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Connecting Leaders to Leaders


November 3, 2021

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

Online Worldwide – November 1-5




Celebrating 20 Years
Washington DC, November 3
Worldwide Online Platform, November 1-5

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

ECEF 20th AnniversaryOn Wednesday, November 3, in-person ECEF delivers an expanded schedule of networking opportunities, accentuated with four provocative C-level presentations. Executives everywhere can enjoy the convenience and flexibility of accessing the ECEF online platform from Monday, November 1, through Friday, November 5.

ECEF Global Network

     Source: ECEF 2020 Post-Event Survey, November 2020




Need More Information?
Use the Guide to choose the right events for you and your associates.

New for 2021: 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.

Four C-level sessions and live speaker Q&A.

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

Welcome Reception on Tuesday, November 2 kicks off the in-person networking.

TechDemo — Get your hands on the latest event tech.

TechDemo Passes for five of your staff and technologists on Thursday and Friday. Schedule in Eastern Time.

Networking lunch will broaden your contacts and resources.

Speed Networking maximizes your contacts among the A-list.

Registration Fees

  • All Access: In-Person+Digital
    $695; $795 as of September 1
    $395 each additional registration from the same organization.
  • Digital-Only – $145

Reserve Lodging at a Special Rate

Reserve a room at Hyatt Regency Crystal City At Reagan National Airport at the special ECEF rate of $239 + tax per night as long as rooms are available. Availability at the ECEF rate are limited. If the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your stay. If you need additional assistance, please contact the hotel at 877-803-7534. Make your reservations here.

Map, Directions, Parking, and Transportation

View an interactive map, get driving directions, see parking options, and discover additional transporation options here.

Substitutions and Cancellations

  • Eligible substitutions can be made at any time.
  • Digital-Only ECEF: Registration fees are fully refundable on or before October 30.
  • All-Access ECEF:  Registration fees are fully refundable on or before October 25.

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 a fast-paced day.

Technology & Networking Experience

TechDemo logotype

Event technology products and services are proliferating and improving at an ever-quickening pace. Both in-person and online ECEF registrations include exclusive executive access to TechDemo on Wednesday, November 3. Plus, receive five TechDemo guest passes your technologists, staff, and consultants can use for online access on Thursday and Friday. Discover innovations from event tech leaders. Engage with solutions from these vendors ... and more to come:

  • 42Chat
  • Aventri
  • CadmiumCD
  • CNTV
  • Convention Data Services (CDS)
  • cvent
  • Digitell
  • Encore
  • eventPower
  • Freeman: Research and Measurement
  • Freeman: OnlineEvent Pro Platform
  • Gather Voices
  • GES
  • Intrado
  • Map Your Show
  • Maritz Global Events
  • mdg
  • Personify
  • Shepard





2021 Breakout Sessions Coming Soon

Industry luminaries lead consecutive breakout sessions on hot topics. Each session convenes executives for an intensive 30 minutes of frank talk and small-group networking.

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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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®