The Fern family is excited for two of our own, Aaron Bludworth and Michael Cox. Both have been recognized by IAEE for their contributions to the industry and to the communities we serve. At Fern our Core Values are not just words, but a true part of our organization. While Aaron and Michael practice all of our values consistently, this recognition exemplifies their beliefs in honesty and integrity. Please join the Fern family in congratulating both Aaron and Michael. — Jim Kelley, Vice President, Marketing & Industry Relations
Two Fern Leaders Awarded Honors by IAEE
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) recently announced the 2019 recipients of its annual awards program, which recognizes IAEE members who have made outstanding contributions to the exhibitions and events industry. Two Fern team members – Aaron Bludworth and Michael Cox – were included on the list.
Humanitarian Award – Aaron Bludworth, President & CEOThe IAEE Humanitarian Award was added this year to recognize someone who demonstrates commitment to equality and social responsibility and exemplifies unselfish giving to the well-being of humanity through aiding those less fortunate and eliminating/reducing the pain and suffering of others.
According to 2019 IAEE Chairperson Tom Cindric, Jr., CEM, Bludworth truly represents the spirit of this award. He was the stand-out nominee because, no matter where his Fern travels take him, he makes time to find people in need of a helping hand. He never passes an opportunity to make a new friend, help the helpless and find ways to enhance the lives of those whose paths he crosses.
Chapter Merit Award – Michael Cox, Executive Vice President The Chapter Merit Award recognizes IAEE members whose ideas and/or work have benefited IAEE as an organization in some special way and is generally reserved for those who have stepped forward at the chapter/local level.
Cox was among the three 2019 recipients because he has been instrumental in launching the newest IAEE Chapter, the Mid-South Chapter, and in leading the chapter as President. With a passion for the industry, Cox has been lauded as a thought leader and serves as a mentor to young professionals entering the industry. He has been a tremendous asset to the chapter and its success.
Bludworth, Cox and the other 2019 award recipients will be honored at the Annual Networking Luncheon and Awards Presentation during Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition, set for December 3-5 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Both will be attending Expo!Expo! in Fern’s Booth #627.