August Jackson Agrees To Acquire Feats

August Jackson, a leading brand communications agency, announced today that it has entered an agreement to acquire P.W. Feats, Inc., a nationally recognized event strategy, design, and production firm specializing in higher education engagement. “There are tremendous synergies between AJ

ProExhibits Posts Impressive Sales Gains; Returns Percentage of Profits to Employees

ProExhibits, an award-winning design and production team of exhibit, event and environment experts serving clients worldwide, announced a 58 percent increase in sales comparing January 2017 to January 2016.  The strong start to 2017 also follows a 16 percent increase in annual

Delano Las Vegas and the LV Fashion Council Bring Mannequin Art Exhibit to Life

Delano Las Vegas has partnered with the Las Vegas Fashion Council to showcase a dynamic mannequin exhibit created by local artists now through May 2017. Featuring 10 individually designed mannequins, known as Madisons, the exhibit is inspired by the idea

E3 Gamer Show Opens to the Public This Summer

Entertainment Software Association officials have announced that for the first time, 15,000 members of the public will be able to attend E3 2017, an annual show geared towards the gaming industry. In the past, only industry professionals and members of

RSMGC Announces 3rd Annual Las Vegas Randy Smith Memorial Golf Classic at ExhibitorLive

The Board of Directors of the Randy Smith Memorial Foundation today announced that the 3rd Annual Las Vegas Randy, presented by EACA, the EDPA Foundation and ExhibitorLive, will take place at the Painted Desert Golf Course on Sunday March 12,


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Uniting a Fragmented Industry – By Lesley Martin

Two Associations with Renewed Visions and How it Affects the I&D Supplier Segment Pictured at right, the exhibit hall from EDPA ACCESS 2016. EDPA ACCESS 2016 Photo by Padgett & Company Inc. More than any other marketing tactic, the trade

Exhibit City News Announces “Shop to Showfloor” I&D Series for Labor Industry Beginning January 2017

Exhibit City News (ECN), a trade publication serving the meeting, tradeshow and convention industries, announced today the magazine’s new upcoming, dedicated and permanent section focusing on event labor and installation and dismantle services (I&D). Beginning in its January 2017 edition,

I&D Workers’ Health Risks Over Time – ECN Feature By Lesley Martin

Part-time work for full-time pay Ask someone on your install and dismantle (I&D) crew why he’s in the business, and you might get that answer. A hard worker who consistently works overtime and double-time can earn $100,000 or more for

Five Costly Trade Shows Mistakes – By Eric Dyson

Five common trade show mistakes and how to avoid them Trade shows are tremendous investments in both time and resources, so making sure you minimize mistakes and maximize your results is crucial. Below are five of the most common and

Derse’s ShowPoint Online Tool is Now Available

Derse today released ShowPoint, an online scorecard that helps marketers confidently evaluate their trade show schedule. ShowPoint is the company’s first direct-to-consumer online product. Derse has helped their clients save hundreds of thousands of dollars and achieve KPIs by recommending the

Emerald Expositions Acquires Nat’l Pavement Expo

Emerald Expositions, one of the largest show organizers in the world, just became a little bigger with the acquisition of the National Pavement Expo, a 30-year-old show designed for paving and pavement maintenance professionals next scheduled for Nashville, Tennessee, Feb.,

J.D. Power Recognizes GES National Servicenter for Providing Outstanding Customer Service Experience

GES has earned this prestigious certification for the eighth year in a row GES, a global, full-service provider for live events, has announced that GES has been recognized for contact center operation customer satisfaction excellence for an eighth consecutive year

MC² Selected for the 2016 Fab 50

Annual editorial listing recognizes the top exhibit builders in North America MC²  (“MC-squared”), an exhibit, event and environment design and production agency, was named by Event Marketer as one of its 2016 Fab 50, the only editorial listing of top exhibit builders

