SD Mayor Kevin Faulconer Celebrates San Diego Convention Center LEED Gold Certification Event

Follows Record Sustainability Achievements by SDCC in 2016 San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined the staff of the San Diego Convention Center at a public celebration on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 to publicly celebrate the venue’s certification as a LEED GOLD

Albany CC Murals Reveal Capital’s 400 Yr. History

Artist Dahl Taylor captures the beauty and charted growth of New York’s Capital City The Albany Capital Center, located just steps from the New York State Capitol, opened for business on March 1, 2017 with more than 60 events booked

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Completes $5 Million Meeting Space Redesign

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has completed a $5 million renovation of its 329,000 square feet of meeting space, refreshing every meeting room at both the Swan and Dolphin resorts. The renovation included new technology and updating

Nat’l Hardware Show Recommendation Program Matches Attendees, Exhibitors, Las Vegas May 9-11

If you’re a home improvement retailer with your eye on a few particular products at the National Hardware Show, be sure to take advantage of the Show’s exhibitor recommendation program. There are more than 2,500 exhibitors who will be at

NAB Show, Apr. 22-27 in Las Vegas, Enables Registrants to Add Monorail Fare to Badges

For the first time, NAB Show in Las Vegas will enable attendees to embed Monorail fare into their registration badges. NAB Show, to be held April 22 – 27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, represents just the most recent


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Service Contractors Keeping Time with Changes to the Exhibition Industry – By Cynthya Porter

From the start of the Great Recession to now, the exhibition industry has taken a wild ride, only recently emerging from a veritable free fall that plunged countless businesses into the Recession abyss. Some were never to be heard from

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



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Los Angeles Convention Center Honored for Water Management Project

The Los Angeles Convention Center, managed by AEG Facilities, placed 2nd in the Water Management Category at the Los Angeles Department Water and Power 2017 Sustainability Awards. The Sustainability Awards event was held on April 6, 2017, at the La Kretz

ProMat Show 2017 Highlights, Apr. 3-6, Chicago

ProMat 2017 recently took place, April 3-6, at Chicago’s McCormick Place as the industry’s leading innovators showcased their latest manufacturing, distribution and supply chain equipment. ProMat is where manufacturing and supply chain professionals come to find their X – that unknown

PCMA’s Digital Experience Institute Unveils The Power of Digital Events White Paper

The Professional Convention Management Association’s Digital Experience Institute announced today the publication of their The Power of Digital Events white paper, supported and sponsored by Freeman. This comprehensive white paper examines the power of digital events in 2017, which includes

T3 Expo Launches Innovative App, T3 Tracker, Solving ‘Last Mile’ for Shipment at Trade Shows

T3 Expo and Intelligent Product Solutions Collaborate to Pioneer T3 Tracker Solution; Provides Visibility into where Packages are, while Creating Easy Way to Ship Back Items T3 Expo, a general contractor for tradeshows and corporate events, in collaboration with Intelligent Product

Convention Center Earns City of San Diego Recycler of the Year Award

Venue Diverted 79 Percent of Total Waste from Local Landfills in 2016 The San Diego Convention Center has been recognized for innovative and successful zero waste efforts by the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department with the Recycler of

Free Trade Talks Cause Unrest in Exhibition Industry – By Cynthya Porter

When the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada was enacted in 1994, it created the largest free trade area in the world, linking what officials estimate to be some 444 million people producing $17

CORT Events Partners with Social Tables to Provide Seamless 3D Website Design Customer Experience

First Rental Company to Offer Free 3D Space Planning Design Tool to Clients CORT Events recently announced it is the first rental company in the industry to offer 3D space planning technology free of charge to its clients with its

beMatrix wins 2017 Red Dot Award for Product Design with LEDskin

The jury has reached its decision: After several days of assessing thousands of products from all over the world, LEDskin received the distinction “Red Dot.” With LEDskin, beMatrix has created an outstanding design that the expert committee for the Red

EDPA NE “Rally at the Alley” Industry Fundraiser Returns to Splitsville at Foxborough’s Patriot Place on May 4

The 2017 edition of the highly successful “Rally at the Alley” is returning to Splitsville in Patriot Place on Thursday, May 4.  This event is held annually to benefit a person in need who has ties to the exhibit industry.

New EACA Exhibition Industry Buyer’s Guide Introduced Apr. 3

The Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association is announcing the unveiling of the new Exhibition Industry Buyer’s Guide. The Exhibition Industry Buyer’s Guide, which has been a part of the EACA web site since 2014, will see dramatic improvement under the new



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Make a Presence by Exhibiting in Your Industry’s Trade Shows – By Calanit Atia

Last March, thousands of trade show and corporate event marketers converged on Las Vegas for EXHIBITORLIVE 2017— four days of power-packed education. The “trade show for trade shows” draws professional marketers from a wide array of industries. If you do

New RFP Template for International Projects – By Larry Kulchawik

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,

The View From Poolside: Tales of a Frequent Trade Show Exhibitor – By Haley Freeman

J.R. Rapp knows shows. That’s because he (at right) is the director of business development and frequent trade show exhibitor for a Las Vegas-based software company that has disrupted the global pool design industry with its mission of “improving lives

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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Marica Motta from AIM Group International Appointed to Executive Board of Federcongressi&Eventi

The famous Garda Lake was the beautiful backdrop for the Federcongressi&Eventi X Convention, held in late March. Federcongressi&Eventi is the Association of the Italian Meeting Industry Professionals. Since networking as a main competitive tool was a key element to this

