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MAY 30, 2018

Washington, DC
JW Marriott


Welcome to Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF)

The Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) is the one-day event exclusively for CEOs, Presidents, Executive Directors, VPs and C-executives at associations and independent organizers.

Only Leaders Accepted
For one day each year, ECEF gathers the leaders of the exhibition and convention industry to explore new ways to increase revenue, keep events relevant, and explore profitable business connections.

Executives look to ECEF to explore new business models, innovative growth strategies, disruptive trends, and executive-level research findings.

Topics are always timely, challenging, and presented by experts with a C-level point of view.

High Energy
Attendess expect an open and spirited peer exchange. And they get it at ECEF.

ECEF delivers non-stop C-level content and networking activities.

Take away actionable ideas and valuable contacts that will benefit your brand, your event, your organization, and your career.

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Get ECEF’s unmatched benefits for only $645; $745 after Feb. 1.

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What to Expect




May 29, 2018
  1.  Join over 100 of the  "Who's Who" in the industry for C-level networking in an informal setting.
May 30, 2018
  1. Start the day with a data-driven perspective on the sessions that will follow when Sam Lippman, President, Lippman Connects, spotlights top-line findings of the 2018 ECEF Pulse research. The ECEF Puls ...
  2. John Barrett, Executive Director, ISSA, will explain how he achieved his goal to double the value of ISSA’s events to attendees, exhibitors and the industry in five years. He will reveal what lessons ...
  3. Nicole Peck, Executive Vice President at BizBash Media - Technology is revolutionizing many facets of the event business; however, would you trust a bot and AI to communicate with your audience? Learn ...
  4. Mark Baum, Senior Vice President & Chief Collaboration Officer and Margaret Core, Vice President, Marketing & Industry Events, Food Marketing Institute (FMI) share the inside story behind the retireme ...
  5. Michael Clapperton, Chief Technology Officer, Informa - Smart exhibition organizers are investing significant resources to capture and leverage customer data. Most will fail.  Michael has witnessed th ...
  6. Greg Topalian, President, Clarion UX, will moderate a panel discussion with Peter O'Neil, , CEO, ASIS International, and Macy Fecto, Executive Vice President, HR & Administration, Access Intelligence ...
  7. Not many futurists understand the events business and can connect macro trends to our specific business challenges. The exception is Mickey McManus, Visiting Research Fellow, Autodesk; Senior Advisor, ...





John Barrett

John Barrett

Opening Keynote

John Barrett is Executive Director of ISSA, the leading trade association for the global cleaning community, with more than 9,200 members in 105 countries.

Prior to ISSA, John served as Vice Chairman of SMS Assist; President of Eurest Services, a division of the Compass Group; and CEO of Kimco Corp. Prior to Kimco, John held executive positions at York Management, Unicco Service Co., Ogden Services Corp., and the Xerox Corp. He currently serves on the boards of Origin Capital; CCS; Byoplanet International; and Ultra Small Fibers.

Mickey McManus

Mickey McManus

Closing Keynote

Mickey McManus is Visiting Research Fellow, Autodesk; Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group; and Author, Trillions.

Mickey is a pioneer in the field of collaborative innovation, pervasive computing, human-centered design and education. He holds ten patents in the areas of connected products, vehicles, and services. Mickey co-authored Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology. The book is a field guide to the future, where computing will be freely accessible in the ambient environment. Trillions won the Axiom Gold Award in 2013 for best business book about technology and the 2013 Carnegie Science Award for Science Communicator.

Who Attends




  • Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association Althoff, Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association
  • America's Health Insurance Plans Amontree, America's Health Insurance Plans
  • American Society for Healthcare Engineering Andrus, American Society for Healthcare Engineering
  • Exhibition Services & Contractors Association Arnaudet, Exhibition Services & Contractors Association
  • National Association of Chain Drug Stores Arth, National Association of Chain Drug Stores
  • Society of Independent Show Organizers Audrain, Society of Independent Show Organizers
  • Feathr Augustin, Feathr
  • ISSA-Advancing Clean, Driving Innovation Barrett, ISSA-Advancing Clean, Driving Innovation
  • Shepard Basch, Shepard
  • Food Marketing Institute Baum, Food Marketing Institute


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  • ECEF had valuable content and useful take-a-ways in a variety of areas.
    Peter Eelman
    Vice President Exhibitions and Communications - The Association for Manufacturing Technology, AMT
  • ECEF is a great event! In one day I can hear insights and best practices from the ‘who’s who’ in our industry.
    Mary Pat Heftman
    Executive Vice President Conventions - National Restaurant Association
  • We never miss an ECEF, because it delivers plenty of ‘can do’ advice we use immediately.
    Kathleen Schmatz
    President & CEO - Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association
  • ECEF is a fixture on my calendar. Don’t delegate this one; as a CEO you need to be there.
    Lori M. Anderson, CAE
    President & CEO - International Sign Association
  • ECEF is the most organized meeting I attend. The networking is very professional and engaging due to the diverse industries represented; and the speakers and their presentations are enlightening, provocative and relevant.
    David Ingemie
    President - SnowSports Industries America, SIA
  • The value I’ve gained from ECEF has always exceeded expectations because it’s the only event that brings together association and media executives to network, debate, and exchange new business ideas and best practices.
    Kerry C. Gumas
    President & CEO - Questex Media Group, LLC.
  • ECEF is 24 hours well spent! It provides a broad overview of international trends plus immediately actionable ideas.
    Joachim Schafer
    Managing Director - Messe Duesseldorf
  • ECEF provides a special focus in that it brings together executives from media companies and associations to exchange best practices.
    Britton Jones
    President & CEO, Business Journals, Inc.
  • At ECEF I learned the exhibition industry’s key and met peers from both associations and business media companies.
    Doug Woods
    President - The Association for Manufacturing Technology, AMT
  • ECEF is the most valuable education and networking event of the year. The ideas shared by ECEF speakers and participants, helped us grow attendance and exhibit sales. There is no better opportunity to learn from the brightest minds in the exhibition industry.
    Eric Wulf
    CEO - International Carwash Association®