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ECEF Attendees


MAY 29, 2019

Washington, DC
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as of May 28:

  • Jana Adams Senior Vice President American Wind Energy Association
  • Kim Althoff Director of Conventions Meetings Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association
  • Tom Amontree Executive Vice President America's Health Insurance Plans
  • PJ Andrus Executive Director American Society for Healthcare Engineering
  • Anna Anisin Founder & CEO
  • Theresa Anthony Senior Director National Confectioners Association
  • Terry Arth Vice President, Member Programs & Services National Association of Chain Drug Stores
  • David Audrain Executive Director Society of Independent Show Organizers
  • Aidan Augustin President Feathr
  • John Barrett Executive Director ISSA-Advancing Clean, Driving Innovation
  • Steve Basch Chief Executive Officer Shepard
  • Mark Baum Sr VP & Chief Collaboration Officer Food Marketing Institute
  • Tamar Beck Chief Executive Officer Gleanin
  • Roy Benear Vice President of Exhibit Services PSAV Premier Global Events
  • Diane Bjorklund Vice President Trade Show Executive
  • David Blansfield Executive Vice President & Group Publisher Northstar Travel Group
  • Karen Blonder Director Assoc for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
  • Aaron Bludworth President & CEO Fern Exposition & Event Services
  • Mark Bogdansky Senior Director Meetings & Events Auto Care Association
  • Thomas Bohn CEO North American Veterinary Community
  • Peter Bordes Vice President CoinDesk
  • Ford Bowers President & CEO Specialty Graphic Imaging Association
  • Cathy Breden Executive Vice President & COO International Association of Exhibitions and Events
  • Chris Brown Executive Vice President, Conventions & Business Operations National Association of Broadcasters
  • Jason Brown Chief Digital Officer Informa
  • Michael Brown Senior Director Consumer Technology Association
  • Ryan Brown Vice President NTP Events
  • Marie Browne Vice President, Business Development Reed Exhibitions USA
  • Jeff Bunkin Strategic Account Director Feathr
  • Peter-Willem Burgmans Managing Director MCI Group
  • Lee Ann Burr Advisor AHIP
  • Katherine Busey Vice President Boardroom Events
  • Jack Buttine President John Buttine Inc, a Risk Strategies Co.
  • Tony Calanca Executive Vice President, Exhibitions UBM Americas
  • Ric Camacho Vice President & Chief Technology Officer Specialty Food Association
  • Thomas Carbott Senior Vice President, Exhibitions MHI
  • Sherry Carrigan Staff Vice President School Nutrition Association
  • William Carteaux President & CEO Plastics Industry Association
  • John Catalano Senior Director Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Glenn Celentano Vice President of Operations Clarion UX
  • Judy Chambers Sales Executive Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Amy Chisholm Vice President Building Owners and Managers Association International
  • Karen Chupka Senior Vice President Consumer Technology Association
  • Michael Clapperton Chief Technology Officer Informa
  • Dan Cole Senior Vice President, Trade Show & Exhibits Hargrove
  • Kathy Conroy Vice President & COO National Association of Theatre Owners
  • Darel Cook Director of Exhibitions Meetings Promotional Products Association International
  • Tom Corcoran Owner Corcoran Expositions
  • Margaret Core Vice President Food Marketing Institute
  • Bergitta Cotroneo Deputy Chief Exec Officer & Exec VP Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine
  • Skip Cox Senior Vice President Freeman
  • Wayne Crawford Vice President Core-apps
  • John D'Adamo Vice President BizBash Media
  • Nancy DeBrosse Senior Vice President, Strategic Account Management Experient
  • Eric Dell Senior Vice President NAMA
  • MaryBeth DeWitt Senior Vice President/Group Publisher PennWell
  • Richard Dobson Director Ungerboeck Software International
  • Chris Dolnack Senior Vice President & CMO National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • Steve Drew Assistant Executive Director Radiological Society of North America
  • David DuBois President & CEO International Association of Exhibitions and Events
  • Michael Dzick Director ASQ
  • Paul Elmer Vice President Advertising Specialty Institute
  • David Evans Executive Director National Science Teachers Association
  • Patrick Fallon Vice President of Business Development CompuSystems
  • Cassandra Farrington CEO & Co-Founder Marijuana Business Daily
  • Macy Fecto Executive Vice President Access Intelligence
  • Tracy Feinsilver Principal Operations DIrector KNect365 Division/Informa
  • Carrie Ferenac President & Co-Founder Convention News Television
  • Mike Flynn Director Balluun
  • Jim Forlenza Group Director SAE International
  • Caitlin Fox Vice President mdg
  • David Frick Vice President a2z
  • Jeff Fugate Senior Vice President Experient
  • Mark Galbreith Director JW Marriott Washington, DC
  • Chris Galione Vice President Expo Logic
  • John Gallagher Group Vice President, Events Naylor Event Solutions
  • Jerry Gildea Vice PresidenT Map Your Show