Emerald Expositions Stock Set for IPO

Emerald Expositions, based in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., will make 15.5 million shares of stock available in the company’s initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange the week of April 24, officials have announced. Running under the symbol

Nimlok Releases New Educational Resources to Help Marketers Exhibit Better

Nimlok, a division of Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, is proud to introduce several new educational resources – including a five-chapter digital guide book – all aimed at helping exhibitors of all levels improve planning, preparations, performance and ROI in

NAB Show, Apr. 22-27, Begins Saturday in Las Vegas with More Than 200 First-time Exhibitors

The NAB Show, this April 22 – 27 in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest convention encompassing The M.E.T. Effect, the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. With 103,000 attendees from 166 countries and 1,700+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate

Orbus’ Exhibit Design Dir. Dave Fugiel to be Featured Speaker at KeyShot Render World Conference

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, one of North America’s leading trade suppliers and manufacturers of display, exhibit and event solutions is proud to announce that the company’s Exhibit Design Director, Dave Fugiel (right), will be a featured speaker during the

Coalition Forms Advocating to Expand Austin CC

“A New Vision for Austin’s Convention Center” Includes Community, Business, Arts and Tech Leaders; Photo: Thomas McConnell A New Vision for Austin’s Convention Center, a coalition of community leaders in support of expanding the Austin Convention Center, was announced today.

Ion Exhibits Unveils Redesigned Website

New Features Refreshed Design, Enhanced Content and Interactive Features Ion Exhibits of Itasca, Ill., recently announced the launch of a new, redesigned version of its website, Key features of the site include a cleaner and more attractive design,

Creating a “Best in Show” Experience

At right, an engine cutaway measures more than six feet wide Creating innovative and exciting displays is a constant challenge for any event producer or marketing team. This was especially true for Precision Castparts Corporation.* They would be making their

IDEC Displays Marks 50th Ann. with New Web Design

Just in time for its 50th anniversary, International Display & Exhibit Corp. (IDEC Displays) has re-launched its website: The full-service exhibit display company retooled the site to create a more interactive experience to better serve and engage clients, prospects,

SURTEX at Javits Convention Center May 21-23 a Leading Market for Sourcing

Original Art & Design for Every Surface 
Artists and designers from around the world will converge on the Jacob J. Javits Convention Center in New York City from May 21-23, filling the SURTEX showplace with color, pattern, and their unique



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Nimlok Chicago Adds Exhibit Designer Alyssa Issler to Growing Team

Nimlok Chicago, an exclusive and expert Nimlok exhibit and display solutions provider based in the Chicago-land area, is proud to announce it has added Alyssa Issler, exhibit designer, to its growing team of exhibit and display professionals. With a background

mg Builds Project Mgmt. Team – Adds Eric Osborne

MG is pleased to announce that Eric Osborne has joined mg’s project management team, reporting to Tim Stefaniak. Osborne has been producing 3D structures and displays for the past 25 years, most recently running his own firm that created custom

Convention Data Services Announces Sharon Keane as New Sales and Exhibitor Services Manager

Convention Data Services, the trusted registration partner in driving global event connections, has named Sharon Keane as the company’s new sales and exhibitor services manager. Keane brings to this new role more than 20 years of management experience in operations, sales, customer support

Ion Exhibits Announces Michael Larmon and Tricia Jarzembowski as Additions to Management Team

Leading North American exhibits provider add two new key individuals to help aid in company growth and vision Ion Exhibits of Itasca, Ill., today announced the hiring of two new key positions in the management team. Michael Larmon has been

David Wagner Joins LMG As Account Executive at Orange County Convention Center

LMG, LLC, a national provider of video, audio, lighting, and LED support, is pleased to announce the hiring of David Wagner as account executive at the firm’s onsite Orange County Convention Center location. Wagner’s role will include handling account coordination,

Anaheim CC Welcomes New Deputy Director Joaquin Quesada, Readies 200,000 Sq. Ft. Expansion

Joaquin Quesada has been named deputy director of the Anaheim Convention Center, bringing more than 35 years of convention center operations, sales and service experience to his new position. Quesada, an Anaheim native who started his career as an Anaheim

Tuni Kyi Appointed to San Diego Convention Center Corporation Board of Directors

The San Diego City Council has approved Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s appointment of Tuni Kyi to the San Diego Convention Center Corporation Board of Directors. Additionally, the City Council voted to reappoint Gil Cabrera and Candace M. Carroll to the Board

mg Announces 2017 Exhibit Design Excellence Scholarship Winners Nicholas Lommen and Qi Zheng

Pictured, Michael Grivas (center) with the two winners, Nicholas Lommen and Qi (Viki) Zheng Two talented students have been awarded mg’s 2017 Exhibit Design Excellence Scholarship which was created in honor of its Founder Michael Grivas Sr., a talented designer, industrious

etouches Expands Sr. Exec Team with Former Time Warner Cable Marketing Exec Chalva Tchkotoua

Through executive leadership and strategic acquisitions, the event software company expands into the data-driven enterprise market etouches, a top global provider of cloud event management software, today announced plans to continue its expansion into the large global enterprise marketplace by expanding

Live Marketing Adds Two New Hires – Alyssa Lavik and Anthony Galanti

Live Marketing, a leading trade show and event creative agency and WBENC-certified woman-owned business, is proud to announce it has added Alyssa Lavik and Anthony Galanti, relationship managers, to its growing team of strategic, creative and production event professionals. Lavik

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