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

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

ER Productions to Set Guinness World Records Title for Largest Laser Show at LDI: Live Outside

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, laser show and laser system design specialist ER Productions will attempt a Guinness World Records title for the largest laser show at Live Design International on Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., on the LDI: Live Outside


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beMatrix Announces New Website and Accepting Submissions for “The Best Of” beMatrix Awards 2017

beMatrix USA, the Atlanta-based manufacturer of the original ‘big hole’ frame system, is pleased to announce their new and improved website is up and running. The company says the new website “provides a clear message of who we are, what we

Aluvision and Dimension Design Form Strategic Partnership for North American B.E. Markets

Pictured L-R (front row): Ann VanCoillie, Aluvision, The Visitor sculpture, Jim Winter, Dimension Design, (back row): Dirk Deleu and Jan Dumont, Aluvision, and Chad McNeal, Dimension Design. Aluvision, a leading, worldwide manufacturer of high-end exhibit systems, and Dimension Design, a

PCMA Convening Leaders Registration Open for January 7-10 in Nashville

The Professional Convention Management Association is pumping up the volume for Convening Leaders 2018 – the leading event for business events professionals, taking place January 7-10 at Nashville’s Music City Center. Under the theme “Amplifying Engagement,” PCMA puts the spotlight

Egencia Study Examines Corporate Travel Policies

A new study by Egencia, the business travel arm of the Expedia group, found that despite the prevalence of corporate travel policies worldwide, “rogue booking”, the practice of business travelers booking outside of their travel program, is still an issue

SPTechCon Acquired by ExpoDevCo

Officials have announced that Exposition Development Company Inc. (ExpoDevCo) has acquired The SharePoint Technology Conference (SPTechCon), a technology education conference, from BZ Media for an undisclosed sum. The eight-year-old conference has held 20 events at which it provides training for

WS Display Invites EDPA Access Attendees To Open House on November 28

WS Display, specialists in wholesale portable trade show displays, banner stands and large format digital printing, are holding an open house on Nov. 28, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for EDPA Access attendees. There will be food and drinks, tours of

Mirror Show Management Named Diverse Supplier of the Year by Cisco Systems

Mirror Show Management has been named Diverse Supplier of the Year by Cisco Systems, Inc. Suppliers were evaluated for partnership, quality, innovation and diversity. Hosted by Cisco’s Global Procurement Services, the awards ceremony, which was part of the eighth annual

Association of Women in Events Announces 2018 Term Board of Directors

The Association for Women in Events, a not for profit organization supporting gender equality and diversity in the events industry, has announced its 2018 term board members. The association received a significant number of applications for the ten available board

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

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



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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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“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

Shreveport-Bossier Conv. & Tourist Bureau Honored with ConventionSouth’s Readers’ Choice Award

ConventionSouth, the national multimedia resource for planning events in the South, honored the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau with a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award. “ConventionSouth readers and fans have voted to decide the best meeting sites in the South, and

The Albany Capital Center to Host a Variety of Consumer-Friendly Events in Next Six Months

The Albany Capital Center is pleased to announce a series of consecutive events that will be open to the public for visitors to experience all the new convention center has to offer including the adaptability of the convention center. Boasting

Bell Helicopter and GES Win Gold Stevie Award in 2017 International Business Awards

Pictured right: Bell Helicopter and GES team celebrate winning a Gold Stevie Award, L-R: Martin Hodgkins, GES EMEA; Melissa Levesque, GES; Vince Lewis, Bell Helicopter; Robert Hastings, Bell Helicopter; Cody Poche, GES; Bridget Hall, Bell Helicopter; Jenna Harris, Bell Helicopter;

São Paulo Hosts the Int’l. Desalination Association World Congress for Water Reuse and Desalination

The São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau, in a strategic partnership with ESA Latin America, hosted the “International Desalination Association World Congress for Water Reuse and Desalination,” the leading global event for water reuse and desalination. Held for the first



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Zenith Lighting Inc., Announces Ben Coker as Technical Manager

Zenith Lighting, a 30-year-old supplier of stage and event lighting solutions, has named respected veteran lighting designer Ben Coker (pictured right) as the new technical manager for the growing company after consecutive years of growth. No stranger to the world

AIM Group International Makes Organizational Change in their Brussels Office

Wim Desloovere (pictured right) is assuming the role of country manager for the Brussels office of the AIM Group International. Desloovere will lead AIM Belgium’s ongoing strategic initiatives to provide innovative event services for top companies/associations and develop an expanding

Condit’s VP of Ops, Richard Raedeke, Celebrates 25 Years and Ming Chew Joins as Exhibit Designer

Condit, creators of custom event and trade show booths, museum displays and temporary structures, is proud to announce that its vice president of operations, Richard Raedeke,  recently celebrated his 25th anniversary with the company. Raedeke has worked in almost of

Eric Feger Joins Access TCA as Senior Manager, Client Services

Access TCA is pleased to announce that Eric Feger (pictured right) has joined the company as senior manager, client services. Eric’s career in the exhibit industry has spanned almost 25 years during which time he has managed accounts, collaborated with

Savor…Chicago’s Kevin Jezewski Promoted to Director of Food & Beverage, McCormick Place

SAVOR…Chicago has promoted Kevin Jezewski (pictured right) to director of food & beverage at McCormick Place. Jezewski will be responsible for food, beverage, catering and concessions for SAVOR…Chicago, the official foodservice provider for North America’s largest convention center. Jezewski has

Association of Women in Events Announces 2018 Term Board of Directors

The Association for Women in Events, a not for profit organization supporting gender equality and diversity in the events industry, has announced its 2018 term board members. The association received a significant number of applications for the ten available board

Tradetec Skyline Expands Project Team

TradeTec Skyline, a full-service B2B exhibit house specializing in trade show displays and services is pleased to announce the recent expansion of their project team. Krista McCloud, (pictured right) who joined TradeTec as an account coordinator in October 2015 has

iVvy Appoints U.S. Team of Pamela Guerin, Ray Pawley and Kara Lombardi For Global Expansion

IVvy Inc., a global events and hospitality technology company, announced the hiring of three U.S.-based travel and technology industry leaders to help oversee its expansion in North America. The Queensland, Australia-based company, which opened its New York offices earlier this

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

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