Javits Ctr. Releases First-ever Sustainability Report

Twenty-six Bird Species Observed at Nearly 7-Acre Green Roof Since 2014 81% of Rain Water Absorbed by Green Roof, Reducing Impact on Local Sewer Systems New York Convention Center Operating Corporation President and CEO Alan Steel recently announced the issuance

SPIE Renews with Convention Data Services

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics and a longtime client of Convention Data Services, has renewed their contract for another two years. Under the agreement, CDS will provide onsite registration services, integrations, session tracking and lead management services

Dolce Garden Plaza Opens at Enclave Multi-Function Event Venue in Las Vegas

The latest new addition to the spectacular, 75,000-sq.-ft. Enclave event venue in Las Vegas is the beautiful and versatile Dolce Garden Plaza. The area is prominently positioned next to the venues impressive Valet Plaza Concourse main entrance. The Dolce Garden

2017 UFI Sustainable Development Award Goes to Fira Barcelona

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has announced Fira Barcelona as the winner of its annual Sustainable Development Award. The theme of this year’s  competition, “Best destination approach to implementing sustainability”, was chosen in order to recognize initiatives

Meetings Quest to Provide Attendees With Genuine Atlantic City Experience June 28-29

The evening event will include dinner and live music on the beach and rolling-chair tours of the iconic Boardwalk Plans have been announced for the Opening Celebration at Meetings Quest in Atlantic City. Hosted by Meet AC, Meetings Quest is

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Exhibiting with Our No. Neighbors – By Lesley Martin

Crossing over into other disciplines makes work interesting for Canadian labor crews Overshadowed by the economic climate of the U.S., Canada is often relegated to the background. Yet with recent changes and uncertainties in the U.S. political landscape, especially surrounding

Service Contractors Keeping Time with Changes to the Exhibition Industry – By Cynthya Porter

From the start of the Great Recession to now, the exhibition industry has taken a wild ride, only recently emerging from a veritable free fall that plunged countless businesses into the Recession abyss. Some were never to be heard from

Sharpening Soft Skills in I&D – By Lesley Martin

Transforming Crews to Relationship-based Partners I&D Crews Customer Service – Does it Matter? More than 12 years ago, Randy Eppard and Jim Wurm traveled the country teaching customer service skills to union crews. Back then, customer service was a foreign

Factory in the Forest: ProExhibits Brings Stikwood’s Rustic Booth To Life – By Jeanne Brei

It all began with a vision of a “factory in the forest” and ended with a very successful booth at the 2017 KIBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) in Orlando in January for Stikwood, an innovative interior design solution company.

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.,



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The Events Industry Council Honors the Winner of the Innovation in Sustainability Award

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Recognized for Blu Planet Water Conservation Project The Events Industry Council, in partnership with IMEX has launched a new industry award this year, the Innovation in Sustainability Award, and honors Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as the

Urban Expositions Acquires Coffee Fest Events

Urban Expositions (a Clarion Events company) is pleased to announce its acquisition of the U.S. Coffee Fest event portfolio from Lifestyle Events, Inc. which includes the 2017 Coffee Fest Chicago and Portland events, along with the 2018 Baltimore and Denver

The UBC Eastern District and Trade Show Industry Leaders Sign Value-added Commitment

Representatives from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Eastern District (pictured), Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association and the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association will come together to sign a Value-added Commitment aimed at improving the ability to deliver first class customer service

Emerald Expositions Acquires Snow Show from SnowSports Industries America

Emerald Expositions, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Emerald Expositions Events, Inc., producer of Outdoor Retailer and a leading U.S. business-to-business trade show and conference producer, and SnowSports Industries America, the snow sports industry’s member-owned trade association, announced today the

Artificial Intelligence Services That Can Boost Your Trade Show ROI – By Jessica Ablamsky

What is Artificial Intelligence? It’s not quite The Jetsons. The iconic cartoon featuring a witty robotic maid prepared generations of children for robot assistants that help humans with a variety of mundane and complex tasks. But not all artificial intelligence

Associations Form Independent Organizers Network

Adopting the philosophy that they are stronger together, the Society of Independent Show Organizers and the Association of Event Organizers have joined forces to collaborate under a new umbrella they have dubbed the Independent Organizers Network. While each organization will

Top Five Trends Shaping the Events Industry

The Events Industry Council releases the top five trends shaping the events industry after discussing the state of the industry at their recent Council meeting. The Events Industry Council members comprise the CEOs of more than 30 of the leading

