Artexis Easyfairs Wins UFI Education Award to be Shared at 84th UFI Congress in Johannesburg

The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry has named Artexis Easyfairs as winner of the 2017 UFI Education Award. The theme for this year’s UFI Education Award was employee retention. Retaining talented individuals and helping them to continue to develop

Dutch Event Techno Start-up NetworkTables Wins Future of Meetings Award at London Show

NetworkTables founder Matthijs Otto proudly received ‘The Future of Meetings Award’ during The Meetings Show in London. The winner was determined by an international audience of event organizers that voted for the most innovative event tech start-up. NetworkTables is an

Melbourne Winter Showcase – for European Conference Organizers

Below, South Wharf Events hosted the PCO family group by providing a ‘Luncheon on the Ice’ in conjunction with the team at Skate, Slide Chill on South Wharf Promenade. Guests were treated to a fine dining experience catered by Executive

CORT Events Shares Millennial Trends in Corporate Meetings and Conferences

Experiential Meeting Design Creates Shareable Moments, Immerses Attendees in Events CORT Events provides insights into planning meetings that satisfy the changing demands millennials seek in corporate meetings – shareable, experiential events. As millennials host and attend meetings and conferences, there

Javits Ctr. Releases First-ever Sustainability Report

Twenty-six Bird Species Observed at Nearly 7-Acre Green Roof Since 2014 81% of Rain Water Absorbed by Green Roof, Reducing Impact on Local Sewer Systems New York Convention Center Operating Corporation President and CEO Alan Steel recently announced the issuance


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Daughter Builds on Dad’s Vision: Indoor Event Success in the Great Outdoors – By Jeanne Brei

The dad-daughter duo of Mick and Debbie Parrott (at right) proves that the tradeshow industry can get into your blood. It all began in 1979 when Mick developed a deck and wall product and founded ICON Exhibits in Ft. Wayne,

Digital Age Show Service Kits – By Lesley Martin

Each show provides a packet containing vital information for exhibitors. Photo credit: Hargrove, Inc. What is a Show Service Kit? A show or service kit is a packet that consolidates a trade show exhibitor’s need-to-know information and order forms. What’s

Exhibiting with Our No. Neighbors – By Lesley Martin

Crossing over into other disciplines makes work interesting for Canadian labor crews Overshadowed by the economic climate of the U.S., Canada is often relegated to the background. Yet with recent changes and uncertainties in the U.S. political landscape, especially surrounding

Service Contractors Keeping Time with Changes to the Exhibition Industry – By Cynthya Porter

From the start of the Great Recession to now, the exhibition industry has taken a wild ride, only recently emerging from a veritable free fall that plunged countless businesses into the Recession abyss. Some were never to be heard from

Sharpening Soft Skills in I&D – By Lesley Martin

Transforming Crews to Relationship-based Partners I&D Crews Customer Service – Does it Matter? More than 12 years ago, Randy Eppard and Jim Wurm traveled the country teaching customer service skills to union crews. Back then, customer service was a foreign

Factory in the Forest: ProExhibits Brings Stikwood’s Rustic Booth To Life – By Jeanne Brei

It all began with a vision of a “factory in the forest” and ended with a very successful booth at the 2017 KIBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) in Orlando in January for Stikwood, an innovative interior design solution company.

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



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AIPC 2017 Annual Conference: Current Centre Issues Meet Emerging Geo-political Challenges

At right, Aloysius Arlando was elected as the new AIPC president A combination of member expertise and global insights addressed an overall theme of “Transformation” at the 2017 Annual Conference of the International Association of Convention Centres this past week in

Super Bright LEDs Lights the Way Online for the Trade Show Industry and More

ECN Interview with Mike Mueller of Super Bright LEDs At right, Mike Mueller and wife, Lisa Exhibit City News: Let’s start with a little about you and your background and how you entered the lighting industry. Mike Mueller: I was

Creatacor Donates Design Services, Labor to “The Wall That Heals” Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Creatacor, Inc., an exhibit design, fabrication and trade show management provider, recently completed a series of updates to “The Wall that Heals,” a mobile version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. A program of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Inside Track Introduces “Good Booth Gone Bad” to Help Exhibit Houses Avoid Costly Showfloor Issues

With so many details, moving parts and short deadlines in the trade show industry, there are plenty of opportunities for “issues” to occur on the show floor. To help limit and avoid these issues, which can be very costly, The

EDPA NE Chapter Raises $15K for Rally at the Ally Beneficiary Tucker Wood

Last Month, members of the Exhibit Designers and Producers Association Northeast chapter came together to support Tucker Wood, husband to Hill & Partner’s Sales Manager, Lauren Wood in his fight against ALS. Over 70 people attended the 2nd Annual Rally at

