Free WiFi at Knoxville Convention Center

Visit Knoxville is proud to announce that the Knoxville Convention Center will soon have free wireless internet for future events. Visit Knoxville will implement this service via an agreement with ShowNets. For more than 17 years, ShowNets has become the recognized expert

EDPA 7th Annual Tim Provo Blood Drive Takes Place October 13 at Las Vegas Expo

What started out seven years ago as a way to show support for EDPA friend Tim Provo (photo below left) continues to be an annual tradition. The Tim Provo Blood Drive will be hosted again this year by Las Vegas Expo – located

Derse Expands Operations Management Team with Nick Borgdorff and Frank Occhiogrosso

Borgdorff, Occhiogrosso (at right) Strengthen Divisional, Post-Sale Operations   Derse, the complete face-to-face marketing company, welcomes top new talent to its corporate leadership team. Nick Borgdorff joins Derse as executive vice president and Frank Occhiogrosso assumes the role of corporate operations vice

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group Fundraises for the Andrew Grene Foundation

Above: Orbus employees and the Social Committee take delight in the Ice Cream Social Fundraiser for AGF. Orbus Exhibit & Display Group,one of North America’s leading trade suppliers of display, exhibit and event solutions, recently fundraised to benefit the Andrew

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

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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

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

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E2MA Relaunches with EACA Focus

Association Decides to Re-organize as EACA The Board of Directors of the E2MA, (Exhibit & Event Marketers Association), the non-profit organization for corporate marketers, and their suppliers announced today that it will cease its operations as E2MA. The E2MA was

Sports-Event Industry Center Stage at TEAMS ’16

Pictured at right, last year’s Sports Travel Award winners. The TEAMS ’16 Conference & Expo—the world’s leading conference and expo for the sports-event industry—will feature a deep bench of industry thought leaders and exciting entertainers, from the legendary to the up-and-coming. Presented

Ten Questions – Bob Hopkins of Exhibit Source, Inc.

Being in the industry for nearly 40 years and having successfully weathered the ups and downs of the economy and industry, how does ESi use its skills to expand into new markets, such as ICSC? There are certain aspects of

ASAE Adopts Anti-Discrimination Clause

At right, ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE, at a press conference held during the annual ASAE meeting The American Society of Association Executives has reacted to legislation adopted by some states or municipalities deemed discriminatory

Legislators Speaking Out on Lodging Fraud

Pictured at right, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (left) and Sen. Deb Fischer (right) Deceptive practices aimed at intercepting hotel bookings intended for official event room blocks have caused considerable losses for both organizers and attendees, and two U.S. senators are championing

Retired Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman to Provide Keynote Address at 2017 International Roofing Expo

Retired Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman (at right) will present the Keynote Address during the International Roofing Expo, taking place March 1-3, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. USA. Held immediately prior to the opening

CEIR Predict 2016 Hits Record Number of Attendees

Top Executives Gain Insight into Industry Future Trends Predict: CEIR’s Annual Exhibition Industry Outlook Conference drew a record-breaking 164 attendees, all top level executives who gathered on 14-15 September 2016 in Washington, D.C. to learn about the future of the

EDPA 7th Annual Tim Provo Blood Drive Takes Place October 13 at Las Vegas Expo

What started out seven years ago as a way to show support for EDPA friend Tim Provo (photo below left) continues to be an annual tradition. The Tim Provo Blood Drive will be hosted again this year by Las Vegas Expo – located

GES Expands its North American Event Production Capabilities

Acquisition of the business of ON Event Services, a leading provider of AV production and technology services; photo right, Steve Moster, president of GES and president/CEO of Viad, and Stan Milner, president of ON Event Services GES, a global full-service

Getting Schooled – Educated Exhibits – By Amber Johnson

As the exhibition industry continues to grow, universities are increasingly stepping up to unleash crops of well-trained professionals. With the allure of trade shows largely rebounded since the Recession, more companies than ever before are trying to carve out a

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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

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

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Become a Guardian for Baka The Orang-Utan At IT&CMA Thailand 2016

The popular Borneo Orang-Utan Project (BOP) will be bouncing into Bangkok, Thailand at the Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings Asia and Corporate Travel World from 27-29 September 2016. BOP, the official corporate social responsibility program of the International Congress and

3rd Annual TournEvent for Charities Celebrity Slot Tournament at Global Gaming Expo Sept. 27

Everi’s TournEvent for Charities will bring celebs and media pros to the G2E floor for a fun-filled slot machine tournament benefitting the players’ charities of choice Everi, the casino industry’s single source provider of gaming products and payments solutions, will

Free WiFi at Knoxville Convention Center

Visit Knoxville is proud to announce that the Knoxville Convention Center will soon have free wireless internet for future events. Visit Knoxville will implement this service via an agreement with ShowNets. For more than 17 years, ShowNets has become the recognized expert

Automechanika Chicago and NACE Combine Forces

Pictured, from left to right: Jim Savas, VP GM from UBM Automotive, Michael Johannes, Brand Manager Automechanika, Dan Risley, ASA president, and Dennis Smith, president/CEO, Messe Frankfurt North America announce their new partnership. Two shows serving the automobile collision repair

Britain’s Informa Acquires U.S.-Based Penton

Informa, a London-based event producer, has announced it will acquire Penton, a U.S. show producer, for a reported $1.46 billion in cash and $100 million in stock, with the sale expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2016.

