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About ECEF


MAY 30, 2018

Washington, DC
JW Marriott


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 elegible 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

ECEF will be held at JW Marriott Washington, DC.  Registrants can reserve a room at JW Marriott at the special rate of $281, available from May 28 through May 31, 2018.

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

JW Marriott Washington, DC is located at 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004.


What to Expect




May 30, 2017
  1.  Join over 100 of the  "Who's Who" in the industry for C-level networking in an informal setting.
May 31, 2017
  1. Start the day with a data-driven perspective on all that will follow when Sam Lippman, President, Lippman Connects, spotlights top-line findings of the 2017 ECEF Pulse research. The ECEF Pulse is prep ...
  2. Scott Schulman, CEO, UBM North America, will share the real-life details of how UBM is unlocking and expanding the value of events. He will explain how UBM is driving organic growth with improved cust ...
  3. Koley Corte, Senior Vice President/Head of Digital, Reed Exhibitions, and Erin Lee, Managing Director, Marketing Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), share their perspectives on how to define ...
  4. Terri Toennies, EVP, LA AUTO SHOW, and GM, AUTOMOBILITY LA, explains why event security requires executive-level involvement and leadership.
  5. Bill Darcy, CEO, National Kitchen and Bath Association, and Jerry Howard, CEO, National Association of Home Builders, reveal how two successful trade shows came together to provide an improved product ...
  6. Regina Hopper, President and CEO, Intelligent Transportation Society America, in a TED-style chat, outlines a surprisingly-effective organizational model. In just nine months, she led outsourced exper ...
  7. Juliet Funt, CEO, WhiteSpace at Work, reveals that 77% of surveyed CEOs reported their organizational complexity is higher than three years ago, and she examines the downside implications. Juliet take ...


2017 Keynotes ... 2018 Keynotes TBA



Scott Schulman

Scott Schulman

Opening keynote

Scott has a strong leadership background in multi-platform innovation and transforming businesses with new areas, for profitability and growth. He was most recently President of Rodale...

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Juliet Funt

Juliet Funt

Closing keynote

Juliet Funt is the CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, a training and consulting firm that helps organizations, their leaders and employees flip the norms of business in order to reclaim their creativity, productivity and engagement...