USA Expo Introduces Event Display Leasing Model

Why buy or rent when you can lease? No, we’re not talking about cars or apartments, we’re talking about USA Expo’s new  leasing model that is revolutionizing the event display market. USA Expo, an experiential and event marketing agency based

The Events Industry Council Honors the Winner of the Innovation in Sustainability Award

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Recognized for Blu Planet Water Conservation Project The Events Industry Council, in partnership with IMEX has launched a new industry award this year, the Innovation in Sustainability Award, and honors Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as the

Urban Expositions Acquires Coffee Fest Events

Urban Expositions (a Clarion Events company) is pleased to announce its acquisition of the U.S. Coffee Fest event portfolio from Lifestyle Events, Inc. which includes the 2017 Coffee Fest Chicago and Portland events, along with the 2018 Baltimore and Denver

The UBC Eastern District and Trade Show Industry Leaders Sign Value-added Commitment

Representatives from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Eastern District (pictured), Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association and the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association will come together to sign a Value-added Commitment aimed at improving the ability to deliver first class customer service

2017 UFI Sustainable Development Award Goes to Fira Barcelona

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has announced Fira Barcelona as the winner of its annual Sustainable Development Award. The theme of this year’s  competition, “Best destination approach to implementing sustainability”, was chosen in order to recognize initiatives



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The Power of One – By Haley Freeman

I was a kid in the 1970s, and I remember watching the Keep America Beautiful ads on television featuring Iron Eyes Cody, the “Crying Indian.” (Millennials – refer to YouTube.) He cried silently while observing a landscape of fouled waterways

Logic and Innovation – By Jim Obermeyer

Ever wonder why some industries seem to be constantly innovating and improving and changing while others seem completely stagnant and stuck in a rut? I spend a fair amount of time behind a windshield, and that gives me a fair

Reference Checks Could Spell Disaster if Not Done – By Philip H. Kemper

This time, we are going to take a look at reference checks — a difficult, and often unpleasant, subject for many companies. As unbelievable as this sounds, many companies – large and small – never bother to check candidate references. Perhaps it

MPI launches Women in Leadership: Executive Leadership Skills Course – By Calanit Atia

Meeting Professionals International is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. Founded in 1972, the organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the

The Mixed Economy and the IFES Concept for International Harmony – By Larry Kulchawik

The Mixed Economy is a US social institution, but the concept is shared by many other free trade countries. The Mixed Economy is a human solution to human problems. Trade shows are also a human solution to human problems/ challenges.

Take a Walk on the Boardwalk – By Haley Freeman

Las Vegas may be one of the nation’s greatest meeting destinations, with its millions of square feet of convention space, glamorous hotel-casinos and endless entertainment choices. But you have to admit that the desert has one drawback: all beach; no

Leaving Your Legacy – By Jim Obermeyer

It is interesting to me how our chosen careers build upon themselves; how each experience adds to the wisdom base, which then allows you to be able to succeed at the next level. I could not do the job I

What You Need To Consider Before Hiring a Summer Intern – By Philip H. Kemper

Once again, school’s soon out for the summer nearly everywhere—and millions of college students are flocking to a variety of businesses, large and small, for those coveted summer internships. In times gone by, those internships were considered to be cheap

Make a Presence by Exhibiting in Your Industry’s Trade Shows – By Calanit Atia

Last March, thousands of trade show and corporate event marketers converged on Las Vegas for EXHIBITORLIVE 2017— four days of power-packed education. The “trade show for trade shows” draws professional marketers from a wide array of industries. If you do

New RFP Template for International Projects – By Larry Kulchawik

At right, an English/Italian Example A Request for Proposal template has been developed over the past four years to enhance communication between international exhibit suppliers, or exhibit managers, with projects abroad. Since English is the official language of our industry,



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Nimlok Michigan Memorial Golf Event Benefits Local Be Nice. Program

At right, Scott Benton presents fundraised donation to local ‘Be Nice.’ program at the first annual Shannon E. Benton Be Nice. Memorial golf outing. Nimlok Michigan, an exclusive and expert Nimlok exhibit and display distributor with offices in Grand Rapids,

ExpoDisplays’ New Product Takes Exhibiting to the Next LEVEL

Manufacturer ExpoDisplays in Birmingham, Ala., has introduced LEVEL, the most immersive display on the market. LEVEL brings both movement and depth to traditionally static inline exhibiting. ExpoDisplays’ exclusive GraphicGlide technology brings motion to this new, innovative system. Inherent in the

Riverview Systems Group, Inc. in Silicon Valley Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Company’s live event production success under leadership of CEO Evan Williams (at right) due to constant technology and creative innovation Riverview Systems Group, Inc. honored to celebrate 30 years of providing the world’s leading brands with the technical and production

CIM-Tech Debuts Router-CIM 2018 at Assoc. of Woodworking & Furniture Suppliers Fair LV July 19-22

