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The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is the principal association representing the creative events professional, globally.
Comprised of more than 7,200 professionals in 38 countries, the members of the International Live Events Association represent live event producers, caterers, designers, decorators, florists, destination management companies, rental companies, audio-visual and special effects specialists, venue managers and many more event professionals.
The ILEA Greater Atlanta chapter holds an educational or social meeting once every month, showcasing different event locations and vendors around the metro Atlanta area. In addition to monthly meetings, the chapter also hosts networking and educational events outside the monthly meeting that include: Breakfast Club, Happy Hour and special seminars. Learn more about ILEA Atlanta at www.ileaatlanta.com.
The National Association for Catering & Events (NACE) is the oldest and largest professional association that addresses all aspects of the catering industry. Through the collective efforts of members, local chapters, committees and the Foundation of NACE, this association is at the forefront of culinary industry issues. From educational programs to standards, to ethics, to legislative monitoring, NACE leads the way.
NACE has over 40 chapters nationwide offering monthly meetings that feature nationally renown speakers, educational programs, idea sharing and networking. The Greater Atlanta Chapter of NACE membership is comprised of catering executives and event professionals seeking professional networking, industry education and career/business advancement. The Greater Atlanta chapter is one of the largest and most active chapters in the country, and has spearheaded programs and industry trend setting for more than 20 years. For more information about NACE Atlanta visit https://atlantanace.com.
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. Founded in 1972, the organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI has a global community of 60,000 meeting and event professionals including more than 17,000 engaged members and its Plan Your Meetings audience. It has more than 90 chapters and clubs in 24 countries. Benefits of membership include education, career advice and belonging to the vibrant, influential MPI community.
Chartered in 1978, MPI Georgia is the seventh largest chapter in the global MPI organization with 550+ members. To serve their membership of meetings and event professionals, they offer a variety of opportunities to learn, network, celebrate, and give back to both community and industry. Learn more about MPI Georgia by visiting www.mpi.org/chapters/georgia.
Established in 1913, the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) is the official destination marketing organization for the city of Atlanta and serves to favorably impact Atlanta’s economy through conventions and tourism. A private, not-for-profit organization, ACVB bolsters Atlanta’s $16 billion hospitality industry, which generated nearly 56 million visitors in 2018. Learn more about the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau by visiting www.atlanta.net.
WIPA (Wedding International Professionals Association) is a not-for-profit association for leading wedding professionals in North America. Their mission is to provide industry leading education for members, produce inspirational networking events and advance the ethical standards of the wedding industry. Launched in 2008, WIPA currently has chapters in Atlanta, Colorado, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, New Orleans & Gulf South, New York, Phoenix, Southern California, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Utah, and many more in formation.
The WIPA Atlanta chapter represents a multitude of wedding disciplines including event planners, decor companies, cake designers, caterers, DJs, florists, entertainment companies, hoteliers, invitation companies, musicians, officiants, photographers, rental companies, venues and videographers. For more information about WIPA Atlanta visit www.WIPA.org.