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200 LEADERS. COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES.

ECEF

MAY 27, 2020

Washington, DC
JW Marriott

 

REGISTRATION OPENS FALL 2019

Thank You for Supporting ECEF 2019 … See You in 2020

Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) is an information-sharing and networking event for leaders at associations and independent organizers, including:

CEOs
Presidents
Executive Directors 
VPs
C-executives

Two Reasons 200 Leaders Attend ECEF


 

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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
Clients 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 Freeman. Get started by reviewing the 2-page Executive Summary of the most recent ECEF Pulse.
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Endorsed
Earn 4.5 CEM recertification hours and 4.5 CAE application or renewal credits.

Get ECEF’s unmatched benefits for only $795.

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:

  • Aventri
  • Freeman - Four Kiosks featuring Four Technology Demos
  • GES
  • Map Your Show
  • mdg
  • Personify A2Z Events
  • Chime by Concise, a PSAV company
  • Eventbots by Sciensio
  • Ungerboeck Software International

 


 

 

What to Expect

 

 

2019 PROGRAM



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May 28, 2019
  1. Presented by mdg in cooperation with Lippman Connects. Separate registration required.
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  2.  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 will explain how she grew her event from 400 to over 27,000 attendees in a competitive market.
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  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. Stories help people connect—learn how to build your event by using engaging stories that resonate with your audience
  5. Rick McConnell, President, North America for Informa Markets, will moderate a panel of industry-leading exhibition executives: Dennis Smith, President & CEO, Messe Frankfurt Inc; and Linda Gray Martin ...
  6. The sale of the National Restaurant Association's mammoth annual exhibition to independent Winsight, LLC presents an opportunity to expand the way we think about relationships between associations and ...
  7. Gary Shapiro will share the secrets that have empowered the world’s most successful companies to fulfill their innovative potential. 
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  8. A brief review of the day's key take aways, selected in advance by the speakers and moderator.
  9. Test drive 12 transformative event technologies from industry-leading vendors. Closing Reception provides another executive opportunity to connect.
    TechDemo

 

Keynotes

 

 

Cassandra Farrington

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Cassandra is the co-founder and CEO of Marijuana Business Daily, and President at Anne Holland Ventures Inc. She entered the world of B2B industry publishing as a junior marketer at Phillips Business Information, and went on to earn her MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. She served as a Vice President at Citi in operational roles prior to co-founding Anne Holland Ventures. She currently oversees one of the fastest growing trade shows in the country and has been recognized numerous times for her leadership as an entrepreneur.


 

Gary Shapiro

Gary Shapiro photo Gary is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES®  – The Global Stage for Innovation.

Gary leads his organization’s promotion of innovation as a national policy to spur the economy, create jobs and cut the deficit. More about Gary here.


 

Lippman Connects You

 

 

Presenting

  • Adam Gordon, Sales Executive, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Adrienne Tiritilli, Vice President, International Housewares Association
  • Alex Palmer, Deputy Editor, Meetings & Conventions
  • Alex Land, Sales Executive, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Alice Mathu, Vice President, Int'l Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
  • Amy Fischer, Group Vice President, Reed Exhibitions USA
  • Amy Peters, Senior DIrector, ASIS International
  • Andrew Darmohraj, Executive Vice President & COO, American Pet Products Association
  • Andrew Ortale, Vice President, ASIS International
  • Andy Drennan, Senior Vice President, Food Processing Suppliers Association

 

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Media Champions

 

 


 

Photos & Videos

 

 

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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®