New Naming Rights Agreement: Toronto’s Allstream Centre Becomes Beanfield Centre

Exhibition Place’s Conference Centre to get a new name Effective March 1, 2017, Toronto City Council has approved a multi-year sponsorship agreement between Exhibition Place and Beanfield Metroconnect for the title sponsorship of the conference venue to be called Beanfield

Philadelphia Conv. & Visitors Bureau Expands Global Efforts, Launches Copenhagen Office

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau  is pleased to announce the appointment of Atlantic Link as its in-country representation firm based in Copenhagen to expand on its current efforts and serve as an extension of the PHLCVB team in the

Las Vegas Named World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination at World Travel Awards

The annual awards acknowledge excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. Las Vegas has been named the World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination for 2016, marking the fourth consecutive year it has been recognized for this

Cobo Center Completes $2 Million Wireless Technology Upgrade

Claude Molinari, general manager of SMG/Cobo Center, recently announced the completion of a two million-dollar technology upgrade for Cobo Center. The work includes an upgraded Nortel core switch that distributes the WiFi signal and along with several new Nortel edge

EXHIBITORLIVE Conference to Feature 169 Educational Sessions March 12-16, 2017

Exhibitor Media Group, the leader in trade show and corporate event marketing education, announces that registration is now open for EXHIBITORLIVE, the 29th Annual Conference for Trade Show and Corporate Event Professionals, to be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention


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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

Fabric Images, Inc. Adds New 16 Foot Dye-Sublimation Print Technology

Fabric Images, Inc., a global manufacturer of printed and non-printed tension fabric architectural solutions, is pleased to announce the expansion of their Superwide XL dye sublimation print offerings with the addition of a new 16 foot wide Black Widow dye

Finding the Future I&D Workforce for Local 510 – By Lesley Martin

A decade without newcomers The events that took place on September 11, 2001, shook the world and nearly destroyed the trade show industry. As trade shows across the United States were canceled, thousands of people were suddenly out of work,



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Nimlok Chicago Named One of 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in Nation

Nimlok, a division of Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, has announced that one of its exclusive and valued dealer partners, Nimlok Chicago, was recognized as one of 2016’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the nation. The

Nimlok Dealers Give Back to Communities in 2016

Photo right: Nimlok Minnesota team members serve families at Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Twin Cities; below right: Nimlok Philadelphia donates 12 boxes of nonperishable goods to the Good Samaritan Shelter. Nimlok, a division of Orbus Exhibit & Display

President Obama Loosens Federal Travel Reins for Attendance at Conferences and Events

Among his last acts before leaving the Oval Office, President Obama bestowed on federal employees a significant reduction in the rules governing attendance at conferences and events. This move follows tight restrictions implemented in 2012 that officials say saved the

The FIT Capstone Event – By Pat Friedlander

Photo right, l to r: Christina Lyons, asst. professor & chairperson, FIT Graduate Exhibition & Experience Design; Larina Cipolla, designer, Czarnowski; and Brenda Cowan, assoc. professor, Graduate Exhibition Design #B231, SUNY/Fashion Institute of Technology When the invitation came to speak at

CORT Trade Show & Event Furnishings Shares Top Event Design Trends for 2017

Organic and Earthy Environments, Eclectic Modern Designs and Functionality Are Trending for Events Nationwide CORT Trade Show & Event Furnishings, the nation’s leading furniture, lighting and accessories rental company, announces the 2017 top event and meeting furnishings design trends for

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group Recognized for 2nd Year as a Nation’s Best and Brightest Co. to Work for

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, one of North America’s leading trade suppliers of display, exhibit and event solutions is honored to announce that the company was recently named one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the

Access TCA Wins EDDIE Award for #AccessatASCO

From left to right: Stephen Ross, VP, creative, Access TCA (also EDPA Designer of the Year); Pat Friedlander, director of marketing, Access TCA; and Amy Sondrup, president, Access TCA; receiving Eddie Award at EDPA ACCESS 2016 from Robert Campbell, Uniplan,

Corcoran Expositions Announces Agreements to Manage ADHA Trade Show and Renewal of NBTC

Corcoran Expositions, one of the country’s largest independent trade show organizers, today announced that they have been retained to manage one new trade show and have renewed with an existing client. “We are extremely pleased to be working with the

