FCC Cracks Down on WiFi Blockers

In the wake of a series of crackdowns on venues found to be blocking personal Wi-Fi hotspots, the meetings and conventions industry is still grappling with the implications of the Federal Communications Commission’s position that no entity can interfere with

Taking a Stand on Terrorism

Reading the news from various cities impacted by terrorist actions around the world these days is almost enough to make you want to go back to bed and pull the covers over your head. But for most of us—particularly in

Finding the Future I&D Workforce

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,

Design, Technology and the Human Connection

HGTV addicts may recognize Melissa Torres from Season 2 of “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” a popular reality TV show that features six designers who compete to build furniture while avoiding elimination. Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the top-rated show saw Torres create

Riverview Systems Group Produces Massive Exhibit for Zimmer Biomet

  In March 2016, Riverview Systems Group marked its eighteenth collaboration with Zimmer Biomet at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2016 Annual Meeting (AAOS) at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Riverview Systems Group, an award-winning, full-service

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Finding the Future I&D Workforce

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,

Training Sets Chicago Regional Council Carpenters Apart From Competition

With the economic recession thankfully becoming more of a distant memory and as the Chicagoland construction market has picked up steam, the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters (CRCC) has been one step ahead in preparation for current and projected growth.

The Willwork Difference

ENGAGED EMPLOYEES.

I&D and Event Labor Series Conclusion

Joe Toback, president of Local 510, is a world traveler and likens the transient nature of trade show work to the Tibetan artistic tradition of dul-tson-kyil-khor, or “mandala of colored powders,” in which millions of grains of sand are painstakingly

The Practice of Engagement

THE PRACTICE OF ENAGAGEMENT IS THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS – AND THE KEY TO MORE PRODUCTIVITY AND MORE PROFITABILITY

Re-examining the drayage model

The word “drayage” is defined as transporting goods a short distance via ground freight or the charge for such a transport.

Environmental concerns & the rising cost of resources

Trade shows are reputed to be the second biggest source of commercial waste in the United States.1  The wastefulness of the trade show industry and its harm to the environment is nothing new, but the talk that we should do

Tech companies as trade show organizers

Tech trade shows often spin off from one another to create their own show.

Increased need for audiovisual technology

From hottest new gadgets on the show floor at CES, to the exhibitor whose budget is too tight for a luxury like audiovisual technology, the spectrum for technical services at trade shows is huge.

Private corporate events off the trade show floor

“Shows are growing with the economy, which remains the core of the industry for I&D,” said Rick Bellerjeau, General Manager at Momentum Management.

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FCC Cracks Down on WiFi Blockers

In the wake of a series of crackdowns on venues found to be blocking personal Wi-Fi hotspots, the meetings and conventions industry is still grappling with the implications of the Federal Communications Commission’s position that no entity can interfere with

Finding the Future I&D Workforce

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,

Design, Technology and the Human Connection

HGTV addicts may recognize Melissa Torres from Season 2 of “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” a popular reality TV show that features six designers who compete to build furniture while avoiding elimination. Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the top-rated show saw Torres create

Riverview Systems Group Produces Massive Exhibit for Zimmer Biomet

  In March 2016, Riverview Systems Group marked its eighteenth collaboration with Zimmer Biomet at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2016 Annual Meeting (AAOS) at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Riverview Systems Group, an award-winning, full-service

Canada Is on Sale

  Canada’s economy has hit a slump. The commodities market, particularly the oil and mining industries, is a large part of the Canadian economy, but because the global demand for commodities is down, Canada is experiencing a recession. The low

Freeman to Service Exiting Metro Expo Clients

Freeman, one of the largest general contractors in the tradeshow and events industry, reached a deal to purchase contracts from New Jersey–based Metropolitan Exposition Services as they exit their event services business. The purchase, which was previously reported in Exhibit

Mandalay Bay Convention Center Expansion Complete

Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay finished the multiyear expansion of its mammoth convention center this month with the opening of the 70,000-square-foot Oceanside Ballroom, the finishing touch on the facility’s $70 million upgrade.

Melbourne Prepares for 2016 AIME Exhibition

Melbourne, Australia, is preparing for the annual Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meeting Expo (AIME), Feb. 23-24, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. AIME is the largest exhibition for the business travel, incentive, convention and meetings industries, and showcases products and

IAEE Seeks Nominees for International Excellence and Woman of Achievement Awards

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) is calling for nominations for the 2016 International Excellence Award and Woman of Achievement Award. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 15. “The International Excellence Award and the Woman of Achievement Award

Freeman Reportedly Acquires Metropolitan Exposition

Freeman, one of the largest general contractors in the tradeshow and events industry, has reportedly reached a deal to purchase New Jersey–based Metropolitan Exposition, which also has offices in Las Vegas and Toronto. Metro Expo provides a wide variety of

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Taking a Stand on Terrorism

Reading the news from various cities impacted by terrorist actions around the world these days is almost enough to make you want to go back to bed and pull the covers over your head. But for most of us—particularly in

5 Budget Busting Habits Exhibitors Should Avoid

It is an unfortunate fact that tradeshows are places of extreme excess. Multiple resources, hundreds of man hours and millions of dollars are wasted on show floors across the country every day. You are paying for plenty of it. Maybe

Finding the Right Hire Is Only the First Step

I read a recent article by Philip Kemper of Kemper Associates, a successful search firm located here in Chicago. In the article, Philip gave some tremendous insight into his interview style and technique, designed to help any business choose the

Interviewing Style Can Be a Deal Breaker

We all admire people who have life goals—a vision of their career objective, and the ability to stay firm on that target, allowing no distraction. If these are the types of candidates you want to hire for your team, I

The Mother of Invention

Who is more innovative, a better problem solver or kinder to the environment than Mother Nature herself? When it comes to designing products and formulating policies for industry applications, there is no better teacher. Biomimetics, or biomimicry, is a term

Airline Pilots and Tradeshow Junkies

A friend sent me an article from Aviation Week last month and the title caught my interest. After reading it, I started thinking about it in terms of our industry. Here is the introduction: “Making timely and correct decisions is

Life Changes and True Friends

They say that some of the most stressful events in life are things like changing jobs, buying or selling a home, moving to a different city and getting married. 

