Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center Gains LEED Platinum Re-certification

Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center is proud to announce the Platinum re-certification under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system. Platinum is the highest level of certification issued by the

IMC Coordinating Home Industry Humanitarian Efforts For Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico

International Market Centers, the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries, announced today that it will coordinate product donations and other humanitarian efforts by exhibitors in High Point Market and Las Vegas

NECA Chapters Seek Help for Contractors Devastated by California Wildfires

Areas in northern California with dozens of National Electrical Contractors Association contractors–including Sonoma County (Redwood Empire chapter) and Napa County (Northern California chapter) have been experiencing unprecedented hardships because of the wildfires there in recent weeks.  So far, at least

Puerto Rico Convention Center to Resume Event Schedule in 2018

Though it has been taken out of commission for events for the remainder of 2017, the Puerto Rico Convention Center will resume normal operations beginning in January of 2018, officials have announced. As they coordinate the recovery efforts from Hurricane

Randy Smith Memorial Golf Classic Tees Off on Friday the 13th

With nearly 200 golfers and even more volunteers, the 23rd annual Randy Smith Memorial Golf Classic teed off on Friday the 13th of October at the Chateau Elan golf course in Braselton, Ga. Since its inception in 1995, the Randy Smith


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International Live Events Association Establishes Exclusive ILEA Legacy Membership

The International Live Events Association is proud to announce an exclusive, invitation-only opportunity for individuals who have been members of the organization for 25 or more years. As part of ILEA’s 30th anniversary celebration, several long-time members will be recognized

Global Meetings and Events Forecast Highlights Industry Trends for 2018

According to the 2018 Global Meetings and Events Forecast published by American Express Meetings and Events, event programs and meetings around the world will continue to draw in and localize more throughout the coming year as event planners work to

Survey Finds Nutrition Rising in Importance at Events

The International Association of Conference Centers found in a recent study that venues around the globe are changing the way they approach attendee well-being, with the vast majority taking strides to make meetings and events healthier for those involved. For

New Research by AEO Examines Attendee Behavior

According to a new study released by the Association of Event Organizers, individuals who attend events are more valuable to brands than the general population, they have more reach and influence on and offline, and are more likely to make

DoubleDutch Acquires App Builder Eventgrid

DoubleDutch, a creator of marketing and engagement platforms for trade shows and events, has acquired event registration provider Eventgrid to deepen its resources for mobile event applications. The acquisition expands DoubleDutch’s current offering into a more complete event marketing and

GES Achieves Environmental Sustainability Re-certification Earning APEX/ASTM Level Two

GES has again achieved APEX/ASTM Level Two certification for the meetings and event industry. Spearheaded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Green Meeting Industry Council, the standards were developed in collaboration between APEX (the Convention Industry Council’s Accepted

Javits Center and Centerplate Announce New Salad Dressing Featuring Rooftop Bee Hives’ Honey

First Batch of Honey Harvested from Second Largest Green Roof in United States New York Convention Center Operating Corporation President and CEO Alan Steel and Centerplate President and CEO Chris Verros today announced a new salad dressing at the Javits

Orbus Recycles 77 Percent of Total Waste Year to Date and Partners with Donco Recycling Solutions

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, one of North America’s leading trade suppliers of display, exhibit and event solutions, is pleased to announce that year to date it has recycled 77.3 percent of its total waste. To help in the continued recycling

Gaming Scholars Project Hottest Trends & Topics for Global Gaming Expo Oct. 2-5 in Las Vegas

Professors Across the Country Forecast What’s to Come for the Casino Gaming Industry With potential groundbreaking sports betting legislation on the horizon and pioneering technology opening new doors every day, industry leaders will dive into the hottest emerging topics and



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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

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



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NECA Chapters Seek Help for Contractors Devastated by California Wildfires

Areas in northern California with dozens of National Electrical Contractors Association contractors–including Sonoma County (Redwood Empire chapter) and Napa County (Northern California chapter) have been experiencing unprecedented hardships because of the wildfires there in recent weeks.  So far, at least

The 2017 SGIA Expo Welcomed More Than 19,000 Attendees and Nearly 600 Exhibitors

More than 19,000 people attended the 2017 SGIA Expo, the largest North American print show, in New Orleans, La., from October 10–12. The show, which took over the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, featured nearly 600 exhibitors showcasing the most

Design Group Exhibits Launches New Website To Buy Exhibit and Display Products Online

Design Group Exhibits, the expert Nimlok and Orbus Exhibit & Display Group exhibits and displays distributor based in LaGrange, Ga., announces the launch a new e-commerce website, TradeShowsExtreme.com, which allows individuals to purchase quality exhibit and display portable products directly

