As I prepare for Thanksgiving, my traditional Midwest upbringing would have me be thankful for health, family, friends and soldiers willing to defend our right to freedom. While those are very important to me, I’m also thankful for my career choice. I’ve been in the industry for more than 20 years and I can’t begin to explain how thankful I am to wake up every day knowing I can do work I’m passionate about and provide for my family.

In the spirit of one former Hoosier to another, here are my Top 10 Reasons we should be thankful for the industry that we all work in:

1. The Wow Factor: If you’ve ever been involved in producing an event – you understand the opening day WOW Factor and how you can blow the minds of attendees.

2. It Works: I’m thankful for the thousands of companies that invest in face-to-face marketing. Like me, they know it works!

3. The Community: In its purest sense, we know the power of community, and whether it is social groups, neighborhood groups or sports groups, I’m thankful for the Associations that provide a sense of community for common interest annual meetings.

4. The Village: Each destination market takes a village (Hoteliers, CVB’s, Labor and Service Providers, etc.). We all come together to deliver a great experience. I’m thankful for the co-operative spirit that exists in every market that we are fortunate to service.

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5. Renewable: In an age where green is cool, our industry has embraced business practices that reduce, reuse and recycle.

6. Education: We are always looking to better our industry. Whether it is a professional summit, forum or task force, there are many opportunities.

7. Turning Empty Space Into an Experience: I get a rush every time the blank area of concrete gets turned into an interactive experience. There’s no feeling like it.

8. Teamwork: No project is done by just me. I have an army of talented team members who are ready to brainstorm or get the job done.

9. Technology: We are always ahead of the game on ways we use interactive technology. I always expect to be surprised by the exhibits on the show floor.

10. Seeing My Colleagues and Clients at IAEE: I look forward to seeing many of you in Las Vegas at IAEE’s 2011 EXPO! EXPO! and at Humanity Rocks, an event that GES founded with IAEE. This year Humanity Rocks will benefit the Ryan K. Iverson Foundation, a charity started by one of our employees.

I‘m thankful for this profession; the past 20 years have gone by with a blink of an eye and as I break bread with those I love, I will give thanks for health, family, friends and freedom. I will also give thanks to our profession and the people who make it what it is.

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