The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) has announced that it will be taking on more of a formal role in marketing the activities of the Exhibition Network, an informal, social meet-up for exhibition organisers.
There will be three social get togethers throughout the year, one in the summer, one before Christmas and one in the New Year coinciding with the AEO Forums.
The Exhibition Network is the brainchild of Keterina Albanese from Fresh Montgomery. She recognised the desire for her peers to get together, network and socialise and has enabled exhibition organiser members to meet in an informal manner to share ideas, successes and build friendships.
Chris Skeith* (pictured), AEO CEO, commented: “AEO has enjoyed working with Keterina and The Exhibition Network. It dovetails perfectly with the AEO Middle of the Building initiative where we are currently expanding our offer to include other opportunities for member employees in the peak stages of developing their careers in the events industry.
“Where the AEO Forums, and other training we have in the pipeline, supports these individuals under our Talent pillar, the Exhibition Network fits perfectly under our Community banner. We’re delighted to be involved in bringing our younger members together for fun, social interaction.”
Albanese added: “I’ve really enjoyed organising the Exhibition Network and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at our next social at Pergola. It’s great to have AEO involvement, the team has supported us from the beginning but will be taking on a more formal role by making sure future social events are a success and the Network evolves to suit the audience.”
The next organiser only Exhibition Network evening will be held on Global Exhibitions Day, Wednesday 6 June, at Pergola in Paddington at 6pm-10.30pm. To register click the link on the Community page of the AEO Website www.aeo.org.uk/what-we-do/community
*Exhibition World recently chatted to Chris Skeith about driving gender diversity and equality within the global exhibition industry; look out for the second instalment of EW's 'Women in Exhibitions' thread featured in the next edition (Issue 3 | 2018). Read part one, 'Exhibiting Equality', online here.