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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  • 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

  • Megan Tanel, Senior Vice President, Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Melissa Fromento, Managing Director, MeetingsNet
  • Michael Barratt, Senior Vice President, Auto Care Association
  • Michael Currier, Vice President, National Association of Home Builders
  • Michelle Russell, Editor-in-Chief, Convene, the magazine of PCMA
  • Michelle Turenne, Chief, American Thoracic Society
  • Mitchell Barkley, Vice President, The Vision Council
  • Moya Phelleps, Senior Vice President, National Mining Association
  • Nancy DeBrosse, Senior Vice President, Experient
  • Nancy Gordon Moore, Executive Director, American Psychological Assocation
  • Nath Morris, Vice President, US Poultry & Egg Association
  • Ned Krause, President & CEO, E.J. Krause & Associates
  • Nick McCallion, Senior Vice President, Trade Show Ready
  • Patricia Areno, Senior Vice President, Building Owners and Managers Association
  • Patricia Giannini Henry, Director, APCO International
  • Patrick Fallon, Vice President, CompuSystems
  • Philip McKay, President & CEO, nGage Events
  • Rajiv Jain, President & CEO, a2z
  • Randy Acker, President & CEO, Exhbitor Media Group
  • Randy Pekowski, Vice President & COO, The Expo Group
  • RD Whitney, Executive Vice President, Tarsus Americas
  • Reed Peterson, Vice President, Mobile World Congress Americas
  • Regina Hopper, President & CEO, ITS America
  • Rich Stone, Chief Executive Officer, ACT/EXPOCAD
  • Richard Green, Vice President, Vetted Solutions
  • Richard Maples, Executive Vice President, Shepard Exposition Services
  • Richard Scarfo, Vice President, Personal Connected Health Alliance @ HIMSS
  • Richard Simon, President & CEO, United Services Companies
  • Rob Hamlin, Director, Regional Sales Director, Cvent
  • Robb Lee, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
  • Robert McLean, Executive Vice President, Promotional Products Association International
  • Robert Priest-Heck, President & COO, Freeman
  • Robyn Duda, Director, UBM America
  • Rochelle Richardson, Vice President, LIGHTFAIR International
  • Rodney Cox, Director, International Gas Union (IGU)
  • Ron Rosenbaum, Chief Officer, ASIS International
  • Rosa Mendoza-Friedheim, Regional Director, Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Roy Benear, Vice President, PSAV
  • Russell Kice, Senior Manager, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • Sam Lippman, President & Co-Founder, Lippman Connects
  • Seth Gregg, Senior Vice President, Club Managers Association of America
  • Shannon Burch, Vice President, ASIS International
  • Sharon Enright, President & COO, NXT Event Media Group
  • Skip Cox, President, Exhibit Surveys
  • Stephanie Selesnick, Blogger, Trade Show Executive
  • Stephen Krogulski, CEO, Tarsus North America
  • Stephen Sanetti, President & CEO, National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • Steve Moster, President & CEO, GES - Global Experience Specialists
  • Susan Newman, National Retail Federation
  • Suzie Williford, Director, National Kitchen & Bath Association

200 Leaders. Countless Opportunities.