Jim C. Monroe, CMP, CSEP, has been a special events professional for over 30 years. With Jayna Monroe, CMP, his wife and business partner, and their team of designers and technicians, he decorates and manages events for corporate, community, and family celebrations. Jim attended the State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY, and received his BA in Speech and Drama. Then he attended University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH for his MA. He has been a Design Director and Senior Event Manager in Dallas, Texas, and a member of the Travel, Exposition, and Meeting Management Program at Richland College. Jim is also has been a member of Bill Reed Decorations Inc. and an instructor and scenic artist. He is a Certified Meeting Professional and Certified Special Event Professional. He was awarded the Esprit Award for Best Industry Contribution of 2006, presented at ISES EventWorld, the MPI DFW Chamber of Rising Star Award, and the Outstanding Service Award from TxACOM. In addition to this, Jim was an active participant in the Texas Association of Convention Operations Managers, International Special Events Society (ISES), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), National Association of Catering Executives (NACE), Association of Event and Convention Professionals (TxACOM), and APEX Initiative, Terminology Committee, Convention Industry Council (CIC).
Jim has several publications, which include the following.:
- Convention Industry Council Manual, 7th Edition
- Chapter 5, Continuing Education
- Chapter 17, Support Services
- Professional Convention Management, 3rd Edition
- Chapter 22, Special Events
- Art of the Event: Complete Guide to Special Event Design and Decor (Wiley, 2004)