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Exhibit City News 2010 Year In Review

Cover Stories and Top Headlines from 2010

February March April May June July August September October November December


January

willwork1-thumbBoston’s Willwork rises from the ashes
Late on the night of Feb. 21, 2008, all Bill Nixon could do was watch as 20 years of realized hopes and dreams were consumed by fire and smoke as a result of an electrical fire originating in an outlet in the company’s server room. Unsurprisingly, word came to Nixon just a few hours later, that all was lost.
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State of the Industry: Exhibit design industry is broken, no longer business as usual
For this article, Exhibit City News asked four of our industry’s leading exhibit design and production executives to share their insight as to where the industry was in 2009 and where they expect it may go in 2010 and beyond. Each company spokesperson offered his or her perspective based on their firm’s niche in the market.
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Size, impact of CES not affected by fewer venues
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Profile of Jay Trepp: Travel, work enjoyed by industry pro
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CEIR welcomes new board members
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February

trans-thumbTradeshow freight carriers hopeful in 2010
Over the last two years, the trucking industry has “potentially endured the most severe drop in freight volume ever.” As a result, trucking industry freight levels and revenues are not expected to return to pre-recession levels until sometime in 2011.
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Times have changed, EXHIBITOR is ready
EXHIBITOR2010 is seeing some changes that its organizers hope will help raise some of the diminished numbers from last year.
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The HCEA Summit Provides Critical Updates
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CES 2010 attendance up while exhibitor participation drops
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Advanced Exhibit Methods’ Diess finds niche in industry
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March

mccormick-place-thumbPerfect storm hits Chicago
It has been an intense month in Chicago. After the city lost several major shows, government officials took the matters into their own hands and introduced a series of changes that are shaking up the tradeshow industry and the way it does business.
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Access TCA acquires M2 Creative
Access TCA jump-started 2010 with a very strategic move, acquiring M2 Creative, the outcome communications agency. Access also acquired M2 Creative’s co-founder and chief creative officer, Bruce Morrow, and his successful Outcome Model.
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Industry peeps connect using LinkedIn
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Lea International designs, builds world-class air show
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Carr drives MC2 division to new levels of success
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April

id2thumbChallenging times face EACs
The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) recently released data suggesting the U.S. exhibition industry is experiencing a historic downturn. This comes as no surprise. Previous state-of-the-industry articles in Exhibit City News have noted that most every segment of the industry is feeling the pinch, including exhibitor-appointed contractors (EAC) such as installation and dismantle (I & D) service providers.
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America’s next top modular awarded at MOD2010
More than 250 industry professionals came to celebrate excellence in portable and modular exhibit design at the fourth annual MOD Awards, which were held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas on March 16. Hosted by celebrity television and radio personality Leeza Gibbons, the event also raised funds for Leeza’s Place, a charity foundation for caregivers of persons affected by Alzheimer’s Disease.
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Recession triggers historic decline in exhibit industry
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Technology takes a stance at Exhibitor2010
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Apples and Oranges Nab Best of Show for MG Design
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Profile of Andra Oshman: Company president bounces back, increases business
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May

mcp-outside-thumbMPEA Interim Board issues final report
The Interim Board of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA)voted in April to approve its final report to the Illinois General Assembly. MPEA Chairman John Gates called upon lawmakers to enact the entire package of recommendations by the Interim Board, to have a meaningful effect on competitiveness at McCormick Place.
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Graphics: the good, the bad and the ugly
It seems that no segment of the exhibit industry has remained unscathed by the recent economic downturn, including exhibit graphic designers and production/print service providers.
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HCEA celebrates 80th year at annual meeting
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Lunch with Exhibit City News: Mim Goldberg
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TSEA President has big plans for the association
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June

uspavilion-thumb2010 World Expo opens in Shanghai
Lines of attendees formed outside of the U.S. Pavilion prior to its opening at World Expo 2010.An impressive fireworks display above thousands of awed spectators kicked off the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China on May 1.
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McCormick Place bill becomes law
Illinois House and Senate voted to reject Gov. Pat Quinn’s amendatory veto on May 27, putting the bill that calls for major changes at Chicago’s McCormick Place into law.
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Education important for TS2 attendees
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Flooring gains prominence in exhibit design
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FIT Thesis Presentations: Seeing through new eyes
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July

