Megan Tanel

Megan Tanel, 48, joined AEM in 1995 as an intern, becoming a full-time employee later that year. She quickly grew in leadership to her most recent position of Senior Vice President, Construction & Utility Sector. For many years Tanel led AEM’s exhibitions and events initiatives and helped launch World of Asphalt in 2001, served as Show Director for The Utility Expo (formerly ICUEE) and CONEXPO-CON/AGG, North America’s largest construction trade show. Through her leadership, she and the team she developed, grew AEM trade show revenue by 80 percent over 12 years, worked internationally to establish strategic relationships with our global partners in support of AEM services, and led the effort to extend key contracts for AEM shows, most notably CONEXPO-CON/AGG.

Tanel assumed the role of President of AEM on January 1, 2022. As president, Tanel sets the strategic direction and operation of all AEM programs, focusing on core service areas of market information, public policy advocacy, and exhibitions.

Tanel currently serves as a member of the Milwaukee Women’s Leadership Group. She previously served as Chair and Education Committee Chair, of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) in 2015, and served on customer advisory boards for the cities of Las Vegas, Louisville, Ky., and Orlando, Fl.

The IAEE recognized Tanel with both their Woman of Achievement Awards and Distinguished Service Award in 2017.

Tanel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, PR, Speech, and German from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and a Certificate in Exhibition Management from IAEE. Tanel enjoys spending time with her husband, four daughters, and two dogs, a St. Bernard and an English Bulldog.

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