Corcoran Expositions, eventPower, CDS and CompuSystems Snag Contracts

February 27, 2020

The first quarter of 2020 has been a bustling time for the trade show industry, with event producers and solutions providers signing a bevy of new clients and renewing deals. Here are some of the latest:

Corcoran Expositions Lands Five New Shows

Independent trade show organizer Corcoran Expositions recently signed trade show management agreements with five events. They include three American Society of Microbiology shows: Clinical Virology Symposium, ASM Microbe 2020 and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS 2020), as well as American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting and National Technical Investigators Association’s 2020 annual summer event. 

“We are excited to partner with these valued new clients and work with them to help unlock the potential in their shows,” said Dan Corcoran, COO of Corcoran Expositions. 

eventPower Scoops Up New Clients, Renews Contracts

Conference management services and software provider eventPower has acquired two new clients: Total Event Resources (TER) and FinancialForceX Summit. Third-party meeting planner TER has partnered with eventPower to provide its registration tool, speaker management tool and exhibit sales solutions for the Social Emotional Learning Conference and the Collaborating State Initiative Meeting event. 

At FinancialForceX Summit, hosted by enterprise professional services automation and ERP cloud solution provider FinancialForce, eventPower will provide its speaker management tool to help streamline the call for papers, manage speakers and create the event’s interactive agenda.

Meanwhile, Association of Change Management Professionals and the Utah Army National Guard (UTARNG) have renewed their contracts with eventPower.  

The company will continue to provide registration, speaker management and sales tools, and website services for the Association of Change Management Professionals’ upcoming events, and for the second year in a row, provide UTARNG’s Utah Army National Guard Language Conference with its registration and mobile app support tools. 

Convention Data Services Signs a Slew of New and Renewed Deals 


Event registration, business intelligence and lead management provider Convention Data Services will provide registration, integrations, lead management and CME/CEU survey applications for a slew of LRP Media Group events, effective immediately through 2025. These include Future of Education Technology Conference; Health & Benefits Leadership Conference; LRP’s National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities; Federal Dispute Resolution Training; Academic ESports Conference & Expo; HR Technology Conference & Exposition; Select HR Tech; and UBTech. 

Meanwhile, Radiological Society of North America selected CDS and housing partner onPeak to provide registration, housing, lead management and data analytics for the association’s Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting for three years through 2022. 

The American Composites Manufacturing Association and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, co-producers of the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX), renewed their partnership with CDS. The company will provide full-service registration, lead management and integrations for CAMX 2020 through 2023.  

“CDS provides the CAMX show managers with tremendous peace of mind,” said Rosemary Loggia, CAMX show manager. 

She added, “CDS provides our customers with a seamless registration experience. From the beginning of the registration process to the moment they pick up their badge at the show site, CDS lets us focus on the other aspects of the expo.” 

The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering extended its partnership with CDS for registration, session tracking, lead management and integrations for the annual SAMPE Conference & Exhibition through 2023. 

DBC Pri-Med also renewed its partnership with CDS through 2023. CDS will provide registration, integrations and lead management for more than 30 annual and regional professional medical education conferences for DBS Pr-Med, across major U.S. cities. 

“CDS has worked diligently to create a seamless registration experience for our attendees,” said Eric Schlumper, vice president, technology, DBC Pri-Med, LLC. “As live meetings and digital education become more integrated, CDS has continued to meet the needs of our customers and we look forward to renewed partnership.”

The DDW Administration (DDW) has extended its partnership with CDS through 2021. CDS will provide registration, integrations, lead management and contact center for the organization’s annual Digestive Disease Week event. 

Clarion Events Teams Up with CompuSystems

Registration, data management, data analytics and lead retrieval services provider CompuSystems was tapped by event producer Clarion Events North America to provide registration, analytics and lead management services for nearly 30 annual shows through 2022. 

The company will service shows in Clarion’s food and beverage, souvenir and gift, power and energy, apparel and gaming event portfolios, including DistribuTECH International, FDIC International, and The Western Foodservice and Hospitality Expo.

“[This] partnership aligns well with our strategic focus for the U.S. market and will help us to provide personalized event experiences for our customers and more informed data-driven decisions for our organization,” said Greg Topalian, CEO of Clarion Events North America.


