Three Inspiring Stories from EXHIBITOR CTSM Candidates That Will Tug at the Heartstrings


The decision to go after any certification or degree is not something one takes lightly. A lot goes into the decision: Is it right for me? Will it accelerate my career? Will I see an increase in my salary? Can I apply this knowledge in multiple industries or positions? Do I have the time?

If you’re a Trade Show Specialist or Manager, there are not many educational programs available. But, if you’re ready to accelerate your career, you have an option. The CTSM certification, offered by EXHIBITOR Magazine, is the only university-affiliated program in the trade show industry.

According to EXHIBITOR Magazine’s website, the program covers a comprehensive set of knowledge and skills for trade show and corporate event marketers, including measurement, planning and execution, career development, sales and marketing, management and leadership, and international and domestic exhibiting strategies. Because of the university affiliation, you can trust that the program is consistently maintaining a high standard of excellence.

“The people that enter this program work extremely hard and become a part of a supportive group. Having this certification helps position them as the event or trade show expert, earns them respect and a proverbial seat at the table,” said Dee Silfies, Chief Learning Strategist for EXHIBITOR Magazine.

Everyone has a story to tell and a journey they’re working to accomplish. A couple of weeks ago, we were able to hear stories from attendees at the EXHIBITOR Atlanta FastTrak conference that moved us. Taking a moment to look beyond industry concepts and strategies made us reflect on how lucky we are to play a role in supporting CTSM participants.

These are the journeys of three participants that inspired us, and we hope they will inspire you, too.

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December 5, 2019

By Sierra Smith