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

  • Sam Lippman, President, Lippman Connects sets the tone for the day with this fast-paced session highlighting key data points that have big implications.

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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

  • Marie Browne, Group Vice President, RX USA
  • Mario Reveles, Sales Executive, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Mark Bogdansky, Vice President, Meetings & Events, Auto Care Association
  • Mark Haley, President, Smart City Networks
  • Mark LoGiurato, CEO, CompuSystems
  • Mark Prestage, CEO, Rhode Planning & Management Solutions
  • Martha Donato, President & Founder, MAD Event Management
  • Mary Cecile Neville, Director - Content, AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology
  • Mary Helen Rogers, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, International Sleep Products Association
  • Mary Pat Heftman, Principal, MPH Solutions
  • Maureen Cameron, Senior Director, Trade Show Operations, Plastics Industry Association
  • Megan Saad, Senior Account Executive, Sessionboard
  • Melissa Harrison, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Consumer Technology Association
  • Michael Hoffman, CEO & Co-Founder, Gather Voices
  • Michelle Clark, National Sales Manager, Louisville Tourism
  • Michelle Edmonson, Vice President, Exhibitions, AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology
  • Michelle Metter, Partner, Fast Forward Events
  • Mike Carlucci, Chief Revenue & Customer Delivery Officer, Clarion Events
  • Nancy DeBrosse, Vice President, Account Management, Cadmium
  • Nancy Drapeau, Vice President of Research, Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR)
  • Nancy Walsh, President, North America, Informa Markets
  • Nicole Hallada, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Marketing, AEM - Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Nicole Peck, Vice President & General Manager, Events - North America, Foundry
  • Nora Toure, Founder, Women in 3D Printing
  • Patti Steele, Senior Director of Exhibitions, ASIS International
  • Phil DeSarno, Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Merchandising, CORT Events
  • Raphael Camp, CEO - US, Comexposium
  • Rich Stone, Chief Executive Officer, EXPOCAD
  • Rick McConnell, CEO, Trifecta Events
  • Rick Watson, President, Pri-Med / Diversified Communications
  • Robert Caldwell, Founding Partner & CRO, 42Chat
  • Robert Svedberg, Principal, TVS
  • Robin Murphy, Strategic Solutions Director, Maritz Global Events
  • Rochelle Richardson, Senior Vice President, Expositions & Events, Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA)
  • Ronda Schrenk, Chief Executive Director, USGIF
  • Ryan Brown, Executive Director, SpaceCom
  • Sacha Carey, Vice President, Exhibits, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
  • Samantha Moore, Senior Director, Meetings & Education, American Bakers Association
  • Sara Kilkenny, Director of Meetings, School Nutrition Association
  • Sara Spangler, Director of Marketing, International Sign Association
  • Sean Lenahan, Vice President, Operations, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • Sean Massey, Director of Sports and Tradeshow Sales, Visit San Antonio
  • Sean Morris, Vice President of Sales, The Venetian Resort Las Vegas
  • Shari Sally, Director of Sales, Consumer Technology Association
  • Shauna Peters, Vice President & Marketing Strategist, mdg, A Freeman Company
  • Shirley Del Carpio, National Account Director, Destination DC
  • Siena Manoogian, Annual Meetings Coordinator, American Urological Association
  • Sonja Miller, Senior Sales Manager, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas
  • Stephanie Kolodziej, Portfolio Director, Transmission & Distribution, Clarion Events
  • Stephanie Selesnick, Contributing Editor, Exhibition World