Fabric Images, Inc. Adds New 16 Foot Dye-Sublimation Print Technology

Fabric Images, Inc., a global manufacturer of printed and non-printed tension fabric architectural solutions, is pleased to announce the expansion of their Superwide XL dye sublimation print offerings with the addition of a new 16 foot wide Black Widow dye

Finding the Future I&D Workforce for Local 510 – By Lesley Martin

A decade without newcomers The events that took place on September 11, 2001, shook the world and nearly destroyed the trade show industry. As trade shows across the United States were canceled, thousands of people were suddenly out of work,



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PCMA’S ‘2017 Convening Leaders’ Raises the Bar With Record Attendance

Professional Convention Management Association has declared its recent ‘Convening Leaders’ event its most successful yet with 4175 delegates attending the event which was held in Austin, Tex., at the start of January 2017. Nearly 1500 further delegates attended Convening Leaders

T3 Expo’s Innovative Presta Technology Featured at ExhibitorLIVE 2017

New tradeshow technology is transforming the industry as we know it; at right, an example of a trade show booth T3 Expo did for client Amazon, done out of Presta T3 Expo, a general contractor for tradeshows and corporate events, has been

The Tradeshow Network Marketing Group Exhibit Gets Standout Award at World of Concrete

Jackie James, director, World of Concrete|Global Exhibitions, congratulated RR USA, Inc. for an exhibit that was designed and built by The Tradeshow Network Marketing Group based in Chicago, Illinois.  This booth was selected as one of 41 Standout Exhibit Ideas selected

On Location Launches New Website

On Location, a nationwide provider of labor and management services for exhibits, events and environments, is pleased to announce the launch of its new website – The site has been redesigned to be optimized for mobile usage with streamlined

LACC Breaks Record for Waste Diversion Rate for Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

The Los Angeles Convention Center, managed by AEG Facilities, is proud to have partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council and Informa Exhibitions for a record-breaking 90.3 percent waste diversion rate at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Creative

Access TCA Wins at North American Veterinary Community Vettys Awards Ceremony

Access TCA took home the grand prize at this year’s North American Veterinary Community meeting for the Abaxis exhibit (at right). They also took home the gold—and the silver—and the bronze. The awards, called the Vettys, celebrate creative excellence in

UFI: Businesses Fear Negative Impact from Politics

According to research conducted by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, more than half of the exhibition-related companies surveyed in the United States believe recent political events will have a negative impact on upcoming business dealings, and industry

Derse Releases Findings from Lead Capture Study at HIMSS Feb. 19-23

There’s a prominent yet overlooked attendee population at trade shows that exhibitors aren’t talking about: attendees who show up as part of a group. One of the main benefits of exhibiting at a trade show is direct access to engage

Romance on the Tradeshow Road – Valentine Special

For the Love of Trucking, Tradeshows and Each Other By Arthur Bloberger Shaunda Peck and Johnny Bates met in 2008 when they were both working for a refrigerator carrier out of Springfield, Missouri. But, having recently created a bookkeeping program

Experient and SMG Renew Partnership

Pictured at right, L to R, are: Michael Guerriero, division president, Experient; Gregg Caren, executive vice president, convention center division, SMG; and David Peckinpaugh, president, Maritz Global Events. Experient, a Maritz Global Events Company, and SMG, the world’s largest convention center



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Mr. Employer – Now’s The Time To Sell Candidates The Position – By Philip H. Kemper

Who would have thought it possible? Through a terrible recession that saw positions scarce across the marketplace– the job market today, with its ever increasing positions, is fast becoming candidate dominated. Yes, in many phases of business, the candidate is

2017 Green Resource Guide – By Haley Freeman

I frequently find myself looking for green resources and feeling frustrated by dead web links or sites of questionable provenance. Wouldn’t it be great to have a list of trusted purveyors of green right at your fingertips? I thought so,

Beer, Pizza and Stories – By Jim Obermeyer

It was the third day in on a 10-day trip. It was my favorite show of the year – the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) show. I’ve worked this show for a wide variety of clients since 1999, and have

