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About ECEF

ECEF

MAY 27, 2020

Washington, DC
JW Marriott

 

REGISTRATION OPENS FALL 2019

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.

This program is eligible for 6 clock hours toward CEM recertification.  As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 4.5 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.

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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 of $281 per night.

This special rate is available for May 27 through May 29 (depart May 30). 

Book Now
Or call 800-228-9290 and mention ECEF 2019.

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 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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Photos & Videos

 

 

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Making Connections

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2018 Opening Keynote

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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®