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IFEA / Haas & Wilkerson Insurance 25th Anniversary Pinnacle Awards Presentation

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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.

Andrew Vandepopulier
Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, Producer - Festival Specialist

After graduating from the University of Central Missouri with a degree in Business and Education Andrew began working in the disaster and catastrophe claims field for Farmers Insurance. He spent 3 years working around the Midwest handling all types of claims from hail to wildfires. In 2010, Andrew joined Haas & Wilkerson’s Fair and Festival division and has been serving the insurance and risk management needs of the event world ever since. With Clients all over the country ranging from the largest fairs in the nation to the smallest festivals, we have a product for all types of events.

Join us as we put a memorable cap on the first day of the convention with the most anticipated event of the year. The IFEA / Haas & Wilkerson Insurance Pinnacle Awards pay tribute to both creativity and excellence in multiple categories, from marketing to merchandise; operations to sponsorship; all leading up to the presentation of the coveted Grand Pinnacle Awards. This is the Academy Awards Ceremony for the festivals and events industry. The IFEA / Haas & Wilkerson Insurance Pinnacle Awards, recognizing festival and event excellence for 25 years, are proudly sponsored by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance. Don’t miss this unopposed special event as we all wait to hear… “And the Pinnacle Award goes to…”

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