Update: 62nd Annual EDPA ACCESS Takes Place in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2016

Oh, what an event it will be! Location, location, location! This year, on Nov. 30 through Dec. 2, the official hotel for the EDPA ACCESS 2016 Conference will be the 21-acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, in Orlando, Fla, adjacent to

Orbus Partners with Steelhead and Make-A-Wish to Create Play Area for Las Vegas Child

 Above: Trinity, her family and the Steelhead and Orbus teams gather in her new outdoor play area. Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, one of North America’s leading trade suppliers of display, exhibit and event solutions, recently partnered with Steelhead Productions

EXHIBITORLIVE Conference to Feature 169 Educational Sessions for Trade Show Exhibit and Corporate Event Marketing Professionals

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

Zenith LaborNet Supports National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Staff to Wear Limited Edition Pink Z-Team Shirts Across the Country and Make a Corporate Donation to the American Cancer Society Zenith LaborNet of Tucker, GA will be recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donning pink “Z” shirts

60,000 Attend Oracle OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center – By Jessica Ablamsky

Above: the Oracle plane on display on the trade show floor Silicon Valley giant Oracle rolled out the red carpet for attendees of Oracle OpenWorld 2016, an annual convention that has become one of the biggest events in tech. The

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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.

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



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Employco USA Releases New Safety Training App

Employco USA announces their new mobile safety training application available for iPhones and Androids, and also on Google Play. This revolutionary new app will allow our trade show client to access a wide selection of training videos, complete with short

Update: 62nd Annual EDPA ACCESS Takes Place in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2016

Oh, what an event it will be! Location, location, location! This year, on Nov. 30 through Dec. 2, the official hotel for the EDPA ACCESS 2016 Conference will be the 21-acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, in Orlando, Fla, adjacent to

Meeting Planners Underusing Technology

A study conducted by Meeting Professionals International found that although the majority of meeting planners surveyed believe technology enhances a coordinator’s ability to plan, most are not using technology themselves to the extent that they could be. Around 60 percent

IAEE Releases Best Practices for Exhibitor Priority Points Guide

The doling out of priority points to exhibitors to establish a hierarchy for show floor space has long been practiced in events throughout the industry. Now, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events has researched the practice and released a

Applications Now Open for 5th Annual MG Design Excellence Scholarship Awards

Marking its fifth year of providing scholarships to up-and-coming exhibit design students, MG announces that applications are now available at mgdesign.com/designexcellence. MG awards two scholarships each year – one undergraduate and one graduate – to students who have demonstrated their

EXHIBITORLIVE Conference to Feature 169 Educational Sessions for Trade Show Exhibit and Corporate Event Marketing Professionals

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

Events DC Lights Up Its Iconic Venues Across District to Celebrate Washington Nationals 2016 Postseason

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square and Gateway DC Illuminate in Red throughout the Nationals’ Playoff Run; Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Ignites DC Restaurants with Nationals Pride As the official convention and sports authority

HIP Network Acquires Convene Green from ASAE

Plans to Bring Event Sustainability Mainstream to its Network of 7,500+ Planners & Suppliers HIP Network recently announced the acquisition of sustainability platform Convene Green from ASAE (American Society of Association Executives). Previously a stand-alone brand within the ASAE Membership

New Cannabis Show on Horizon

Cannabis Business Times will introduce a new event to the growing cannabis industry in 2017 – this one offering high-level education on cultivation and business management as well as an exhibit hall filled with modern technologies, solutions, and services for

INTX Canceled in National Cable Television Association Rebranding Plan

After 65 years as a staple trade show for the cable television industry, INTX will no longer take place, its organizers said, and they have no plans to replace it with anything resembling the show’s current structure. Known by a



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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

The Randy: More Than Twenty Years of Caring – By Jim Obermeyer

It’s an interesting thing, this trade show industry. We’ve had lots of conversations about how we all seem to fall into this business, from all walks of life, and once we get in, it’s hard to get out. All you

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



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Nimlok Kentucky Event Benefits Local Parkinson’s Charity

At right, Don Cherrie presents donation to Bobbie Cain of the Parkinson Support Center. Nimlok Kentucky, an exclusive and expert Nimlok exhibit and display distributor based in Louisville, KY, is proud to announce that a recent open house event raised

American Rabbit Breeders to Hop Into Western Mass. for 2018 Convention

At right, At 31 and 1/8 inches long, Nipper’s Geronimo holds the Guinness World Record for longest rabbit ears. The American Rabbit Breeders Association has chosen Eastern States Exposition of West Springfield, Mass., as the host site for its 2018

Nightclub & Bar Show Announces Registration is Open for 2017 Event

Early bird registration is now open for the 2017 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show – the largest and most influential gathering of on-premise bar and nightlife professionals in the nation, taking place March 27-29, 2017 at the Las