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s Centerplate Hosts “Zero Waste Lunch” at Waste Expo

At right, Executive Chef Brandon Felder of Centerplate at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center speaks as WasteExpo attendees enjoy a “Zero Waste Lunch” in a dumpster equipped with salvaged wood seats and flooring, and table made from

Mirror Show Management Takes Silver in Major Exhibit Design Award

Mirror Show Management has won a Silver Award in EXHIBITOR’s 31st Annual Exhibit Design Awards competition. The winning design was for Cisco’s double-deck exhibit at the International Broadcasting Convention held in Amsterdam, NL. Established in 1986, the Exhibit Design Awards

Latin America Becomes the New Frontier for Many Trade Show Managers – By Amber Johnson

According to the most recent research of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, optimism is flying high in the trade show world, and nowhere is that optimism more buoyant than Latin America. Nations from Mexico to Argentina are



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The Mixed Economy and the IFES Concept for International Harmony – By Larry Kulchawik

The Mixed Economy is a US social institution, but the concept is shared by many other free trade countries. The Mixed Economy is a human solution to human problems. Trade shows are also a human solution to human problems/ challenges.

Take a Walk on the Boardwalk – By Haley Freeman

Las Vegas may be one of the nation’s greatest meeting destinations, with its millions of square feet of convention space, glamorous hotel-casinos and endless entertainment choices. But you have to admit that the desert has one drawback: all beach; no

Leaving Your Legacy – By Jim Obermeyer

It is interesting to me how our chosen careers build upon themselves; how each experience adds to the wisdom base, which then allows you to be able to succeed at the next level. I could not do the job I

What You Need To Consider Before Hiring a Summer Intern – By Philip H. Kemper

Once again, school’s soon out for the summer nearly everywhere—and millions of college students are flocking to a variety of businesses, large and small, for those coveted summer internships. In times gone by, those internships were considered to be cheap

Make a Presence by Exhibiting in Your Industry’s Trade Shows – By Calanit Atia

Last March, thousands of trade show and corporate event marketers converged on Las Vegas for EXHIBITORLIVE 2017— four days of power-packed education. The “trade show for trade shows” draws professional marketers from a wide array of industries. If you do

New RFP Template for International Projects – By Larry Kulchawik

At right, an English/Italian Example A Request for Proposal template has been developed over the past four years to enhance communication between international exhibit suppliers, or exhibit managers, with projects abroad. Since English is the official language of our industry,

The View From Poolside: Tales of a Frequent Trade Show Exhibitor – By Haley Freeman

J.R. Rapp knows shows. That’s because he (at right) is the director of business development and frequent trade show exhibitor for a Las Vegas-based software company that has disrupted the global pool design industry with its mission of “improving lives

That Looks About Right – By Jim Obermeyer

“We’re going to be in the Hudson.” It was Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (at right) announcing they were going to drop US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River. It is a story most of us are familiar with.  After

Memorable Experiences – By Calanit Atia

Lady Ga Ga owned the stage during half time at the Big Game. The audience felt the energy explode in the stadium. One person lived it. Brockett, her lead keyboardist played his one-of-a-kind round piano with 294 keys. “When I

March Madness … is Not Just About College Basketball – By Don Svehla

By the time you are reading our March/April print edition (at right), many industry persons, like myself, will be returning from Euroshop in Düsseldorf, Germany and preparing for the Exhibitor Show in Las Vegas. March Madness … is not just about



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Freeman Celebrates 90 Years

Don Freeman continues to build on a legacy of innovation in the brand experience category Since 1927, Freeman has been growing, evolving, and transforming the live events industry in meaningful and measurable ways. Now celebrating its 90th anniversary, Freeman –

Los Angeles Convention Center Hosts Some of This Summer’s Hottest Events

AEG Facilities’ Los Angeles Convention Center is delighted to welcome back four popular events for summer 2017: BET Experience (BETX), Anime Expo (AX), Beautycon Festival LA, and KCON Los Angeles. All four shows have evolved throughout the years into large-scale

Nimlok St. Louis Exclusively Serves Local SL Market

Nimlok St. Louis, owned and operated by Xtreme Exhibits, Inc., is proud to serve the Midwest now as the only locally-owned, nationally branded distributorship with a physical presence in the St. Louis marketplace. Opened in March of 2001 and later

Cobo Center Announces an Additional $2 Million Technology Upgrade

Cobo stays ahead of the curve with a network upgrade to support 10Gb broadband offering Claude Molinari, general manager of SMG/Cobo Center in Detriot, recently announced an additional two million-dollar technology upgrade. The work includes the installation of 60 intermediate

