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November 18, 2020

In Virtual Space
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ECEF 2020, November 18 -- A Real Event in Virtual Space

Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) is an information-sharing and networking event for leaders at associations and independent organizers. On November 18, 2020, ECEF will relaunch as a real experience in virtual space.

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New for 2020 via ECEF's All-Online Platform

Live, simulive and on-demand sessions starts on Monday, November 16.

Video gallery of ECEF clients makes networking more productive.

Exclusive research tracks public readiness for in-person events.

Sam Lippman's "5 Data Points in 5 Minutes" kicks off the program.

General sessions include two keynote addresses, live speaker Q&A, and audience polling.

Breakout sessions immerse you in facilitated interactive discussions with up to 20 event executives.

echDemo + Networking gives clients exclusive access on November 18, plus three free passes for staff and technologists on November 19-20. Online 2:30-4:00 PM Eastern.

Brown bag lunches will be 60-minutes of hosted discussions.

Facilitated appointment setting gives you maximum scheduling flexibility to network with the industry A-list.

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Only Leaders Accepted

ECEF connects the leaders of the exhibition and convention industry. This year, those connections will be more valuable than ever.

Executives look to ECEF for top-to-top networking, forward-looking insights, and hidden opportunities.

Topics are always timely, challenging, and presented by experts with a C-level point of view.

High Energy
Clients expect an open and spirited peer exchange. And they get it.

ECEF delivers targeted executive-level content and networking.

Take away actionable ideas and valuable contacts that will benefit your brand, your event, your organization, and your career.

Sam Lippman's presentation of "5 Data Points in 5 Minutes" sets the tone for thought-provoking program. 

Technology & Networking Experience

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Event technology is the cornerstone of any strategy to stay relevant during the COVID-19 crisis. Your ECEF registration includes exclusive executive access on November 18. Plus, receive three TechDemo guest passes your technologists can use on November 19-20. Discover innovations from up to 20 event tech leaders, including:

  • Freeman - featuring four separate tech solutions
  • Gather Voices
  • GES
  • Map Your Show
  • Maritz Global Events
  • mdg
  • Shepard
  • Ungerboeck Software International





What to Expect




Speaker Roster and Bios

November 18, 2020
  1. Sam Lippman, President, Lippman Connects will start the day with a data-driven overview, spotlighting the most recent insights from Freeman's groundbreaking WAVE Research project.
  2. There is a tech-empowered, data-driven path through the pandemic… and beyond. Those that choose this path will be in the best position to grow and thrive. In his virtual keynote, Shelly Palmer will show you how to proactively leverage your data and your existing infrastructure to create value for your business.
  3. Interactive exchange between presenters and ECEF's executive clients.
  4. Executive Hosts lead consecutive breakout sessions on hot topics. Each session convenes up to 20 executives for an intensive 20 minutes of frank talk.
  5. 3 Branding Rules for the Pandemic: TWISTING Uncertainty into Opportunity – Part 1
  6. Presented by Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director/CEO, UFI
  7. Executive Hosts lead up to 20 executive participants in a roundtable discussion of a hot topic.
  8. Julie Cottineau, Founder and CEO, BrandTwist will give you the tools to turn adversity into advantage.

  9. Bigger than ever, TechDemo provides easy introductions to 20 event-ready technologies from industry-leading vendors.

    TechDemo Solutions Directory


Lippman Connects You




  • Linda Adams, Chief Operating Officer, Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association
  • Jonathan Adkins, Vice President of Marketing, ISSA - Advancing Clean. Driving Innovation
  • Kim Althoff, Vice President, Sales, Trade Shows, Media & Education, ISSA-Advancing Clean, Driving Innovation
  • Tom Amontree, Executive Vice President, America's Health Insurance Plans
  • Lori Anderson, President & CEO, International Sign Association
  • Patricia Areno, Senior Vice President, Building Owners and Managers Association International
  • Larry Arnaudet, Executive Director, Exhibition Services & Contractors Association
  • David Audrain, Executive Director, Society of Independent Show Organizers
  • Wade Baker, Collegiate Associate Professor of Integrated Security, Northern Virginia Graduate Center
  • John Barrett, Executive Director, ISSA-Advancing Clean, Driving Innovation


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Media Champions







  • ECEF is one the few opportunities where independent and association show organizers get to mingle and learn from one another.
    Karen Chupka
    Senior Vice President, Consumer Technology Association
  • 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
    Executive Vice President Conventions, National Restaurant Association
  • 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
  • At ECEF I learned the exhibition industry’s key trends and met peers from both associations and business media companies.
    Doug Woods
    President, The Association for Manufacturing Technology, AMT
  • 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
    President & CEO, Questex Media Group, LLC.
  • ECEF provides a special focus in that it brings together executives from media companies and associations to exchange best practices.
    Britton Jones
    Chairman & CEO, NXT Events Media Group
  • 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®