Las Vegas Convention Center Wins Expansion Bid

The Nevada legislature gave its blessing to a $1.4 billion plan that will add an estimated 1.4 million square feet to the Las Vegas Convention Center, including an additional 600,000 square feet of exhibition space, as well as lay the

Kingsmen Wins at Singapore Tourism Awards

Kingsmen Exhibits Pte Ltd walked away from the Singapore Tourism Awards this month with the honor of being named Best Business Event Service Provider – a title it has now won three times consecutively. The award was for Kingsmen’s execution

Germany and Great Britain Organizers Dominate

A recent study ranking trade show organizers worldwide according to revenue found that the United Kingdom and Germany lead the pack by a long shot. AUMA, the Association for the German Trade Fair Industry, concluded its research in August 2016

Brisbane Scores Trove of New Events

Representatives of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (at right) in Queensland, Australia, are celebrating a banner effort after securing 140 new conventions for the 2015/2016 fiscal year. Those events are expected to generate 256,000 hotel room nights for 71,235 delegates,

Chile Week USA Brings Flavors and Culture of Chile to New York City

Largest Ever Delegation Brings Foods and Wines, Investment Seminars and Dialogue on International Trade October 26 – 28 This October, the largest-ever delegation of top Chilean officials will visit the United States as part of the country’s inaugural Chile Week USA,

Sweet Adelines International Hosts its 70th Annual International Convention and Competition

Pictured at right, 2016 International Quartet Champion, Speed of Sound Sweet Adelines International has returned to Las Vegas now through October 22 to host its 70th Annual International Convention and Competition at the renowned MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Sweet Adelines International’s

5,000 Chemical Engineers Expected to Convene at San Francisco Conference Offering 700 Sessions

American Institute of Chemical Engineers event will explore opportunities in  manufacturing, bioengineering, energy; diversity in the workforce. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers will explore new horizons in the chemical engineering profession and the pivotal roles chemical engineers are playing



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Freeman Creates Design Leadership Council and Announces Two New Hires

FREEMAN CREATES DESIGN COUNCIL TO INNOVATE THE BRAND EXPERIENCE CHANNEL Design council harnesses Freeman’s reach and uses design thinking to innovate digital and live experiences Freeman, the world’s leading provider of brand experiences, announced today the new Freeman Design Leadership

Industry Power Players are Celebrated at 2016 Hall of Leaders Class & Pacesetter Awards

On the evening of Tuesday, October 18, 2016, the Convention Industry Council set a new bar for awards events  for more than 450 meetings and events professionals at the exciting and ever evolving Hall of Leaders & Pacesetter Awards Celebration event,

Ion Exhibits Announces New Leadership

Ion Exhibits announced today that trade show industry expert and recognized business executive Kevin Fett will assume full ownership of the organization, effective immediately. He will serve as the company’s President and CEO.  Mr. Fett has been in the trade

Willwork, Inc. Announces Promotion of Maureen Jardin to National Operations Assistant

Willwork, Inc. Exhibit and Event Services, one of the nation’s premier event contracting, labor and technology providers, today announced the promotion of Maureen Jardin to national operations assistant. In this new role, Jardin will focus on servicing Willwork’s customers by

Nimlok Louisiana Adds Dynamic Consultant Bill Carney

Nimlok Louisiana, an exclusive and expert Nimlok distributor based in Lafayette, LA, is proud to announce it has added Bill Carney, executive consultant, to its growing team of exhibit and display professionals. With more than 15 years of experience in

SourceOne Events Expands Sales Department at Lombard Office

SourceOne Events is excited to announce Joseph Giannelli has joined their team as Sr. account executive. Previously holding positions at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, Navy Pier, McCormick Place and as an operations consultant, Joe brings with him 24

imago Makes New Marketing Manager Appointment – Rob Chamberlin

imago has appointed a new marketing manager as it looks to raise awareness of its portfolio of venues. Rob Chamberlin took up his position having previously held marketing and event management roles at Warwick University, Body Power Expo, and Keele

Stephanie Kelly Joins Willwork, Inc. Exhibit and Event Services as Director of Client Services

Willwork, Inc. Exhibit and Event Services, one of the nation’s premier event contracting, labor and technology providers today announced Stephanie Kelly as the newest member to join their team. As director of client services, Kelly will focus on leading Willwork’s

Momentum Management Hires Angela Lahmann as New Account Manager

Momentum Management is pleased to welcome Angela Lahmann to the team as an account manager supporting Kaete Miller’s west coast sales team.  Angela joined Momentum with more than 17 years of experience in the account management role with an exhibit

Meetings Industry Fund Announces Two New Board Members – Gary Schirmacher and Karen Gonzales

Gary Schirmacher and Karen Gonzales Begin Two-Year Terms The Meetings Industry Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to helping meetings industry members in challenging economic situations, announced today that Gary Schirmacher, CMP and Karen Gonzales, CMP have joined the Board of Directors for

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