Association for Women in Events Now Accepting Applications for 2017-2019 Board of Directors

Pictured at right, the 2016-2017 AWE Board of Directors The Association for Women in Events is now accepting board of director applications for its 2017-2019 term. AWE’s mission is to be an inclusive community dedicated to the professional advancement of

Helen Brett Enterprises Collects More Than 12,000 Lbs. of Donations for Flood-Affected Louisianans

Helen Brett Enterprises, producers of the New Orleans Gift and Jewelry Show, designated their August show as a collection point for donations to South Louisiana residents recently affected by catastrophic flooding. HBE generously provided donors with a voucher for a

Nimlok Kentucky Display Named Best 10×20 Exhibit at 2016 HCEAConnect in Savannah, Ga.

VisitLEX received the “Best 10’ x 20’ Booth” award at the 2016 HCEAConnect event on August 16, 2016. Nimlok Kentucky assisted Team Cornett – VisitLEX’s creative agency – in creating the award-winning booth. Nimlok, a division of Orbus Exhibit &

Las Vegas Brings Trade Show Delegation to Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mission Provides Chile and Argentina-based Companies Access to Global Marketplace Pictured from left to right: Marixell Garcia, Foreign Commercial Services Officer of U.S. Commercial Service; Jim McMichael, Specialty Markets Manager of LVCVA; Kathy Butcher, Director of Learning and Knowledge of NGWA; Amanda

Los Angeles Convention Center Reports Record-Breaking Results in Fiscal Year 2015-2016

Under AEG Facilities’ Management, the Los Angeles Convention Center reported its most successful financial and operational year to-date. Fiscal Year 2015-2016 significantly exceeded revenue expectations and nearly tripled the prior year’s profits of over $2.8 million to a record-breaking profit

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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.

Nimlok Kentucky Display Named Best 10×20 Exhibit at 2016 HCEAConnect in Savannah, Ga.

VisitLEX received the “Best 10’ x 20’ Booth” award at the 2016 HCEAConnect event on August 16, 2016. Nimlok Kentucky assisted Team Cornett – VisitLEX’s creative agency – in creating the award-winning booth. Nimlok, a division of Orbus Exhibit &

Fabric Images, Inc. Expands Light Box Offerings with Launch of Superior Backlit Fabric

Fabric Images, Inc., a global manufacturer of printed and non-printed tension fabric architectural solutions, announce the expansion of their 3m dye sublimation printing and textile offerings through investments in material technology and textile development. In an ongoing effort to enrich

Research Suggests Medical Shows Still Lagging

According to a report set to be released by researchers at Trade Show Executive, the performance of shows in the healthcare industry fell short of organizer’s expectations during the first half of 2016, something researchers speculate is a continuation of

FG|PG and 2K Earn “Best Booth of the Show” Kudos at E3 2016

Freddie Georges Production Group (FG|PG) and longtime client, 2K, amazed E3 attendees again this year. The experiential marketing agency created an immersive two-story exhibit that transported E3 2016 attendees to a neon-lit street scene straight out of New Orleans’ French

Four Ways to Improve Sales Call Outcomes for Trade Show Booth Sales

By Mike Scher                              Too often, even when you know exactly who you need to reach, it’s not easy to reach them. And, with  an average of 5.4 people involved in most B2B decisions, exhibit hall and trade show booth sales

CES Still King

In its annual ranking of trade shows, Trade Show Executive has dubbed the International Consumer Electronics Show king once again, but this time with more than a million feet to spare between it and the next highest finisher. According to

How Can Exhibitors Maximize ROI? Trade Show Experts Share Their Secrets

Don’t show up to a trade show unprepared and expect a successful outcome – listen to an expert panel and their tricks to creating value from a trade show event. With so much opportunity for highlighting your brand and expanding

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HCEAConnect: Rebranding and Renewing – By Pat Friedlander

Pictured at right, a variety of activities, workshops and speakers highlighted the success of HCEA’s most recent event. Savannah GA gave HCEAConnect attendees a respite from the heat wave that engulfed most of the east coast from August 14-17. HCEAConnect, the

Optimism Among Show Organizers for Future Growth

Event organizers expect 2017 to be the exhibition industry’s best year yet on the road to recovery after the Recession, a recently released survey found, with the greatest expectations placed on the number of exhibiting companies participating in shows going

CEIR Unveils Trade Show Economic Impact Calculator

Endorsed by IAEE and SISO The Center for Exhibition Industry Research announced today the availability of its newest resource, the Trade Show Economic Impact Calculator. CEIR’s latest tool for exhibition organizers calculates the economic impact of their exhibition in the

CES 2017 Celebrates 50 Years of Tech

The world’s leading innovation event commemorates 50 years as the launch pad for breakthrough technology. At right, the first CES in NYC, June 1967.       CES 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the world’s leading innovation event, cementing CES’ place in

