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

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

EDPA ACCESS December 1 ECN Midway Report

EDPA ACCESS 2016, this year held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla., is off and running as of this writing. The weather outside is rainbow typical, sunny then rainy then sunny again, but inside it’s all a

WWII PT Boat Cruises Past New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Thousands of cars drive past the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center each day, but a vintage World War II PT boat (Patrol Torpedo boat) is something you don’t often see rolling down Convention Center Blvd. The 73-year old

Orbus Exhibit & Display Donates Scrap Fabric to Matthew 25: Ministries to Benefit Those in Need

Above, women in impoverished countries use donated fabric from M25 Ministries to sew and proudly display items of clothing. Donated fabric from Orbus will be used similarly. Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, one of North America’s leading trade suppliers of

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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,

Local 491 Trade Show Members Participate in Cust. Service Training at Walter E. Washington CC

At right, members of the Trade Show Local Union 491 of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters gathered on August 13 for Customer Service Training facilitated by Odie Parkins, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.



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IAEE Welcomes Incoming Chairperson Ryan Strowger, CEM; 2017 Board Election Results

Today, 2016 International Association of Exhibitions and Events Chairperson Julie Smith, CEM, CTA passed the gavel to 2017 IAEE Chairperson Ryan Strowger, CEM at the Annual Networking Luncheon and Awards Presentation held during Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition

Attendee Satisfaction Survey Shows Differing Regional Results

Using data collected from more than 900 exhibitions in 30 countries, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) has created a report assessing visitor insights and how they differ depending on where you are on the globe. Studies were

Cvent and Lanyon, Owned by Vista Equity Partners, Announce Merger

Cvent Inc. (NYSE: CVT), and Lanyon Solutions, Inc, leading providers of  cloud-based enterprise event management technology solutions, has announced the merger of the two companies creating a global meeting, event and travel technology leader. The merger is effective today, and the companies

EDPA ACCESS December 1 ECN Midway Report

EDPA ACCESS 2016, this year held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla., is off and running as of this writing. The weather outside is rainbow typical, sunny then rainy then sunny again, but inside it’s all a

Generational Divide Affects Social Media Implementation

According to a study by Successful Meetings, millennial event planners are leading the way when it comes to leveraging social media in their event planning, and planners in the demographic groups above them might learn a few useful tips from

Federal Judge Blocks New Overtime Rule

The status of the new federal overtime pay rule is in flux after a federal judge called it an over-reach for the U.S. Department of Labor and ordered an injunction blocking the measure from taking effect. The new rule, which

IAEE Announces 2016 Art of the Show Competition Results to be Displayed at Expo! Expo! Dec 6-8

Competition Honors Excellence in Exhibitions and Events Marketing Materials The International Association of Exhibitions and Events announces the results of its annual Art of the Show Competition. This year’s 142 entries yielded 36 winners and 28 honorable mentions for their creative

World’s First “Carwash for Smartphones” to be on Display at CES

Opticwash to Unveil Automated Smartphone Cleaning Kiosk at CES Las Vegas Whether it’s shaking someone’s hand, handling money, pushing a shopping cart, or using the restroom, our hands – every single day – are constantly exposed to millions of harmful bacteria.

RFID LIVE! Acquired by Emerald Expositions

Emerald Expositions, one of the trade show industry’s largest show management firms, has announced the acquisition of RFID Journal LIVE!, a show that focuses on radio frequency identification (RFID) and related technologies. The show was founded by RFID Journal, LLC,

EDPA ACCESS: For People Who Make Trade Shows Come to Life – By Pat Friedlander

Above, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, the official hotel for the EDPA ACCESS 2016 Conference will be the 21-acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, in Orlando, Fla. After the turkey and the pumpkin pie comes EDPA ACCESS 2016, the networking and education opportunity



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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

Maybe It’s My Resume That’s The Problem – By Philip H. Kemper

There are lots of discussions going on today about resume writing,— and often there is a lot of confusion about the proper format, length, description of one’s background and experience, what data to include—and the list goes on. But, the

Social Media Overload??? By Calanit Atia

Feeling Social media overload – I have been there…have you? Sometimes I miss the good old days. The millennial generation grew up with it …for them it is natural part of life, for the rest of us not so much,

A Special Message About One of the Biggest Annual Charity Events in our Industry

This edition, I step aside to present a message from Rich Johnson of Renaissance Management (a call for sponsors, golfers, thoughts, prayers, well wishes, and donations). Dear friends, On behalf of Ted Peterson, the RSMGC Board of Directors, and our

Learning From the Wisdom of the Ancients – By Haley Freeman

If you visit Nimes, France today, you can experience what it was like for the ancients to attend large-scale events. The Nimes Arena (photo right), a Roman colosseum commissioned by Emperor Augustus in the first century AD, still stands as



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Booming Philippines Hospitality Industry’s New Show

The Hotel Show Philippines is set to launch in 2017, organizer dmg events says, and will be co-located with the largest food show in the Philippines, World Food Expo (picture at right), which is returning for its 17th year. The