Off-road accident kills Freeman employees
Two Freeman employees died on Friday, June 4, 2010, near Lake Isabella, Calif. when both men were ejected from a vehicle while traveling on an off-road ridge trail.
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George Fern thrives for over a century
In 1909, a gallon of gas cost 15 cents, William Howard Taft was president, and the George Fern Company was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio. Over 100 years later, the price of gas is now around $3, there have been 17 different presidents, and the George Fern Company has grown into one of the leading service contractors in the tradeshow industry.
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Seven E3 exhibits keep Freddie Georges Production Group in the game
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Wireless is a hit at McCormick Place
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Meeting industry on the up-tick
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August

tradeshows-work_thumbBattle cries echo throughout exhibition industry
Convention industry and meeting professionals from Illinois to Virginia are fighting back against a tyrannical economy. Grassroots campaigns and reaffirming mottos are materializing, and supporting the industry nationwide offering positive assertions about the effectiveness of tradeshow networking.
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All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Established in 1976, Singapore-based Kingsmen Creatives LTD has a vision of becoming one of the elite communication design houses on a global level. The company is currently located in 17 cities in the Asian Pacific and the Middle East.
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TS2 keynote: Long live the event business
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China continues to dominate growth in Asia’s tradeshow market
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EACA announces Hall of Fame and Intrepid winners
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September

asaethumbASAE expo posts record buyer to seller ratio
More than 2,800 face-to-face industry professionals attended the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) 2010 conference and expo.
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Mission possible: Hargrove goes the distance
At Adidas, impossible is nothing; at Nike, they just do it; and at Hargrove, Inc., nothing is impossible, and yes, they just did it.
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Paradox to Paradise: Tradeshows evolve from mean to green
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Tradeshows are becoming ‘app happy’
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Profile of Jim Wurm: Industry veteran enjoys the best of both worlds
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October

metro-groupMetro Exhibit Corporation is all about the culture
In this most recent economic downturn, exhibit companies have faced tough times and even tougher decisions. Combine customer decisions to reduce tradeshow marketing budgets with a more restricted lending environment and you will see true leadership emerge.
Metro Exhibit Corporation (MEC) has been providing creative solutions to its tradeshow marketing customers for over 30 years.
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Freeman acquisition of Encore goes beyond the bottom line
Freeman recently announced it has acquired Encore Productions, a full-service creative production and audio/visual equipment rental company based in Las Vegas. For more than 20 years, Encore has helped clients tell their stories in Las Vegas and around the world.
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Virtual tradeshows gain ground on face-to-face marketing
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ARTGUILD/Avalon educates clients at INTERFACE 2010
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Digital and social media explosion reaches the exhibition industry
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November

imtsthumbMcCormick Place Phase II reforms receive praise
McCormick Place officials recently unveiled Phase II reforms for the convention center complex, aimed at benefiting customers and keeping Chicago’s convention industry competitive. The reforms are designed to cut costs for customers and provide greater flexibility in doing business at America’s largest convention center.
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A unique perspective on the RSMGC
In honor of this event’s distinguished history as well as its draw to industry novices, this article explores the perspective of both an event founder and an RSMGC newcomer. Rich Johnson, account executive at Renaissance Management, and Hillary Hull, marketing coordinator at Momentum Management, offer their individual outlooks on the RSMGC.
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It’s all in the family: Parsons finds love at Freeman
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Paradise found: Sustainable meeting venues live
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Mexico ranked fourteen worldwide in meeting attendees
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December

teamsters-thumbAccusations of misconduct plague Teamsters Local 631
The Las Vegas-based chapter of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), Local 631, is currently under an internal investigation for allegations of misconduct. Charges are ranging from the misappropriation of funds to failure to control jurisdiction.
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TS² 2011 postponed
In July of this year, TS², the Trade Show about Trade Shows, initiated a comprehensive review and study of all aspects regarding the show and the industry it serves. Subsequently, the TS² conference and exposition will not be held in 2011 and is postponed until 2012.
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New GES president has a plan for success
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Finishing Industries Forum provides tools for the trade
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ACCESS 2010 honors excellence
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