  • Dan Goldstein Senior Vice President AVIXA
  • Adam Gordon Sales Executive Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • John Graham President & CEO Center for Association Leadership
  • Stephen Graham Chief Operations Officer Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Jennifer Graham Director Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Norm Gritsch Founder & President Nexus Data Group
  • Chuck Grouzard Executive Vice President, Exhibition Sales GES - Global Experience Specialists
  • Rob Hamlin Regional Director Cvent
  • Christopher Harar President National Trade Productions
  • Angela Harar Senior Director The Vision Council
  • Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes President mdg - Marketing Design Group
  • Tim Hart Senior Vice President UBM Americas
  • Jennifer Harwell Vice President American Wind Energy Association
  • Kai Hattendorf CEO UFI - Global Assoc of the Exhibition Industry
  • Joshua Haynie Business Development, Vice President - Expo Sales Freeman
  • Sara Haywood Assistant Vice President National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Mary Pat Heftman Executive Vice President National Restaurant Association
  • Jean Heis Director Institute of Food Technologists
  • Brandon Hensley Chief Operating Officer International Sign Association
  • Jennifer Hoff Show Director Coverings
  • Bob Hughes Vice President, Supplier Relations & Expositions NACS -Assoc Convenience & Fuel Retailing
  • Rajiv Jain President & CEO a2z
  • John Jaworski Director: Technical Exhibits Radiological Society of North America
  • Lori Jenks Senior Vice President Emerald Expositions
  • Wanda Johnson Chief Program Officer Endocrine Society
  • Sherrif Karamat President & CEO Professional Convention Management Assoc
  • Michael Keller Executive Director Advertising Specialty Institute
  • Martin Kelly Managing Director Americas at Terrapinn
  • Kelly Kilga Vice President Association for Print Technologies
  • Kris Kiser President & CEO OPEI
  • Don Kline CEO Map Your Show
  • Laurie Knapp Executive Vice Presideint AlliedPRA
  • Karen Kotowski CEO Convention Industry Council
  • Robert Kozub President & CEO Showcare
  • Edward Krause President & CEO E.J. Krause & Associates
  • Stephen Krogulski CEO Tarsus Group
  • Susan Krys Vice President Plastics Industry Association
  • David Labuskes CEO AVIXA
  • Alex Land Sales Executive LVCVA
  • David Lawton Executive Vice President Convention Data Services
  • Ivan Lazarev President & CEO ITN International
  • Robb Lee Chief Marketing & Communications Officer The Center for Association Leadership
  • Jennifer Lewi Staff Vice President School Nutrition Association
  • Jeffrey Ley Vice President U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
  • Sam Lippman President & Co-Founder Lippman Connects
  • Eric Lisman Executive Vice President Emerald Expositions
  • Laurie Lutz Vice President Consumer Technology Association
  • Bill Lynch Vice President Specialty Food Association
  • Richard Maranville Chief Digital Officer Freeman
  • Tim McGill Chief Executive Officer Hargrove
  • Tim McGuinness Staff Vice President, Global Trade Expositions International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Robert McLean Executive Vice President Promotional Products Association International
  • Mickey McManus Senior Advisor BCG & Autodesk Visiting Research Fellow BCG
  • Kurt McMillian Vice President The Fertilizer Institute
  • Justine McVaney Senior Vice President, Event Planning & Operations National Association of Broadcasters
  • Rosa Mendoza-Friedheim Regional Director of Sales - MidAtlantic Greater Ft. Lauderdale CVB
  • Derek Miller Vice President International Housewares Association
  • Tom Mitchell President Messe Dusseldorf North America
  • Jen Mitchell Vice President Business Development CompuSystems
  • Jacinthe Moreau President World Pet Association
  • Nath Morris Vice President - Expo US Poultry & Egg Association
  • Steve Moster President & CEO GES - Global Experience Specialists
  • Carol Motley Director of Convention Sales Destination DC
  • Courtney Muller Chief Corporate Development & Strategy Officer Clarion UX
  • Julie Mullins Vice President Choose Chicago
  • Chris Nemchek Senior Vice President, Sales & Business Development Specialty Food Association
  • Brent Nussbaum Vice President American Wind Energy Association
  • Peter O'Neil Chief Executive Officer ASIS International
  • Gene O'Neill CFO North American Veterinary Community
  • Andrew Ortale Vice President ASIS International
  • Robert Paciorek Senior Vice President Access Intelligence
  • Jonathan Pasky Executive Producer & Founder DevNetwork
  • Nicole Peck Executive Vice President BizBash Media
  • Randy Pekowski President & COO Expo Group
  • Susan Pelletier Content Director MeetingsNet
  • Moya Phelleps Senior Vice President, Member Services National Mining Association
  • Toni Piela Director Reed Exhibitions
  • Shawn Pierce President MCI Group
  • Ruth Polanco Vice President of Shows & Show Director Quilts, Inc.
  • Vinnie Polito Managing Director VP International
  • Jeffrey Poole Managing Director, Shows & Exhibits Division National Rifle Association of America
