Oct 17, 2017
The Meetings Mean Business Coalition has appointed Julie Coker Graham, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, as its next co-chair. Coker Graham will join Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International, in leading the coalition and promoting the value of face-to-face meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions. “We are very excited to have Julie be the first CEO of a convention and visitors bureau to co-chair MMBC,” Van Deventer said. He added, “Her insights, experience and passion for our… more
Oct 17, 2017
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events has selected this year’s honorees of its 20 Under 30 recognition program, which gives young professional exhibitions and events organizer members the opportunity to experience Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition, on tap Nov. 28-30 in San Antonio, Texas. IAEE believes that by recognizing and elevating these young leaders, the evolution and distinction of the exhibitions and events industry will be fostered around the globe, according to association officials. In addition to receiving a complimentary full registration to… more
Oct 11, 2017
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has decided to withdraw from a proposed collaboration with the Kentucky State Fair Board and its National Farm Machinery Show. Last February, AEM and the KSFB signed a letter of intent and announced a verbal agreement on the showfloor of the 52nd annual NFMS at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Under the agreement and starting with the 2018 show, AEM would have assisted with the show’s management and co-production with the intention of elevating the exhibitor and attendee experience. The association would have also had an equity… more
Nov 10, 2017
Leaders representing the meetings, travel and hospitality sectors gathered Oct. 10 during IMEX America at the Sands Expo & Convention Center to support #VegasStrong, the hashtag that represents the resiliency of Las Vegas after a mass shooting occurred at the Route 91 Harvest Festival 10 days earlier. The Sands Showroom was packed for the press conference with individuals from the Las Vegas hospitality community, as well as media and executives from industry associations, including IAEE, SISO and ASAE. A video played first with an Andre Agassi voiceover asking “What Is Strength” and… more
Oct 08, 2017
The phrase “Experience Design” gets tossed out repeatedly, but do we truly understand how this concept plays out in the trade show and conference arena? This dynamic has been embraced by the consumer markets, starting in 1999 with Joseph Pine and James Gilmore’s best-selling book called “The Experience Economy: Work is Theatre & Every Business a Stage.” What impact has this or could this have on the B2B trade show and events industry? We’re going to tackle this question with industry experts on our next #ExpoChat, Weds. Oct. 11at 1 p.m. E.T. on Twitter. Join Experient’s Terence… more
Oct 02, 2017
The 20 in their Twenties program, supported by the Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation and Visit Seattle, is designed to engage the best and brightest young professionals in the business event industry. By recognizing emerging leaders, and their talents, PCMA helps to support a new generation of business event strategists around the world. “The 20 in their Twenties program is a great way to recognize and engage rising stars in the industry,” said Rob Hampton, senior vice president of Convention Sales and Services for Visit Seattle. He added, “It gives young… more
Feb 10, 2017
UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has named the UBM EMEA – Sleep Event as winner of the 2017 UFI Marketing Award. The theme for this year’s UFI Marketing Award was “From show organizers to industry gurus – Success stories from evolving business”. This award was designed to recognize outstanding success stories from businesses that have built on their roles as event organizers to become valued exhibition industry experts. In order to be successful, this evolution requires the right strategy, the right talent – and tremendous effort. The UFI Marketing Award jury… more
Sep 24, 2017
In August, SPARGO assumed responsibility for the management of exhibit and sponsorship sales for the American Society for Cell Biology’s 2017 and 2018 ASCB|EMBO Meetings and 2019 and 2020 ASCB Annual Meetings.  Additionally, SPARGO will sell advertising in ASCB’s three publications and other digital communications. “We are proud to partner with SPARGO,” says Alison Harris, ASCB's Director of Meetings. “Our aim is to continually improve the meeting experience for attendees and exhibitors, and we’re confident that SPARGO’s experienced team of event management professionals will help us… more
Sep 24, 2017
Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) Minneapolis, the Midwest's largest medical technology event, will host a robust conference, featuring technical sessions, case studies and panel discussions on up-to-the-minute trends and topics that are affecting the industry. Taking place Nov. 8-9 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, the MD&M Minneapolis conference is the premiere program to experience expert-led education. "Staying ahead of the curve in regards to industry trends and knowledge is of the upmost importance to us and we plan to bring the latest and greatest in medical… more
Sep 24, 2017
The Foundation of the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FFPSA) presented a donation of $100,000 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository during PROCESS EXPO last week. The donation, a result of its DEFEAT HUNGER Campaign, included food products donated by PROCESS EXPO exhibitors and money raised through virtual donations, which is the equivalent of 400,000 meals, and will be used to help fight hunger in the Greater Chicago Area. The presentation took place during PROCESS EXPO, a trade show dedicated to all segments of the food and beverage processing industry, that took place at… more