2017 TCT Show at NEC Birmingham, UK, Hailed as Major Success by Visitors and Exhibitors

The 2017 edition of the TCT Show, one of the world’s leading events focused on 3-D manufacturing technologies, wrapped up on Sept. 28. The action-packed, three day, 3-D technology showcase, held annually at the National Exhibition Center, Birmingham, England, offered

ICC Sydney Driving NSW Economy with Visitor and Bookings Boost

International Convention Centre Sydney is living up to its reputation as Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, with New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured right)  applauding its outstanding contribution to the local economy after addressing the 10th World

ASEAN Conference to Help Address Issues and Challenges of Aging in the Region

The first ASEAN Conference on Healthy Aging has opened in Sarawak, Malaysia, and will run Oct. 10-12. The conference, organized by the Malaysian Healthy Aging Society, in collaboration with the Sarawak Convention Bureau, is aimed to help address the issues

Fifth Consecutive Year of Growth for Melbourne Convention Bureau

The Melbourne Convention Bureau has achieved its strongest results from the past five years, exceeding all targets in the 2016/17 financial year, delivering significant benefit to the Victorian visitor economy.  MCB achieved $321 million in economic contribution for the state, an

Prague Congress Center Presents Winning Design For New Exhibition Hall and Pankrác Square

The International Architectural and Urban Competition of the new PCC has its winner. The subject of the competition was the design of a new exhibition hall for the Prague Congress Center and its surrounding area. “For a long time, the Congress

Major Conference Announced for UK’s ICC Wales

Less than three months after building work began on Wales’ first International Convention Centre, another major conference win has been announced at the venue, which is due to open its doors in July 2019. Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference – the

The 37th HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair and electronicAsia to Feature Startup Zone Oct. 13-16

The 37th HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (autumn edition), organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and the 21st electronicAsia, jointly organized by the HKTDC and MMI Asia Pte Ltd, will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and



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Hargrove Names Sue Holle as Dir., National Accounts

Hargrove, Inc., the creator of compelling, world-class environments for events, experiential marketing activations, expositions and exhibits announces an addition to expositions team.  Sue Holle has joined Hargrove as a director, national accounts. She is responsible for operational oversight for all national

Rich Ennis Joins Nth Degree as CEO

Nth Degree, a leading full-service global event marketing and labor management company, announced the appointment of Rich Ennis (pictured right) as chief executive officer. Based in Nth Degree’s corporate office in Atlanta, Ga., Ennis will lead the organization as it

MC2 Hires Aaron Miller as Executive Creative Director

Aaron Miller (pictured right) has joined MC2 as executive creative director. In this role, he will work closely with the company’s chief strategy officer, national design director, designers and account executives to inspire, lead and motivate teams to create breakthrough face-to-face brand experiences.

PCMA Announces 2018 “20 In Their Twenties” Class

The “20 in their Twenties” program, supported by the PCMA Education Foundation and Visit Seattle, is designed to engage the best and brightest young professionals in the business event industry.  By recognizing emerging leaders, and their talents, PCMA helps to

iVvy Expands Executive Team in Queensland, Australia, to Support Global Growth

iVvy Inc., a global events and hospitality technology company, announce the promotion and hiring of three key executives to help oversee its global growth: Courtney Robinson has been promoted to chief marketing officer, Rachael Grimsey has joined the company as

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s President and GM Robert Johnson Retires

Robert “Bob” Johnson, president and general manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, concluded his impressive 46-year facilities industry career on September 25, his 70th birthday. Johnson has served as the facility’s senior director since 2007. To

Momentum Mgmt. Adds Rebecca Walsh, Matilda Richardson and Mary Moonshower To Acct. Dept.

Momentum Management, a premier nationwide labor services company, has expanded its accounting department by hiring three new employees.  Pictured L-R, Rebecca Walsh, Matilda Richardson and Mary Moonshower have all joined Momentum’s accounting department and work with accounts receivables, which is

Visit San Antonio Hires Hospitality Veteran Mario Bass as Vice President of Sales and Services

Following an extensive nationwide search, Visit San Antonio has selected an industry expert with deep knowledge of the San Antonio market to join its executive team. Mario Bass (pictured right) will join Visit San Antonio on October 11 as the new

Shepard Expands Marketing Services with Addition of Cory Smith

Shepard Exposition Services are expanding their marketing and strategy services with the hire of Cory Smith (pictured right) as managing director of digital solutions. Smith’s role will be to work with clients to grow attendance and enhance customer experience with the

Hargrove Announces Promotion of Lisa Miller to Director of Events, National Accounts

Hargrove, Inc., creators of compelling, world-class  environments for events, experiential marketing activations, custom exhibits and trade shows, announce the promotion of Lisa Miller (pictured right) to the newly created position of director of events, national accounts. In this new role, Miller will

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