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April 28, 2017  |  A review of the latest news and happenings.
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Registration Now Open for EXHIBITORFastTrak Conferences

Don't Miss the Discount! You will save $300 if you register for the Providence, RI conference by June 13. To see the complete line-up of session offerings at each location, go to www.ExhibitorFastTrak.com.

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You can also register now to take your CTSM Comprehensive Exam at any of the four EXHIBITORFastTrak conferences. The exam will be offered on the final afternoon at each location. Register here.

Something New This Year: Candy Adams will teach her all-day workshop, #212, Rookie Exhibitors' Quick-Start Program: Hit the Ground Running, at the front end of three of the conferences - Providence, Chicago (summer), and Sacramento. This workshop qualifies CTSM candidates to waive sessions 20617 and 20917.

Congratulations to these four lucky winners of All-Access Passports to attend one of the 2017 EXHIBITORFastTrak conferences:
  • Robert (Bob) Recker - Cardinal Health
  • Ellen Williams - SkillSurvey, Inc.
  • Katie Biskup - Pyrotek
  • Nora Jenkins, CTSM
The first three winners were drawn from cards turned in at the CTSM booth at EXHIBITORLIVE, and Nora won the yellow conference evaluation form drawing. Katie and Ellen are CTSM candidates, and Nora is a CTSM graduate. Congrats, and thanks to everyone who visited our booth!

And special thanks to our 2017 EXHIBITORFastTrak Sponsors:

Providence, RI:

Access TCA
Chicago, IL (Summer):

EXHIBIT CONCEPTS, INC.
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Sacramento, CA:
GROUP DELPHI
Chicago, IL (Fall):

Not yet sponsored.
Ask us for details!
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EXHIBITOR eTrak Schedule Update

The schedule for EXHIBITOR eTrak live online sessions is now posted through the end of the year.

You Can Save Money by completing many of your CTSM-required sessions and electives online, which eliminates any travel expenses. We also offer a multi-session discount, so if you register for multiple eTrak sessions at the same time, you will pay less for each session.

Online CTSM-required session offerings include:
  • May 9: 40217: Basic Project Management and Reporting Skills
  • June 15: 31317: Beyond the Basics of Booth Selling
  • July 18: 61017: The Basics of Event Planning and Management
  • July 19: 61117: The Basics of Event Logistics and Implementation
  • August 17: ALS 30717: Creative Thinking to Reinvigorate Your Program
  • October 17: 62017: The @show Experience
  • November 14: 10817: How To Measure the Value of Trade Show Participation - Part I: Basic Concepts
  • December 14: 72117: Negotiating Skills to Win
Additional sessions are available to use to meet your requirements for electives. See all of the scheduled EXHIBITOR eTrak online sessions at www.ExhibitoreTrak.com/sessions.asp.

 
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EXHIBITORLIVE 2017 Is History...

... but many great memories linger! At EXHIBITORLIVE, CTSM celebrated 25 years of developing the next generation of industry leaders through relevant industry education.

Here's a photo of 17 of the 39 new 2016 CTSM graduates:

CTSM graduates at EXHIBITORLIVE
Front: M.Baker, A.Perrine, M.Sheeler, N.Rodriguez-Schultz, K.Lord, J.Dennis
Middle: S.Koon, A.Helmer, J.Dusenberry, A.Tupman, H.Garcia, B.Edwards
Back: S.Cebulus, K.Cristello, J.Godkin, M.Ogren, R.Valles

As part of the program at our Graduate Event, we recognized some of the key individuals instrumental in starting the CTSM program:

EXHIBITORLIVE
Lee Knight, founder of EXHIBITOR; Dee Silfies, chief learning strategist from the beginning; Christine Christman, first director of the program; Jim Andersen, industry leader, key to getting us university affiliation; Joe Ries, academic advisor for 23 of the 25 years.

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Kathleen Meadowcroft earned her CTSM Diamond Level this year. She is second from the left, pictured with six of our other Diamonds in attendance. Also pictured: Melanie Swanson, Dominique Cook, Steven Marchese, Lisa Lawley, Diane Benson, and Katharine Chestnut Klang.

Nearly 150 graduates and guests attended our celebration event.

For more pictures of our CTSM Graduate Dinner and Awards Night, visit our website at www.CTSM.com/exhibitorlive2017.asp.

We've also posted photos of every booth from the EXHIBITORLIVE show floor in 2017. See them all at www.exhibitorlive.com/2017/exhibitorspostshow.asp.

 
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Get on Track to Complete Your Portfolio in 2017

Don't delay! Spring into your portfolio writing now and through the summer months. If your goal is to be recognized as CTSM certified at EXHIBITORLIVE 2018, avoid the panic and stress of putting your portfolio writing off until Fall.

There are two remaining Portfolio Power-Working Weekends scheduled this year. They offer focused time away from distractions. Each weekend includes 12 hours of intensive workshop time with advisors on hand for immediate feedback.
  • June 10-11: Minneapolis, MN
  • August 12-13: Milwaukee, WI
Register today at www.ctsm.com/portfolioPowerWorkingWeekend-s.asp.

Also, Session 710: Preparing, Developing and Submitting a Quality CTSM Portfolio will be offered online monthly from May through October. This class provides a thorough look at what is expected in each section of the portfolio and will give you a jump start on your writing. Registration is at www.ctsm.com/portfolioWebSession710-s.asp.

Pro Tip: If your browser is not showing the latest information on a web page, perform the following keyboard combination to refresh the page: On Windows, type ctrl + F5; and on Mac/Apple, type Apple + R or command + R.

 
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Congratulations to our Newest CTSM Graduates!
Meet our newly certified CTSMers since December 2016!
 
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Marianne van Zeeland, CTSM
 
 
Jennifer Gabriel, CTSM
 
 
Marianne van Zeeland, CTSM
Sr. Trade Show & Event Manager
Genomic Health
Redwood City, CA
 
 
Jennifer Gabriel, CTSM
Trade Show & Events Manager
Joerns Healthcare
Charlotte, NC
 
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Rachel Wheeler, CTSM
 
 
 
Rachel Wheeler, CTSM
Marketing Specialist,
Global Branding
ICL Food Specialties
St. Louis, MO
 
 
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