• ILEA Announces CSEP Recipients

    POSTED October 31, 2016

The International Live Events Association announced the six event professionals who have earned the Certified Special Events Professional certification in July 2016.

The recipients are: Katie Coleman, CSEP, Micayla Diener, CSEP, Daniela Grafman, CSEP, John Jossifakis, CSEP, Erin Kneesel, CSEP and Katie Krause, CSEP.

“I am thrilled to see that we have certified another group of wonderful event professionals with this prestigious designation,” says Judy Brillhart, CSEP, president, ILEA. “It adds tremendous value, not just to ILEA, but to the live events industry as a whole.”

Established in 1993, CSEP is a voluntary program for industry professionals that meet the established standards. It is a world-renown certification within the events industry and demonstrates a professional’s determination to enhance their knowledge and performance.

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