Searcys Sprinters from 30 Euston Square Take On the 2017 Santa Dash

The Searcys team at 30 Euston Square took part in the BrainWave 5K Santa Dash alongside 250 other runners Dec. 12, as part of ‘Searcys Sprinters’ – the company’s recreational running team.  In preparation for the run the team raised

IAEE’s Ninth Annual Humanity Rocks Raises Funds for San Antonio Charity

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events raised $15,000 during Humanity Rocks – A Celebration with A Cause held on November 29 at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. Celebrating its ninth year, the event is held during Expo!

Derse Announces Four Key Leadership Positions

Derse, the complete face-to-face marketing company, is pleased to announce the addition of four critical leadership positions. The roles are due to company growth initiatives and are focused on moving Derse forward through standout creative and sales and marketing strategy

New Marquee to Brand Pennsylvania Convention Center’s Broad Street Entrance

The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority is finalizing plans to install new marquee signage along the facility’s Broad Street entrance to prominently brand the 2.3 million square foot facility, which attracts more than 1 million annual convention and show attendees. The

Keep Memory Alive Event Center Wins Stella Award for Best Conference Center in Far West

The Keep Memory Alive Event Center was named “Best Conference Center in the Far West Region” by Northstar Meetings Group’s Stella Awards, spotlighting hotels and suppliers that have achieved excellence in areas such as food and beverage, professionalism of staff,


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Shop To Showfloor: Who Said Innovating Is Easy? How One Company Tackled The Challenge

by Pat Friedlander Coming from the book publishing industry where two, sometimes three, times a year, publishers announce a list of new products, Debbie Parrott (pictured right) is not limited by the assumption that there is not much room for

Creative Directions: Success Through Protecting Your Passion

By Brian Baker, Vice President, Highmark Techsystems In this three-part series, we will dig into some of the most important things I’ve learned in the last 20+ years about Creative Direction. We will discuss a number of ideas to help

Creative Directions, Part 2: Building (Actual) Team Chemistry

By Brian Baker, Vice President, Highmark Techsystems In this second of a three-part series, we continue to dig into some of the most important things I’ve learned in the last 20+ years about Creative Direction. We will discuss a number

Creative Directions, Part 3: Grow Your Team(mates)

By Brian Baker, Vice President, Highmark Techsystems As we’ve discussed in previous articles, there are many roles that a creative director plays, and being the team leader is certainly one of the most important. But leading a team isn’t just

Nimlok Exhibits Named as Finalists in Exhibitor Magazine’s Fifth Annual Portable/Modular Awards

Nimlok, a division of Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, is proud to announce that two of its exhibits are finalists in Exhibitor magazine’s fifth annual Portable/Modular Awards. The two finalist exhibits (pictured above) are: • SIG (designed by Nimlok Philadelphia)

Nth Degree and Zenith LaborNet Join Forces to Become Largest Trade Show Labor Contractor

Nth Degree, a leading full-service global event marketing and labor management company, announces it has come to an agreement and intends to merge with Atlanta-based Zenith LaborNet effective January 1, 2018. The company will be headquartered in Nth Degree’s Duluth,

Emerald Expositions Acquires Connecting Point Marketing Group (CPMG)

Emerald Expositions Events, Inc., a leading U.S. business-to-business trade show and conference producer, announced its acquisition of Connecting Point Marketing Group from lower-middle market private equity firm Corridor Capital, LLC, mezzanine investor Aldine Capital Partners and management. Founded by Nancy

Shepard Announces Acquisition of McCUNE Audio-Video-Lighting, a CA-based A/V Company

Shepard, a full-service event production company, announces the acquisition of California-based McCUNE Audio-Video-Lighting as an expansion of Shepard AV, the company’s audio-visual division. McCUNE is an established provider of audio-visual and entertainment services, serving domestic and international events for more

MC2 Earns Honors Status in 28th Annual Galaxy Awards Competition

The Toyota Motor North America Brand Experience at EMA. Photo by Karen Pichette. MC2 (“MC-squared”), a leader in exhibit, event and environment design and production, received an Honors Award in the Event Marketing category of the 28th annual Galaxy Awards