Stephen Ross Named EDPA Designer of the Year

At EDPA ACCESS 2016 earlier this month, Stephen Ross, VP, Creative, at Access TCA was named Designer of the Year. This award “acknowledges a designer who works diligently to enhance the professional standards of exhibit designers, contributes their talents, creativity

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group Donates to DuPage County’s Annual Toys for Tots

Above, the Orbus team with LCpl Steven Collins, after loading the truck with boxes of donated toys. Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, one of North America’s leading trade suppliers of display, exhibit and event solutions is honored to announce that



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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

2017, New Year, New Outlook – By Calanit Atia

New Year, new possibilities. 2016 has passed, cheers to 2017. Recently, I visited a Holland America Line cruise ship in San Diego and it reminded me of something my father taught me. He served in the Navy, traveled the world,

In Interviewing … When Should I Talk About Money? – By Philip H. Kemper

This is a tough question, but with a little bit of thought and preparation, you can get over this hurdle successfully. Salary negotiation is certainly one of the toughest parts of interviewing for a new position, Interviewing is full of

City by Nature – By Haley Freeman

When someone says, “Minneapolis,” what comes to mind? I’ll bet it isn’t the Mississippi River. The Mighty Mississippi is a shining ribbon that unfurls from a glacial lake in Northern Minnesota, winds through the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint

The Island of Misfit Toys – By Jim Obermeyer

I cannot count the number of times over the years that I have been in conversations and in meetings where someone is talking about how they ‘stumbled’ into this industry, how they ‘got yanked in sideways’ or how they ‘just

Larry Kulchawik’s ‘Trade Shows from One Country to the Next’ Receives 2016 MarCom e-Book Gold Award

Larry Kulchawik’s new book, Trade Shows from One Country to the Next, has been given a Gold Award in the e-Book category for the 2016 MarCom Awards competition. The book outlines the venues, regulations, labor issues, design styles, and cultural

Working with Family – By Calanit Atia

Very often in the trade show and exhibition industry, you will find family members working together. We ask, recruit or drag our families to help us with setting up booths or assisting at the office, especially if we are shorthanded,

Greetings to Readers Everywhere! – By Don Svehla, Publisher, Exhibit City News

Hard to believe its November already…and soon the holidays will be upon us! Meanwhile, the continuous cycle of tradeshows and events help blur the passing weeks and months into memories. As with each edition, ECN transports you, the reader, to

Unexpected Eden – By Haley Freeman

History says that King Nebuchadnezzar II, who ruled the city of Babylon for 43 years beginning in 605 BC, constructed fantastic gardens to soothe his young bride. Amyitis left her home in the verdant and mountainous region of Media to

Are You Peddling Hotdogs? – By Jim Obermeyer

I was talking to a good friend the other day about our changing industry. He has been around this business for about 25 years.  He was venting some frustration about how some of his staff still approach every new sales



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The Trade Group Named One of the Dallas/Fort Worth Best and Brightest Companies to Work for 2017

The Trade Group is proud to announce it has been selected as one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s “Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in 2017” under The National Association for Business Resources. The Best and Brightest competition “strives to recognize the

2017 SD Convention Center Forecast Projects Record Medical Meetings, $1.1B in Regional Impact

The San Diego Convention Center Corporation is forecasting a record-breaking calendar year in 2017 for medical meetings. A total of 21 medical events, including BIO 2017, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Association of Diabetes, will

Freeman Brings Virtual Reality to Brand Experiences, Launches New Products and Services

Freeman, the leading global provider of brand experiences, today announced the launch of new virtual reality products and services, a transformational category for marketers that will fundamentally change the customer experience. “As the demand for immersive experiences grows, we knew

MC² Announces its Newly Launched Website

MC² (“MC-squared”) is proud to announce its newly launched web site at The new site features a refined user experience and innovative design that distinguishes the company’s offerings and encourages user exploration, engagement and contact.   “Our new website is designed

Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Bureau Announces Election of 2017 Board of Directors

Pictured left to right, Alan Rivin, Frank Dougherty,  Jeff Albrecht and Mark Sachais. Meet AC, the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Bureau, officially announces the election of the 2017 Meet AC Board of Directors. The 2017 Meet AC Board of

