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ECEF 2019 Clients


MAY 29, 2019

Washington, DC
JW Marriott


Fewer Than 20 Seats Open

Every Leader Who Has Registered -- or Select by Organization -- as of April 18:

  • Kent Allaway Vice President Produce Marketing Association
  • Kim Althoff Vice President ISSA
  • Tom Amontree Executive Vice President America's Health Insurance Plans
  • Larry Arnaudet Executive Director Exhibition Services & Contractors Association
  • David Audrain Executive Director Society of Independent Show Organizers
  • Tamar Beck Chief Executive Officer Gleanin
  • Mary Bender Vice President Taffy Events
  • Roy Benear Vice President PSAV
  • Kevin Bird CEO & Co-founder Shepard
  • David Blansfield Executive Vice President & Group Publisher Northstar Meetings Group
  • Mark Bogdansky Senior Director Auto Care Association
  • Rick Booms President Eventful Conferences
  • Chris Brown Executive Vice President, Conventions & Business Operations National Association of Broadcasters
  • 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.
  • Tony Calanca Executive Vice President Informa
  • Robert Caldwell Founding Partner & CRO Sciensio
  • Enrique 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
  • 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
  • Kathryn Clay President International Liquid Terminals Association
  • Paul Colston Managing Editor Exhibition World/Mash Media
  • Eric Commodore Director National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • Darel Cook Director Promotional Products Association International
  • 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
  • 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
  • Chris Dolnack Senior Vice President & CMO National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • Martha Donato President MAD Event Management
  • Andy Drennan Senior Vice President Food Processing Suppliers Association
  • Steve Drew Assistant Executive Director Radiological Society of North America
  • Jonathan Earp Chief Technology Officer Informa Group
  • William Ehart Reporter CEO Update
  • Karl Ely Senior Vice President ASAE
  • Scott Evans Vice President Balluun
  • Patrick Fallon Vice President CompuSystems
  • 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
  • Amy Fisher Vice President, Marketing & Communications ASIS International
  • Jim Forlenza Group Director SAE International
  • Caitlin Fox Vice President mdg
  • Melissa Fromento Managing Director Informa Meetings Group
  • Mark Galbreith Director JW Marriott Washington, DC
  • John Gallagher Group Vice President Naylor Association Solutions
  • Karen Gebhart Vice President Helicopter Association International
  • Steve Gebhart Chief Executive Officer WVC
  • Jerry Gildea Vice President Map Your Show
  • Dan Goldstein Chief Marketing Officer AVIXA
  • Adam Gordon Sales Executive Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Jonathan Gordon Director Exhibition World/Mash Media
  • John Graham President & CEO Center for Association Leadership
  • Norm Gritsch Founder & President Nexus Data Group
  • Chuck Grouzard Executive Vice President GES
  • Krisa Haggins Senior Vice President American Dental Education Association
  • 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
  • Bob Hughes Vice President NACS
  • Matt Johnson Executive Vice President Connect
  • Matt Johnson Executive Vice President Connect
  • Stephanie Jones Senior Director Water Environment Federation
  • Sherrif Karamat President & CEO Professional Convention Management Assoc
  • Kristy Keller Show Director Access Intelligence
  • Jim Kelley Vice President Fern Expo
  • Brad Kent Chief Sales & Services Officer Visit Dallas
  • Chris Kersting President & CEO Specialty Equipment Market Association
  • 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 President & CEO ITN International
  • Amy Ledoux Senior Vice President The Center for Association Leadership
  • 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
  • Thad Lurie Vice President Experient
  • Bill Lynch Vice President Specialty Food Association
  • Eugenia Manukovskaya Chief Executive Officer Expomap
  • Walter Marlowe Executive Director American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
  • 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 Exhibitions
  • 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
  • Derek Miller President International Housewares Association
  • Jen Mitchell Vice President CompuSystems
