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About ECEF

ECEF

MAY 29, 2019

Washington, DC
JW Marriott

REGISTER

Every year 200 leaders of the exhibition and convention industry gather for the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF), the event exclusively for C-executives — CEOs, Presidents, Executive Directors, and Vice Presidents — at associations and independent organizers . Event leaders make connections, discuss business opportunities, and explore ways to increase revenue. C-level content focuses on innovations and field-tested strategies for keeping conventions and exhibitions relevant.

Why Attend

The Industry’s A-List
At ECEF, you’ll join the A-list of C-level decision-makers from the exhibition and convention industry, the “Who's Who” of association and independent executives from around the world. 100 percent recommend ECEF to a peer.

Strict Credentialing
ECEF enforces strict credentialing. All participants must be qualified before registering. And sponsors are kept to a minimum (not to exceed 25 percent of participants) to ensure top-to-top networking among event producing executives.

Unbiased, Customized Content
ECEF provides only vetted content. All speakers are acquired and guided by ECEF's producer, Sam Lippman. They represent unbiased experts in their fields and their presentations are custom-tailored for C-level executives.

Peer Learning and Networking
ECEF packs nine hours of peer learning and networking into one day. The event begins with a Welcome Reception (Tuesday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm) and continues the next day with more than six hours of interactive programming and more networking. Attendee-speaker and attendee-attendee exchange are the hallmarks of ECEF.

CEM Certification imageThis program is eligible for 6 clock hours toward CEM recertification. 

ECEF Qualifications

Executive Responsibility

  • ECEF attendance is limited to executives with strategic-level responsibility.
  • Typically, ECEF attendees will have titles such as CEO, President, Executive Director, and Vice President, but other titles may be accepted by Lippman Connects.
     

Exhibition or Convention Producing Organizations

  • ECEF attendees will be employed at an association or independent organizer of exhibitions or conventions.
  • A limited number of registrations are available to executives at for-profit organizations that do not own events but manage them for clients.

Registration and Fees

Executives at associations and for-profit organizations that produce exhibitions or conventions are encouraged to join our mailing list

  • If a major focus of your organization is owning and producing events, registration is $695 through February 1; $795 after February 1.
  • If your organization manages exhibitions and conventions for clients but does not own events, registration is $3995. Lippman Connects limits the number of seats available for this type of registration.


Attendance qualifications, restrictions, and fees are determined by Lippman Connects and may change at any time. Lippman Connects may, at its sole discretion, deny or reject a registration. Any questions, please contact Sam Lippman.

No Risk, No Hassle Cancellation

Receive a full refund when you cancel up to 12 days before ECEF, or substitute a qualified executive at any time.

Special Rate at JW Marriott -- Reserve by May 14

ECEF will be held at JW Marriott Washington DC, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004.

On or before May 14: Registrants can reserve a room at JW Marriott at the special ECEF rate to be announced.

Additional details will be made available at a later date. Please check back.

JW Marriott Washington DC can be contacted via http://www.marriott.com/wasjw or call (800) 393-2503.  

 

Parking Options

JW Marriott offers valet parking. Additional parking options here.

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. 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 Opening Keynote

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2018 Closing Keynote

ECEF 2017 Keynote

 

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®