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Julie Rowe 
The Impetus Agency

APPA’s Christopher Bonifati Receives IAEE Rookie of the Year Award

-The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) Recognizes 2017 Award Winners. -

(Stamford, CT) — Andy Darmohraj, Executive Vice President & COO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA) is proud to announce that Christopher Bonifati, Attendee Services Coordinator at APPA, has received the 2017 IAEE Rookie of the Year Award.

The Rookie of the Year Award recognizes excellent professional performance by an IAEE member with three or less years of full-time exhibitions and events industry experience.

“It’s very rewarding to see one of our staff members honored by such a prestigious association in the trade show industry,” said Darmohraj. “We’re proud of Chris’ contributions to the Global Pet Expo team and look forward to his continued growth and success in event management.”

This year's award winners were selected after careful consideration and review by the IAEE Awards Committee and approval by the IAEE Board of Directors, following an open call for nominations earlier in the year.

"We continue to be impressed by the accomplishments of the many nominees and want to congratulate this year’s honorees,” said 2017 IAEE Awards Committee Chairperson Patricia Farias Barlow, CEM. “On behalf of the Awards Committee it’s exciting to see our IAEE members continue to represent the best that the exhibitions and events industry has to offer."

In his position, Bonifati assists new buyers with Global Pet Expo registration by reviewing proof of business and providing aid throughout the process. He also maintains the buyer database and contributes new ideas to help streamline the registration process.  Bonifati earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston College. He’s an active member of Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. 


The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes more than 1,200 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.  APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. APPA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: Pets Add Life (PAL), the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Bird Enjoyment and Advantage Koalition (BEAK), and the Pet Care Trust.  Visit for more information.

About IAEE

Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely, and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: 4imprint, a2z, Inc., BearCom, Buttine Exhibition Insurance, Convention News Television (CNTV), Delta Airlines, Mexico Tourism Board, New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Orange County Convention Center, Streampoint Solutions and Synchronicities (Visit Anaheim, Visit Baltimore and Visit San Antonio). Visit for more information.