CORT Events Shares Millennial Trends in Corporate Meetings and Conferences

Experiential Meeting Design Creates Shareable Moments, Immerses Attendees in Events CORT Events provides insights into planning meetings that satisfy the changing demands millennials seek in corporate meetings – shareable, experiential events. As millennials host and attend meetings and conferences, there

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

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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 Inside Track Introduces “Good Booth Gone Bad” to Help Exhibit Houses Avoid Costly Showfloor Issues

With so many details, moving parts and short deadlines in the trade show industry, there are plenty of opportunities for “issues” to occur on the show floor. To help limit and avoid these issues, which can be very costly, The

EDPA NE Chapter Raises $15K for Rally at the Ally Beneficiary Tucker Wood

Last Month, members of the Exhibit Designers and Producers Association Northeast chapter came together to support Tucker Wood, husband to Hill & Partner’s Sales Manager, Lauren Wood in his fight against ALS. Over 70 people attended the 2nd Annual Rally at

USA Expo Introduces Event Display Leasing Model

Why buy or rent when you can lease? No, we’re not talking about cars or apartments, we’re talking about USA Expo’s new  leasing model that is revolutionizing the event display market. USA Expo, an experiential and event marketing agency based

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



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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

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



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IMT’s New SocialPoint Lead Manager App Helps Trade Show Game Clients Take More Qualified Leads

Interactive Meeting Technology, LLC, Gives Their Exhibiting Clients a Companion App That Integrates With Their SocialPoint Digital Games – For Free Interactive Meeting Technology, LLC, a developer of interactive games and contests for trade show and event marketers, introduce its new

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau Contributes to ASAE Foundation

Pictured, left to right: Susan Robertson, president, ASAE Foundation; Mark Vaughan, executive vice president and chief sales officer, ACVB Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau made a donation of $2,500 to the American Society of Association Executives for the second consecutive

Tennessee Resort Unveils Chic Meeting Spaces Following $3.5 Million Renovation

The MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center Boasts 88,000 Sq. Ft. of Meeting Space, Lounges, Golf and More Contrary to the popular adage, business and pleasure actually mix quite nicely, especially at the newly renovated MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort &

Display Supply & Lighting, Inc. Introduces New LED Lighting System with Magnetic LED Modules

Display Supply & Lighting, Inc., a leader in lighting, supply products and product selection and installation oversight services to the trade show and display industries, is excited to introduce a new affordable, low maintenance, easy to use, LED lighting system

Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center Wins 6th TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Congratulations to 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence recipient Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, winning the prestigious award for an impressive sixth time. The award celebrates businesses who have consistently achieved glowing traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Travelers come

MC2 Wins Two Communicator Awards of Excellence

MC² (MC-squared), an exhibit, event and environment design and production agency with corporate headquarters in Chestnut Ridge, NY, , was recognized with two Awards of Excellence from the Communicator Awards. With over 6,000 entries received from across the US and around the

SMG Renews Partnership with the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority and Cobo Center

The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority has approved renewal of SMG, the world’s leading convention center management firm, to continue management of Cobo Center. The agreement is for another three year term, continuing a long-standing relationship between SMG and the

MGM Grand Breaks Ground on Conference Center and Stay Well Meetings Expansion

At right, MGM Grand breaks ground on approximately $130 million expansion of its award-winning Conference Center. L-R: LVCVA VP of Global Business Sales Chris Meyer; MGM Grand VP of Sales Ernest Stovall; Pegasystems Global Vice President, Customer Experience & Events, Michael

Visit Seattle and Knack Collaborate to Deliver Curated Gifts to Conference Delegates

Visit Seattle has selected Knack Shops, the premier online destination for Seattle gifts, as its exclusive e-commerce gift partner.  Through a proprietary online platform driven by Knack and embedded into, visitors and meeting planners are now able to create,

Blue Sky Exhibits Wins Award, Featured in Movie

Blue Sky Exhibits Wins Cobb Chamber’s 2017 Small Business of the Year Award The Cobb Chamber of Commerce awarded Marietta, Ga.,-based Blue Sky Exhibits the prestigious 2017 Small Business of the Year Award at its First Monday Breakfast this week.



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Joe Martillaro Opens Superior Logistics, Tradeshow and Event Transportation Specialists

For the past 11 years, Joe Martillaro has specialized and worked with exhibit design firms, experiential marketing groups and suppliers to the exhibit and event industry. Recently, Martillaro opened and is managing a transportation firm called Superior Logistics.  Nationally headquartered in the Chicago

Tim Heffernan joins T3 Expo as Chief Development Officer to Accelerate Growth and Momentum

T3 Expo, a general contractor for tradeshows and corporate events, announced today the addition of a chief development officer to its leadership team. Tim Heffernan will join the company to help steer and development the exponential growth that T3 Expo

CadmiumCD Grows in US Markets with Two New Major Hires, Sandy Brown and DeWayne Jackson

CadmiumCD, a leading event management software company, is expanding its regional growth in the U.S. with two senior hires and new offices in Dallas, Texas, and Fullerton, Calif. Sandy Brown joins as sales manager for the Los Angeles, San Francisco,

Access TCA Promotes Multi-talented Dean Cerrati to Director, Production

Amy Sondrup, president, Access TCA, announced that Dean Cerrati has been promoted to director, production. “Dean just celebrated his 22nd anniversary at Access,” said Ms. Sondrup. “He has hands-on experience in almost every department, a deep understanding of our entire

Visit Austin President/CEO Tom Noonan Nominated to Serve on BoD for Two Industry Organizations

Visit Austin President and CEO, Tom Noonan, has been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for two different organizations– American Society of Association Executives and Destinations International. “It is a special honor to be given the opportunity to serve

mg Promotes Becki Lyyski to Director of Express Exhibit Solutions

mg is pleased to announce that Becki Lyyski has been promoted to director of Express Exhibit Solutions to lead this expanded department in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. mg’s portable department continues to bypass projected sales and gain momentum to be a

Kevin Nute Joins Highmark as Director of Sales, Western Territory

Debbie Parrott, president, Highmark TechSystems, has announced that Kevin Nute has joined the company as director of sales, western territory. Nute will be based in Las Vegas. Nute’s career in the exhibit industry spans more than two decades, starting with his

Fern Welcomes Brent Athon as an Account Manager

Fern is pleased to announce that Brent Athon has joined Fern as an account manager. Located in Phoenix, Ariz., Athon will serve clients and events held in the southwest region and nationally. Athon brings with him decades of trade show

mg Promotes Michael Coggburn to Orlando Production Manager

mg is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael Coggburn from project manager to production manager of mg’s Orlando facility. Reporting to Kelli Steckbauer, VP, operations, Coggburn will still manage client projects in addition to production management duties including quality

Sam Kimmel Promoted to Outdoor Product Specialist at Highmark Tech Systems

Debbie Parrott, president, Highmark TechSystems, announced that Sam Kimmel has been promoted to product specialist – outdoor. Sam will be responsible for preparing and supporting Highmark’s outdoor products and solutions for the events industry which include a range of multi-level,

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