Connecting Leaders to Leaders

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

  • Trustworthy

For 22 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.

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May 29, 2024

Grand Hyatt

Washington DC


Registration Fee

$795: $395 for each additional colleague

Change in Plans? Last-minute qualified substitutions are welcome or cancel by May 22 for a full refund. 


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Expand Your Circle of Top-Level Contacts

Often called the A-List of the events industry.

  • Online Video Introductions before ECEF gives clients something to talk about when they convene.
  • Welcome Reception on Tuesday, May 30 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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Interactive C-level Program Curated by Sam Lippman


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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

  • If your customers are not getting what they need from your event, you're handing an opportunity to a company like Connectiv Holdings. CEO Jay Weintraub's approach is sometimes described as disruptive. ...
  • Rochelle Richardson, SVP, Exhibitions, AVIXA, Dave Labuskes, CEO, AVIXA and Brad Sousa, CTO, AVI Systems address numerous benefits of creating integrated experiences to enhance your events with the su ...

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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®

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Lippman Connects You

  • Aaron Bludworth, President & CEO, Fern Exposition & Event Service
  • Adam Gordon, Sales Executive, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Adrienne Tiritilli, Vice President, International Housewares Association
  • Aharon Shamash, Senior Vice President, UBM Americas
  • Aidan Augustin, President, Feathr
  • Alec Rosofsky, Associate Director, American College of Healthcare Executive
  • Aleksander Levental, Co-Founder & CEO, Feathr
  • Alex Land, Sales Executive, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Andrew Darmohraj, Executive Vice President & COO, American Pet Products Association
  • Andria LaJeunesse, Vice President, Association for Creative Industries
  • Angela Carr, Chief Operating Officer, a2z
  • Arlene Davis, Vice President, Auto Care Association
  • Ashley Lowe, Director, Caesars Entertainment
  • Ben Stimpson, Managing Director, Tobacco Media Group
  • Bergitta Cotroneo, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and EVP, Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine
  • Bill Darcy, CEO, National Kitchen & Bath Association
  • Bill Lynch, Chief Operations Officer, Specialty Food Association
  • Bob Hughes, Vice President, NACS -- Advancing Convenience & Fuel Retailing
  • Brad Williams, Vice President, ARGENTUM
  • Bradley Pine, Vice President, American Association for Clinical Chemistry
  • Brian Pagel, Senior Vice President, Emerald Expositions
  • Brian Rubin, Director, Informa
  • Brian Stevens, Chief Executive Officer, ConferenceDirect
  • Britton Jones, Chairman & CEO, NXT Event Media Group
  • Bruno Giaccio, General Manager, MetroMultiMedia
  • Caitlin Fox, Account Strategist, Marketing Design Group
  • Carla Balakgie, President, NAMA
  • Carol McGury, Executive Vice President, INCOMPAS
  • Carol Motley, Director, Destination DC
  • Cathy Breden, Chief Operating Officer , IAEE
  • Chris Baumgartner, Director, Ungerboeck Software International
  • Chris Brown, Executive Vice President, National Association of Broadcasters
  • Chris Dolnack, CMO, National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • Chris Meyer, Vice President, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Chris Nemchek, Senior Vice President, Specialty Food Association
  • Christopher Harar, President, National Trade Productions
  • Christopher Price, Chief Strategy Officer, Tradeshow Logic
  • Christopher Strong, Senior Vice President, NBAA
  • Chuck Grouzard, Executive Vice President, GES
  • Clarissa Russell-Wilson, Executive Director, Society of Toxicology
  • Dan Cole, Senior Vice President, Hargrove
  • Dan Goldstein, Senior Vice President, InfoComm International
  • Dan Liutikas, Chief Executive Officer, International Legal Technology Association
  • Dan Steenstrup, Executive Vice President, Freeman
  • Danica Tormohlen, Editor-at-Large, Trade Show Executive
  • Daniel Read, Vice President, Reed Exhibitions
  • Darel Cook, Director, Promotional Products Association International
  • Dave Bradfield, Vice President, Expo Logic
  • Dave Weil, Vice President, IBIE
  • David Adler, CEO & Founder, BizBash Media

200 Leaders. Countless Opportunities.