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200 LEADERS. COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES.

ECEF

MAY 29, 2019

Washington, DC
JW Marriott

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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.

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

Provocative
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.

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

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

Insightful
Receive a copy of the ECEF Pulse, exclusive new executive-level research from Lippman Connects and Exhibit Surveys. Get started by reviewing the 2-page Executive Summary of the most recent ECEF Pulse.
Download ECEF Pulse Executive Summary

Get ECEF’s unmatched benefits for only $695; $795 after Feb. 1.

Expanded: Technology & Networking Experience

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Wind down at a post-session reception from 4 to 6 PM — and test drive exciting innovations from select technology sponsors, including:

  • a2z
  • Freeman - Four Kiosks featuring Four Technology Demos
  • GES
  • ITN, an Aventri Company
  • Map Your Show
  • PSAV
  • Ungerboeck Software International
  • Vibe
  • VIP Guest Invites


 

 

What to Expect

 

 

2019 PRELIMINARY PROGRAM


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May 28, 2019
  1.  Join over 100 of the  "Who's Who" in the industry for C-level networking in an informal setting.
May 29, 2019
  1. Sam Lippman, President, Lippman Connects will start the day with a data-driven overview, spotlighting top-line findings of the 2019 ECEF Pulse research. ECEF Pulse is conducted annually by Lippman Con ...
  2. Cassandra Farrington, CEO, Marijuana Business Daily, will explain how she grew her event from 400 to 30,000 attendees over seven years in a crowded, competitive market.      
  3. Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director/CEO, UFI, shares how the world’s conventions and exhibitions are evolving – and what impact this has on business in the United States.
  4. Dina Capiello, SVP, Editorial Director & Co-Group Head, Storytelling & Media Strategies, Edelman, D.C explains how to build your event with stories that resonate with your audience.
  5. Chris Dolnack, SVP & CMO, National Shooting Sports Foundation will explain how a wall-bound show increased revenue by 30% over 3 years.  
  6. Julie Cottineau, Founder of Brand School, explains the powerful competitive value of adopting a proven brand strategy giving it a twist.
  7. A brief review of the day's key take aways, selected in advance by the speakers and moderator.
  8. Test drive 12 transformative event technologies from industry-leading vendors. Closing Reception provides another executive opportunity to connect.
    TechDemo

 

Keynotes

 

 

Cassandra Farrington

Cassandra Farrington is CEO of Marijuana Business Daily.

Julie Cottineau

Julie Cottineau, Founder and CEO of BrandTwist and former VP of Brand for Richard
Branson’s Virgin, is a brand enthusiast, serial innovator and lateral thinker. She knows that
building your brand is one of the single most important things you can do to grow your
business. Her approach is interactive, actionable and she is always looking for the TWIST –
the outside spark of inspiration that will help your business stand out.

Who Attends

 

 

Presenting

  • Aaron Bludworth, President & CEO, Fern Exposition & Event Services
  • Adam Gordon, Sales Executive, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Adrienne Tiritilli, Vice President, Trade Show, International Housewares Association
  • Aidan Augustin, President, Feathr
  • Alex Land, Sales Executive, LVCVA
  • Amy Chisholm, Vice President, Building Owners and Managers Association International
  • Andrew Ortale, Vice President, ASIS International
  • Andrew Steiner, Vice President, AdvaMed
  • Angela Harar, Senior Director, The Vision Council
  • Angi Van Berg, Vice President of Trade Show Sales, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

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Photos & Videos

 

 

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Making Connections

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2018 Closing Keynote

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Testimonials

 

 

  • ECEF is one the few opportunities where independent and association show organizers get to mingle and learn from one another.
    Karen Chupka
    Senior Vice President, Consumer Technology Association
  • You've got 200 C-level executives here. There's a lot of peer-to-peer learning, which is incredible.
    Chris Dolnack
    Senior Vice President, National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • As a newcomer to events, it is so valuable to connect and have interactions that pay off.
    Cassandra Farrington
    Co-Founder & CEO, Marijuana Business Daily
  • I've had a bunch of conversations with people we're going to want to do business with.
    Chris Bown
    Executive Vice President, National Association of Broadcasters
  • 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
  • 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
  • At ECEF I learned the exhibition industry’s key trends and met peers from both associations and business media companies.
    Doug Woods
    President, The Association for Manufacturing Technology, AMT
  • The value I’ve gained from ECEF has always exceeded expectations. 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 provides a special focus in that it brings together executives from media companies and associations to exchange best practices.
    Britton Jones
    Chairman & CEO, NXT Events Media Group
  • ECEF has valuable content and useful take-aways in a variety of areas.
    Peter Eelman
    Vice President Exhibitions and Communications, The Association for Manufacturing Technology, AMT
  • ECEF is the most valuable education and networking event of the year. The ideas shared by speakers and participants helped us grow attendance and sales. There is no better opportunity to learn from the brightest in the industry.
    Eric Wulf
    CEO, International Carwash Association®