01 Jun 2022

Executive Panel: New Normal - ECEF 2022

Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) is produced annually by Lippman Connects. More information is available at

Ken Holsinger, Senior Vice President - Data Solutions - Freeman

Stephanie Jones, Managing Director, Professional Development & Event Strategy - Water Environment Federation

Craig Purser, President & CEO - National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA)

Liz Irving, Chief Marketing Officer - Clarion Events

Robin Preston, Managing Director, Events - American Institute of Architects (AIA)

After two years of navigating the pandemic and adjusting to significant staff changes (and budget cuts), exhibition and convention executives are cautiously optimistic about what's next in the new normal. A lively panel of thoughtful executives will speak candidly about the biggest challenges in returning to in-person events (so far) and the most important concerns for 2022 (and beyond). This frank, unscripted panel will explore the truth behind hybrid events, health and safety, staff limitations, and more.

Panel participants are selected from Freeman’s focus group listening sessions and speaking out for the first time exclusively at ECEF. Panel will moderated by Ken Holsinger, Freeman's Senior Vice President, Data Solutions. In addition to planned questions and responses, this session will include an audience Q&A for a deeper dive into key issues, share additional insights, and explore what organizers need from vendors to move forward.

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