Green Jewel of the Crown City

The Hotel Del Coronado is not your average event destination.

Show Your True Colors: Display Green

In a world where concerns about global climate change are reaching crisis proportions, being named by the EPA as the number two producer of waste behind construction is a little like being named public enemy number one. Okay, public enemy

Are You A Phubber?

I see them everywhere.

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Canada Is on Sale

  Canada’s economy has hit a slump. The commodities market, particularly the oil and mining industries, is a large part of the Canadian economy, but because the global demand for commodities is down, Canada is experiencing a recession. The low

Melbourne Prepares for 2016 AIME Exhibition

Melbourne, Australia, is preparing for the annual Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meeting Expo (AIME), Feb. 23-24, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. AIME is the largest exhibition for the business travel, incentive, convention and meetings industries, and showcases products and

Javits Center OK’d for Fivefold Expansion

New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Center will be getting a $1 billion shot in the arm. On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to significantly expand the convention center as part of his 2016 agenda.

CES Steps Up Security for 2016

Upon entering the Las Vegas Convention Center, attendees at this year’s CES (Jan. 6–9) might have thought they had somehow stumbled into an airport TSA screening line instead. In the wake of worldwide terrorist attacks and shootings, tight new security

IAEE’s Expo! Expo! Grows, Focuses

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ annual Expo! Expo! hit Baltimore Dec. 1–3, and all signs point to another rousing success. With more than 2,300 attendees, 60 new products and 269 exhibitors from 26 different countries—the show’s largest international

Liverpool’s Exhibition Centre goes green

The newly built Exhibition Centre Liverpool recently finished installation of 925 solar panels on its roof, panels that will allow the facility to generate its own renewable energy for the next 20 years.

Aria doubles down on Las Vegas convention space

The Aria Resort & Casino is growing—to meet the needs of exhibitors and conventioneers, that is. The upscale hotel in Las Vegas’ City Center recently announced plans to nearly double its convention center by February 2018. The expansion will include

Edlen Celebrates 40 Years

In 1975, Lenny Swimmer said, “Let there be light.” He may not have phrased it exactly like that, but his intent was clear. That was the year that Swimmer and Eddy Cimino launched Edlen, the nation’s leading independent temporary utility

ESCA and St. Louis CVC to celebrate ‘Labor Day’ in November

How do you create a world-class destination for meetings and conventions?

ibtm world answers next gen meeting planner demands

ibtm world, from Nov. 17-19, will end the year showing the international meetings industry the future through ibtm knowledge sessions and cutting edge technology suppliers.

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Castelli Promoted to MG’s VP, Managing Director

MG is pleased to announce the promotion of Kristin Castelli to VP, Managing Director for the West Coast. During her 17 years with MG, Castelli has held numerous roles including Account Executive, Regional Sales Manager, Vice President of National Account

CTA’s Glenda MacMullin Honored With Legacy Award

Women in Consumer Electronics (CE) awarded Glenda MacMullin, chief financial officer and chief operations officer of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), with its Women in Consumer Technology 2016 Legacy Award during the 7th Annual Legacy Awards Networking Reception at CES

TradeTec Skyline welcomes senior exhibit consultant

TradeTec Skyline, a premier full-service exhibit house based in Lombard, Ill., recently announced Kelly Voss has joined as senior exhibit consultant. Kelly’s primary role is to partner with clients and guide them through the exhibit-planning process while focusing on their

San Diego Convention Center Corporation board appoints interim general manager

The board of directors of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation has appointed Joe Davis, an industry veteran and former employee of the San Diego Convention Center to serve as an interim general manager of the bayside facility. Davis will

Nimlok Chicago welcomes new general manager to its team

Nimlok Chicago announced that Michael Benson has recently joined its team. Michael brings with him strong managing and operations experience along with fresh perspective and energy. He has a background in event service industry with over 30 years as part of

New controller in at Highmark TechSystems

Highmark TechSystems is delighted to announce that Martha Murray has joined the company as controller. In this position, she will manage the company’s finance, accounting and human resources. Martha comes to Highmark with impressive credentials in financial reporting, cash management,

Momentum Management adds new account manager

Momentum Management has added a new account manager to support the central and southeastern regions. Amy Reaume, who previously upheld her role as an account coordinator at Momentum, has joined the account management team to fulfill her desire to work

MG adds senior account director and new account managers

MG is pleased to announce Bonnie Cordobes-Frisbie has joined the San Francisco team as a senior account director. Cordobes-Frisbie reports to Nancy Johnson, VP of sales, MG Design. She will be serving MG’s large pharmaceutical and medical-device clients headquartered in

Hill & Partners acquires new sales manager

Hill & Partners is pleased to announce the acquisition of Tony Patete as sales manager, expanding the company’s award-winning team of branded environment specialists. Patete brings 20 years of sales and sales management experience to the Hill & Partners team

GES adds talent to Corporate Events and marketing teams

Global Experience Specialists (GES), a global full-service provider for live events, announced that Jeff Youngs has joined the company’s Corporate Events team as vice president of production and operations. Youngs brings more than 30 years’ experience producing live corporate events

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