Hall of Fame Award

Hall of Fame Award

Award presented, annually, to a deserving member in recognition of devoted and invaluable service rendered to the fair industry and the IAFE. This annual award is presented to a single individual for distinguished achievement in exposition management.

Nomination deadline: August 15

Rules and Guidelines for the IAFE Hall of Fame Inductee nomination

In recognition of devoted and invaluable service rendered to fairs, expositions, shows, and exhibitions, one (1 ) individual shall be inducted each year into the IAFE Hall of Fame. * See unique circumstances in 5D.

  • The induction will occur at the Annual IAFE Convention.
  • The inductee shall receive an appropriate gift befitting this recognition.


  • The conditions of eligibility are as follows:
  •  The nominee may be living or deceased. A deceased candidate is eligible for five (5) years following his/her   death.
  • The nominee shall be any active IAFE fair member or past IAFE fair member whose position is or was a full-time paid position* with an IAFE member fair. A candidate currently not a member is eligible for ten (10) years following his/her separation from the IAFE member fair.  * Fulltime is defined as 1500 hours per year.
  • Nominee shall have been identified with the fair sector for a minimum of ten (10) years. In addition to nominee’s own fair or association of fairs, the nominee shall also have contributed to fairs, expositions, show and exhibitions something of value in the field of leadership and education that has proved of value and will continue to prove to be of value to fairs, expositions, shows, and exhibitions in the future.
  • Nominee shall have been consistent in attending the meetings of the IAFE.
  • Nominee shall have participated actively in the affairs of the IAFE Annual Convention.
  • Nominee shall have developed and built up his/her own fair or association of fairs and his/her own fair staff and working group.
  • Distinguished achievement may include significant contributions to the knowledge and literature of fairs, expositions, shows; and exhibitions; the design or invention of material, equipment, process; or technical services; and/or outstanding service to associations, companies and other organizations serving fairs, expositions, shows and exhibitions.
  • An IAFE Chair shall not be considered for induction until two (2) years after his/her term expires.
  • Any nominee not selected shall be submitted for consideration each year thereafter until the nominee no longer qualifies per the rules set forth in Eligibility


  • The procedure to be followed by the Awards Committee in the selection of the inductee shall be:
  •  The Awards Committee shall consist of a Liaison Director, Awards Committee Chair (the previous year’s inductee who will represent their zone) who shall preside over committee meetings and seven (7) members appointed by the IAFE Board Chair (one (1) representative from each of the remaining IAFE Zones)
  • Each year, the Awards Committee shall announce that nominations are being received during the induction period ending August 15 of that year. All IAFE active and associate members shall be notified that the nomination form is available for purposes of submitting a nomination. Such nominations should be accompanied by a memorandum stating the reason for proposing the nominee with a record of his/her professional and personal achievements to provide the committee with information to determine the candidate’s worthiness to be inducted.
  • On or before October 1, the Committee shall review all nominations and supporting materials received.  The committee may nominate additional eligible person(s) for consideration and follow with the submission of the proper nomination form(s) and supporting documentation.
  • The selection process consists of committee members reviewing a ballot listing all nominees. Each committee member (except the committee chair and board liaison)shall complete the ballot by ranking all the nominees with one (1) being his or her top choice, two (2) being their second choice, etc.  The inductee shall be the nominee receiving the lowest number of total points from all ballots. The Committee Chair shall break any ties and/or select both candidates as recipients. Under unique circumstances and with the consensus of the Awards Committee, the Committee Chair may also identify and recommend to the IAFE Board Chair an additional eligible Hall of Fame inductee for consideration.
  • After the Awards Committee has determined the inductee, the Chair of the Awards Committee will prepare a citation and shall submit the name of the inductee and citation to the President and CEO of the IAFE for preparation of the induction. All records of the Committee will be deposited with the IAFE President and CEO who shall act as the custodian of same.
  • All questions other than the inductee selection coming before the Awards Committee shall be decided by a majority vote of the Awards Committee members eligible to vote.  The Awards Committee shall have the power to decide any question relating to the selection process not specifically covered by these rules.

The 2023 Hall of Nominations have closed. Check back in 2024 for the 2024 nomination form.