I first met Bob in
1982 when he was president of TSEA and I was a fledgling in the industry
back when I worked for Coors. He was always so generous with his
knowledge and support. He is the only person to have been president of
both the exhibitor and the show management associations in our industry.
He had a full understanding of this industry both domestically and
internationally. Over the years, we made presentations together about
various topics. One I especially enjoyed doing with him was "Reinventing
Yourself", which we co-created when our industry was in a downturn. He
was my cherished friend and mentor. Personally, I am deeply saddened by
his death and will miss him dearly.
Here is the obituary from his family:
Robert F. Dallmeyer, 76, passed away in his
Los Angeles, CA home on Saturday, February 8, 2014, after a three-month
bout with throat cancer. Born in Pittsfield, MA to Frederick and
Madeline Dallmeyer, he graduated UMASS Amherst in 1955.
He leaves behind his loving husband, John Vannucci, two daughters, Kimberly (husband Jon) of Nashua, NH, and
Kristen (her husband Amer) of Southport, CT; his biggest source of pride
- his five grandchildren, Benjamin and Julienne Kapelson, and Rakan,
Ramzi, and Rashad Nimr; and countless extended family and friends that
span across the globe. Bob was President of RD International, a
global exhibition management company, for the past 30 years.
his 51-year career in the Trade Show Industry he ran some of the most
prestigious trade show events in the world and became a beloved mentor
and icon. His professional life culminated with his induction into the
Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders, the International
Association of Exhibitions and Events’ (IAEE) Pinnacle Award, and Trade
Show Executive’s Legend and Leader Award. He was energized by every
moment of life, every person he met, and lived life to the fullest. He
was a true inspiration to all who came in contact with him.
Beyond that, he was a poet, mentor, teacher, speaker,
world traveler, radio show host, published author, activist, and
friend. One of his great passions was serving the LGBTQ community
throughout the country, most recently, in LA, through The Lavender
Effect and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.
A life celebration will be held in his honor
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers
or cards that any donations be sent to the IAEE education fund set up in
his honor, The Lavender Effect, or the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.
IAEE, Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund,
12700 Park Central Drive, Suite 308, Dallas 75251. To make a
contribution by credit card, call 972-687-9203
The Lavendar Effect,
Hollywood Blvd., Suite C-777, Hollywood, CA 90027
LA Gay & Lesbian
1625 Schrader Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028