Coastal International loses one of its own

A nearly 20-year employee with Coastal International Orlando, Erik “Rik” Williams sadly passed away from cancer on Aug. 26.

Industry associations disapprove San Diego Convention Center ruling

While San Diego Convention Center may be celebrating its victory on Aug. 15 when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld its right to retain exclusive in-house cleaning services, leading industry associations are voicing their condemnation of the decision.

Date change for 2015 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York

The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York announced new dates for the 2015 event. To ensure enough days to move the show in, show producer Urban Expositions shifted the show dates by one week to March 8-10, 2015,

OKC CVB rebrands and reveals new campaign

Not only selling Oklahoma City as a visitor and meetings destination, the Oklahoma Convention and Visitors Bureau (OKC CVB) has also stepped up promotion of itself.

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Ovation accepting nominations for Huggability Award

Now in its sixth year, Ovation Global DMC’s annual Huggability Award is a fun and informal excuse to nominate someone who deserves congratulations, who makes your day or who is simply a lovable pain in the butt!

Convention centers see increased demand for outdoor spaces

On a riverfront terrace with a view of the city skyline, it could be easy to take in the lounge-like setting and mistake it for something other than what it is: a convention center in Detroit.

ISES names Spirit of Excellence Award winners

After a year that saw a record number of submissions, International Special Events Society (ISES) named the recipients of the 2013-2014 ISES Spirit of Excellence Awards.

MLeads software receives major upgrade

MobileLeads LLC, a creator of mobile applications for lead capture, released an upgraded version of MLeads for Android and iOS.

MPI Foundation raises nearly $200k in endowments

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation raised more than $170,000 during the 2014 World Education Congress (WEC), setting a new record for the most money raised at an MPI conference. The funds will go toward the MPI Foundation Education Endowment, which

QuickMobile adds services to expedite event app roll out

QuickMobile, a recognized global leader in mobile event apps, expanded its services and support for enterprise multi-event customers.

Ace Exhibits named fast-growing company four times

For the fourth year in a row, Ace Exhibits, a Los Angeles-based manufacturer and retailer of tradeshow display products, earned recognition on Inc. magazine’s 2014 fastest-growing companies list.

DSL Group takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

During the late afternoon on Aug. 19, the DSL Group of Companies, which includes Display Supply & Lighting Inc. and Color Kinetics Distribution Inc., took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Freeman receives fifth customer service recognition

Freeman has been recognized for contact center operation customer service excellence with its live phone channel for a fifth consecutive year under the J.D. Power Certified Contact Center ProgramSM.

Seven ways to maximize your ROI at tradeshows

In the age of smart phones and social media, tradeshows are still one of the most effective marketing channels your company’s services and products can utilize to drive brand awareness and gain new customers. After paying for booth space, your

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How to use hiring to reinforce your brand

Employees who share your values are not only great to work with – they stay longer in your company. 

Glimpsing the world of tomorrow

British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke is famous for observing, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” For over 150 years, World’s Fairs have provided a glimpse of technological advancements and ideas that may have felt more like

Twenty years of caring

It’s an interesting thing, this tradeshow industry. We’ve had lots of conversations about how we all seem to fall into this business, from all walks of life, and once we get in, it’s hard to get out. All you have

Time to review your interview process

What can you do when the interview process you’ve used for decades fails you? When it doesn’t make it easy enough to assess each candidate accurately, or when the candidate you chose turns out to not be the best one

GREETINGS TO READERS EVERYWHERE!

This July 2014 edition pays tribute to the many people involved in moving F-R-E-I-G-H-T. The definition of freight as it relates to the tradeshow & event industry is very similar to the standard definition, but when applied directly to our

Abandoning ship

I had lunch a few weeks ago with an old college friend. He is retired from the army and has worked for a defense contractor for the last 20 years. He is planning on building a retirement villa for himself

The ARTIC emerges in Southern California

No, we are not talking about polar ice caps here, but the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, touted as “A Gateway to the Future.” This LEED Platinum Center will be an unprecedented nexus for transit of all kinds in Southern

The right way to build a sales force

While placing top sales people continues to be one of our top efforts, I am particularly concerned when I see clients more interested in shortcuts to ”buying” business than in growing their own sales force, and developing healthy sales they can call

The price of beauty

As a die-hard fashionista, I hated to learn that fashion is the world’s third most environmentally damaging industry.

