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Connecting Leaders to Leaders


June 1, 2022

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington DC






Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) is an information-sharing and networking event for leaders at associations and independent organizers.

ECEF 20th AnniversaryOn Wednesday, June 1, 2022, ECEF will come to Washington DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. ECEF delivers a full day of non-stop networking opportunities, accentuated with provocative C-level presentations. Executives from independent and association organizers of business-to-business exhibitions and conventions will connect and exchange opportunities.

ECEF Global Network

     Source: ECEF 2020 Post-Event Survey, November 2020

ECEF is Fast Paced and Up to the Minute

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In-Person Engagement + Online Flexibility

Top-to-top networking. More time and more options than ever before.

Video Introductions start on Monday. Video gallery makes networking more productive.

Research that brings real-world decisions into focus.

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

C-level sessions, live Q&A, "Meet The Speaker periods, book signings.

Welcome Reception on Tuesday, May 31 kicks off the networking.

TechDemo — Get your hands on the latest event tech.

Networking lunch will broaden your contacts and resources.

Networking Lounge enables impromptu and planned connections.


2021 COVID-19 Policy — Subject to Change for 2022
To protect the ECEF community, the following precautions were taken for ECEF 2021:

  • Vaccination or Negative PCR Test Required — All ECEF 2021 attendees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a negative PCR test completed 72 hours prior to arrival at the event. You will be able to upload proof of your vaccination or your negative test result with “Elsie” the ECEF 2021 event bot. Elsie will introduce herself to you via your mobile number.
  • Mask Mandate — All individuals must abide by Hyatt’s mandate to wear masks throughout the venue. This includes restrooms, lobbies, and elevators in addition to our meeting rooms.
  • Social Distancing — We have designed a floorplan that provides social distancing for our sessions, meals, reception, and networking.
  • Merv 13 Air Filtration — The Hyatt Regency Crystal City is equipped with a high-end air Merv 13 filtration system recommended by the CDC and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
  • Contract Tracing — We have contracted a third-party to provide contact tracing devices for all attendees to wear during the event. These devices use Bluetooth low energy technology to determine precise exposure information, without compromising privacy, if an individual self-reports infection.
  • Health Checks — We will be conducting health checks administered through Elsie the event bot.

Registration Fees

  • Early Bird $695; Regular $795
    $395 each additional registration from the same organization.

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Substitutions and Cancellations

  • Eligible substitutions can be made at any time.
  • Registration fees are fully refundable on or before May 20.

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Walter E Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Only Leaders Accepted

ECEF connects the leaders of the exhibition and convention industry.


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 a fast-paced day.

ECEF abides by all applicable regulations and requirements. In addition, we have adopted several additional mitigation policies to provide maximum protection.

Technology & Networking Experience

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Event technology products and services are proliferating and improving at an ever-quickening pace. 2021 clients had full day access to explore solutions these suppliers:

  • 42Chat
  • Allseated EXVO
  • Balluun
  • Cadmium
  • CNTV
  • Compass by OnPeak, a GES company
  • cvent
  • Digitell
  • eventPower
  • Freeman - four kiosks:
    > Convention Data Services
    > Epistemix
    > Strategy & Data
    > Virtual/hybrid
  • Juno
  • Map Your Show
  • Maritz Global Events
  • Notified, by Intrado
  • Personify
  • Shepard





What to Expect



2021 Program
All Sessions in Eastern Time

Contributor Roster and Bios

November 02, 2021
  1. The Road to Recovery: a presentation in six acts.

    The events industry will recover, but uncertainty lies in how quickly and how fully. Association and for-profit executives alike will be tasked with building back revenue, attendee and exhibitor confidence, international market share and high-functioning teams with the skills needed to plan, produce and market a new class of events. Six leaders in their respective fields will share practical advice for predicting where the industry is headed, effectively navigating change and turning crises into opportunities.

    Attendance is limited to executive-level (VP and above) professionals from associations or organizations that own, produce, and/or manage live events. Registration is complimentary, but space is limited; please note that registering for this event does NOT include registration for ECEF.

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  2. 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, tells you what he is hearing from organizers and facility owners. In this session he will share the top 10 things that are (and are not) changing in destinations and venue design and how these trends will impact the success or failure of your future events.
  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, Notified, will sign his book, Transitioning to Virtual and Hybrid Events.
  12. Struggling to produce the digital event results your key stakeholders need? Don’t give up yet... Over the past six months, industry heavy-hitters from organizations like IAEE, UFI, SISO, and more joined together to develop the solution (and, now, it's ready!). Attend this session so you can:

    • Identify the biggest problems with digital event data and how they’re impacting you/your key stakeholders, whether you realize it or not…
    • Walk through the glossary (with 150+ terms!) and 18 data tables. Get a “behind the scenes” look at the intensive process required to create these documents; plus, highlight several key terms you need to know now.
    • Gain insights on related topics (like data, data ownership, future learning, and more), and contribute your perspective/questions too!

    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


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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
    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®