ACEM was formed in January 2011 to serve the specific needs of Association and Corporate clients. With over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of event and project management, ACEM president, Jo-Ann Maude, began her career working side-by-side with the owner for Performance Seminar Group to organize over 1,000 one and two-day seminars per year in North America and the United Kingdom.
After 8 years with PSG, Jo-Ann joined Cowles Event Management (now Penton Media) and served as Director of Conference Programming for a variety of industries: The Folio:Show and M2 (magazine industry); NACD (National Association for Database Marketing); Annual Catalog Conference (Catalogers); The Strategic Marketing of Conferences and Expos, and the Annual B2B Conference (B2B Marketers).
The next step in her career took her Chemical Week magazine where she served as Director, Conference Programming & Marketing. At CW she focused on a portfolio of global conferences and meetings for the chemical industry, including the Asia Pacific Chemical Industry Meeting (APCIM) and launched successful initial conferences and trade shows in Beijing, Berlin, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro as well as CW’s first Chemical Industry CFO Conference in New York City.
After spending 2 ½ years consulting for American Express in the Marketing Education Department she began to work with other corporate clients including Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Fuji Medical, Forbes, Harvard, MIT, The Hartford Insurance Company, Foot Locker, Inc. and Unicomm where she managed the 2009 Green Travel Summit, which complied with all green meeting requirements.
Jo-Ann ventured into the association market as an independent Senior Account Manager for The Academy Group where she worked with a variety of associations including NACD NJ, NY and CT, VIANY, Connecticut Hedge Fund Association, Connecticut Venture Group, CVG Angel Initiative and the Association for Corporate Growth, NY, NJ and CT Chapters. She served as Chapter Executive for ACG New Jersey and currently holds the position of Chapter Executive for ACG Connecticut. In 2010, Jo-Ann was nominated and accepted her current role as Co-Chair of ACG Global’s Chapter Council. Through ACEM, Jo-Ann and her team provide support services to ACG Philadelphia’s newly launched ACGUniversity program, the chapter’s Membership Committee and the Annual M&A East Conference. In addition, ACEM also assists MarketingProfs.com, a membership-based organization for marketing professionals with the coordination of their live and virtual conferences.
Jo-Ann holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Post University. With memberships in both MPI and ASAE, we aim to keep informed on the current issues and trends in our industries.