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Who Attends




  • Dave Bradfield, Vice President, Expo Logic
  • Jonathan Thompson, Executive Director & CEO, National Sheriffs' Association
  • Ashley Lowe, Director, Caesars Entertainment
  • Jenn Ellek, Senior Director, National Confectioners Association
  • Mary Becton, Vice President, Alliance for International Meetings
  • Ellen Shortill, Director, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Jonathan Ray, Vice President, Aerospace, Energy & Healthcare Groups
  • Jamie Murdock, Vice President, Experient
  • Dan Liutikas, Chief Executive Officer, International Legal Technology Association
  • Brian Rubin, Director, Informa
  • Alec Rosofsky, Associate Director, American College of Healthcare Executive
  • Don Kline, Chief Executive Officer, Map Your Show
  • Debbie Holton, Vice President, SME
  • Aharon Shamash, Senior Vice President, UBM Americas
  • Aidan Augustin, President, Feathr
  • Aleksander Levental, Co-Founder & CEO, Feathr
  • Andrew Darmohraj, Executive Vice President & COO, American Pet Products Association
  • Andria LaJeunesse, Vice President, Association for Creative Industries
  • Ben Stimpson, Managing Director, Tobacco Media Group
  • Bob Hughes, Vice President, NACS -- Advancing Convenience & Fuel Retailing
  • Brad Williams, Vice President, ARGENTUM
  • Bradley Pine, Vice President, American Association for Clinical Chemistry
  • Brian Pagel, Senior Vice President, Emerald Expositions
  • Brian Stevens, Chief Executive Officer, ConferenceDirect
  • Britton Jones, Chairman & CEO, NXT Event Media Group
  • Carla Balakgie, President, NAMA
  • Carol Motley, Director, Destination DC
  • Chris Baumgartner, Director, Ungerboeck Software International
  • Chris Meyer, Vice President, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Christopher Harar, President, National Trade Productions
  • Daniel Read, Vice President, Reed Exhibitions
  • David Bishop, President and Member, ShowNets
  • Dennis Slater, President, Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Doug Bennett, Senior Vice President, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Elizabeth Ambacher, Vice President, National Apartment Association
  • Eric Lisman, Executive Vice President, Emerald Expositions
  • Erin Lee, Managing Director, Marketing, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
  • Erin Pressley, Vice President, NACS -- Advancing Convenience & Fuel Retailing
  • Eugene O'Neill, Chief Financial Officer, North American Veterinary Community
  • Felicia Hamerman, Vice President, UBM Americas
  • Ford Bowers, President & CEO, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association
  • Gabi Weiss, Managing Editor, Trade Show Executive
  • Geoff Cassidy, Senior Vice President, National Association of Home Builders
  • George Prest, Chief Executive Officer, Material Handling Industry
  • Greg Feehan, Chief Financial Officer, InfoComm International
  • Heidi Voorhees, Chief Operations Officer, InfoComm International
  • Jack Buttine, President, Jack Buttine, Inc.
  • Jacques Racine, Founder & CEO, Sherpa Solutions
  • Janet Skorepa, Executive Vice President, American Urological Association
  • Jason McGraw, Senior Vice President, InfoComm International
  • Jason Stookey, Vice President, National Association of Broadcasters
  • Jennifer Jones, Director, mdg - Marketing Design Group
  • Jeremy Figoten, Senior Vice President, National Apartment Association
  • Jerry Howard, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Home Builders
  • Jim Forlenza, Group Director, SAE International
  • Jim Stuckeman, Director, PSAV Premier Global Events
  • Joe Randall, Executive Vice President, Emerald Expositions
  • John Coe, Vice President, Direct Hilt Marketing
  • John O'Donnell, President & CEO, Washington Area new Automobile Dealers Assocation
  • Johnnie White, Senior Director, American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • Juan Sanchez, Vice President, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Juliet Funt, Chief Executive Officer, WhiteSpace at Work
  • Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director, UFI - Global Association of the Exhibiton Industry
  • Katherine Busey, Chief Operations Officer, Boardroom Events
  • Kelly Kilga, Vice President, NPES & Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC)
  • Koley Corte, Senior Vice President, Reed Exhibitions
  • Kristen Garcia, Director, JW Marriott Washington, DC
  • Lee Ann Burr, Chief Executive Officer, ITS America
  • Lefty Tsironis, Director, Los Angeles Auto Show
  • Libby Taylor, Vice President, National Confectioners Association
  • Lisa Goecke Malikow, Senior Director, National Restaurant Association
  • Lisa Wagner, Chief Financial Officer, Solar Energy Trade Shows
  • Lori Anderson, President & CEO, International Sign Association
  • Mark Light, CEO & Executive Director, International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Mary Pat Cornett, Vice President, American Society for Nutrition
  • Melissa Fromento, Managing Director, MeetingsNet
  • Michael Currier, Vice President, National Association of Home Builders
  • Mitchell Barkley, Vice President, The Vision Council
  • Moya Phelleps, Senior Vice President, National Mining Association
  • Nancy DeBrosse, Senior Vice President, Experient
  • Nancy Gordon Moore, Executive Director, American Psychological Assocation
  • Nath Morris, Vice President, US Poultry & Egg Association
  • Patricia Areno, Senior Vice President, Building Owners and Managers Association
  • Patricia Giannini Henry, Director, APCO International
  • RD Whitney, Executive Vice President, Tarsus Americas
  • Reed Peterson, Vice President, Mobile World Congress Americas
  • Regina Hopper, President & CEO, ITS America
  • Richard Maples, Executive Vice President, Shepard Exposition Services
  • Robb Lee, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
  • Robyn Duda, Director, UBM America
  • Rochelle Richardson, Vice President, LIGHTFAIR International
  • Rodney Cox, Director, International Gas Union (IGU)
  • Ron Rosenbaum, Chief Officer, ASIS International
  • Rosa Mendoza-Friedheim, Regional Director, Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Seth Gregg, Senior Vice President, Club Managers Association of America
  • Sharon Enright, President & COO, NXT Event Media Group
  • Steve Moster, President & CEO, GES - Global Experience Specialists
  • Susan Newman, National Retail Federation
  • Tara Melingonis, Director, The Special Event
  • Ted Coene, Co-President, Group C Media

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  • ECEF had valuable content and useful take-a-ways in a variety of areas.
    Peter Eelman
    Vice President Exhibitions and Communications - The Association for Manufacturing Technology, AMT
  • 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
  • We never miss an ECEF, because it delivers plenty of ‘can do’ advice we use immediately.
    Kathleen Schmatz
    President & CEO - Automotive Aftermarket Industry 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
  • ECEF is the most organized meeting I attend. The networking is very professional and engaging due to the diverse industries represented; and the speakers and their presentations are enlightening, provocative and relevant.
    David Ingemie
    President - SnowSports Industries America, SIA
  • The value I’ve gained from ECEF has always exceeded expectations because 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 is 24 hours well spent! It provides a broad overview of international trends plus immediately actionable ideas.
    Joachim Schafer
    Managing Director - Messe Duesseldorf
  • ECEF provides a special focus in that it brings together executives from media companies and associations to exchange best practices.
    Britton Jones
    President & CEO, Business Journals, Inc.
  • At ECEF I learned the exhibition industry’s key and met peers from both associations and business media companies.
    Doug Woods
    President - The Association for Manufacturing Technology, AMT
  • ECEF is the most valuable education and networking event of the year. The ideas shared by ECEF speakers and participants, helped us grow attendance and exhibit sales. There is no better opportunity to learn from the brightest minds in the exhibition industry.
    Eric Wulf
    CEO - International Carwash Association®