Proud to be IFES

Global collaboration network
Voicu SFERDIANU

Voicu SFERDIANU

IFES President

Welcome to IFES, The “global collaboration network”. That’s how we have chosen to explain what IFES is, in three words. But to understand what IFES is you have to go into deeper detail. IFES represents more than 250 companies from around the globe. Each of these companies has signed the IFES Code of Conduct – a kind of constitution which rules the collaboration within the whole network. So, if an IFES partner serves the customer of another member, both, the customer and member know that they will be treated in a professional manner from a company upholding the highest of quality standards. This is a value-added member benefit that is hard to put a price on. To enhance the number of partnerships within the IFES family, we are offering several opportunities to “get to know one another.” The most prominent is the IFES World Summit, which takes place every year in June. “Reaching New Heights” was the theme for 2018 when we met in Chicago. Next year it will be in Athens, June 26- 28. My first trip in 2018 took me to Las Vegas, to attend the Exhibitor Live. New this year at EXHIBITORLIVE was the IFES Global Village Pavilion. We call it the Global Village, because it’s like a good village where “residents” and visitors meet, exchange ideas, go on some projects together or just have a cup of coffee. IFES Masterclass and IFES Certified Expert are two educational programs offered by IFES to ensure we have well-educated, global-thinking employees serving our industry. Initiated by Karla Juegel five years ago, IFES MasterClass became a relevant education program with high impact for the audience of our industry. After five years with a focus on Marketing we now step in the direction of “Sales”. “Support and be supported” – that is the general idea of the federation. And we are proud to be a part of it. So see you hopefully soon – somewhere!

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