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Mary Beth Rebedeau

Mary Beth Rebedeau

President, The Rebedeau Group
Mary Beth Rebedeau, President of The Rebedeau Group, is a 30+ year veteran of the conference and exposition industry, and has worked in all aspects of event management, from sales and marketing, to operations and logistics, as well as strategic development. An active contributor to the industry, Mary Beth was a volunteer Chairman of SISO, SISO's first Education VP, and Executive Director for 9 years. She has spoken at many industry conferences, including SISO, CEFCO, IAEE's Expo!Expo!, and ASAE, and has contributed articles to Tradeshow Executive Magazine, Expo Magazine, and Convene, among others. She has guest lectured about the industry at DePaul University's graduate school and Roosevelt University's Exposition Management degree program, and served on the Customer Advisory Committees of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau and L.A. Inc., and on the CEIR Industry Advisory Committee. Mary Beth was twice recognized in Trade Show Week as one of the Top 100 women in the trade show industry. She is having fun in new part time career – modeling and acting – and can be seen from time to time in print ads and commercials. In her spare time, she is an Illinois Master Gardener and she volunteers at Chicago’s beautiful Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. Mary Beth and her husband, Mark Warden, live in the historic Beverly Hills area of Chicago and, when the snow flies, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


  • “Without a doubt the most valuable three days of the year for networking, learning, and meeting colleagues.”
    Tony Calanca, Calanca & Associates LLC
  • “Two of the best acquisitions Access Intelligence had executed came directly from contacts and discussions held at the SISO CEO Summit. Beyond that important networking for transactions, I learn best practices from the best in the industry. The ROI for membership is immeasurable.”
    Don Pazour, CEO, Access Intelligence
  • “The impact of SISO is so much bigger than its size. It feels more like a global council of important tribes than a traditional trade association.”
    David Adler, CEO & Founder, Bizbash Media
  • “Our industry thrives on the personal relationships that face-to-face builds, and the CEO Summit is the ultimate place to build YOUR network!”
    Tom Mitchell, President, Messe Dusseldorf North America
  • “As busy, independent, for-profit organizer, SISO keeps our company connected to all the key players working in this industry and allows great relationships and ongoing learning of best practices from the best in the business. All invaluable assets to help move our business forward."
    Howard Hauben, CEO, H2 Events
  • “The SISO membership represents the entire for-profit tradeshow community and the annual SISO conferences are must-attend events for their educational and networking value.”
    Joel A. Davis, Founder & CEO, JD Events
  • Being a member of SISO has allowed me to navigate the dynamic landscape of our industry in the most effective way possible. Personally, it’s been a journey of continuous learning, networking, and collaboration that fosters deep relationships with industry leaders. Professionally, the insights I’ve gained, the resources I have accessed, and the collaborative initiatives and advocacy work have helped to take my organization to new heights. SISO, to me, is an indispensable asset for my career and business.
    Liz Irving, President, Clarion Events