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About ECEF

ECEF

November 3, 2021

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

Online Platform Open Worldwide November 1-5

 

REGISTRATION OPENS SOON

 

 

Every year 200 leaders of the exhibition and convention industry gather for the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF), the event exclusively for C-executives — CEOs, Presidents, Executive Directors, and Vice Presidents — at associations and independent organizers . Event leaders make connections, discuss business opportunities, and explore ways to increase revenue. C-level content focuses on innovations and field-tested strategies for keeping conventions and exhibitions relevant.

Why Attend

The Industry’s A-List
At ECEF, you’ll join the A-list of C-level decision-makers from the exhibition and convention industry, the “Who's Who” of association and independent executives from around the world. 100 percent recommend ECEF to a peer.

Strict Credentialing
ECEF enforces strict credentialing. All participants must be qualified before registering. And sponsors are kept to a minimum (not to exceed 25 percent of participants) to ensure top-to-top networking among event producing executives.

Unbiased, Customized Content
ECEF provides only vetted content. All speakers are acquired and guided by ECEF's producer, Sam Lippman. They represent unbiased experts in their fields and their presentations are custom-tailored for C-level executives.

Peer Learning and Networking
ECEF packs nine hours of peer learning and networking into one day. The event begins with a Welcome Reception (Tuesday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm) and continues the next day with more than six hours of interactive programming and more networking. Attendee-speaker and attendee-attendee exchange are the hallmarks of ECEF.

This program is eligible for 4.5 hours toward CEM recertification.  As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 4.5 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.

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ECEF Qualifications

Executive Responsibility

  • ECEF attendance is limited to executives with strategic-level responsibility.
  • Typically, ECEF attendees will have titles such as CEO, President, Executive Director, and Vice President, but other titles may be accepted by Lippman Connects.
     

Exhibition or Convention Producing Organizations

  • ECEF attendees will be employed at an association or independent organizer of exhibitions or conventions.
  • A limited number of registrations are available to executives at for-profit organizations that do not own events but manage them for clients.

Registration and Fees

Executives at associations and for-profit organizations that produce exhibitions or conventions are encouraged to join our mailing list

  • If a major focus of your organization is owning and producing events, registration is $695 through January 31; $795 as of February 1.
  • If your organization manages exhibitions and conventions for clients but does not own events, registration is $3995. Lippman Connects limits the number of seats available for this type of registration.


Attendance qualifications, restrictions, and fees are determined by Lippman Connects and may change at any time. Lippman Connects may, at its sole discretion, deny or reject a registration. Any questions, please contact Sam Lippman.

No Risk, No Hassle Cancellation

Receive a full refund when you cancel up to 12 days before ECEF, or substitute a qualified executive at any time.

Special Rate at JW Marriott -- Reserve by May 12

ECEF will be held at JW Marriott Washington DC, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004.

On or before May 12: Registrants can reserve a room at JW Marriott at the special ECEF rate of $281 per night.

This special rate is available for May 25 through May 27 (depart May28). 

Book Now
Or call 800-228-9290 and mention ECEF 2020.
 

 

Parking Options

JW Marriott offers valet parking. Additional parking options here.

What to Expect

 

 

2021 Program Is Still Under Construction
All Sessions in Eastern Time

Speaker Roster and Bios


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  1. TechDemo experts will be on hand to give you an online demonstration of event technology innovations. Also, the networking module will be open and ready for appointments.
  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

    Video

  4. Interactive exchange between presenters and ECEF's executive clients.
  5. Industry luminaries lead breakout sessions on hot topics. Each session convenes up to 20 like-minded executives for an intensive 30 minutes of frank talk and networking.
  6. These are scary times for the events business, but one silver lining is that disruption can actually breed significant innovation. Global branding expert, Julie Cottineau will talk about how to Boost Your Brand Immunity by Twisting Uncertainty into Opportunity. Julie’s TWIST technique looks at branding challenges from new angles and offers actionable tips and tools to create fresh solutions for our industry.

    You will learn how to:
    1 TWIST your offering. Deliver products/services in line with what your customer’s need right now
    2. TWIST your touch points. Create rich brand experiences with a mixture of virtual and tangible touches
    3. TWIST for the greater good. Show you care about your clients, while communicating your brand promise

    Video

  7. In other parts of the world nations are getting enough control over COVID-19 to allow large scale in-person events to resume. These events offer the hope of a rebound even before a vaccine is available. What conditions must be present and what precautions must be observed to satisfy health officials, exhibitors, and attendees?

    Video

  8. Destination hosts will lead discussions with 20 executives over lunch.
  9. Industry luminaries lead breakout sessions on hot topics. Each session convenes up to 20 like-minded executives for an intensive 30 minutes of frank talk and networking.
  10. These are scary times for the events business, but one silver lining is that disruption can actually breed significant innovation. Global branding expert, Julie Cottineau will talk about how to Boost Your Brand Immunity by Twisting Uncertainty into Opportunity. Julie’s TWIST technique looks at branding challenges from new angles and offers actionable tips and tools to create fresh solutions for our industry.

    You will learn how to:
    1 TWIST your offering. Deliver products/services in line with what your customer’s need right now
    2. TWIST your touch points. Create rich brand experiences with a mixture of virtual and tangible touches
    3. TWIST for the greater good. Show you care about your clients, while communicating your brand promise

    Video

  11. TechDemo provides easy introductions to 16 event-ready technologies from industry-leading vendors.

    TechDemo Solutions Directory

 

Lippman Connects You

 

 

Presenting

  • 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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Photos & Videos

 

 

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Making Connections

Making Connections

2019 Opening Keynote


Cassandra Farrington

2019 Closing Keynote


Gary Shapiro

 

Testimonials

 

 

  • 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®