IAEE Welcomes Karen Gonzales, CMP, to Partnership Relations Team

Karen Gonzales (pictured right), CMP, has joined the staff of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events as director, partnership relations. In this role, she will assist with selling exhibit space for Expo! Expo! IAEE’s annual meeting & exhibition and



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Puerto Rico is Taking Reservations for January 2018

Many have seen the devastation in Puerto Rico reported in the news since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico as a high-end Category 4 hurricane on September 20. Who can forget the people pleading for water and food? During IMEX 2017, held

MPI’s 2017 World Education Congress Wins Big in Las Vegas – By Calanit Atia

Paul Van Deventer, right, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), speaks at the opening press conference for the MPI World Education Congress 2017 at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas on June 20. Meeting Professionals International,

Indonesia – Unity in Diversity – By Larry Kulchawik

The International Trade Association recently conducted a trade seminar that focused on doing business in Indonesia. The event was held at the Indonesian Trade Center – Chicago, a part of a global trade network supervised by the Ministry of Trade

The Power of One – By Haley Freeman

I was a kid in the 1970s, and I remember watching the Keep America Beautiful ads on television featuring Iron Eyes Cody, the “Crying Indian.” (Millennials – refer to YouTube.) He cried silently while observing a landscape of fouled waterways

Logic and Innovation – By Jim Obermeyer

Ever wonder why some industries seem to be constantly innovating and improving and changing while others seem completely stagnant and stuck in a rut? I spend a fair amount of time behind a windshield, and that gives me a fair

Reference Checks Could Spell Disaster if Not Done – By Philip H. Kemper

This time, we are going to take a look at reference checks — a difficult, and often unpleasant, subject for many companies. As unbelievable as this sounds, many companies – large and small – never bother to check candidate references. Perhaps it

MPI launches Women in Leadership: Executive Leadership Skills Course – By Calanit Atia

Meeting Professionals International is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. Founded in 1972, the organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the

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



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Inaugural SmartBiz Expo & International Franchising Show in Hong Kong

Organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the inaugural SmartBiz Expo and the Hong Kong International Franchising Show opened last week at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Together, the twin events, which ran from Dec. 6-8, generate

Gold Winner Holywell Park Joins Venues of Excellence as 40th Member

Just a few days after winning gold at the Leicestershire promotions Tourism and Hospitality Awards for Best Team, Holywell Park has joined Venues of Excellence. Holywell Park, which is part of the Imago Venues’ portfolio, will be Venues of Excellence’s

ICCA Middle East Reaches 50 Member-Milestone In Fastest Growing Region For Association Meetings

Due to increased activities on education, networking and advocacy, ICCA membership in the Middle East region has increased more than 70 percent in the last 18 months.  ICCA developed strategic “Meetings Industry Development Forums” to enhance association meetings industry knowledge

A Palais Des Congrès De Montréal Marketing Campaign Earns International Distinction

The meetings and conventions world recognized the work of the Palais des congrès de Montréal at the Meeting Industry Marketing Awards (MIMA) recently presented in London. The “Numbers 1-5-52” relationship marketing and communications campaign intended for the international, U.S. and

David Pegler leaves ExCeL London; Jeremy Rees Appointed Acting CEO

ExCeL London has announced that David Pegler, CEO, has left the company. Pegler joined ExCeL in 2008 as managing director and, following the appointment of Kevin Murphy as chairman, was appointed chief executive officer in early 2013. ADNEC has announced

South Korea Wins Bid to Host 15,000 delegates for International Diabetes Federation 2019 Congress

South Korea has won the bid to host the next International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Congress, which is expected to welcome 10,000 foreign participants.  The IDF congress is the largest academic fair related to diabetes in the world, and up to

Marco Quagliarella Named New Director Of International Operations At AIM Group International

Marco Quagliarella (pictured right) is appointed as the new director of international operations at AIM Group International, reporting to Gianluca Scavo, CEO and managing director.  Quagliarella will be responsible for enhancing AIM Group’s presence in international markets, a strategy underway

