Association Expert Seminar 2019

This is the post event website for the AES 2019. Registration for the AES 2020 opens in January 2020!

Gary Grimmer
Gaining Edge
Gary has over 30 years’ experience in the convention industry. He has consulted Tokyo, Macau, Hangzhou, Houston, Vancouver, Washington, DC and the countries of South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and Serbia on convention and meetings industry development. His convention centre consulting experience includes market feasibility, demand analysis, facility scoping, design review, site review, and operational consultation for convention centre developments in Nigeria, Oman, Malaysia, Mexico and Australia. He also served on the London International Convention Centre Commission. Gary is a former Chairman of the Board of the International Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau (now DMAI) and was one of the first six inductees into the inaugural DMAI Hall of Fame in 2014. He also received the Asia Pacific IMEX Academy Award in 2007.

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Chloé Menhinick
Partner – Association Consulting
Gaining Edge
Chloé has 15 years experience of working in the Associations Industry, providing leadership across all areas of Association management & operations, membership, stakeholder engagement, communications and marketing. She has various leadership positions on Boards, advisory bodies and expert committees, where she has demonstrated effective experience in strategic planning and implementation.
In her most recent role at the International Water Association as Director of Membership & Network Engagement, Chloé was a member of the Senior Management Team where her principal focus was working to drive contributions from, and inspire collaboration of, members from across all sectors and geographies in order to strengthen and grow the IWA’s global network of members.
As a Board member of the ESAE, Chloé is helping to lead the development and implementation of a new strategic plan to reinforce the value proposition of membership and to elevate the activities of the Association to ensure its continued relevance into the future.

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Ksenija Polla
Director Association Relations
Ksenija Polla is Director of Association Relations at ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association. She has been working in the field of international association meetings for over 20 years.

For more information please take a look at her LinkedIn profile: 

You can also connect with her on Twitter @KsenijaPolla