World Responsible Tourism Day to Celebrate 10 Years at World Travel Market November 8

2016’s World Responsible Tourism Day marks two very significant anniversaries for host World Travel Market and for the development of responsible tourism across the industry as a whole. WTM London, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the

CEP – Chicago Exhibit Productions, Inc. Achieves EDPA RFP Certification

CEP – Chicago Exhibit Productions, Inc. is pleased to have achieved the EDPA RFP Certification awarded to companies who meet the industry association’s stringent standards for business practices. The EDPA RFP Certification assures prospective clients that the member company adheres

ASTOUND Group Leaps More Than 50 places to No. 146 on the 2016 PROFIT 500

ASTOUND Group, a world-leading design and fabrication agency, is pleased to announce it has leaped 53 spots up the 28th annual PROFIT 500 to no. 146. This is the fourth consecutive year ASTOUND has made this prestigious list. PROFIT 500

Mirror Show Management Design Wins Top Honor at Major European Exhibition

An exhibition stand designed by Mirror Show Management for Cisco has won Best Larger Free Design at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam, NL. The show’s judges called Mirror Show Management’s design “a stunning and fresh approach.” Over 1,600 stands

Exhibitors Service Network Announces Expansion of Graphic Design Department

Exhibitors Service Network recently announced the expansion of their Graphic Design Department capabilities. The department services include graphic design, 3D visualization, animation, sketching, painting, and informational graphics, for additional dimension to client’s corporate environments, work spaces and tradeshow & exhibition

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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

Sho-Link Incorporated Announces Steve Gosdin as New City Manager in Dallas

Sho-Link Dallas is proud to announce that Steve Gosdin has accepted the position of Dallas City Manager. After attending four years of college at the University of Texas Austin and majoring in Business Finance and minoring in marketing, Gosdin was hired

Conference Solutions Announces Appointment of New Chief Technology Officer

Alven Diaz (at right) has been chosen to lead technology expansion for company’s next phase. Conference Solutions (CSS), a leading provider of automated one-to-one and pre-scheduled meetings products, today announced the appointment of Alven Diaz as Chief Technology Officer.  Diaz,

Exhibit Systems Adds Graphic Specialist, Project Manager to Meet Growing Customer Demand

Exhibit Systems has hired two new professionals to meet growing demand for its products and services, continuing the company’s trajectory of growth as clients increasingly embrace the value of face-to-face marketing. Liduvina Caban (at left) and Steven Stavola (right) join

Derse Expands Operations Management Team with Nick Borgdorff and Frank Occhiogrosso

Borgdorff, Occhiogrosso (at right) Strengthen Divisional, Post-Sale Operations   Derse, the complete face-to-face marketing company, welcomes top new talent to its corporate leadership team. Nick Borgdorff joins Derse as executive vice president and Frank Occhiogrosso assumes the role of corporate operations vice

PHL Life Sciences Honors AACR and CEO Dr. Margaret Foti with the Ultimate Solution Award

L-R: Sheila Hess, Philadelphia City Representative; Frederic Bertley, PhD, Senior VP of Science and Education at The Franklin Institute; Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), CEO of the American Association for Cancer Research; Julie Coker Graham; President and CEO of the

Connections Housing Duo Celebrates 30 Years of Excellence

Connections Housing’s 30th anniversary is coming up in October. The two women team of Nancy Hallberg (at left)and Kris Sieradski (right) met while working in the Atlanta hotel industry in 1986. “Connections was born in a closet,” says co-owner Nancy

GES Adds Trio of Experienced Marketing Professionals

GES, a global full-service provider for live events, announced that Valerie Carstens (above left), Kiel Jared (center) and Val Gardner (right) have joined its Corporate Marketing team. As part of its global growth strategy, GES has increased its focus on corporate

Ken Dec Named Expo Group EVP, Marketing & Client Strategies

Ken Dec has been named EVP, Marketing and Client Strategies of The Expo Group. Dec joins the company following leadership roles at both George P. Johnson and MC2. “Ken’s strategy expertise and marketing experience will have a valuable and immediate

Hamilton Exhibits Hires Erich Feist as Manager of Event Technologies

Erich Feist (photo left) has accepted a position as the Manager – Event Technologies at Hamilton Exhibits. Feist has spent nearly two decades in the audio/visual industry, working everything from 35mm slide projectors to sophisticated concert lighting systems. His work

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