LA Convention Center Joins the City of Los Angeles and AEG for Earth Hour on March 25

Los Angeles Convention Center Goes Dark for Earth Hour, Joining the City of Los Angeles and AEG Facilities-Affiliated Venues in a Global Call to Action in Support of the Environment On March 25th, 2017, the Los Angeles Convention Center will

Convention Data Services Breaks Ground on New Headquarters in Bourne, Mass.

Pictured L-R: John Kimball/President and CEO; Doug Levinson/Chairman of the Board; Owners and Board Members: John Fletcher, Suzy Fletcher, Tom Fletcher, Jim Fletcher; Brian Griffin/Rockland Trust Regional Manager; Daniel Doucette/Town of Bourne Planning Board Chairman  Convention Data Services held a groundbreaking ceremony last

Highlights from the Int’l Restaurant Show of NY

Recap of Awards Presentations, Cooking Demos and Celebrity Chef Appearances Last week, the Javits Center was bustling with 18,000+ Independent and Multi-Unit Restaurant Owners, FSR & Quick Serve Establishment Operators; Foodservice Professionals, Caterers, Chefs, and more from across all segments of

AccuWeather to Showcase StormDirector+ Innovations at 2017 NAB Show April 22-27

AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, today announced exclusive product innovations in StormDirector+, the industry-leading interactive weather system, to be demonstrated live at the National Association of Broadcasters Show held April 22-27 at the Las Vegas

Disney Business Solutions Launches “Roadmap to Adventure” Team-building at Disneyland Paris

Following the successful launch of Meetcentives, Disney Business Solutions unveils its newest team-building innovation: Roadmap to Adventure, an interactive rally game through Disney Parks. Participants (up to 300) will encounter a wide range of challenges in teams of six within


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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.,

J.D. Power Recognizes GES National Servicenter for Providing Outstanding Customer Service Experience

GES has earned this prestigious certification for the eighth year in a row GES, a global, full-service provider for live events, has announced that GES has been recognized for contact center operation customer satisfaction excellence for an eighth consecutive year

MC² Selected for the 2016 Fab 50

Annual editorial listing recognizes the top exhibit builders in North America MC²  (“MC-squared”), an exhibit, event and environment design and production agency, was named by Event Marketer as one of its 2016 Fab 50, the only editorial listing of top exhibit builders



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Cobo Center Obtains Recertification to International Green Meeting Standard

Sustainability efforts at Cobo Center attract events like Sustainable Brands 2017; at right Cobo Center Living Green Roof Cobo Center, site of this year’s Sustainable Brands (SB’17) conference, has achieved recertification to the ASTM Venue Standard, the premier global sustainability

Access TCA Wins Three Design Awards, “Creative Bravery” Recognized

Access TCA won two Portable Modular Awards at EXHIBITORLIVE: one for the best 10 x 10 exhibit (Nordic Naturals, at right) and another for the best reconfigurable exhibit (Abaxis, below left). Plus, Access’ exhibit for Think! Surgical (below right) won

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group’s Intensive Recycling Efforts Divert 582 Tons of Waste

Orbus’ recycling efforts include large bins throughout the manufacturing and production facility for recycling cardboard, paper, fabric, plastic and metal. Donated fabric is given to organizations to be turned into clothing and other products, and scrap wood has been repurposed

SGIA Recognizes 51 Member Safety Programs

Annual Safety Recognition Program puts members through safety paces The Specialty Graphics Imaging Association has recognized 51 member companies which, through their own self-inspection and verification, achieved excellence in safety in 2016. The members conducted bimonthly inspections of their facilities

GES Adds Leading Visitor Engagement Technology with Acquisition of Poken

Poken’s extensive event measurement and visitor engagement capabilities perfectly complement GES’ core live event services and technologies GES, a global full-service provider for live events, announced the purchase of Poken, a cloud-based event management platform. Poken brings together digital and

Award-Winning Global Creative Officer Joanna Peña-Bickley to Keynote HCEAConnect

The Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for the opening session of HCEAConnect, the association’s annual educational and networking event, August 13-16, 2017 in Chicago, IL.  Joanna Peña-Bickley will read into her magic ball

CDS Renews Contract with IEEE PES T&D Conference and Exposition

IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference and Exposition has renewed their contract through the year 2020 with Convention Data Services, their current trusted registration partner for full registration and lead management services. The IEEE PES T&D Conference and Exposition is