Expect Your Salesforce to Follow-Up Leads After Tradeshows? FAGETABOUTIT! – By Richard Erschik

Phot right: THIS is NOT a tradeshow LEAD. People who only want swag are not a good lead. Why won’t YOUR salesforce follow-up? Because they can’t… so they won’t…and don’t. And you should not expect them to or blame them

2017, New Year, New Outlook – By Calanit Atia

New Year, new possibilities. 2016 has passed, cheers to 2017. Recently, I visited a Holland America Line cruise ship in San Diego and it reminded me of something my father taught me. He served in the Navy, traveled the world,

In Interviewing … When Should I Talk About Money? – By Philip H. Kemper

This is a tough question, but with a little bit of thought and preparation, you can get over this hurdle successfully. Salary negotiation is certainly one of the toughest parts of interviewing for a new position, Interviewing is full of

City by Nature – By Haley Freeman

When someone says, “Minneapolis,” what comes to mind? I’ll bet it isn’t the Mississippi River. The Mighty Mississippi is a shining ribbon that unfurls from a glacial lake in Northern Minnesota, winds through the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint

The Island of Misfit Toys – By Jim Obermeyer

I cannot count the number of times over the years that I have been in conversations and in meetings where someone is talking about how they ‘stumbled’ into this industry, how they ‘got yanked in sideways’ or how they ‘just

Larry Kulchawik’s ‘Trade Shows from One Country to the Next’ Receives 2016 MarCom e-Book Gold Award

Larry Kulchawik’s new book, Trade Shows from One Country to the Next, has been given a Gold Award in the e-Book category for the 2016 MarCom Awards competition. The book outlines the venues, regulations, labor issues, design styles, and cultural

Working with Family – By Calanit Atia

Very often in the trade show and exhibition industry, you will find family members working together. We ask, recruit or drag our families to help us with setting up booths or assisting at the office, especially if we are shorthanded,



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Prism Tradeshow Lighting to Introduce PAL25XL LED Display Arm Light at ExhibitorLIVE

Prism Tradeshow Lighting will be unveiling its latest new, innovative LED Lighting solution, PAL25XL LED Display Arm Light, at the upcoming ExhibitorLIVE Conference and Exhibition, March 12-16, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas. The revolutionary PAL25XL LED Display

2017 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show Features Exhibitors, Speakers, Trainings and Parties

The Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show continues its standing as the top industry-leading and largest annual bar and nightlife tradeshow in the United States with the addition of innovative sessions, seminars, workshops and off-site events. Taking over the

GlobalShop Gets Set to Celebrate its 25th Year

GlobalShop, the nation’s largest annual gathering for the retail design and shopper marketing community is slated to celebrate its 25th year, March 28th through 30th, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. New for 2017, GlobalShop will take

Riverview Systems Group Marks 30 Year Anniversary With New Web Experience

New Website Highlights Company’s Venerable History of Event Design/Production; Delivers Improved Interactivity  Riverview Systems Group, Inc., the award-winning, full-service provider of engaging and innovative live events, has re-launched its corporate website. Unveiled in conjunction with the company’s 30th anniversary, the redesigned

Western States Horse Expo Shows Strength of Equine Industry

The first Western Horse Expo of the year was held at the beginning of February in Pomona, Calif., with the second to take place this June in Sacramento. The two shows are some of the biggest horse expos in the

Mission: Possible – Construction Industry’s Premium Event Seeks to Build Bridges Mar. 19-22

Ironworkers, contractors and owners will gather at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina in San Diego, March 19 – 22, for the North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Conference. They will have the unique opportunity to participate in a variety of sessions designed

Supreme Court Sides With San Diego Convention Center Expansion

In what has been a tumultuous road towards gaining a major expansion to its convention center, San Diego was given a glimmer of hope for the plan’s survival after a California Supreme Court judge tossed out a lower court’s ruling

