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

  • The toughest, most enduring challenge facing your salesforce is measuring, proving, and communicating customers' ROI. Every non-renewal and downsize hurts your profitability. RX's answer was to refram ...
  • Not always! We all want our events to deliver a wealth of attendee benefits. But sometimes these benefits are provided only if we find exhibitors to sponsor them. Steve Prahalis, COO, SME moderates a ...
  • Ken Holsinger, Senior Vice President Strategy, Freeman Company, takes you through the key findings from up-to-the-minute Freeman data on exhibits and sponsorships. Ken will build on the "5 Data Points ...

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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

  • David Audrain, Executive Director, Society of Independent Show Organizers
  • David Bishop, President and Member, ShowNets
  • David Labuskes, CEO, InfoComm International
  • David Lawton, Executive Vice President, Convention Data Services
  • David Loechner, CEO, Emerald Expositions
  • David Seckman, President & CEO, Food Processing Suppliers Association
  • Debbie Holton, Vice President, SME
  • Deborah Sexton, President & CEO, PCMA
  • Dennis Slater, President, Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Denzil Rankine, Executive Chairman, AMR International
  • Don Kline, Chief Executive Officer, Map Your Show
  • Donna Tschiffely, Executive Director, DMAW
  • Doug Bennett, Senior Vice President, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Ed Dalere, Managing Editor, Association Trends
  • Ed Nichols, Vice President, SouthComm Business Media
  • Elizabeth Ambacher, Vice President, National Apartment Association
  • Elizabeth LaChall, Senior Manager, PSAV
  • Ellen Shortill, Director, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Emily Howard, Editor-in-Chief, Association TRENDS
  • Eric Lisman, Executive Vice President, Emerald Expositions
  • Erin Lee, Managing Director, Marketing, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
  • Erin Pressley, Vice President, NACS -- Advancing Convenience & Fuel Retailing
  • Eugene O'Neill, Chief Financial Officer, North American Veterinary Community
  • Evan Shubin, President & Co-Founder, Exhibitor Invites
  • Felicia Hamerman, Vice President, UBM Americas
  • Ford Bowers, President & CEO, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association
  • Gabi Weiss, Managing Editor, Trade Show Executive
  • Geoff Cassidy, Senior Vice President, National Association of Home Builders
  • George Prest, Chief Executive Officer, Material Handling Industry
  • Greg Feehan, Chief Financial Officer, InfoComm International
  • Heidi Voorhees, Chief Operations Officer, InfoComm International
  • Ian Sequeira, Executive Vice President, Exhibit Surveys
  • Jack Buttine, President, Jack Buttine, Inc.
  • Jacques Racine, Founder & CEO, Sherpa Solutions
  • Jamie Murdock, Vice President, Experient
  • Janet Skorepa, Executive Vice President, American Urological Association
  • Jason McGraw, Senior Vice President, InfoComm International
  • Jason Miller, Vice President, The Expo Group
  • Jason Stookey, Vice President, National Association of Broadcasters
  • Jeff Provost, Executive Director, Exhibit Designers & Producers Association
  • Jeffrey Poole, Managiong Director, National Rifle Association of America
  • Jen Mitchell, Vice President, CompuSystems
  • Jenn Ellek, Senior Director, National Confectioners Association
  • Jennifer Divelbiss, Director, BAI
  • Jennifer Hoff, President & CEO, Tally Event Strategies
  • Jennifer Jones, Director, mdg - Marketing Design Group
  • Jeremy Figoten, Senior Vice President, National Apartment Association
  • Jerry Howard, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Home Builders
  • Jim Forlenza, Group Director, SAE International
  • Jim Stuckeman, Director, PSAV Premier Global Events

200 Leaders. Countless Opportunities.