Megan Tanel is senior vice president for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), responsible for overseeing AEM trade shows and show partnerships, U.S. and globally, and event education/meeting programs.
She has served as director of AEM’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG exposition, which focuses on the construction industries and is the largest event of this type in the Western Hemisphere, and ICUEE-The Demo Expo, the largest event focused on the utility equipment industry, and as show manager of the AEM-produced World of Asphalt Show & Conference, helping launch the inaugural 2001 event. AEM’s exhibition presence also extends to Latin America, India and Africa.
Tanel is a member of the IAEE International Association of Exhibitions and Events and PCMA Professional Convention Management Association. She was 2015 Chair of the IAEE International Association of Exhibitions and Events and has served as IAEE Education Committee Chair. She has been on the IAEE Board since 2010 and is a graduate of the IAEE Krakoff Leadership Institute.
In 2017 she received the IAEE Woman of Achievement Award and IAEE Distinguished Service Award, and she has been recognized with numerous trade show honors from leading industry media.
Tanel joined AEM in 1995 in the exhibitions area. She also served a stint as national sales manager for Loews Hotels, where she helped launch the first-ever House of Blues Hotel, in Chicago, Illinois.
Tanel speaks at exposition/meetings industry events and was co-chair of the inaugural Exhibitions Day event in Washington, DC in 2014.
Tanel has a degree in mass communications from University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.
AEM is the North American-based international trade group for the off-road equipment manufacturing industry, and its members manufacture equipment, products and services used worldwide in the agriculture and construction-related sectors. AEM core services include public policy representation, trade shows, statistics and market information, and technical and product safety support.