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200 LEADERS. COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES.

ECEF

MAY 29, 2019

Washington, DC
JW Marriott

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Discover the 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.

There Are Only Two Reasons 200 Leaders Attend ECEF


 

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 $795.

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
  • Sciensio
  • 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 well over 27,000 attendees over seven years in a crowded, competitive market. The most recent event ...
  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 Cappiello, Editorial Director & Group Head, Editorial & 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. Gary Shapiro, president and CEO at Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ and New York Times bestselling author, will explore how CES®, the world’s largest business and tech event, has evolved in an a ...
  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 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 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 directs a staff of about 200 employees and thousands of industry volunteers, leading his organization’s promotion of innovation as a national policy to spur the economy, create jobs and cut the deficit. 

Shapiro is a New York Times bestselling author, whose books include “Ninja Future: Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation” , “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses”, and “The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream”. Through these books and television appearances, and as a columnist whose more than 1,000 opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy. He is considered an “influencer” on LinkedIn and has more than 300,000 followers.

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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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®