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LeeAnn Norton Appointed First Chief Operating Officer to Transform Connex in 2021 and Beyond

March 09, 2021 | print | Connex News

Connex, the multi-site facilities network, formerly known as PRSM, is proud to announce LeeAnn Norton, CEM, as the association’s first Chief Operating Officer. 


Connex created the position to allow the association to evolve as it increases its membership, reach in the facilities management industry with the creation of its new Councils, including Healthcare, Food & Beverage, Technology and Canadian, and the expansion of Connex’s digital offerings.  


“Connex successfully navigated 2020 by staying agile, transparent, and forward thinking. Entering 2021, Connex operations need to maintain our momentum – and execute in what will certainly be a hybrid event and member services environment,” said Bill Yanek, CEO, Connex. “The Connex Team structure is evolving to address this new operational challenge. LeeAnn Norton is the right leader at the right time to drive Connex operations through 2021 and beyond. I am excited about the possibilities that the Connex Team will deliver with LeeAnn as our Chief Operating Officer.”  


Over the last six years, LeeAnn has served Connex as the Director of Supplier Relations & Event Management and the Vice President of Global Events. She ensures all Connex events including the annual National Conference are the premiere experience for Multi-Site Facilities Management Professionals and Supplier Partners by providing world-class educational sessions, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities.   


In her new role, LeeAnn will be responsible for the association continuing to offer members a competitive advantage with exceptional education, resources, events and connections across the facilities management industry while transforming the association to meet the future needs of not only their members but the entire industry. 


Additionally, LeeAnn has served on various committees for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, was appointed the Krakoff Leadership Representative on the IAEE Board of Directors, has been a speaker/panelist for IAEE, is a current Certified Exhibition Management (CEM) Faculty member, and has served on numerous industry advisory boardsShe is serving as the CEM Commission Chair for 2020 and 2021. LeeAnn received her CEM in 2012, attended both the IAEE Krakoff Leadership Institute and the Advance Krakoff Leadership Institute. 


Along with IAEE, other professional affiliations include American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives (DFWAE), and Meeting Professionals International (MPI).  

 

About Connex  

Connex is the leading membership organization for multi-site facilities managers and supplier professionals. Established in 1995, and based in Irving, TX, Connex empowers facilities management professionals with events, best practices, benchmarking, education, discussion forums and trusted partnerships. Members depend upon Connex to help them achieve greater success and a competitive advantage through quality programs and resources. For more information visit www.connexfm.com. 

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