Las Vegas Convention Center District Gets Go-ahead

A major expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center was given the green light by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s Board of Directors, clearing the way for a $1.4 billion project that will create an extended district surrounding

U.S. and Global Exhibitions Days a Success

At right, the Iran International Exhibitions Co. A coordinated effort among national and worldwide exhibition industry leaders brought the importance of trade shows and events to the spotlight with the U.S. Exhibitions Day and Global Exhibitions Day just recently held

SMG’s k’nekt Training Programs Approved for CMP Education Credits

SMG is proud to announce that many of SMG’s k’nekt sales and event training classes were recently approved for Certified Meeting Professional education credits by the Convention Industry Council. Today, the CMP credential is recognized globally as the badge of

PacMin Produces Custom, High Detail 9′ BBJ Cutaway Featuring Alberto Pinto Interior for EBACE

The 1/12 scale 737 MAX 7 Boeing Business Jet cutaway model is 9.2 feet long (2.8 m) with a 9.8 feet (3 m) wingspan Custom scale cutaway model includes 9 furnished rooms, including a cockpit, and incorporates more than400 individual

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association Awards $20,000 in Scholarships

Having its origins in the screen printing industry, SGIA embraced the digital revolution early on and is now the trade association of choice for professionals in the industrial, graphic, garment, textile, electronics, packaging and commercial printing communities looking to grow

The Trade Group Launches Modern Mobile Structures

The Trade Group announces its partnership with AirClad as the US distributor for portable, architectural structures perfect for live events, pop-up shops, mobile hotels and more. The Trade Group in Carrollton, Texas, recently partnered with architectural structures innovator AirClad to



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mg Promotes Elie Kallab to Production Manager

mg is pleased to announce that Elie Kallab has been promoted from project manager to production manager in mg’s Las Vegas office. Kallab will be reporting directly to Kelli Steckbauer, VP, operations, supervising mg’s shop with equipment maintenance, scheduling and

Momemtum Management Announces the Additions of Crystal Emineth and Marc Arellano to its Team

Momentum Management, Inc., one of the premier labor services companies in the United States, is proud to announce the addition of a new account manager for the sales team led by Patti Wilder.  Crystal Emineth joins the growing Momentum Management

Orbus Adds 28 New Positions Since January 2017

Here are eight of them: Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, one of North America’s leading trade suppliers of display, exhibit and event solutions is pleased to announce that it added 28 new positions since January of this year. New positions

GES Promotes Jeff Janes to Executive Creative Director of Experiential Strategy

Jeff Janes is an award-winning creative professional and an ExhibitorLIVE presenter GES, a global experiential marketing partner for exhibits, events and exhibitions, announced the promotion of Jeff Janes to executive creative director of experiential strategy for its exhibits team. Prior

Michelle Minyard Named National Sales Manager at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Michelle Minyard has been named as national sales manager at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. In this role, Minyard will be responsible for developing and servicing clients in the Washington D.C. and Southeast markets. She will also

David Silva Joins BlueHive as a VP of Design.

BlueHive Strategic Environments is pleased to announce that industry veteran, David Silva, has joined the company as vice president of design. Silva, a highly skilled designer, has been in the industry for 20 years, and brings to the company a depth knowledge

mg Adds Two Account Directors – Matt Fried and Christian McWhinney

mg is pleased to announce that Matt Fried (photo left) and Christian McWhinney (right) have joined mg’s account management team. Fried was recently promoted to account director from a new business development role, a position he held for less than

People on the Move Spotlight on Sara Ost, Sr. VP of Marketing & Culture at Group Delphi

First thing to know about Sara Sara’s future in marketing became clear with the self-publication of an illustrated book at age six. The medium: Craft paper and yarn. The story: A family of ants discovering that life is best lived

Employco USA Expands Its Staff to Include Five New Team Members

At right, left to right: Shawn Smith, Heather Hudik, Isabel Dougala, Jackie Marzullo, and Ashleigh Kenar Employco USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the expansion of their staff. Offering human resource solutions for national trade show companies, Employco saves clients

PCMA 2017 Global Meetings Executive of the Year Award Recipient is Roberta A. Kravitz

The Professional Convention Management Association has announced the recipient of the 2017 Global Executive of the Year Award as Roberta A. Kravitz, executive director, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. The award, presented last month by Deborah Sexton, PCMA president

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