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ECEF 2019 Clients


MAY 27, 2020

Washington, DC
JW Marriott



Every Leader Who Has Registered -- or Select by Organization -- as of May 27:

  • 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
  • Ryan Brown Vice President NTP Events
  • Marie Browne Vice President, Business Development Reed Exhibitions USA
  • Peter-Willem Burgmans Managing Director MCI Group
  • Lee Ann Burr Advisor AHIP
  • Jack Buttine Managing Director Buttine Insurance, a Risk Strategies Co.
  • Robert Caldwell Founding Partner & CRO Sciensio
  • Ric Camacho Vice President, Technology & Innovation Specialty Food Association
  • Camille Candella Group Vice President Emerald Expositions
  • Dina Cappiello Senior Vice President Edelman
  • Kimberly Carcone Vice President The Toy Association
  • Sacha Carey Senior Director Water Environment Federation
  • Craig Caron Vice President PSAV
  • Brian Casey Executive Director International Textile Alliance
  • Geoff Cassidy Senior Vice President National Association of Home Builders
  • John Catalano Senior Director Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Tom Cindric Senior Vice President Informa Markets
  • Kathryn Clay President International Liquid Terminals Association
  • Laurae Clifford Director of Sales Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Eric Commodore Director National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • Darel Cook Director Promotional Products Association International
  • Margaret Core Vice President Food Marketing Institute
  • Bergitta Cotroneo Deputy Chief Executive Officer Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine
  • Skip Cox Senior Vice President Freeman
  • Wayne Crawford Vice President Core-apps
  • Liz Crawford Senior Vice President Recreation Vehicle Industry Association
  • Chuck Cross President & CEO Trade Show Consulting
  • Holly Culbreth Vice President/Group Show Director ASD Merchandise Group
  • Dan Darby Senior Vice President LIGHTFAIR International
  • Andrew Darmohraj Executive Vice President & COO American Pet Products Association
  • Arlene Davis Vice President E.J. Krause & Associates
  • Nancy DeBrosse Senior Vice President Experient
  • Jennifer Divelbiss Senior Director Eventful Conferences
  • Richard Dobson Director Ungerboeck Software International
  • Martha Donato President MAD Event Management
  • Nancy Drapeau Vice President, Research Center for Exhibition Industry Research
  • Andy Drennan Senior Vice President Food Processing Suppliers Association
  • Jonathan Earp Chief Technology Officer Informa Group
  • Michelle Edmonson Senior Director AMT - The Assoc for Manufacturing Technology
  • William Ehart Reporter CEO Update
  • Rich Eichler Chief Executive Officer Hart Energy
  • Nora Ellingwood Vice President Informa Markets
  • Scott Evans Vice President Balluun
  • Patrick Fallon Vice President CompuSystems
  • Simon Farnfield Portfolio Director Mash Media/Exhibition World
  • Cassandra Farrington CEO & Co-Founder Marijuana Business Daily
  • Macy Fecto Executive Vice President Access Intelligence
  • Richard Feldman President, Global Expositions SEMI
  • Carrie Ferenac President & Co-Founder Convention News Television
  • Amy Fischer Group Vice President Reed Exhibitions USA
  • Jim Forlenza Group Director Cannabis Business Summit
  • Caitlin Fox Vice President mdg
  • Melissa Fromento Managing Director Informa Connect Meetings Group
  • Mark Galbreith Director JW Marriott Washington, DC
  • John Gallagher Group Vice President Naylor Association Solutions
  • Steve Gebhart Chief Executive Officer Western Veterinary Conference
  • Jerry Gildea Vice President Map Your Show
  • Dan Goldstein Chief Marketing Officer AVIXA
  • Adam Gordon Sales Executive Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Chris Gowe Director NAMA
  • John Graham President & CEO Center for Association Leadership
  • Norm Gritsch Founder & President Nexus Data Group
  • Chuck Grouzard Executive Vice President GES
  • Robert Haas Chief Administrative Officer PCMA
  • Nancy Hallberg Co-Owner Connections Housing
  • Deanna Hamilton Vice President Emerald Expositions
  • Rob Hamlin Regional Director Cvent
  • Christopher Harar President NTP Events
  • Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes President mdg
  • Sue Hatch Director MeetingsNet/Informa
  • Kai Hattendorf Chief Executive Officer UFI - Global Assoc of the Exhibition Industry
  • Joshua Haynie Senior Vice President Freeman
  • Mary Pat Heftman President Winsight, Restaurant Show Group
  • Jenn Heinold Senior Vice President Access Intelligence
  • Jennifer Hoff President Taffy Events
  • Heather Holst-Knudsen Head of Sales Gleanin North America
  • Cheryl Jamall Vice President American Boiler Manufacturers Association
  • Matt Johnson Executive Vice President Connect
  • Matt Johnson Executive Vice President Connect
  • Kristy Keller Show Director Access Intelligence
  • Jim Kelley Vice President Fern Expo
  • Brad Kent Chief Sales & Services Officer Visit Dallas
  • Don Kline Chief Executive Officer Map Your Show
  • Bonnie Knight Vice President The American Telemedicine Association
  • Robert Kozub CEO Showcare Event Solutions
  • Ned Krause President & CEO E.J. Krause & Associates
  • Kara Krause Vice President E.J. Krause & Associates
  • Doug Kunnath Senior Manager Concise Group
  • David Labuskes Chief Executive Officer AVIXA
  • Alex Land Sales Executive Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • David Lawton Chief Sales Officer Convention Data Services
  • Ivan Lazarev Group Head Aventri
  • Robb Lee Chief Marketing Officer ASAE
  • Sam Lippman President & Co-Founder Lippman Connects
  • Eric Lisman Executive Vice President Emerald Expositions
  • Tony Lorenz Chief Executive Officer PRA
  • Laurie Lutz Vice President Consumer Technology Association
  • Bill Lynch Vice President Specialty Food Association
  • Eugenia Manukovskaya Chief Executive Officer Expomap
  • Walter Marlowe Executive Director American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
  • James Martin Executive Vice President Specialty Graphic Imaging Association
  • Michelle Mason President & CEO Association Forum
