ECEF 2013 Speakers
Please check back in January 2014 for the speaker lineup to ECEF 2014, held May 28 in Washington, DC.Michela O'Connor Abrams
Terry Arth, IOM, CMP
Wilma M. Grant
Wayne H. Jacobs
Michela O'Connor Abrams
President, Dwell Media
Terry Arth, IOM, CMP
Vice President - Member Programs, National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Chief Customer Engagement Officer, Rutter's Farm Stores
Derek joined Rutter's Farm Stores in 2013. Prior to that, he worked at the Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores team as Senior Vice President of Marketing & Merchandising in 2011. He has more than 15 years of retail experience in the fuel, convenience, and grocery industries. Previously, Derek was Vice President of Marketing for NACS, and still serves on the Marketing and Communications Committee. Prior to NACS, he directed the marketing for Giant Eagle supermarkets and GetGo convenience stores. His other prior experiences include brand management with Procter & Gamble, sales with Nabisco/Kraft, and fixed income and equity trading with Goldman Sachs. Derek has his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa.
President & CEO, Hearth, Patio, & Barbecue Association
Jack Goldman has been President & CEO of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) since June 2006. Prior to assuming the role of President, Jack served as HPBA's General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs for almost six years. Jack joined HPBA in September of 2000 after spending ten years at two private law firms, specializing in environmental and patent law. Prior to that, he managed the Aluminum Association's environmental program for almost ten years. He holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Ph.D. in Environmental Biology from Ohio State University.
The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, based in Arlington, Virginia, is the North American industry association for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, representatives, service firms, and allied associates for all types of hearth, barbecue, and patio appliances, fuels, and accessories. The association provides professional member services and industry support in education, statistics, government relations, marketing, advertising, and consumer education. There are more than 2,300 members in the HPBA.
Wilma M. Grant
Publishing & Web Manager - Office of Information Technology, Supreme Court of the United States
Wilma has 32 years of service within the Judicial Branch of government. She currently is the Publishing and Web Manager at the Supreme Court of the United States, handling all in-plant printing needs for the Court and its staff. Wilma also manages in-house data conversions in XML and PDF for documents posted to multiple websites and for uploading by major publishing houses, other government agencies, educational institutions, and national news sources.
She has held leadership positions in the Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions, Xplor International and Cosmopolitan Associates and is an active member of the Defense Intelligence Roundtable. Wilma received the Naomi Berber Award from the Printing Industries of America – the only Federal Government Publishing Manager to receive this honor. Other honors include Woman of Distinction in the Hi-Volume Printing Industry and the Superior Performance Award.
Wayne H. Jacobs
CEO & Director of Research, Jacobs Jenner & Kent
Wayne leads an international marketing and marketing research company in the exhibition industry. He is a much-published author of research and international marketing studies with more than 25 years of experience in the design, data collection, analysis and presentation of qualitative and quantitative market research. He has conducted "state-of-the-industry" studies for clients such as Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) and the Consumer Electronics, Business Products, Manufacturing Technology, and Residential/Commercial Building Industries.
Wayne is the author of the internationally-recognized annual "State of the Trade Show Industry Report - AttendTrend®." He also moderates approximately 200 focus groups per year and teaches classes on the use and practice of qualitative research. He is a market research advisor to the American Red Cross, and a member of the American Marketing Association, International Association of Exhibition and Events, and Marketing Research Association.
President and Founder, Lippman Connects
Sam provides executive level consulting in strategic planning, marketing and management to the convention and exhibition industry. He is also a skilled facilitator for customer advisory groups and boards of director. Before launching his company, he was Vice President of the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC), producing megashows such as PRINT and GRAPH EXPO, as well as regional shows. Before GASC, he was Group Vice President of the Consumer Electronics Shows, managing CES winter and summer, and creating new shows such as High End Audio and CES Mexico. His first show management job was with the National Computer Conference from 1980 to 1984. He started his career with United Exposition Service Company (now GES), producing shows in Chicago, Detroit and New York City.
Sam was presented an IAEE merit award for his contributions to education for the convention and exhibition industry. He is an international speaker, author and teacher, and is often quoted by the media. He earned his facilitator certificate from the A.C.Nielsen Burke Institute and is an adjunct lecturer on marketing and producing exhibitions at George Washington University. He is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Georgetown University
Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University and a writer who tackles issues relevant to his young generation. He's the author of four books. His latest, So Good They Can't Ignore You which critiques the common advice to "follow your passion," was selected as one of the best business books of the year by Inc. Magazine, The Globe & Mail, and 800-CEO-READ. His ideas and writing have been featured on TV, radio, and many print publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
Partner, FirstSource Events
Vice President of Tradeshows, PMMI
President & CEO, O-Zone, Inc.
Gary has more than 25 years of production and large project management experience integrating traditional video methods with emerging computer-based technologies for clients in entertainment, education, marketing, legal, medical, and research. His background as a broadcast and on-air promotions producer for Nickelodeon and MTV helped hone his skills developing content that speaks to young people. Gary has also developed print media as part of programs to cross-market characters and concepts along with web, video, video gaming and other emerging media venues.
Gary’s technical skills and security clearance have led to work as a consultant, trainer and project manager for Army Television, Army Corps of Engineers, The Department of Defense, Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Gary taught at George Washington University and has been a featured speaker at numerous industry events.
Executive Consultant, Material Handling Industry of America