EDPAF Grantor Program does good for industry

In 2013, the Exhibit Designers & Producers Association Foundation (EDPAF) introduced the Grantor Program as a means of funding EDPAF “Good Works” programs.

SISO leader stepping down in 2015

Society for Independent Show Organizers (SISO), an organization for the for- profit show organizer, announced that its executive director is stepping down after seven years of service.

Group Delphi doubles in size and precision

Twenty-five years ago, Group Delphi was a small operation with its CEO and Founder Justin Hersh envisioning what it could become.

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Soon you will be at the Exhibit City News People on the Move page. In the meantime, do you recognize anyone?             Many tradeshow professionals have changed positions, been promoted or joined a new company.

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CEIR offers disengagement tips for booth staff

Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released its latest Guru report, “Once the Conversation is Over – It’s Over!”

PMMI purchases Summit Media Group

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of tradeshows, has entered into an agreement to purchase Summit Media Group Inc., publisher of Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging and Contract Packaging.

CORT Trade Show and Event Furnishings raises $2,500 for ALS

CORT Trade Show & Event Furnishing raised $2,500 in the fight against ALS through a 60-person ice bucket challenge Sept. 12 at its Las Vegas location.

Pennsylvania Convention Center incorporates ESCA ID system

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is the 13th venue in the U.S. to incorporate ESCA’s Worker Identification System (WIS), a web-based photo I.D. badge program designed for contractors to order employee badges online any time. ESCA representatives will be at the

ESCA announces award program for industry leaders

ESCA announced an annual award program to recognize individuals for Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Service to be recognized at the Winter Annual Business Meeting Dec. 9.

Access challenges Nuvista

In honor of the company’s Hope for Steve campaign, team members at Access stepped up to the block to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and nominated sister company Nuvista to do the same.  

Ventev announces Wi-Fi solutions at CTIA

At CTIA Supermobility Week, North America’s largest forum for mobile innovations held Sept. 9-11 in Las Vegas, CTIA panelist and Wi-Fi expert Jeff Lime, vice president, Ventev Wireless Infrastructure, announced two wireless network solutions for open air environments.

VEI launches live online strategy course

The Virtual Edge Institute (VEI) will debut its first Digital Event Strategists (DES) LIVE eight-week online course starting on Sept. 17.

Apple’s new iPhone a game-changer for event producers

Near-field communication (NFC) – the short-range, wireless technology behind touch-based lead retrieval, access control, session scanning and other applications used at tradeshows, conferences and corporate events – just hit a major milestone.

CEIR reports mild industry growth during second quarter

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released second quarter data collected from the annual CEIR Index report during the CEIR Predict Conference in Chicago Sept. 11. Marking a modest growth, the results showed a year-on-year gain of 1 percent.

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Remembering an industry legend

Andreas Messerli founded Andreas Messerli AG in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1954, and it became one of the largest tradeshow and exhibition companies in Europe and the world.

Greetings to readers everywhere!!!

Greetings to readers everywhere!!!

Are You Peddling Hotdogs?

I was talking to a good friend yesterday about our changing industry.  He is a new partner in an exhibit house that has been around for about 35 years.

How to use hiring to reinforce your brand

Employees who share your values are not only great to work with – they stay longer in your company. 

Glimpsing the world of tomorrow

British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke is famous for observing, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” For over 150 years, World’s Fairs have provided a glimpse of technological advancements and ideas that may have felt more like

Twenty years of caring

It’s an interesting thing, this tradeshow 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 have

Time to review your interview process

What can you do when the interview process you’ve used for decades fails you? When it doesn’t make it easy enough to assess each candidate accurately, or when the candidate you chose turns out to not be the best one

GREETINGS TO READERS EVERYWHERE!

This July 2014 edition pays tribute to the many people involved in moving F-R-E-I-G-H-T. The definition of freight as it relates to the tradeshow & event industry is very similar to the standard definition, but when applied directly to our

Abandoning ship

I had lunch a few weeks ago with an old college friend. He is retired from the army and has worked for a defense contractor for the last 20 years. He is planning on building a retirement villa for himself

The ARTIC emerges in Southern California

No, we are not talking about polar ice caps here, but the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, touted as “A Gateway to the Future.” This LEED Platinum Center will be an unprecedented nexus for transit of all kinds in Southern

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TCT Show + Personalize 2014 expects major opening

From Sept. 30-Oct. 2, TCT Show + Personalize 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, promises to be the biggest and best 3D printing, additive manufacturing and product development event in the history of the industry.

Smart City Networks wins contract for New Jersey venues

Smart City Networks, a communications provider for convention centers and hospitality venues, won the contract to manage all technology and telecommunications services for the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall in New Jersey.

Corporate social responsibility becomes trend at Wilmington

Organizations are becoming increasingly interested in not only producing a successful and memorable event, but also in giving attendees and members a way to give back to a good cause.

CES to showcase ‘smart home’ technologies

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced the launch of the Smart Home Marketplace at the International CES Jan 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas.

The Meetings Show UK earns ICCA support

Following the success of its first two editions, The Meetings Show UK received “ICCA Supported Show” status.

Dynamic Events highlights unique services via new website

Founded six years ago, Dynamic Events is a consortium of companies that specialize in services for special events in Italy and abroad. It also now offers a new website to better highlight its unique suite of event services.

Long-term goal eyed for LVCC expansion

The need for a possible $2.3 billion expansion and renovation to the Las Vegas Convention Center was heard during the Sept. 9 meeting of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).

Chicago and UK modern makers unite at IMTS 2014

Two regions with a proud manufacturing heritage will explore the latest trends driving future sector success.

German RV trade fair sees record 2014

CARAVAN SALON 2014, the world’s largest trade fair for mobile homes and RVs, closed in Düsseldorf, Germany, as the best attended edition in the event’s history.

Flurry of events in Atlantic City make major impact

From beauty queens to mail carriers and candy store owners, the week of Sept. 8 will be a busy one at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

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Mass. governor appoints CDS employee to community role

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick appointed Convention Data Services’ (CDS) human resources director to the Board of Trustees of a local college.

Istanbul CVB board elects managing director

Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau (ICVB), Turkey’s first destination marketing organization, appointed a new managing director.

GES grows AV division across the U.S.

Global Experience Specialists (GES), a leading global event marketing company, grew its U.S. audio visual team with 10 seasoned professionals.

Cobo Center appoints sales director

Cobo Center, the 19th largest convention center in the U.S., appointed a new director of sales.

Fixation Marketing expands Account Services team

Fixation Marketing, a full-service marketing communications company, added two new staff members to its Account Services team.

EXPO XXI Warsaw director named ICCA chair twice over

For the second time, the business development director of EXPO XXI Warsaw International Expocentre in Poland was appointed chair of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Central European Chapter.

Candidate named in ICCA presidential race

Running for International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) president is the general manager of the Halic Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

National Conference Center hires director of corporate sales

Virginia-based National Conference Center, one of the largest conference venues in the U.S., expanded its sales team.

Ohio venue’s leader departs after 20-year reign

Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, owner and operator of Greater Columbus Convention Center, will soon search for a successor to its executive director.

National Conference Center welcomes returning employee

National Conference Center (NCC), a large conference venue in northern Virginia, re-hired a former employee as director of conference planning.  

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