  • George Prest Chief Executive Officer MHI
  • Chris Price Chief Strategy Officer Tradeshow Logic
  • Bob Priest-Heck CEO Freeman
  • Toby Purdy Chief Sales Officer The Expo Group
  • Jacques Racine Founder & Chief Innovation Officer Sherpa Solutions
  • Jonathan Ray Vice President Access Intelligence
  • Brian Reaves Executive Vice President MHI
  • William Reed Chief Event Strategy Officer American Society of Hematology
  • Antony Reeve-Cook Interim Editor Exhibition World
  • Tom Reiser Executive Director Intl Society for Thrombosis & Haemostasis
  • Joseph Ricci President TRSA
  • Rochelle Richardson Vice President LIGHTFAIR International
  • Melissa Riley Vice President Destination DC
  • John Rissi Senior Vice President PSAV
  • 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
  • Leana Salamah Vice President mdg
  • Gene Sanders Executive Director SNAME
  • Steve Sanetti President & CEO National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc.
  • Apryl Savino Director AdvaMed
  • Sue Sears Hamilton Associate Vice President & Team Leader American College of Cardiology
  • David Seckman President CEO Food Processing Suppliers Association
  • Stephanie Selesnick TSE Blogger Trade Show Executive
  • Warren Sellers President & CEO Sellers Expositions
  • Ian Sequeira Vice President Freeman
  • Deborah Sexton Advisor Clarion
  • Mark Shadwick Executive Director Hargrove
  • Michael Shapiro Senior Editor Meetings & Conventions
  • Kellie Shevlin Executive Director Craft Beverage Expo
  • Evan Shubin Vice President National Retail Federation
  • Erika Shugart Chief Executive Officer American Society for Cell Biology
  • Wendy Siminski Senior Vice President AdvaMed
  • Rebecca Simonelli Assistant Director International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
  • Janet Skorepa Executive Vice President American Urological Association
  • Kelly Smith Director Caesars Entertainment
  • James Spargo Senior Vice President Spargo
  • Leisha Spaulding Vice President American Physical Therapy Association
  • Dan Steenstrup Executive Vice President, Business Development Freeman
  • Andrew Steiner Vice President AdvaMed
  • Tana Stellato President Stellato Meeting Solutions
  • Rich Stone Chief Executive Officer EXPOCAD/ACT
  • Jim Stuckeman Sales Director, Business Development, Exhibit PSAV Premier Global Events
  • Josiah Taulbee Vice President UBM Americas
  • Adrienne Tiritilli Vice President, Trade Show International Housewares Association
  • John Tisdale President Nvytes
  • Terri Toennies General Manager Los Angeles Auto Show
  • John Toner V Vice President, Convention Industry Collaboration United Fresh Produce Association
  • Greg Topalian Chief Executive Officer Clarion UX and LeftField Media LLC
  • Danica Tormohlen Editor at Large Trade Show Executive Media Group
  • Donna Tschiffely Executive Director Direct Marketing Association of Washington
  • Michelle Turenne Chief Corporate Affairs & Bus Development Officer American Thoracic Society
  • Jess Tyler Publisher & Show Director Access Intelligence
  • Angi Van Berg Vice President of Trade Show Sales Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Heidi Voorhees Chief Operating Officer AVIXA
  • Leigh Walls Director NACS
  • Dave Weil Vice President IBIE
  • Les Weir Senior Vice President Reed Exhibitions USA
  • Joanne Wheatley Senior Vice President Emerald Expositions
  • Walt Williams Reporter CEO Update
  • Suzie Williford Executive Vice President National Kitchen & Bath Association
  • Larry Wilson Vice President, Industry Affairs National Confectioners Association
  • Rachel Wimberly President Trade Show News Network
  • Jackson Wong Director The Toy Association
  • Michelle Wyatt Partner CadmiumCD
  • Charlotte Zilke Director Helicopter Association International
224 Results

What to Expect




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. Gary Shapiro, president and CEO at Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ and New York Times bestselling author, will explore how CES®, the world’s largest business and tech event, has evolved in an a ...
  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.





Cassandra Farrington

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 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 directs a staff of about 200 employees and thousands of industry volunteers, leading his organization’s promotion of innovation as a national policy to spur the economy, create jobs and cut the deficit. 

Shapiro is a New York Times bestselling author, whose books include “Ninja Future: Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation” , “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses”, and “The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream”. Through these books and television appearances, and as a columnist whose more than 1,000 opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy. He is considered an “influencer” on LinkedIn and has more than 300,000 followers.

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


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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®