50 Fastest Growing U.S. Tradeshows to be Honored in April

Trade Show Executive has unveiled the 50 fastest growing shows in the United States, and the list contains some industry staples as well as some unexpected newcomers that experienced banner success in 2016. TSE measures growth by three different metrics:

GES Invites EXHIBITORLIVE Attendees to Relax and Refocus in Spa-themed Environment

Visit the GES team in booth #1423 for a respite from the show floor GES, a global experiential marketing partner to many of the world’s leading companies, invites EXHIBITORLIVE attendees to relax and refocus. Attendees visiting the GES team in

EDPA Northeast Chapter Annual Cocktail Kickoff Meeting at EXHIBITORLIVE

The EDPA Northeast chapter, voted 2016 Chapter of the year, will be hosting its annual cocktail kickoff meeting at EXHIBITORLIVE 2017.  The event is being held to celebrate the success of 2016 and talk about what’s to come in 2017. 2016



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New RFP Template for International Projects

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,

EXHIBITORLIVE Recognized as Tradeshow Industry’s Most Important Show

EXHIBITORLIVE 2017 is in the books, officially ending on Thursday, March 16. Suffice it to say a wonderful, educational and productive time was had by all. A magazine ourselves, Exhibit City News recognizes Exhibitor magazine’s commitment and contribution to the

Mindfulness – Just Woo-Woo or Good Meeting Ju-Ju? – By Haley Freeman

Is all the recent discussion about mindfulness legit, or just the next wave of pop psychology? And what, if anything, does it have to do with meeting planning? First, what is mindfulness? Mindfulness is defined by Psychology Today as “a

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

March Madness … is Not Just About College Basketball – By Don Svehla

By the time you are reading our March/April print edition (at right), many industry persons, like myself, will be returning from Euroshop in Düsseldorf, Germany and preparing for the Exhibitor Show in Las Vegas. March Madness … is not just about

Mr. Employer – Now’s The Time To Sell Candidates The Position – By Philip H. Kemper

Who would have thought it possible? Through a terrible recession that saw positions scarce across the marketplace– the job market today, with its ever increasing positions, is fast becoming candidate dominated. Yes, in many phases of business, the candidate is

2017 Green Resource Guide – By Haley Freeman

I frequently find myself looking for green resources and feeling frustrated by dead web links or sites of questionable provenance. Wouldn’t it be great to have a list of trusted purveyors of green right at your fingertips? I thought so,

Beer, Pizza and Stories – By Jim Obermeyer

It was the third day in on a 10-day trip. It was my favorite show of the year – the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) show. I’ve worked this show for a wide variety of clients since 1999, and have

Expect Your Salesforce to Follow-Up Leads After Tradeshows? FAGETABOUTIT! – By Richard Erschik

Phot right: THIS is NOT a tradeshow LEAD. People who only want swag are not a good lead. Why won’t YOUR salesforce follow-up? Because they can’t… so they won’t…and don’t. And you should not expect them to or blame them



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ExpoSystems Canada Launches New Website

ExpoSystems Canada will launch its newly updated website devoted to its customers and dealers on Monday, March 27. The renovated site will be located at the same online address: The new website has a clear uncluttered design, improved functionality and enhanced

20 Years of Growth in The Netherlands for The Inside

During the last 20 years, The Inside, an exhibition stand building company with a wide range of experience in stand design & construction, has grown to a medium-sized organization with 65 employees, approximately 25 in office, 15 in its workshop and 25

Seminars, Awards and More at the NRHA All-Industry Conference at the National Hardware Show May 9-11

Are you ready to find some ideas to move your store in to the future? Then be sure to attend the North American Retail Hardware Association All-Industry Conference, which will be co-located with the National Hardware Show, held Tuesday, May

The Trade Group to Exhibit at GlobalShop 2017 Retail Design Show in Las Vegas Mar. 28-30

Experts from the company’s Retail Merchandising and Commercial Graphics divisions will be available to share insight on the latest retail design, technology and merchandising innovations available from The Trade Group. The GlobalShop 2017 retail design trade show runs March 28

Convention-goers Arrive Early to Attend 52nd ACM Awards in Las Vegas

Attendees of iFlex, the International Fast Lube Expo (Apr.4-6), the Car Wash Show (Apr. 4-5) and the Travel Goods Show (Apr. 5-7), all being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center are likely arriving early to Las Vegas in droves to attend