  • Alice Mathu Vice President Int'l Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
  • Nick McCallion President Trade Show Ready
  • Taylor McCarthy Show Manager Access Intelligence
  • Rick McConnell President Informa Markets
  • Bill McGlade Vice President, Account Management Personify
  • Tim McGuinness Vice President International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Philip McKay President & CEO nGage Events
  • Daniel McKinnon Executive Vice President MHI
  • Robert McLean Executive Vice President Promotional Products Association International
  • Connie Mikels Director National Automobile Dealers Association
  • Denise Miller Vice President National Association of Home Builders
  • Jen Mitchell Vice President CompuSystems
  • Jacinthe Moreau President World Pet Association
  • Nath Morris Executive Vice President US Poultry & Egg Association
  • Cherif Moujabber Cofounder Global Venues Summit
  • Courtney Muller Chief Corporate Development & Strategy Officer Clarion UX
  • Julie Mullins Vice President Choose Chicago
  • Megan Murphy Senior Director Freeman
  • Mary Cecile Neville Senior Director Plastics Industry Association
  • Susan Newman Senior Vice President National Retail Federation
  • Ed Nichols Vice President Hannover Fairs USA
  • David Nuckols Chief Operations Officer/Deputy Exec Director International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Brent Nussbaum Vice President American Wind Energy Association
  • Kirsten Olean Director American Society for Microbiology
  • Lexy Olisko Vice President SGIA
  • Melissa Ooi Executive Vice President asp
  • Andrew Ortale Vice President ASIS International
  • Alex Palmer Deputy Editor Meetings & Conventions
  • Lauren Parr Vice President American Geophysical Union
  • Don Pazour President & CEO Access Intelligence
  • Randy Pekowski President & COO The Expo Group
  • Elisa Perodin Senior Vice President MCI-Group USA
  • Amy Peters Senior DIrector ASIS International
  • Linda Peters Vice President National Business Aviation Association
  • Shauna Peters Senior Strategist mdg
  • Moya Phelleps Senior Vice President, Member Services National Mining Association
  • Lisa Phelps Sales Executive Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Toni Piela Director Reed Exhibitions
  • Shawn Pierce President MCI Group
  • Vinnie Polito Managing Director mdg
  • Jeffrey Poole Managing Director National Rifle Association of America
  • Galen Poss Vice Chairman Winsight
  • Steve Prahlis Chief Operating Officer SME
  • George Prest Chief Executive Officer MHI
  • Chris Price Chief Strategy Officer Tradeshow Logic
  • Roger Price General Manager Personify A2Z Events
  • Bob Priest-Heck Chief Executive Officer Freeman
  • Danielle Puceta Senior Vice President Freeman
  • Toby Purdy Chief Sales Officer The Expo Group
  • Jeffrey Quade Chief Sales Officer GES - Global Experience Specialists
  • Jeffrey Raymond Vice President The American Institute of Architects
  • Rochelle Richardson Senior Vice President, Expositions & Events AVIXA
  • Melissa Riley Vice President Destination DC
  • Stephanie Robert Marketing Director AUVSI
  • Michael Rosenberg Senior Vice President E.J. Krause & Associates
  • Brian Rubin Senior Director Informa Global Exhibitions
  • Michelle Russell Editor in Chief Convene, the magazine of PCMA
  • Clarissa Russell Vice President AIM
  • Leana Salamah Vice President International Housewares Association
  • Steve Sanetti Chief Executive Officer National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc.
  • Richard Scarfo Head of Business Development HLTH
  • Thomas Scheerder Director, Business Development MCI-Group
  • John Schreiber Vice President Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Ian Sequeira Vice President Freeman
  • Gary Shapiro President & CEO Consumer Technology Association
  • Kellie Shevlin Executive Director Craft Beverage Expo
  • Dennis Slater President Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Kelly Gleeson Smith Director Caesars Entertainment
  • Dennis Smith President & CEO Messe Frankfurt
  • Rich Stone Chief Executive Officer EXPOCAD/ACT
  • Chris Strong Senior Vice President National Business Aviation Association
  • Jim Stuckeman Director PSAV
  • Steve Suhm Director AEM
  • Don Svehla Publisher Exhibit City News
  • Dawn Sweeney President & CEO National Restaurant Association
  • Megan Tanel Senior Vice President Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Laura Thompson Vice President PMMI
  • Adrienne Tiritilli Vice President International Housewares Association
  • John Toner V Vice President United Fresh
  • Danica Tormohlen Editor at Large Trade Show Executive
  • Fred Trimble Regional Sales Executive - Mid-Atlantic Greater Ft Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Donna Tschiffely Executive Director Direct Marketing Association of Washington
  • Jess Tyler Vice President Marijuana Business Daily
  • Angi Van Berg Vice President Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Kim Vinciguerre Vice President International Carwash Association
  • Heidi Voorhees Chief Operating Officer AVIXA
  • Steve Walker Executive Director MGM Resorts International
  • Leigh Walls Director, Exhibit Sales & Services NACS
  • Les Weir Senior Vice President Reed Exhibitions USA
  • Gabrielle Weiss Publisher & Editor Trade Show Executive
  • Michael Weiss Co-founder Ai4
  • Devon Whitaker Senior National Accounts Director Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Johnnie White CEO/Executive Vice President American Society of Appraisers
  • Suzie Williford Executive Vice President National Kitchen & Bath Association
  • Larry Wilson Vice President National Confectioners Association
  • Rachel Wimberly Vice President Tarsus Group US/TSNN
  • Mike Wood Chief Executive Officer Winsight
  • Todd Wormington Vice President National Business Aviation Association
  • Dana Wuesthoff Vice President Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Eric Wulf Chief Executive Officer International Carwash Association
  • Michelle Wyatt Partner CadmiumCD
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What to Expect