CAM software company, CIM-Tech, releases Router-CIM 2018 enabling design software portability, compatibility and multi-level pocketing for CNC machines Inc. has announced that the company will launch and demonstrate Router-CIM 2018, the latest version of the revolutionary software suite for CNC machines,

New Contract with Cobo Center Locks in North American International Auto Show Through 2025

Cobo proves itself to be the perfect venue for NAIAS now and into the future Claude Molinari, general manager of SMG/Cobo Center, today announced the facility has entered into an eight-year contract with the North American International Auto Show to

London Gears Up to Welcome the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 July 16-20

Coca-Cola London Eye lights up in purple to raise awareness of the challenges of dementia Thousands of delegates from all over the world will arrive in London this weekend for the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017. It is the first

Palais des Congrès de Montréal Wins Prestigious AIPC Award for its Urban Agriculture Lab

Raymond Larivée (at right), president and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, at the July 4 AIPC Annual Awards Dinner in Sydney, Australia The Palais des congrès de Montréal was presented with the prestigious AIPC Innovation Award on

Attendance Rising at German Trade Shows

The trade fair industry in Germany is booming, and officials have released research that examines the high participation enjoyed by German organizers as well as the best practices to use when choosing to exhibit at German events.  According to a

Australian Events Warns of Scam

Exhibition industry officials in Australia are warning potential clients of a scam that has emerged recently in which exhibitors are being fooled into paying site fees to a company not associated with the exhibition industry. In a message distributed through

New Factsheets Help International Exhibitors Protect Intellectual Property

The European Exhibition Industry Alliance and the European Intellectual Property Rights Helpdesk have teamed up to create a series of publications aimed at educating exhibitors on the rights available to them when exhibiting internationally.  In the factsheets, the duo explains



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On Location Hires New Account Manager Ken Banks to Support Its I&D Labor and Management Services for Exhibits, Events and Environments

Mt. Laurel, NJ, July 18, 2017 – On Location, a nationwide provider of labor and management services for exhibits, events and environments, has hired Ken Banks as an Account Manager to support its continued growth by fostering client relationships and

The Association for Women in Events Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Board of Directors

The Association for Women in Events is now accepting board of director applications for its 2018 term. AWE is an inclusive community dedicated to the professional advancement of women in all facets of the events industry. (Pictured at right, the

Corcoran Expositions Announces Five New Hires to Meet Increased Growth

  Corcoran Expositions, one of the country’s largest independent trade show organizers, today announced five new hires to help meet increased growth at the firm.   Leesa Engelmann – Sponsorship Manager — Engelman (at right) brings 16 years of experience in the

The Events Industry Council Announces the Latest Class of New CMPs and CMP-HC Designees

The Events Industry Council recently announced 234 individuals passed the latest Certified Meeting Professional examination. Furthermore, an additional professional succeeded in achieving the Certified Meeting Professional – Health Care designation by passing an additional examination. This distinguished credential, recognized throughout

mg Adds Project Manager Rhoni Ross-Bast

mg is pleased to announce Rhoni Ross-Bast has joined their project management team, reporting to Tim Stephaniak, director, production. Ross-Bast’s 20 years of project management experience for large corporations will be an asset as she interfaces with mg’s account management

Gary P. Yates Appointed President – General Manager of Fister Logistics, Inc./Distribution, Inc.

On June 1, owner Mike Fister announced the appointment of Gary P. Yates as president – general manager of Fister Logistics, Inc. and Fister Distribution, Inc. As part of the Fister Inc. holding company, located in Lexington, Ky., these two

Willwork, Inc. Exhibit & Event Services Hires Industry Veteran Alanna Thompson as Account Manager

Alanna Thompson Joins Willwork Account Management Team During a Period of Rapid Growth for the Company Willwork, Inc. Exhibit & Event Services, an award-winning and national leader in exhibition services and event project management, announced today the hiring of industry veteran

Joe Martillaro Opens Superior Logistics, Tradeshow and Event Transportation Specialists

For the past 11 years, Joe Martillaro has specialized and worked with exhibit design firms, experiential marketing groups and suppliers to the exhibit and event industry. Recently, Martillaro opened and is managing a transportation firm called Superior Logistics.  Nationally headquartered in the Chicago

Tim Heffernan joins T3 Expo as Chief Development Officer to Accelerate Growth and Momentum

T3 Expo, a general contractor for tradeshows and corporate events, announced today the addition of a chief development officer to its leadership team. Tim Heffernan will join the company to help steer and development the exponential growth that T3 Expo

CadmiumCD Grows in US Markets with Two New Major Hires, Sandy Brown and DeWayne Jackson

CadmiumCD, a leading event management software company, is expanding its regional growth in the U.S. with two senior hires and new offices in Dallas, Texas, and Fullerton, Calif. Sandy Brown joins as sales manager for the Los Angeles, San Francisco,

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