Dehli Convention Center to Move Forward in Dwarka

Pictured, the Convention Centre New Delhi City Centre The Indian government has cleared roadblocks to the creation of a new convention center that officials expect to compete on a scale like that found in Hannover, Germany, and Shanghai when it

Five Canadian Manufacturing Shows Co-locate with CMTS for 2017

Exhibitors and attendees to a number of Canada’s manufacturing technology shows will find an economy of scale in 2017 when five shows owned by Hannover Fairs Canada will be co-located with the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS – pictured). The

New Naming Rights Agreement: Toronto’s Allstream Centre Becomes Beanfield Centre

Exhibition Place’s Conference Centre to get a new name Effective March 1, 2017, Toronto City Council has approved a multi-year sponsorship agreement between Exhibition Place and Beanfield Metroconnect for the title sponsorship of the conference venue to be called Beanfield

’16 Most Successful Year for Dubai Business Events

Dubai won a record 129 bids and proposals, representing a 79% increase from 2015; at right, BestCities Global Forum, Dubai, December 2016 Dubai Business Events, the city’s official convention bureau, recorded its most successful year to date, winning 129 bids

Philadelphia Conv. & Visitors Bureau Expands Global Efforts, Launches Copenhagen Office

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau  is pleased to announce the appointment of Atlantic Link as its in-country representation firm based in Copenhagen to expand on its current efforts and serve as an extension of the PHLCVB team in the



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TradeTec Creative Director Chris Ybarra Joins EDPA Midwest Board

TradeTec Skyline, a full-service B2B exhibit house specializing in trade show displays and services is pleased to announce that Chris Ybarra, creative director, has been named to the Exhibit Designers and Producers Association Midwest board. The EDPA, founded in 1954, is

Access TCA’s Maddie Ogren Completes CTSM Program in Record Time

Maddie Ogren, director, Client Services, at Access TCA has achieved her Certified Trade Show Marketer certification. Typical of her work ethic, Ogren finished the program in record time, and she will officially receive her certificate at the CTSM dinner during ExhibitorLIVE this

Chris Coan Selected as Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau Chairman for 2017

Chris Coan has been tapped as the incoming chairman of the board of directors for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2017. Coan is the vice president and general manager, business and government markets, for Atlanta-based Gas South. “Chris’ knowledge

Sho-Link Incorporated Announces Leandra Spontak New City Manager in Southern California

is proud to announce that Leandra Spontak has accepted the position of new Southern California city manager. She has been in the Sho-Link family for 11 years, working as a lead, a floor manager, traveling supervisor, and assistant city manager.

Sho-Link Incorporated Announces 2016 Employee of the Year David Benson

Sho-Link Inc. proudly names David Benson as its 2016 Employee of the Year. Benson has dedicated the last 12 years to Sho-Link, starting out on the floor as a worker, then lead and for the last four years as San Diego city

Sho-Link Incorporated Announces New Show Floor Foreman William “Bill” Force in Las Vegas

Sho-Link welcomes William “Bill” Force, who has accepted the position of Las Vegas show floor foreman, joining the team in Las Vegas with 35 years management experience. Originally from Nashville, he got started in the business in 1993, moving to

Sho-Link Incorporated Announces Employee Recognition Grand Prize Recipient Lauren Benton

Sho-Link Inc. proudly names Lauren Benton, Las Vegas labor coordinator, as the recipient of Sho-Link’s Employee Recognition Grand Prize. Sho-Link’s “Power Performer Recognition” program response has exceeded our expectations. Scott Rudel, president, says, “We are focused on the success of

Owensboro Convention Center Announces Promotions and New Hires

The Owensboro Convention Center, proudly managed by Spectra Venue Management is excited to announce the promotion of some current staff and welcome some new members to their Owensboro team. Jared “Buddy” McCarter has been promoted to executive chef.  Always having

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Appoints Rick Aylett as New Senior Operations Manager

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Senior Manager of Operations, Rick Aylett. Rick’s vast experience in event operations and venue management will play an instrumental role in MCEC’s business-as-usual operations, as well

Exhibit Design and Trade Show Management Provider Creatacor Promotes Staff, Expands Team

Creatacor, Inc., an award-winning exhibit design, fabrication and trade show management provider in Clifton Park, N.Y., recently expanded the roles of two longtime employees, and added additional staff to their growing team. Rich Henaghan (pictured at top right), now Vice

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