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Expanded: TechDemo & Reception


MAY 29, 2019

Washington, DC
JW Marriott


Take a Test Drive … Now Even More Transformative Event Technologies

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More than just talk, ECEF puts you in the driver's seat. Immediately following the Closing Keynote, you can get hands-on demonstrations of 12 leading edge technologies that are ready for your organization.

TechDemo is hosted within the Closing Reception from 4 to 6 PM. Exchange insights with your peers. Have a drink. And peek into the future of events.

a2z Personify LLC

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Freeman - Four Kiosks featuring Four Technology Demonstrations.

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ITN, an Aventri Company

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Map Your Show

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Ungerboeck Software International

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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. Rick McConnell, President, Informa Exhibitions U.S. & Canada, will moderate a panel of industry-leading exhibition executives: Dennis Smith, President & CEO, Messe Frankfurt North America; and Sandra ...
  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 most influential tech event, ha ...
  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.

Lippman Connects You




  • Adam Gordon, Sales Executive, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Adrienne Tiritilli, Vice President, International Housewares Association
  • Alex Land, Sales Executive, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Amy Fisher, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, ASIS International
  • Andrew Darmohraj, Executive Vice President & COO, American Pet Products Association
  • Andy Drennan, Senior Vice President, Food Processing Suppliers Association
  • Angi Van Berg, Vice President, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Bergitta Cotroneo, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine
  • Bill Lynch, Vice President, Specialty Food Association
  • Bob Priest-Heck, Chief Executive Officer, Freeman


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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®