Historic Wye River Conference Center Joins Premier Dolce Hotels and Resorts

A historic venue for clandestine meetings becomes scenic beacon for creative group getaways Wyndham Hotel Group, a giant with an unmatched global presence of nearly 8,000 hotels, fortifies its leading groups and meetings brand Dolce Hotels and Resorts with the addition

Nimlok Chicago Exhibit Wins Best Island Exhibit Award at EXHIBITORLIVE in Las Vegas

Nimlok Chicago, the exclusive and expert Nimlok exhibit and display distributor in the Chicagoland area, is proud to announce that one of its trade show exhibit projects was named EXHIBITOR magazine’s “Best Island Exhibit” in the 600-1,000 square foot category

2017 International Roofing Expo Hits a Royal Flush in Las Vegas with Largest Show in its 62-Year History

The roofing industry was booming with energy and excitement as a record number of attendees filled the sold-out show floor at the 2017 International Roofing Expo. Taking place March 1-3 in Las Vegas, Nev., the annual tradeshow and conference drew

Meetings Quest in Atlantic City Supports Global Meetings Industry Day April 6

Meetings Quest—the nation’s longest-running series of educational and networking events for meeting planners—has announced its support for the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day, which is being celebrated April 6 in Africa, Europe and North America. Led by the U.S.

Emerald Expositions Acquires InterDrone Conference & Exposition

Emerald Expositions, LLC, a leading U.S. business-to-business trade show and conference producer, today announced its acquisition of the International Drone Conference and Exposition, the largest commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle trade show and conference in North America, from BZ Media LLC.



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Georgia World Congress Center Authority Appoints Damon Bell Sr. Director of Convention Sales

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority announces the appointment of Damon Bell, a proven sales leader with more than two decades of hospitality industry experience, as the new sr. director of convention sales. Bell joins the Authority at a time

The Mansion on Main Street Welcomes Donna Sonday Back as Corp. and Association Sales Mgr.

The Mansion on Main Street is pleased to announce Donna Sonday has returned as the Corporate and Association Sales Manager of the property, effective immediately. Sonday brings back her outstanding leadership and expertise to the property’s already exceptional reputation. As the

The ACC Liverpool Group Appoints Former Liverpool Football Club Chief Exec Ian Ayre New Chair of Board

L-R, Bob Prattey, chief executive of The ACC Liverpool Group, and Ian Ayre, new chair of the board The ACC Liverpool Group has appointed former Liverpool Football Club chief executive Ian Ayre as its new chair of the board. The

Alison Baker Neiman Joins the Branded Area Team

Well known industry veteran Alison Baker Neiman joined Branded Area as a client service expert. Alison has more than 15 years experience in the tradeshow exhibit and environments industry. She started her career on the client side and has spent the last 12

Megan Peters Announced Event Manager of the Year at NSW Meetings and Events Australia Awards

Megan Peters, event director at International Productions has been announced Event Manager of the Year at the Meetings and Events Australia NSW awards dinner held at the SCG on Wednesday, 15 March 2017. Megan has over 15 years’ experience in

Albany Capital Center Continues to Fill Key Positions with Jamie Parker and Anastasia Purritano

Since its grand opening in early March, the Albany Capital Center continues to fill key positions; most recently hiring two event services managers, Jamie Parker and Anastasia Purritano. Both Parker and Purritano have sales and promotional experience in the Albany

Indianapolis’ Visit Indy Strengthens National Sales Team with Ryan Barth

Ryan Barth Returns to Visit Indy as National Sales Manager Visit Indy announces the hiring of Ryan Barth as national sales manager. His depth of industry knowledge and sales experience will continue to push Indianapolis forward as a premier convention

Nimlok Michigan Expands Team and Opens New Showroom In Detroit

Nimlok Michigan welcomes Leo Carr, print production operator (not pictured), Kathryn Donati (left), project manager and Karen Gibson (right), receptionist Nimlok Michigan, the expert and exclusive Nimlok exhibit and display partner in Michigan, is proud to announce the expansion of

Highmark Announces Promotions of Matt Andrews and Jennifer Lehrman

Highmark TechSystems President Debbie Parrott has announced some exciting organizational changes. “Highmark has not only been able to attract strong new talent, but we have also seen our people grow and take ownership of increasingly larger responsibilities,” she said. “With

Association for Women in Events Announces Hall of Fame Recognition Program

The Association for Women in Events, a not for profit organization supporting gender equality and diversity in the event industry, has announced its Hall of Fame Recognition Program, hosted by the AWE Awards Committee. The AWE Awards Committee was formed

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