Asia Hosts First Zero-Waste, Zero Emission Business Event in Singapore

Pictured at right: Power Plant in Hongsa District, Xayaboury Province, Lao PDR. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Chelsey Parish To set an example for the world’s convention and event industry, the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development held Asia’s first zero-waste, zero

The Largest Association of Tourism Professionals Worldwide Attends IBTM World in Barcelona

Skål International, the largest global network of contacts for tourism professionals, provided a social and business meeting point for its members at its stand at IBTM, one of the most important MICE trade fairs in Europe. It was also planned for the

Three Wine Men Christmas Tasting at Church House Westminster in London

Wine buffs get in festive mood during the Three Wine Men Christmas Tasting Three Wine Men’s annual tour of England came to a flourishing end this last weekend with its two-day Christmas tasting in London. Hosted by Church House Westminster, which

EEAA names MCEC Best Venue Team in Australia

At right, MCEC celebrating a big win Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre was recently awarded Best Venue Team at the 2016 Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia Awards for Excellence, for the team’s superior execution of the bi­-annual Australian Woodworking

It’s Showtime for ICC Sydney

As the curtain rose on one of the world’s most hotly anticipated venues, International Convention Centre Sydney recently launched its opening campaign – IT’S SHOWTIME – at international business events trade show, IBTM World, in Barcelona. Cheers of bravo resounded

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

K2 Fabrication and Design a Top Workplace Award Winner of Inland Empire 2016 by Press Enterprise

K2 Fabrication and Design has been awarded a 2016 Top Workplaces honor by The Press-Enterprise. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes

World of Video & Audio acquires Lighting Company

World of Video & Audio, an event technology and production company in Southern California, has announced the acquisition of The Lighter Side, Los Angeles-based event lighting and production company founded in 2005. WOVA has been in the event production and

Hawaii Convention Center Gets Technology Overhaul

In an effort to modernize its technology offerings and remain competitive as exhibitor technical needs grow, the Hawaii Convention Center had its entire technology system overhauled last month by Smart City Networks. The upgrade was planned after Smart City was



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Christian Mutschlechner Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at IBTM World in Barcelona

Christian Mutschlechner, director of the Vienna Convention Bureau, has been recognized for his outstanding contribution to the meetings and events industry during the Meetings Leadership Summit at ibtm world. Mutschlechner’s career in the sector has spanned nearly 40 years.  He

MCEC’s Anne Jamieson appointed Meetings & Events Australia Chair

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s Director of Customer Experience and Optimization, Anne Jamieson, was recently named chair of the Meetings & Events Australia Board. Announced at MEA’s Annual General Meeting, the new Board consists of a diverse range of meetings and

Sho-Link Incorporated Announces Stephan Mahoney as New Assistant City Manager in Chicago

Stephan Mahoney has accepted the position of Chicago Assistant City Manager. Sho-Link Chicago is proud to announce the new Assistant City Manager, Stephan Mahoney.  He started in the industry in October of 2005 in Las Vegas as a timekeeper for

2020 Exhibits Promotes Pete Babine to Vice President, Global Events

2020 Exhibits announced that Pete Babine has been promoted to Vice President, Global Events, effective immediately. As Vice President, Babine will lead engagement, and event strategy for the firm’s global client base, overseeing the company’s relationships with hundreds of organizations,

The Inside Track Promotes Monty Daniel and Adds Don Herr to Their Experienced Team

The Inside Track is proud to announce that Monty Daniel has been promoted to vice president of sales and business development. “The Inside Track is the only provider of both flooring and furniture to the trade show and event industry,

Zenith Lighting, Inc Names Adam Vidaurri as Chief Operating Officer

Zenith Lighting, a nearly 30 year supplier of stage and event lighting solutions, names Adam Vidaurri as Chief Operating Officer amid a year of expanding focus and growth. In response to consecutive years of major growth and expanding capabilities, Zenith

On Location Promotes Daniel Houston to Account Executive

 Supporting a culture of looking inward and furthering employee development in the pursuit of providing the ultimate customer service On Location, a nationwide provider of labor and management services for exhibits, events and environments, is pleased to announce the promotion

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Hires Angela Val as Chief Administrative Officer

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau recently announced that Angela Val will join the organization as Chief Administrative Officer. Val, who most recently served as Deputy Executive Director for the 2016 Philadelphia Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention, will

Momentum Management Promotes Christina Ledford to Account Manager

Momentum Management, a nationwide labor services company, announces a job transition for Christina Ledford from account coordinator to account manager. Christina started her career with Momentum Management in early 2016 as an account coordinator where she was responsible for estimates,

TradeTec Appoints Abby Georgacopoulos as Director of Marketing

TradeTec Skyline, a full-service B2B exhibit house specializing in trade show displays and services, events, and corporate environments is pleased to announce the promotion of Abby Georgacopoulos to director of marketing. Georgacopoulos joined TradeTec as marketing manager in August 2015.

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