Lippman Connects

Hero Image 2

About ECEF


MAY 29, 2019

Washington, DC
JW Marriott

Registration Opens Soon

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 $745.
  • 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 choose 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 15

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

On or before May 15: Registrants can reserve a room at JW Marriott at the special rate of $281, available for May 28 through May 31, 2018.

Reserve online at or call 1-800-393-2503, reference ECEF.

After May 15: Contact JW Marriott Washington DC via or call (800) 393-2503 for available rates.  


Parking Options

JW Marriott offers valet parking. Additional parking options here.



What to Expect




May 29, 2018
  1.  Join over 100 of the  "Who's Who" in the industry for C-level networking in an informal setting.
May 30, 2018
  1. Start the day with a data-driven perspective on the sessions that will follow when Sam Lippman, President, Lippman Connects, spotlights top-line findings of the 2018 ECEF Pulse research. The ECEF Puls ...
  2. Nicole Peck, Executive Vice President at BizBash Media - Technology is revolutionizing many facets of the event business; however, would you trust a bot and AI to communicate with your audience? Learn ...
  3. Mark Baum, Senior Vice President & Chief Collaboration Officer and Margaret Core, Vice President, Marketing & Industry Events, Food Marketing Institute (FMI) share the inside story behind the retireme ...
  4. Michael Clapperton, Chief Technology Officer, Informa - Smart exhibition organizers are investing significant resources to capture and leverage customer data. Most will fail.  Michael has witnessed th ...
  5. Greg Topalian, President, Clarion UX, will moderate a panel discussion with Peter O'Neil, , CEO, ASIS International, and Macy Fecto, Executive Vice President, HR & Administration, Access Intelligence ...
  6. Test Drive Transformative Event Technologies — Hands-on demonstrations of 10 exciting technology solutions that are ready to transform your event. Also, enjoy a new opportunity to network and connect. ...





John Barrett

John Barrett

Opening Keynote

View Preview

John Barrett is Executive Director of ISSA, the leading trade association for the global cleaning community, with more than 9,200 members in 105 countries.

Prior to ISSA, John served as Vice Chairman of SMS Assist; President of Eurest Services, a division of the Compass Group; and CEO of Kimco Corp. Prior to Kimco, John held executive positions at York Management, Unicco Service Co., Ogden Services Corp., and the Xerox Corp. He currently serves on the boards of Origin Capital; CCS; Byoplanet International; and Ultra Small Fibers.

Mickey McManus

Mickey McManus

Closing Keynote

View Preview

Mickey McManus is Visiting Research Fellow, Autodesk; Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group; and Author, Trillions.

Mickey is a pioneer in the field of collaborative innovation, pervasive computing, human-centered design and education. He holds ten patents in the areas of connected products, vehicles, and services. Mickey co-authored Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology. The book is a field guide to the future, where computing will be freely accessible in the ambient environment. Trillions won the Axiom Gold Award in 2013 for best business book about technology and the 2013 Carnegie Science Award for Science Communicator.

Who Attends




  • 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


View All ECEF Clients






View All Sponsors

Photos & Videos



ECEF 2018 Photo

ECEF 2018 Image

ECEF 2018 Image

Making Connections

ECEF Video Thumbnail

2018 Opening Keynote

Video Thumbnail Image

2018 Closing Keynote

ECEF 2017 Keynote





  • 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®