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,

In Memoriam: ECN Director of Sales Kathy McIllwain Anaya, Oct. 16, 1952-Nov. 17, 2017

ECN magazine is saddened to report that our beloved director of sales, Kathy Anaya, passed away unexpectedly Nov. 17 at St. Rose Hospital in Henderson. Kathy grew up in Ventura, Calif., and graduated from Buena High School in 1970 and


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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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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

Julie Pazina Announces Campaign for Nevada Senate District 20, Endorsed by Senate Democratic Caucus

Local businesswoman and former president of the Las Vegas Hospitality Association Julie Pazina (pictured right) announced her candidacy for State Senate District 20. Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford and the Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus have endorsed Pazina. This competitive open

Events DC Welcomes the Morris American Bar & Unconventional Diner to Walter E. Washington CC

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans joined Events DC, the convention and sports authority for the District, to announce the newest retail tenants at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (pictured right). The newest tenants include Morris

Happy Thanksgiving! Events DC and Safeway Partner to Host Feast of Sharing for 5,000

For the 18th consecutive year, Events DC and Safeway celebrated the season of giving by providing a festive holiday meal for thousands at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Serving District residents from all eight of the city’s wards, this

“Ultimate 4-D Experience” at Excalibur Hotel & Casino Presents “The Polar Express 4-D Experience”

Las Vegas’ Excalibur Hotel & Casino’s high-tech “Ultimate 4-D Experience” adds to its exciting family-friendly, blockbuster entertainment mix with the special showcase of “The Polar Express 4-D Experience” for the holidays, running Nov.  24-Jan. 2. Guests are invited on an extraordinary

Cobo Center Ups Sustainability Ante for 2018

Claude Molinari, general manager of SMG/Cobo Center, today announced the facility’s plan to install a visitor observation area near the living green roof at Cobo Center at the old heliport location on the roof deck. Prior to the 2018 North

GES Invites IAEE Expo! Expo! Attendees to Relax and Refocus at their Booth

GES, a global full-service provider for live events, invites International Association of Exhibitions and Events Expo! Expo! attendees to visit the GES team in booth 1129 and experience a respite from the show floor. GES’ spa-themed environment entitled, “Relax. Refocus.

Riverview Systems Group, Inc., Celebrates 30 Years in Technical and Production Design Business

Riverview Systems Group, Inc., is honored to celebrate 30 years of providing the world’s leading brands with the technical and production design expertise to successfully produce engaging and innovative live events. To mark the occasion, Riverview is hosting events at

Orbus Gives Back to Local Charities: Andrew Grene Fdn., St. Baldrick’s & St. Joseph Carpenter Society

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, one of North America’s leading trade suppliers of display, exhibit and event solutions is pleased to share the company’s recent charitable contributions and efforts. Orbus has contributed to several local and nationwide organizations.  Most recently,

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours Garners Three Top Honors From Las Vegas Review-Journal

Trail-blazing Lip Smacking Foodie Tours was just honored as “Best Tour,’’ “Best Fine Dining,’’ and “Best Brunch’’ in the “2017 Best of Las Vegas’’ awards by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Since launching in 2014 in Las Vegas, the local-based culinary



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Exhibit City News Welcomes Bob Reinecke Back as General Manager

Bob Reinecke has rejoined Exhibit City News as general manager (he didn’t ride in on a horse, but he is busy saving the day!). He will be assisting publisher Don Svehla in interviewing and training new sales personnel to replace

ProGlobalEvents and ProExhibits Hire Saul Stokes as Creative Director

ProGlobalEvents, a fully integrated experiential marketing firm for corporate clients, announces that Saul Stokes (pictured right) has joined as creative director. Based in the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters, Stokes will lead a creative team responsible for designing brand-building experiential events

CRVA Appoints Jason Koteff as National Sales Manager for Visit Charlotte

Jason Koteff has been named national sales manager for Visit Charlotte, the destination sales team for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. Koteff is based in Washington, D.C., and will guide associations and corporations in the Virginia area that are considering

MSM’s CEO Donna Shultz Named EDPA President & MSM Wins Second EDDIE Award

Mirror Show Management’s CEO Donna Shultz (pictured right) has been appointed president of the Experiential Designers and Producers Association for a one-year term. The EDPA is the leading network for professionals in the customer experience industry. Its members create experiences

Stephen Getson Joins MC2 as SVP of Strategic Business Development

MC2, a driving force in the exhibit and event marketing industry, has named Stephen Getson (pictured right) as SVP of strategic business development. Based at the MC2 Dallas location, Getson will be responsible for the growth and acquisition of key

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

Jay Oquendo, Ruthi Eckert and Bill Thorsen Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries at SourceOne Events

Pictured L-R: Jay Oquendo, Ruthi Eckert and Bill Thorsen Three SourceOne Events employees recently celebrated ten-year and eleven-year anniversaries. Ruthi Eckert, vp of sales, has been a life long event professional and celebrated her tenth year anniversary. Bill Thorsen, a

Edlen Congratulates Yuhi Kim on Promotion

Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services, the nation’s largest independent electrical contractor to the convention and trade show industry, is pleased to announce a promotion in its Las Vegas office. Yuhi Kim (pictured right) has been promoted to assistant general manager of

VisitPITTSBURGH Hires Domestic and International Group Sales Director

VisitPITTSBURGH, the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, recently hired Kathleen “Katie” Conaway (pictured right) to the newly created position of domestic and international group sales director. This position was developed to expand VisitPITTSBURGH’s strategic efforts to

Aquarian, a Shepard Company, Hires New Director of Sales and Executive Producer

Aquarian, Shepard’s entertainment and production arm, announce the hire of Chris Cherek (pictured right) as director of sales and as an executive producer. “Chris will jump in and lead our current business development efforts while developing new strategies to grow

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