Enlightenment and Tolerance in the Tradeshow Industry – By Lesley Martin

At right, on the couch, Hillary Howes (center), wife Celestine Ranney-Howes (left) and daughter Alithea Howes (right). Climbing the corporate ladder With roots in the construction trades, through most of the 1990s the majority of exhibit house owners, managers, and

HCEA Announces 2016/2017 Board of Directors

The Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association is pleased to announce its 2016/2017 Board of Directors.  The 2016/2017 HCEA Board, which officially took office on August 16, was formally presented during the HCEAConnect, HCEA’s annual gathering for a time of learning

Sparks Makes First Foray Into Event Ownership – Acquires Big City Moms

Sparks announced today its expansion from “event agency” to “event owner” with its acquisition of Big City Moms. A New York-based media company, BCM is a leading producer of content and events for new and expecting parents, currently operating its

Industry Associations Partner on Security Standards

When it comes to the proposing standards for security at trade shows and events, the Safety Act Office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security turned to the industries undisputed experts on the subject: the International Association of Exhibitions &

Emerald Expositions Grows with Acquired Shows

Emerald Expositions LLC, a U.S.-based trade show organizer, went on a buying spree recently and acquired several trade shows, each aimed at expanding the company’s gift, home, apparel, and merchandise-show portfolio in the face-to-face marketing industry. Officials announced that they

Brumark Parent Company Named to the Inc. 5000 for Fifth Time

Exploring, Inc., the parent company of Brumark and several other rapidly growing Atlanta-area companies, has been named to the 2016 Inc. 5000, Inc. magazine’s annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The annual rankings are based on percentage

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How Successful Is Your Hiring Process? – By Philip H. Kemper

Time Kills Deals — and Hires! – By Philip H. Kemper After a long and costly recession, many employers, thankfully, are hanging the “we are hiring” sign again in their windows—and the hiring cycle for many job hunters is beginning

What Happened to the Fun Part? By Jim Obermeyer

I remember a time when selling exhibits was a lot more fun. We worked hard to build relationships with trade show managers and marketing managers and sales executives in our prospective client’s companies.  We did things to earn trust, build

Breaking the Glass Ceiling – Women in the Industry – By Don Svehla

Greetings to readers (and WOMEN) everywhere! If you haven’t checked out Exhibit City News’ July/August print edition in person, there’s still time to visit it virtually at https://issuu.com/exhibitcitynews/docs/ecn_flipbook_0716?e=16962537/37028635. While we here at ECN have tried through the years to keep a neutral

Three Pillars of Exhibit Marketing Preparation – By Larry Kulchawik

By Larry Kulchawik- Past President IFES & EDPA I recently served on a panel discussion with two other expo suppliers from the exhibit industry to speak on the topic of international trade show marketing. My co-panelists were Mr. Lloyd Guiang/

Las Vegas Venue Delivers Sustainability With Style – By Haley Freeman

By Haley Freeman                      Las Vegas has finally gone and done it. After decades of planning and debate, the city unveiled its state-of-the-art, multipurpose sports and entertainment arena on the sexy South Strip on April 6, 2016. The 650,000 square foot

Thank you Don from all the Girls at Reuter Exposition Services!

Hi Don, I am so thrilled with the article in the July issue of Exhibit City News that features my business and our staff. You are just the best and I can’t thank you enough for this story. Thanks for

Not All Who Wander Are Lost – By Jim Obermeyer

By Jim Obermeyer “I find holy redemption when I put this car in drive, roll the windows down and turn up the dial.” – Maren Morris, “My Church” Sometimes a song comes on the radio at just the right moment.

Employees Are Valuable—Here’s How to Keep Them – By Philip H. Kemper

By Philip H. Kemper Employees are expensive. Yes, they’re expensive to hire, compensate and train. But they are the ones who drive your company — not just your product, your technology or the market. Smart managers know this. Further, many

Amenities Build Loyalty, Research Says

In the fourth installment of a five-report series examining attendee loyalty, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research says that the amenities and ancillary activities of an event are among the most significant instigators of return business for future gatherings. “When

A Walk on the Wild Side – By Haley Freeman

In honor of the San Diego Zoo’s centennial celebration, I got to thinking about some of America’s world class zoos as event destinations that offer the ultimate accommodations for people who value conservancy and sustainability. The San Diego Zoo, San

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Renovation Plans Revealed for Georgia World Congress Center

Atlanta officials have revealed a plan that details how the Georgia World Congress Center will undergo a substantial facelift, creating 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space and solving one of the facility’s most frustrating structural challenges for exhibit

Baton Rouge River Center Assisting Flood Victims

The Baton Rouge River Center, a Louisiana convention and meeting venue with 200,000 square feet of function space, has been transformed into a relief center in the wake of flooding that left thousands homeless in Baton Rouge in August (see

L.A. Tourism Reveals Updated Visitor Forecast and Tourism Data

L.A.’s citywide convention business is thriving with 29 conventions booked for 2017. At right, the Los Angeles Convention Center. Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board shared new visitation forecasts and tourism data with local hospitality partners and business leaders at

