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The Professional Development Conference for Trade Show and Corporate Event Marketing
Conference: February 24-28, 2019             Exhibit Hall: February 25-27, 2019             Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

EXHIBITOR Celebrates New Graduates from the Certified Trade Show Marketer Program
Exhibitor Media Group, the award-winning leader in trade show and corporate event marketing education, announced this year’s Certified Trade Show Marketer (CTSM) graduates.

Awarded by EXHIBITOR, in affiliation with Northern Illinois University Outreach, the CTSM program reflects adherence to the highest educational standards of trade show and event marketing. “Often equated to a graduate degree in event marketing, the demand for our program continues to grow,” commented Jan Nelson, CTSM gold level, executive director, Exhibitor Media Group’s CTSM program. “We had over 40 new corporate professionals enroll in the program this week alone which brings the current total to over 3,860.”

This year forty new graduates earned CTSM accreditation. Fifty-three others received bronze, silver, and gold level status. Two graduates earned the highest level of recognition for academic achievement which is diamond level status. The individuals who received their CTSM diamond pin were:
  • Glenda Brungardt, Global Tradeshow/Event Manager, HP, Inc.
  • Betsy Earle, Managing Director/Founder, Event Driven Solutions
“Each graduate committed a significant amount of time and hard work to achieve the CTSM credential and I am enormously proud of every single one,” commented Nelson. “Glenda and Betsy join an elite group of 16 other CTSM diamond level achievers.”

New graduates and alumni were invited to attend a dinner and awards ceremony held at the Four Seasons. Guests enjoyed an evening celebration that included keynote speaker, Amy Sondrup, president, Access TCA. ”Access TCA has been a major supporter of CTSM activities at EXHIBITORLIVE for the past four years,” commented Nelson. “We thank our sponsors who made the CTSM program such a success for participants during ExhibitorLive.”

New this year was a CTSM Graduate Connection, inspired by a half day workshop entitled “Walking the Talk as a CTSM. Realize Your Potential, Make a Difference, Discover Your Value”, presented by Dan Lumpkin at EXHIBITOR FastTrak. Nelson explained, “The Graduate Connection is an informal gathering designed to encourage CTSM graduates to be leaders and explore various ways to demonstrate their leadership.”

CTSM graduates report earning up to 13% higher salaries on average than their non-certified colleagues. A complete listing of the graduates can be found at:

EXHIBITOR Magazine’s EXHIBITORLIVE, the professional development conference for trade show and corporate event marketers, took place February 24 -28, 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The industry’s highest-rated training conference features seven learning tracks and over 170 sessions focusing on all aspects of trade show exhibit and event marketing and management. All conference registrants had full access to the EXHIBITORLIVE exhibit hall, North America's largest that features trade show and event products and services.

About Exhibitor Media Group
The leader in trade show and corporate event marketing education, Exhibitor Media Group publishes the award-winning EXHIBITOR magazine, a monthly publication featuring best practices in trade show marketing. EXHIBITOR's learning events include: EXHIBITORLIVE, the professional development conference for trade show and corporate event marketers; EXHIBITORFastTrak accelerated learning conferences; and EXHIBITOR eTrak, professional online learning. Exhibitor Media Group is also the founder and sponsor of CTSM (Certified Trade Show Marketer), the industry's only university-affiliated professional certification program. Learn more at

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