Friends of the Festival Executive Director Chip Baker gets big honor

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) –  The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA World) is pleased to announce the addition of Chip Baker, CFEE, Executive Director of the Friends of the Festival and Chattanooga’s Riverbend Festival, to the IFEA World Board of Directors.
        Founded in 1956 as the Festival Manager’s Association, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA World) celebrated 60 years in 2015 as ‘The Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide.’ In partnership with global affiliates under the umbrellas of IFEA Africa, IFEA Asia, IFEA Australia / New Zealand, IFEA Europe, IFEA Latin America, IFEA Middle East, and IFEA North America, the organization’s common vision is for "A Globally United Industry that Touches Lives in a Positive Way through Celebration." Toward that end, the organization also provides a common home for students, faculty and educational institutions around the world who share a festival and event management focus and a common goal of preparing future industry leaders; a forum for important industry-related research and discussions; and an effective junction of the academic and professional pathways of our industry.
        With a target audience that includes all those who produce and support quality celebrations for the benefit of their respective "communities", the IFEA’s primary focus is identifying and providing access to the professional resources and networks that will, as stated in the organization’s mission, ‘inspire and enable those in our industry to realize their dreams, build community and sustain success through celebration.’
        The IFEA exists to serve the needs of the entire festivals and events industry, all those who share the core values of excellence & quality; the sharing of experience, knowledge, creativity and best practices; and the importance of "community" building both locally and globally. The organization’s success lies in the success of those they serve through professional education, programming, products and resources, networking and representation, according to Steven Wood Schmader, President & CEO.
        “We are very excited to have Chip Baker join our World Board,” said Schmader. “Chip has served on our IFEA Foundation Board, as a member of the IFEA President’s Council, and now continues that path of supporting the continued success of all those in our industry as a member of the IFEA World Board. His many years of experience and active industry involvement, together with the respect that he has earned from his professional peers around the world, will be a strong addition as we look forward to our next 60 years.”
        The IFEA is headquartered in Boise, Idaho.

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