Get Ready for the 2017 International Roofing Expo

Taking place March 1-3, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev., the 2017 International Roofing Expo will offer roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a comprehensive preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry. At

Helen Brett Enterprises Collects More Than 12,000 Lbs. of Donations for Flood-Affected Louisianans

Helen Brett Enterprises, producers of the New Orleans Gift and Jewelry Show, designated their August show as a collection point for donations to South Louisiana residents recently affected by catastrophic flooding. HBE generously provided donors with a voucher for a

Conference Center of Las Vegas to Offer Site Visits During IMEX

Las Vegas’ most unique free-standing venue and only full-scale conference center will exhibit at Booth No. 3614 The Conference Center of Las Vegas, the destination’s only free-standing conference and special events center, will be available for site visits during this

Growing List of Companies Headlining LA Auto Show’s Automobility LA Nov. 14-17

AutoMobility LA Schedule Connects the NEW Auto Industry’s Established and Emerging Players to Define and Unveil the Future of Transportation AutoMobility LA Schedule Includes Transportation and Technology Leaders from McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Intel, Hyperloop, Facebook, Local Motors, Ford, CNET, General Motors

International Live Events Association Announces 2016 Esprit Award Recipients

The International Live Events Association is proud to announce the 2016 ILEA Esprit Award recipients. The ILEA Esprit Awards program is a globally recognized awards competition that recognizes the exceptional professional achievements of individuals and organizations from across the ILEA

Shepard Reports the Passing of Michael Thompson, Beloved Friend and Associate

We are saddened to report the death of our friend and colleague, Michael Thompson. Michael was surrounded by his family when he passed away Wednesday, August 17 in Orlando, Florida. “Mike’s death is a painful loss for all of us

Running USA Partners with TEAMS Conference & Expo

Partnership Will Help Running USA Members Expand Their Races Running USA, the leading trade organization in the running industry, has partnered with the TEAMS Conference & Expo—the world’s largest gathering for the sports-event industry. Through the partnership, qualified Running USA

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New Hire and Promotions at LA Convention Center

The Los Angeles Convention Center, professionally managed by AEG Facilities, has hired a new Marketing Specialist, Alexa M. Diaz, (at left) and promoted from within announcing two new Senior Event Managers, Adrienne Hall (center) and Frank Keefer (right). Alexa M. Diaz

Association for Women in Events Now Accepting Applications for 2017-2019 Board of Directors

Pictured at right, the 2016-2017 AWE Board of Directors The Association for Women in Events is now accepting board of director applications for its 2017-2019 term. AWE’s mission is to be an inclusive community dedicated to the professional advancement of

LMG Hires Andrew Davis as Systems Integration Sales Engineer

LMG is pleased to announce the hiring of Andrew Davis as Sales Engineer for LMG’s Systems Integration division. His role will include cultivating long term relationships and partnerships with House of Worship clients to improve their audiovisual technologies. Andrew will

Leonard Metcalf in Big Promotion at BlueHive Strategic Environments

Leonard Metcalf has been named senior vice president of BlueHive Strategic Environments. Leonard began his career in the trade show industry in 1985 as an Account Executive at Folio Exhibits. During his 16 years at Folio Exhibits, Leonard was an

nParallel Hires Nathan Johnston for New Project Manager Position

nParallel, a marketing service company focused on strategically designing and fabricating trade show and retail spaces, recently announced the hire of Nathan Johnston, who will take on a new project manager position for the company. nParallel is in a tremendous

Elevation Exhibits and Events Adds Account Manager, Andrew Shiels

Elevation Exhibits & Events, an award-winning exhibit design and event planning firm recently announced the addition of Account Manager Andrew Shiels to its team. Founded in 2006, Elevation Exhibits & Events is headquartered in Shrewsbury, Mass., with a 100,000 square-feet

San Diego Convention Center Names Karen Totaro as General Manager

Immediate Past IAVM Chair Recently Selected One of 12 Top Female Convention Center Executives The San Diego Convention Center Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Totaro as the facility’s new Senior Vice President and General Manager. Totaro joins

Hamilton Exhibits Adds Neil Schwan as Client Team Director in Chicago

Neil Schwan has accepted a position as a Client Team Director at Hamilton Exhibits’ Chicago office. Hamilton Exhibits is an Indianapolis-based trade show and event marketing firm. Schwan is a 21-year veteran of the exhibit industry, and brings extensive experience

Mirror Show Management Promotes Steve Sherwood and Dave Miller

Effective immediately, Mirror Show Management has promoted Steve Sherwood to Assistant Warehouse Manager and Dave Miller to Woodshop Manager. Steve started with Mirror Show Management in 2014 as Warehouse Coordinator. In 2015, he was promoted to Cisco Lead Warehouse Coordinator.

Shepard welcomes Shannon Bere as Managing Director of Design Services

Shepard is excited to announce the recent hire of Shannon Bere, who will be taking on the newly-created position of Managing Director of Design Services. Bere will oversee the design department with the intent to put practices and processes in

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