May 26, 2020
  1.  Join over 125 of the  "Who's Who" in the industry for C-level networking in an informal setting.
May 27, 2020
  1. Sam Lippman, President, Lippman Connects will start the day with a data-driven overview, spotlighting top-line findings of the 2020 ECEF Pulse research. ECEF Pulse is conducted annually by Lippman Connects and Freeman. Get ready for five minutes of fresh insights delivered without fluff or filler.
  2. Chet Burchett, Chairman, Reed Exhibitions, discusses how the power of purpose will keep exhibitions vibrant in the next decade, while data-enabled technology will keep us relevant. But woe to those who lose their sense of purpose to the glow of digital solutions or volume-led focus. Chet will focus our minds on the essential questions that drive our industry. And he will deliver a clear-eyed assessment of whether we can continue to meet the needs of future marketplaces.

  3. Each ECEF 2020 registrant stands and introduces themselves to the 200 executives in attendance.
  4. Barbara Grobicki, Chief Alliance & Foundation Officer, American Marketing Association and Jennifer Severns, Chief Experience Officer, American Marketing Association will explain how a global events giant is designing sustainable, differentiated events for their customers.
  5. To Be Announced
  6. Linda Jo Thornberg, President and Owner, The Pittsburgh Business Show will share how she launched a successful event with no staff, no budget and no brand. She will reveal how she used strategic planning, technology and her background in marketing to build a business for business trade show, conference and networking event in just six months.
  7. How a partnership between an association (SGIA) and leading media company (NAPCO Media) led to the development of PRINTING United, a brand new industry exhibition that revitalized and changed the entire landscape of the industry. This successful relationship further presented a unique opportunity for the Association to acquire the Media company.
  8. Julie Cottineau, Founder and CEO, BrandTwist will give you the tools to build stronger, more profitable events.  She will explain how to use your event’s brand to achieve your goals and the importance of expressing your brand across all the touch points of your customers’ experience.
  9. A brief review of the day's key take aways, selected in advance by the speakers and moderator.
  10. Bigger than ever, TechDemo provides hands-on access to 14 event-ready technologies from industry-leading vendors. Closing Reception provides another executive opportunity to connect.


2020 Keynote Presenters



Chet Burchett

Chet Burshett

Chet is Chairman 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 B2B 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. Reed has 3,700 staff in 41 offices worldwide, a turnover circa 1.5 billion USD and a record of delivering strong and consistent growth.


Julie Cottineau

Julie Cottineau photo

Julie Cottineau is Founder & CEO of BrandTwist and best-selling author of “TWIST: How Fresh Perspectives Build Breakthrough Brands.”  Her unique TWIST approach looks outside of traditional business practices and TWISTs new inspiration for solutions that stand out.

Julie honed her branding chops as the VP of Brand for Richard Branson’s Virgin and at Interbrand and Grey Global.

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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  • 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®