Idea International is First Company Outside the U.S. to Receive EDPA Certification

Idea International has earned the EDPA Certification designation, the first company outside the U.S. to do so. Exhibitors who find shows in the APAC region on their schedules can feel secure in choosing to partner with Idea International since this

Dubai Continues to Attract International Associations

Photo: L-R, Prasant Saha, CEO, CIMGlobal; Mark Stevens, executive director, AMCA; Mandarr Agshikar, account leader, CIMGlobal; Alfons Westgeest, group VP, Kellen CIMGlobal, a premier, fully integrated global meetings and associations management company in partnership with Kellen, announced that Air Movement and

The Experience Transportation Agency: Of Friendship and Partnership–Putting the Passion Back Into Transportation

ECN Interview by Arthur Bloberger ECN: Thank you, Steve Moroney and Chad Taylor (pictured above) for chatting with us about your new Experience Transport Agency – ETA, double entendre, I’m sure that wasn’t by accident. Chad Taylor: By design, by



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Brian Baker is EDPA’s Michael R. Westcott Designer of the Year

Pictured right: Brian Baker receives the Michael R. Westcott Designer of the Year award from Kelli Glasser, president and CEO, Exhibit Concepts, and EDPA past president. Photo Credit: EDPA ACCESS 2017 Photography by Padgett & Co. Brian Baker, VP, Highmark

HSMAI Washington D.C. Chapter Appoints Linda Caruso and Suzanne Shogren To Advisory Board

The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s Washington, D.C., chapter today announced the appointments of hospitality industry veterans Linda Caruso and Suzanne Shogren to its advisory board. Caruso, who joined the chapter with 28 years of sales and marketing experience,

IAEE Welcomes Incoming Chairperson Daniel McKinnon, CEM

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events announces the results of the elections for its 2018 Board of Directors. Members of IAEE’s board of directors are elected on an annual basis by the official voting member of each IAEE member

Mirror Show Management Promotes Kyle Rader, Josh Klino, and Jacob Ross

Mirror Show Management has promoted Kyle Rader to woodshop foreman, and Josh Klino and Jacob Ross (pictured above, L-R) to warehouse team leads. Rader started with Mirror Show Management in 2015 as a custom fabricator. As shop foreman, his responsibilities

New Orleans ENMCC Names Leah Sulony & Lauren Castine Event Managers

Leah Sulony and Lauren Castine have been named event managers at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the sixth largest convention center in the nation. In their new capacity, each will be responsible for managing all aspects of

Chris Gowe Joins Tradeshow Logic as Vice President of Strategic Growth

Tradeshow Logic, an event solutions firm whose services elevate the success of associations and show organizers, has brought industry veteran Chris Gowe onboard as vice president of strategic growth. In this newly created role, Gowe will lead and inspire Tradeshow

NTP Events Announces New Vice President of Marketing and Director of Operations

NTP Events, the leader in the face-to-face events industry, announces the promotion of Whitney Bell (pictured below right) as VP of marketing and the hire of David Cherry (pictured below left) as director of operations & conferences. Bell transitions into

Nick Campbell Leaves One10 (Formerly Carlson Marketing) To Start Orca Displays

Nick Campbell (pictured right) left One10 (formerly Carlson Marketing) to found Orca Displays in October 2017. As founder and president, Campbell, is determined to provide clients nationwide with a customer-centric experience when it comes to event and display marketing. After

Maryland’s MGM National Harbor Names Melonie Johnson President and COO

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has named industry veteran Melonie Johnson president and chief operating officer of MGM National Harbor. In this role, Johnson assumes the top leadership position at Maryland’s newest and most successful entertainment and gaming resort. She

Experient Announces Thad Lurie as Vice President, Business Intelligence and Performance

Experient, a Maritz Global Events company, has hired veteran technology executive Thad Lurie (pictured right) as its new vice president of business intelligence and performance. Thad Lurie brings more than 15 years of association and technology experience to Experient and

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