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May 2, 2018  |  A review of the latest news and happenings.
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EXHIBITORFastTrak Registration is Open!

Session selection is now under way! Check out www.ExhibitorFastTrak.com for the schedules.

Register Now for EXHIBITORFastTrak

Pro tip: Compare the required sessions you still need to the locations where each session is being offered, so you can try to make it to the location where you can get closest to completion. To see the locations where each required session is offered, go to www.CTSM.com/requiredsessionlocations.asp.

Candidates: If all the sessions remaining on your transcript are offered at a FastTrak conference, you may take your comprehensive exam at the same location. The exam is offered Friday afternoon at each location. Don't forget to register for your exam at least one month prior to exam date. Here's the link: www.CTSM.com/comprehensiveexamregistration-s.asp

CTSM5 Sessions Offered at FastTraks
Those of you with 5 or more years of experience may opt out of some of the more basic CTSM-required sessions. Use the Session Substitution Request form at www.CTSM.com/substitutionrequest.asp to determine which required sessions could be replaced by a CTSM5 session.

For example: In Providence, the following session is being offered:
502 (CTSM5) GLOBAL EXHIBIT MARKETING
Introduction to International Meeting Planning: Western Europe
Looking at the substitution form, that session could be substituted for 20618, 20918, or 52218.

Required session 52218 is only offered at FastTrak San Francisco and Fort Worth this year. If you are completing your final required sessions and one of them is 52218, and you can't attend the Providence or Chicago FastTrak, you may request a special waiver to substitute 502 or 510 for 52218. Complete the substitution form (502 for 52218 if Providence, 510 for 52218 if Chicago). The 5 years experience requirement does not apply in this case.

Just let us know if you have any questions and we will be happy to help!

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Special Sessions at FastTrak for CTSM Graduates Only

CTSM Graduates: The EXHIBITORFastTrak conferences in Providence and Chicago this year will offer new leadership sessions just for you!

These special sessions will give you a new opportunity to learn, engage, and connect with your fellow CTSM grads, featuring Q&A time, coaching and roundtable discussions where the attendees will determine the topics and curriculum. Plus you will get to know other CTSM grads at a private wine and cheese reception. Choose from:
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Clarification on Certification Upgrades

Several candidates who have taken more than enough electives over the years have asked us if they could apply the extra electives towards certification upgrades, even if they haven't passed their exams or written their portfolios yet. The answer to that is "no." Those sessions should be thought of as additional brain power and knowledge gained.

Certification upgrades are just that - upgrades after certification. It takes 10 more hours of sessions to equal each upgrade (or seven 1.5 hour sessions) for Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Learn more at the bottom of this page: www.CTSM.com/stepsToCertification3.asp

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Get Certified! Earn your CTSM in 2018!

If you are finishing up sessions and taking your exam at one of the upcoming EXHIBITORFastTrak conferences (or you have already accomplished those two steps), then the final step is writing your candidate portfolio of application. Calm down. Don't panic. Don't put it off! There are many tools available on our CTSM website to help you accomplish this at www.CTSM.com/portfolio.asp.

The session 710, Preparing, Developing and Submitting a Quality CTSM Portfolio is being offered online once a month between April and September. It is highly recommended that you take this class as you prepare to work on your portfolio. All classes are 90 minutes in length, from 1:00-2:30 pm Central Time, and it may count as one of your elective sessions. Register at www.CTSM.com/portfolioWebSession710-s.asp

Consider dedicating a weekend to your portfolio project by attending a Portfolio Power-Working Weekend (PPWW) workshop where you can learn, write and receive immediate feedback from advisors here to help. Leave distractions behind and focus for 12 hours. The three remaining PPWWs in 2018 are:
  • Minneapolis, June 9-10
  • San Diego, July 28-29
  • Milwaukee, August 11-12
Summers are busy times at hotels, so register as soon as possible if you are planning to attend. If attending the Minneapolis PPWW, room reservations in our meeting block must be made by May 18th. Learn more at www.CTSM.com/portfolioPowerWorkingWeekend-s.asp.

 
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Highlights from EXHIBITORLIVE 2018

EXHIBITORLIVE really did come alive this year - there were so many new and exciting things! To tie in with our theme of "Connect with Your Species," a "Species Squad" was on hand to greet attendees, answer your questions and give directions. The Square was alive with meetings all week long, and it was the location for the Welcome Reception this year as well as the HCEA reception.

Palm Foyer on Level 3 was extra busy with the addition of many comfortable lounging areas and charging stations. This is where the First-Timers Meet Up was held, and it proved to be the best connecting meet-up we've had. CTSM also had an added presence in the Palm Foyer at one end of the granite counter, opposite from the session changing station.

The CTSM Graduate Event at the Four Seasons Acacia Ballroom included a reception, banquet and awards ceremony. This year we recognized 30 new graduates; 46 graduates achieved Bronze, Silver or Gold upgrades; and three graduates achieved Diamond level.

Thank you to Access TCA for sponsoring our graduate recognition evening and other CTSM activities at EXHIBITORLIVE!


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Thirteen of the new graduates were on hand for a group photo.

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Our three new Diamonds: Kathleen Gunderson, Bill Jackson, and Janice Breuer.



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New graduate Laura Cooley and her advisor Melanie Swanson.

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New graduate Alvin Caughman with wife Laguardia, and two graduates from RealPage: Katie Schmidth, and Mike Nielson.



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Graduate Lori Suhr networking with Kevin Enebrad and Amy Sondrop from Access TCA.

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Our friends from Access TCA: Jim Doucette, Arielle Langlais, CTSM (new graduate), Maddie Ogren, CTSM (certified last year), and their friend Mark Shaub.


View more photos from EXHIBITORLIVE on EXHIBITOR Magazine's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ExhibitorMediaGroup.



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Congratulations to our Newest CTSM Graduates!
Meet our newly certified CTSMers since EXHIBITORLIVE 2018:
 
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Rachel Claffey, CTSM
 
 
Hallie Zacharczuk, CTSM
 
 
Rachel Claffey, CTSM
Senior Marketing Events Specialist
Attunity
Burlington, MA
 
 
Hallie Zacharczuk, CTSM
Tradeshow & Events Coordinator
Bartlett & West
Topeka, KS
 
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