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IFEA 64th Annual Convention Open: Bold Choices: Ensuring Our Successes & Legacies

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Steven Wood Schmader
International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA World), President & CEO

Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE, is the President & CEO of the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA World), which celebrates 63 years as the “Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide” in 2018. The IFEA operates with a vision of a globally united industry that touches lives in a positive way through celebration and is the presenting body of the IFEA World Festival & Event City Award, which recognizes those global markets that provide and leverage the most positive partnerships between events and the cities that host them. Schmader also serves as the publisher and editor of “ie: the business of international events” and the Founding Director of the IFEA’s Event Management School at the Oglebay National Training Center in West Virginia. Schmader’s 40+ year professional career includes the creation, management and production of large citywide festivals, sporting events, government events, parades, airshows, balloon rallies and Millennium celebrations. In his role with the IFEA he works in partnership with global event professionals and organizations, allied associations, government entities, sponsors, tourism agencies, media and academic institutions, to raise the bar and brand of our common industry, today and into the future. Schmader is an author and highly-rated speaker on industry issues and trends.

Keli O'Neill Wenzel, CFEE
O'Neill Marketing & Event Management, President & CEO

President/Managing Partner of O’Neill Marketing & Event Management. Keli is the creator and orchestrator of many of Kansas City’s most successful civic, corporate and entertainment events. She serves as the founding Executive Director of the highly successful Kansas City Irish Fest. She is co-founder and Producer of the Jiggle Jam Family Music Fest, as well as executive producer of Boulevardia Craft Beer and Music festival and Kansas City RiverFest (KC’s largest Independence Day Celebration). Other recent projects include VIP coordination for Amway Global Presents the Tina Turner Tour, planning and management for the opening of the National WWI Museum at Kansas City's landmark Liberty Memorial, opening events for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, director of Kansas City’s City-Wide Events committee for the 2012 MLB All Star Game, marketing and communication liaison for the Big 12 Championships.

Janet Landey, CFEE
Institute of Events Management, IFEA Africa President; 2019 IFEA World Board Chair

The 64th Annual IFEA Convention & Expo officially opens with welcomes from IFEA industry leadership and a memorable and energetic performance by Colonial Williamsburg performers 'The Watermans.' Join us as we set the stage for our time together over the coming days and look to the future, exploring the growing and important roles that the events and industry we are all a part of continue to play in our cities, communities and the world around us.


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