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ECEF 2021 Sponsors


November 3, 2021

Washington DC (Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA)

Online Worldwide – November 1-5




Gold Sponsor

  • Freeman
1 Results

Silver Sponsors

  • Las Vegas
  • mdg
2 Results

Bronze Sponsors

  • Encore
  • Map Your Show
  • Maritz Global Events
  • Philadelphia CVB
  • Shepard
5 Results


  • 42Chat
  • ASP
  • Aventri
  • Buttine Insurance
  • CadmiumCD
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Choose Chicago
  • CNTV
  • Compusystems
  • Convention Data Services (CDS)
  • CORT
  • cvent
  • Destination DC
  • Digitell
  • Event Advisory Group
  • eventPower
  • Gather Voices
  • GES
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
  • Intrado
  • JUNO
  • Louisville Tourism
  • MGM Resorts
  • Personify A2Z Events
  • Reed Exhibitions
  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • The Expo Group
  • Tradeshow Logic
  • VisitDallas
30 Results

Media Champions

  • Convene
  • Exhibition World
  • MeetingsNet
  • Northstar Meetings Group
  • Trade Show Executive
  • Trade Show News Network
7 Results


What to Expect



2021 Program
All Sessions in Eastern Time

Speaker Roster and Bios

November 02, 2021
  1. Relax, meet new faces, and reconnect with valued colleagues.
November 03, 2021
  1. Start the day in the company of friends and colleagues.
  2. Sam Lippman, President, Lippman Connects will start the day with a data-driven overview, spotlighting insights gleaned from Freeman Research.


  3. John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA, will engage in a freewheeling conversation with Robert Mesirow, Partner & Leader Connected Solutions/IoT, PwC. The audience is invited to participate in a discussion that will touch on how emerging mobile technologies will profoundly influence the future of exhibitions and conventions.

  4. Make sure everyone knows you're in the room, what you look like, and where you are seated.
  5. John Hoffman and Robert Mesirow will be available to take your one-on-one questions and comments.
  6. Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (producers of CES), will sign his book, Ninja Future - Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation.
  7. Monique Ruff-Bell, Event Director of Money20/20 USA, and Richard Scarfo, President of HLTH share their success strategies.
  8. Get ready for the exhibition centers of the future when one of the most sought after and celebrated architects of the genre, Robert Svedberg, Principal at TVSDESIGN (invited), tells you what he is hearing from organizers and facility owners. 
  9. The transition from 2021 to 2022 will see COVID-19 move from pandemic to endemic in some countries, but how will that impact our lives and businesses? In this session, Epistemix CEO John Cordier will provide his perspective on working with the events industry. He will share information on how the pandemic surfaced new innovations and accelerated others across industries. The critical considerations are what innovations are here to stay and how might they impact the future of the events industry.

  10. John Cordier will be available to take your one-on-one questions and comments.
  11. Ben Chodor, President, Digital Media Solutions, Intrado will sign his book, Transitioning to Virtual and Hybrid Events.
  12. What you need to know and require of your digital event platform provider. Join us for a sharing of key findings of BPA’s “Reporting Standard for Digital Events (RSDE)” working group:

    • a six-month industry wide collaboration to create a standard for digital events which includes data formats, terms and definitions
    • a review of event platforms and their position on who owns the data of our attendees to our events
    • a certification program to assure the digital event platforms serving our businesses comply.

    Moderator: David Adler, Chairman & Founder of BizBash, a Tarsus Company

    Panelists: Robyn Davis, CEO of Exhibitors WINH and Rhonda Wunderlin, Senior Vice President, Performance Marketing at Questex


Lippman Connects You




  • Randy Acker, President, Exhibitor Media Group
  • Linda Adams, Chief Operating Officer, Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association
  • Tom Amontree, Executive Vice President, America's Health Insurance Plans
  • Stephen Anderson, Executive Vice President, Business Development, Freeman
  • Lori Anderson, President & CEO, International Sign Association
  • Larry Arnaudet, Executive Director, Exhibition Services & Contractors Association
  • Lisa Astorga, Director of Meetings, International Society on Thrombosis & Haemostasis (ISTH)
  • David Audrain, Executive Director, Society of Independent Show Organizers
  • Steve Basch, Chief Executive Officer, Shepard
  • Tom Billington, Chief Executive Officer, Billington CyberSecurity


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Cassandra Farrington

2019 Closing Keynote

Gary Shapiro





  • 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®