New Anime Event Planned for 2017: Crunchyroll Expo

Crunchyroll, Inc., a digital anime and manga powerhouse that just surpassed one million premium subscribers, has announced that it will launch the first ever Crunchyroll Expo in 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif. The event,

GES Releases Annual Trend Tracker Guide

GES releases its sixth annual list of the top trends that attract, engage and excite – Trend Tracker 2017: The Year of the Intelligent Event GES, a global experiential marketing partner producing live events, announced the launch of the 2017

SAVOR…Chicago and Brickstone Brewery Launch McCormick Place Everyday Ale at Chicago Auto Show

FIRST OF ITS KIND BRANDED BREW FOR NORTH AMERICA’S LARGEST CONVENTION CENTER Brewed including hops grown in the rooftop garden atop McCormick Place’s West Building, McCormick Place Everyday Ale is a refreshing Session Ale with a light malt backbone and



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Industry Leader Robert Crawford Wins Prestigious Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Award

Pictured at right, l to r, Robert Crawford and Larry Kulchawik On February 24, 2017, Robert Crawford as presented the  2017 Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Champion Award for outstanding leadership to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship in the Chicago

Sho-Link Inc. Announces Colleen Johnson as Corp. VP, and Promotes Toni Jendras and Susan Hannes

Sho-Link Inc. names Colleen Johnson (at left), previously vice president of business operations, to corporate vice president, as announced by Scott Rudel, president; and proudly announces the promotion of Toni Jendras (center) to director of administration, and Susan Hannes (at right)

LMG Hires Phil Sapp and Ed Boyer to Join Technical Leadership Team

LMG is pleased to announce the hiring of Phil Sapp (photo left) as LED manager and Ed Boyer (photo right) as manager of systems control. Industry veterans, both Sapp and Boyer individually bring more than 20 years of industry experience to their new

CORT Trade Show and Events Names Byron Loper as Regional Sales Manager

Experienced Professional Byron Loper Joins Southeast Region CORT Trade Show & Event Furnishings, the nation’s leading furniture and accessories rental company, today announced Byron Loper has joined the company as regional sales manager for the Southeast region. Loper joins CORT

Hargrove Announces Promotions in its Creative Services Department

 Company Emphasizes Commitment to Innovation, Visual Strategy Services and Experiential Journey Mapping Hargrove, Inc., the creator of compelling, world-class  environments for events, experiential marketing activations, custom exhibits and trade shows, announces strategic changes to its Creative Services department. Jorge Mijares

City of Owensboro and Spectra by Comcast Spectator Names Blake Henry General Manager of OCC

The City of Owensboro and Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, the providers of Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality and Ticketing and Fan Engagement to the Owensboro Convention Center and Owensboro Sportscenter, today named Blake Henry, a 20-year industry veteran, as

Momentum Management Welcomes Don Chavous as Special Operations Manager

Momentum Management welcomes Don Chavous as its newest special operations manager. Chavous began his trade show career more than 10 years ago working on the exhibit house shop floor and worked his way into field services supervision which later turned into

Paul Miller Joins ProExhibits as VP of Marketing

ProExhibits, an award-winning design and production team of exhibit, event and environment experts serving clients worldwide, announced the addition of Paul Miller as VP of marketing.  In this role, Miller will provide both strategic oversight and hands-on involvement in all

Emerald Expositions Names Eric Lisman as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development

Emerald Expositions, LLC (“Emerald”), a leading U.S. trade show and events producer, today announced that Eric Lisman, an experienced and respected industry executive, will join its senior management team to head up Emerald’s M&A and corporate business development activities. Lisman

EFI Announces a Promotion and Two New Hires

2017 kicks off Exhibit Fair International’s 20th year in business. EFI is pleased to announce Ramil Santiago’s (pictured at right) promotion to exhibit designer from his position of four years as CAD detailer. EFI is grateful for his talent, tenacity and the

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