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

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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

  • Hear what CFOs expect when they approve budgets for our events. Find out how your organization can anticipate and fulfill their expectations to solidify your share of the budget. Our CFO panel include ...
  • Join us for an inspiring session with Melissa Medina, the co-founder of eMerge Americas, as she takes us on a captivating journey of dreaming big. Through Melissa's transformative storytelling, we'll ...
  • Ken Holsinger, Senior Vice President Strategy, Freeman Company takes you through fresh intelligence from Freeman data on attendees, exhibits and sponsorships. Ken will build on Sam's "5 Key Data Point ...

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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

  • John McGeary, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Brand Strategy, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • John Paxton, Chief Executive Officer, MHI - The Industry That Makes Supply Chains Work
  • John Rissi, Senior Vice President, Sales, Encore
  • John Schreiber, Vice President, Business Sales, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • John T. Kelley, Vice President and Show Director, CES, Consumer Technology Association
  • Jon Benjamin, Managing Director, ASP
  • Joshua Haynie, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Logistics, Freeman
  • Julie Kagy, Director of Operations, Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA)
  • Julie Pike, Senior Director, Event Strategy, SME
  • Junior Tauvaa, Chief Business Officer, PCMA
  • Justin Childs, Vice President, Digital Media & Marketing Products, Clarion Events
  • Justine McVaney, Senior Vice President, Event Planning & Operations, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
  • Kai Hattendorf, CEO, UFI: The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry
  • Karen Chupka, Chief Strategist, Chupka Consulting
  • Karin Fendrich, Chief Financial Officer, SIOR: Society of Industrial and Office Realtors
  • Keith Talbert, Director of Sales & Marketing, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas
  • Kellie Shevlin, Executive Director, Craft Beverage Expo
  • Kelly Blecke, Director, Citywide Accounts - DC/VA/MD, San Francisco Travel
  • Kelly Kilga, Vice President, Event Development, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
  • Ken Holsinger, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Freeman
  • Kevin Gray, Vice President - Fierce Telecom, Questex
  • Kevin Richards, Senior National Accounts Director, Citywide Sales, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Kevin Thornton, Senior Vice President, Informa Markets
  • Kim Althoff, Senior Vice President, ISSA - Advancing Clean. Driving Innovation.
  • Kim Broome, Director, Convention Operations, NACS - Advancing Convenience & Fuel Retailing
  • Kim Vinciguerra, Chief Experience Officer, International Carwash Association
  • Kimberly Carcone, Executive Vice President, Global Market Events, The Toy Association
  • Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes, President, mdg, A Freeman Company
  • Kinsey Fabrizio, Sr Vice President, Membership and CES, Consumer Technology Association
  • Kirstin Lewis, Vice President, Event Performance, Questex
  • Kris Murphy, Assoc. Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Heart Rhythm Society
  • Krista DeBrosse, Director, Trade Show Operations, PMMI - Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies
  • Kristen Griffith, Vice President, Programs & Services, National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA)
  • Laura Beck, Marketing Director, NACS - Advancing Convenience & Fuel Retailing
  • Laura Thompson, Vice President, Trade Shows, PMMI - Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies
  • Laurie Lutz, Senior Vice President, Events, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
  • Lawrence Dvorchik, Global Head of Business Development and Value Creation, The Operating Partn, Private Equity International (PEI)
  • Leah Mercado, Vice President, Connections, Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)
  • Leana Salamah, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Specialty Food Association
  • Les Weir, Senior Vice President, Emerald
  • Lester Robinson II, Sales Director, Washington DC Region, Visit Denver
  • Lisa Lazzaretto, Director, Corporate Relations and Exhibition Services, Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
  • Lisa Malikow, Senior Vice President, Event Operations & Programming, Winsight
  • Lisa Messina, Chief Sales Officer, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Lisa Phelps, Sales Executive, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Liz Irving, Chief Marketing Officer, Clarion Events
  • Loretta Doan, CEO, The American Association of Immunologists
  • Lori Jenks, Senior Vice President, Event Operations, Access Intelligence
  • Marcelo Zolessi, Co-Founder & CEO, CNTV
  • Marguerite Eastwood, Chief Human Resources Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce