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MAY 27, 2020

Washington, DC
JW Marriott



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

Executive Directors 

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.

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
Clients 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.

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.

Earn 4.5 CEM recertification hours and 4.5 CAE application or renewal credits.

Get ECEF’s unmatched benefits for only $695 through January 31; $795 as of February 1.

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:

  • EventBots by 42Chat
  • Experient
  • Freeman - Four Kiosks featuring Four Technology Demos
  • GES
  • Map Your Show
  • mdg
  • Chime by Concise, a PSAV company
  • PSAV
  • Ungerboeck Software International




What to Expect



2019 PROGRAM - Unveiling 2020 Program this Month

May 28, 2019
  1. Presented by mdg in cooperation with Lippman Connects. Separate registration required.

  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.
  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. 
  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.


Opening 2020 Keynote



Chet Burchett

Chet Burshett

Chet is CEO of Reed Exhibitions. He first joined Reed Exhibitions in 2004 as President of the Americas and in 2015 was appointed global CEO. Prior to joining Reed Exhibitions, Chet was President and Chief Executive Officer (USA) for Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations agency. His background includes heavy emphasis on client service in the areas of CEO reputation, corporate brands, and consumer and business-to-business marketing.

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading organiser of business and consumer events, with a growing portfolio of 500 events in 43 industries – from aerospace and aviation to beauty and cosmetics to sports and recreation. We have 3,700 staff in 41 offices worldwide, a turnover circa 1.5 billion USD and a record of delivering strong and consistent growth.


Lippman Connects You




  • Kim Althoff, Vice President, ISSA
  • Tom Amontree, Executive Vice President, America's Health Insurance Plans
  • David Audrain, Executive Director, Society of Independent Show Organizers
  • Mary Bender, Vice President, Taffy Events
  • Roy Benear, Vice President, PSAV
  • Kevin Bird, CEO & Co-founder, Shepard
  • Diane Bjorklund, , UFI - Global Assoc of the Exhibition Industry
  • David Blansfield, Executive Vice President & Group Publisher, Northstar Meetings Group
  • Mark Bogdansky, Senior Director, Auto Care Association
  • Rick Booms, President, Eventful Conferences


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2019 Opening Keynote

Cassandra Farrington

2019 Closing Keynote

Gary Shapiro





  • 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®