Connecting Leaders to Leaders

Develop top-to-top relationships with 200 executives sharing insights and opportunities

  • Trustworthy

For 23 years, through every business cycle, ECEF has connected executives at associations and independent organizers to information they use immediately.

  • High Energy

Clients expect an open and spirited peer exchange. And they get it.

  • Rewarding

Take away actionable ideas and valuable contacts that will benefit your brand, your event, your organization, and your career.

Check Out ECEF 2024

May 28, 2025

Save the Date

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Washington DC


Registration Fee

$795; $395 for each additional colleague

Change in Plans? Last-minute qualified substitutions are welcome or cancel by May 21, 2025 for a full refund. 


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Expand Your Circle of Top-Level Contacts

Often called the A-List of the events industry.

  • Welcome Reception on Tuesday, May 28 kicks off face-to-face engagement.
  • Networking lunch and breaks keeps the networking action going all day.
  • Meet The Leaders session gives everyone a chance to stand and be seen.

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2024 Program


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Event tech demonstrations for non-tech executives

Event technology products and services are proliferating and improving at an ever-quickening pace. TechDemo gives executives an opportunty to explore leading-edge solutions without the technobabble. 

  • Hands-on event tech demonstrations.
  • Meet tech experts AND the executives that run the company.
  • Explore solutions for marketing, sales, operations and back office.

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Latest Resources

  • Bixby, Kyle - ASCRS Call, Emily - AUSA Miller, Mackenzie - NADA Muckle, Rachel - NAB Rowley, Rasheena - AUSA

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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
    Chief Strategist, Chupka Consulting LLC
  • 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
    Principal, Principal MPH Solutions, LLC
  • 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
  • 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
    Chief Executive Officer, Metacomet LLC
  • 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®

Explore Last Year Highlights

Lippman Connects You

  • Allison Konczyk, Director, Exhibitions Operations, AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology
  • Amy Fisher, Vice President, Engagement, Marketing & Market Development, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS)
  • Amy Peters, Vice President, Events, ASIS International
  • Andre P. Walker Sr., Senior National Accounts Director, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Andrew Ortale, Chief Sales Officer, VisitPITTSBURGH
  • April Walsh, Vice President - U.S Vet and New Ventures, CloserStill Media
  • Ben Erwin, President & CEO, Encore
  • Bergitta Cotroneo, Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Executive Vice President, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine
  • Beth Casson, Group Vice President, RX USA
  • Beth Magewick, Director, Creative & Marketing, SME
  • Beth Strelitz, Director of Meeting Services, American Physical Therapy Association
  • Bill Adams, Director of Convention Sales, Destination DC
  • Bill Reed, Chief Event Strategy Officer, American Society of Hematology
  • Bob Priest-Heck, CEO, Freeman
  • Bonnie Knight, Head of Client Experience, HLTH
  • Brad Sousa, Chief Technology Officer, AVI Systems
  • Brian Pagel, Executive Vice President, Emerald
  • Brian Savoie, Sr. Vice President, Education & International Programs, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS)
  • Brien Zamperetti, Vice President, National Sales, The Expo Group
  • Bruce Gudenberg, SVP, Business Development and Industry Relations, MPI - Meeting Professionals International
  • Bryan Sterling, Group Director, Global Sales, Encore
  • Caitlin Fox, Vice President & Marketing Strategist, mdg, A Freeman Company
  • Carol Miller, Chief Marketing Officer, MHI - The Industry That Makes Supply Chains Work
  • Cassandra Farrington, CoFounder & Strategic Advisor, Marijuana Business
  • Cathy Breden, Executive Vice President & COO, International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)
  • Chris Brown, Executive Vice President, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
  • Chris Corey, Executive Director, Business Development, VerticalXchange
  • Chris Dolnack, SVP & Chief Customer Officer, NSSF - The Firearm Industry Trade Association
  • Chris Frost, President, VerticalXchange
  • Chris Garner, Vice President, Sales, Personify
  • Chris Price, Chief Strategy Officer, Tradeshow Logic
  • Christine Shaw, CEO & President, Naylor Association Solutions
  • Christopher Harar, President, National Trade Productions
  • Chuck Grouzard, Executive Vice President, Exhibition Sales, GES
  • Cliff Reis, Managing Director, American Society of Plumbing Engineers
  • Courtney Muller, President, Manifest, Chief Corporate Development Office,, Connectiv
  • Damon Ross, Senior Group Vice President, CORT Events
  • Dan Goldstein, Chief Marketing Officer, Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA)
  • Dana Wuesthoff, Vice President, Exhibitions & Event Services, AEM - Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Danica Tormohlen, Vice President, Content - TSNN, Tarsus Media
  • Daniel McKinnon, Executive Vice President, Exhibitions, MHI - The Industry That Makes Supply Chains Work
  • Danielle Dade, Senior Director, Marketing and Event Planning, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
  • Danielle DePasquale, Controller, Group C Media Inc
  • Dave O'Neil, Vice President - Media, SME
  • David Adler, Chairman & Founder, BizBash
  • David DuBois, President & CEO, International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)
  • David Labuskes, CEO, Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA)
  • David McAuley, Director, Washington DC Area Sales Office, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Debbie Holton, Principal, Converge Consulting
  • Deborah O'Keefe, President & CEO, Association Innovation and Management, Inc.