  • Jacinthe Moreau President World Pet Association
  • Nath Morris Executive Vice President US Poultry & Egg Association
  • Julie Mullins Vice President Choose Chicago
  • 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
  • Kirsten Olean Director American Society for Microbiology
  • Lexy Olisko Vice President SGIA
  • Melissa Ooi Executive Vice President asp
  • Andrew Ortale Vice President ASIS International
  • Brian Pagel Senior Vice President Emerald Expositions
  • Alex Palmer Deputy Editor Meetings & Conventions
  • Don Pazour President & CEO Access Intelligence
  • Nicole Peck Executive Vice President BizBash Media
  • 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
  • George Prest Chief Executive Officer MHI
  • Chris Price Chief Strategy Officer Tradeshow Logic
  • Roger Price General Manager a2z
  • Bob Priest-Heck Chief Executive Officer Freeman
  • Danielle Puceta Vice President Freeman
  • Toby Purdy Chief Sales Officer The Expo Group
  • Rochelle Richardson Senior Vice President, Expositions & Events AVIXA
  • Melissa Riley Vice President Destination DC
  • Brian Rubin Senior Director Informa Global Exhibitions
  • Michelle Russell Editor in Chief Convene, the magazine of PCMA
  • Leana Salamah Vice President International Housewares Association
  • Steve Sanetti Chief Executive Officer National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc.
  • Thomas Scheerder Director, Business Development MCI-Group
  • Scott Schenker Vice President ServiceNow
  • Ian Sequeira Vice President Freeman
  • Gary Shapiro President & CEO Consumer Technology Association
  • Kellie Shevlin Executive Director Craft Beverage Expo
  • Richard Simon President & CEO United Services Companies
  • Ed Simon Senior Vice President Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
  • Dennis Slater President Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Kelly Smith Director Caesars Entertainment
  • Dennis Smith President & CEO Messe Frankfurt
  • Karalynn Sprouse Executive Vice President Emerald Expositions
  • Rich Stone Chief Executive Officer EXPOCAD/ACT
  • Chris Strong Senior Vice President National Business Aviation Association
  • Jim Stuckeman Director PSAV
  • Steve Suhm Director AEM
  • Sharon Sullivan VP Brand Experience LeadingAge
  • Don Svehla Publisher Exhibit City News
  • Dawn Sweeney President & CEO National Restaurant Association
  • Megan Tanel Senior Vice President Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Laura Thompson Senior Director PMMI
  • Eric Thurston Chief Executive Officer Personify
  • Adrienne Tiritilli Vice President International Housewares Association
  • Sandra Toms Vice President & Architect RSA Conference
  • John Toner V Vice President United Fresh
  • Danica Tormohlen Editor at Large Trade Show Executive
  • Donna Tschiffely Executive Director Direct Marketing Association of Washington
  • Michelle Turenne Chief Corporate Alliances American Thoracic Society
  • Jess Tyler Vice President Marijuana Business Daily
  • Angi Van Berg Vice President Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Angelo Varrone Chief Executive Officer Exponation
  • Karen Varrone Vice President Exponation
  • 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
  • Nancy Walsh Senior Vice President Freeman
  • Les Weir Senior Vice President Reed Exhibitions USA
  • Gabrielle Weiss Publisher & Editor Trade Show Executive
  • Michael Weiss Co-founder Ai4
  • Don Welsh President & CEO Destinations International
  • Devon Whitaker Senior National Accounts Director Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Liz Whittaker Senior Vice President PSAV
  • 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 28, 2019
  1. Presented by mdg in cooperation with Lippman Connects. Separate registration required.

  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 Exhibitions, will moderate a panel of industry-leading exhibition executives: Dennis Smith, President & CEO, Messe Frankfurt Inc; and Sandra Toms, ...
  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.





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




  • 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
  • Amy Ledoux, Senior Vice President, The Center for Association Leadership
  • Amy Fisher, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, ASIS International
  • Andrew Darmohraj, Executive Vice President & COO, American Pet Products Association


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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®