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May, 2019  |  A review of the latest news and happenings.
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New Executive Director for the CTSM Program

A note from Jan Nelson, CTSM:  I am happy to announce to you that my replacement has been chosen!

Michelle MontgomeryOur warmest welcome to Michelle Montgomery. Before accepting this position, Michelle was VP of Business Development at Safetycal. She has been a tradeshow and marketing manager for several years. She is skilled in marketing, communications, technology, and data information systems etc. and we look forward to what she will bring to the CTSM program. She will become the director in June and will introduce herself to all of us in the next issue.

You may see my name here and there for a little while as I will be staying on part-time to help with the transition over the summer. Do welcome Michelle with open arms as she takes CTSM to the next level.

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EXHIBITORFastTrak Providence Is Less Than 2 Months Away

It's time to look ahead and strategize the completion of your sessions needed for certification. To help you strategize, first look at the CTSM at FastTrak page to see where each required session will be offered. Visit the FastTrak web site at ExhibitorFastTrak.com and reserve your spot. Save some money by registering for Providence before the Early Bird deadline of June 18th.

If a session you need isn't offered where you can complete several, check EXHIBITOR eTrak at ExhibitorOnline.com/etrak to see if it might be offered online. The eTrak schedule is posted through the end of 2019.

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More Meet & Greets Hosted by CTSM Graduates:

Since EXHIBITORLIVE 2019, three additional CTSM Meet & Greets have been held!

Susie Brockman hosted a 1:1 with a candidate in Knoxville, TN, on April 5th.

Lori Suhr and Heidi Zipfel hosted a Meet & Greet in Bridgewater, NJ, on April 11th.

Dee Dee Chambers hosted a Meet & Greet in Sacramento, CA, on April 20th, which quickly developed into a second event hosted by graduate Robin Rinehart at the Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings, and included food, beverage, and a behind-the-scenes tour. Great job everyone!

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Connection April 20th at Season 52 in Sacramento hosted by Dee Dee Chambers on the right.

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The CTSM Connection at the Sacramento Golden 1 Center featured a private tour and participants witnessed an event in action!

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Area CTSMers got together at the Golden 1 Center - hosted by Robin Rinehart (in center). A big thanks to Karl Crudup from the Sacramento Kings (second from right) for the wonderful tour!

Coming up:
  • June 7 - Granite City Brewery, Schaumberg, IL, 5-7 pm - hosted by Janet Dusenberry, CTSM
  • June 12 - Tiffany at Colletta at Avalon, Alpharetta, GA, 11:30 lunch - hosted by Kismet Mikos, CTSM
Several other graduates have indicated their desire to host Meet & Greets in their areas. Graduates, if you are interested in hosting connections, contact the CTSM executive director to get one set up!

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Are You Ready for Your Exam?

Exams are proctored at each FastTrak, on Friday afternoon from 1-4 PM. Be sure to register for your exam at least one month prior to when you plan to take it. If you are taking your exam in Providence, there will be a 30-minute GoToMeeting call two weeks prior to exam date, for you to ask your questions of the executive director. Watch for a notice from Wendy on this.

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Portfolio Completion

There are many of you on our candidate list who have completed sessions, passed your exam, and only have your portfolio left to write. You are close to the goal of certification, and there are many tools and helps available to assist you. Set your heart and mind to reaching your goal.
  • You may complete your portfolio before passing your exam.
  • If you already registered and missed your deadline, re-register and make a commitment to get it written over the next year.
  • When you register, a graduate advisor will be assigned to work with you.
  • Session 710 on portfolio development will be presented online a few more times this summer. Register here.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are thinking about attending a Portfolio Power-Working Weekend (PPWW) to devote 12 hours of focus on writing your portfolio with advisors on hand to review and provide immediate feedback, then register soon. There will only be one PPWW this summer, and it is filling up fast. This one is in San Diego, July 27th and 28th. Register here.
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Congratulations to our Newest CTSM Graduates!
Newly Certified Trade Show Marketers Since EXHIBITORLIVE 2019 include:
 
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Dean Guttenplan, CTSM
 
 
Michele Bossalina, CTSM
 
 
Dean Guttenplan, CTSM
Manager, Tradeshows & Programs
AECOM
New York, NY
 
 
Michele Bossalina, CTSM
Manager, Events & Trade Shows
Textron Systems
Hunt Valley, MD
 
 
Brittany Johnson, CTSM
 
 
Brittany Johnson, CTSM
Adventure Tour Guide
American Adventures
Highland Ranch, CO
 
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QUESTIONS? CONTACT:
Wendy Lewis
wlewis@ctsm.com
507-424-4881

Janice Nelson
CTSM Executive Director
jnelson@ctsm.com
507-424-4893 (office)
763-300-6813 (cell)

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