Changing the rules

I remember sitting down to play the Shoots and Ladders games with my daughter many years ago.

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Surf expo returns to Typhoon Lagoon

Surf Expo announced the return of the industry party at Typhoon Lagoon, presented by Sanuk, Sept.5.

Freeman golf outing raises money for American Heart Association

Nearly 200 industry golfers played a scramble-style round at Cascata Golf Course in Boulder City, Nev., Aug. 25, the ninth annual tournament of its kind to benefit the American Heart Association.

Adelaide Convention Centre sees upgrades

In light of redevelopment at Adelaide Convention Centre, new and existing facilities have been brought to life with an interactive tool for planning, presentation and collaboration that allows users to navigate and visualize all three levels of the Centre.

Surf Expo featuring all-star boards and shapers

For nearly 40 years, Surf Expo has played a vital role in the global surf hardgoods market, and the show will once again pay homage to the craftsmen at the roots of surfing heritage from Sept. 4-6.

Beauty show renews with Orange County Convention Center

Beauty is on the minds of executives this week as the Premier Orlando International Beauty Show renewed its contract with the Orange County Convention Center through 2019.  

Phoenix venue receiving tech upgrade by 2015 Super Bowl

Smart City Networks, an event technology provider for convention centers and hospitality venues, is constructing a distributed antenna system (DAS) at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Los Angeles Convention Center boosts sustainable initiatives

In January, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency.

Industry associations disapprove San Diego Convention Center ruling

While San Diego Convention Center may be celebrating its victory on Aug. 15 when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld its right to retain exclusive in-house cleaning services, leading industry associations are voicing their condemnation of the decision.

Experient raises over 7k for ‘Pack for Impact’ charity event

Experient, a source for integrated meeting and event solutions, hosted its annual charity event — the 6th Annual Pack for Impact in Denver on July 23.

Tropicana Las Vegas expanding convention facilities

Meeting and convention facilities inside Tropicana Las Vegas, a DoubleTree Hilton property on the Las Vegas Strip, will expand to 100,000 square feet by March 1, 2015.

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TISOH grad named president of ISES Las Vegas Chapter

A graduate from The International School of Hospitality (TISOH) has been named president of the International Special Events Society (ISES), Las Vegas Chapter.

The Expo Group VP of Products and Services continues on E2MA board

The Expo Group, a general contractor for the exhibitions industry, announced that its vice president of Products and Services continues to serve on the Event and Exhibit Marketing Association (E2MA) board of directors.

Owensboro Convention Center welcomes executive chef

Global Spectrum, a venue management company, welcomed an award-winning chef to the Owensboro Convention Center family

National Conference Center hires interim GM

The National Conference Center, one of the largest and most comprehensive conference centers in the U.S., named a new vice president and general manager.  

PMMI appoints EXPO PACK event director

PMMI, the owner and producer of the PACK EXPO tradeshows, hired a director of EXPO PACK Events.

Momentum Management builds accounting team with new hire

Momentum Management, a nationwide labor services company, continues to grow with the return of a former Momentum employee to the accounting department.

Origin Event Planning hires global event logistics professional

Origin Event Planning, a Las Vegas-based event management and production company, brought on a global ME&I travel manager.

Global Spectrum welcomes F&B director to Ky. venue

Global Spectrum, a venue management company, welcomed a new director of food and beverage to Owensboro Convention Center in Kentucky.

Florida boutique hotel appoints new GM

The Alfond Inn, a112-room boutique hotel in Winter Park, Fla., appointed a new general manager.

Pheasant Run Resort & Spa hires 30-year F&B pro

Pheasant Run Resort & Spa, a 473-room resort and expo center in St. Charles, Ill., selected a food and beverage director.

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