presentations, so be sure to bring your business cards. It is a time for one-on-one networking. We want to provide you with a circle of friends you can call on in the future whenever you need fair advice. You are also allowed to choose a different circle to attend if you have more than one role.
What are Champion Circles?
Champion Circles are designed for convention attendees to learn about the winning IAFE contest entries. These 20-minute presentations will feature entries from all contest categories. ( Communications, Agriculture, Sponsorship, Competitive Exhibits, and Non-Fair Facility Usage). Champion Circle presentations will be made on the stage in the Inspiration Hub and the schedule will be available on the IAFE Convention App.
Do I have to be on a committee to attend the meeting?
You do not have to already be a committee member to attend a committee meeting. The convention is a great time to try out a committee. You can then join the committee for year-round participation.
Do I have to be enrolled in the Institute of Fair Management (IFM) to attend the IFM courses?
You do not need to be enrolled in the IFM to participate. We encourage you to, at the end of the course, complete the course completion schedule so that if in the future you decide to enroll, you will receive credit for the course. (Up to two years)
What is the Inspiration Hub?
A “Hub” of activity is available in the Inspiration Hub. Convention registration, lounges to relax (Inspiration Lounge and the McGowen Allied Specialty Insurance Lounge, Inspiration Stage featuring Champion Circles and other presentations including the Contest Award ceremony, Committee booths, IAFE information, Contest Awards, Pick up your Committee Ribbons, and much more!
What are all the acronyms?
IAFE – International Association of Fairs & Expositions
YP – Young Professionals. For those in our membership under 40 years of age. Want to get involved?
CFE – Certified Fair Executive. Want more information?
CVFM – Certified Volunteer Fair Manager. Want more information?
CPP – Consumer Protection Program, an IFM required course.
OABA – Outdoor Amusement Business Association
NICA – National Independent Concessionaires Association
SLA – Showmen’s League of America