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Less than six months ago, Lisa Messina joined the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) as the first-ever chief sales officer after leading the sales team at Caesars Entertainment. A 12-year Las Vegas resident, Messina is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and serves on MPI International’s board of directors. TSNN had a chance to catch up with this dynamic leader and talk to her about her vision for the new role, current shifts in the trade show industry, creating more diversity and equity within the organization, and advice to future female leaders. Lisa Messina, Chief Sales Officer, LVCVA With Las Vegas becoming The Greatest Arena on EarthTM, what are some of the things you’re most excited about in your role? Our team was at The Big Game’s handoff ceremony earlier this month, and I couldn’t help but think, “We’re going to crush it next year!”  These high-profile events and venues not only drive excitement, but also provide unmatched opportunities for event planners. Allegiant Stadium hosts events from 10 to 65,000 people and offers on-field experiences. Formula 1 Grand Prix will take place in Las Vegas in November, after the year-one F1 race, the four-story paddock building will be available for buyouts and will also offer daily ride-along experiences that will be available for groups. And, of course, the MSG Sphere officially announced that it will open in September, ahead of schedule, with a U2 residency. It’s going to be the most technologically advanced venue as far as lighting, sound, feel, and even scent, and it will be available for buyouts and next-level sponsorships inside and outside. There’s no ceiling to what you can do when you’re doing events in Las Vegas.  Allegiant Stadium As the trade show and convention business returns to the pre-pandemic levels, what shifts are you noticing and how do you think they will impact the industry going forward? Our trade show organizers are very focused on driving customer experience. Most of our organizers are reporting stronger exhibitor numbers and increased numbers of new exhibitors, with trade shows proving to be almost or above 2019 levels. Now our organizers are really doubling down on driving attendance and focusing on the data to provide that individualized, customized experience to help attendees meet their goals and get the best value. Some companies continue to be cautiously optimistic with their organizational spend when it comes to sending attendees, but I think it will continue to improve. As the U.S. Travel Association makes more progress on the U.S. visa situation, we also expect a growing influx of international attendees. What are some innovative ways the LVCVA helps trade show and convention organizers deliver the most value for their events? We focus on customer experience in the same way that trade show organizers are thinking about it. We got rave reviews with the West Hall Expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), so over the next two years, we will be renovating the North and the Central halls, which will include not just the same look and feel, but also the digital experiences that can be leveraged for branding and sponsorship opportunities.  Vegas Loop, the underground transportation system designed by The Boring Company, is also a way we have enhanced the customer experience. Vegas Loop at the LVCC has transported more than 900,000 convention attendees across the campus since its 2021 launch. Last summer, Resorts World and The Boring Company opened the first resort stop at the Resorts World Las Vegas , with plans to expand throughout the resort corridor, including downtown Las Vegas, Allegiant Stadium and Harry Reid International Airport. The LVCVA also purchased the Las Vegas Monorail in 2020, the 3.9-mile-long elevated transportation system that connects eight resorts directly to the convention center campus. This is the only rail system in the world that integrates fares directly into show badges and registration. For trade show organizers, these transportation options mean saving time, money and effort when it comes to moving groups from the hotels to LVCC and around the city. Also, the more we can focus on building the infrastructure around the convention center, the more it supports the customer experience and ultimately supports our trade show organizers. Scheduled to debut in Q4, Fontainebleau Las Vegas will offer 3,700 hotel rooms and 550,000 square feet of meeting and convention space next to LVCC.  What are some of the plans for advancing DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) within your organization? We’re currently partnering with instead of working with a leading consulting firm, to lay the foundation and create a solid DEI plan and be the leader when it comes to DEI initiatives. The heart of that journey with the consulting firm is also talking to our customers about their strategic approaches to DEI and driving innovation in this space.  What are your favorite ways to recharge? My husband and I have an RV and we’re outdoorsy people. So, while we have over 150,000 world-class hotel rooms and renowned restaurants right outside our doorstep, one of my favorite things to do is get out to Red Rock Canyon, the Valley of Fire, and Lake Mead. Five of the top national parks are within a three-hour drive from Las Vegas, so there’s a lot you can do. We love balancing the energy of Las Vegas with nature, and we’re noticing that a lot of attendees add activities off the Strip when they come here.  Valley of Fire What advice would you give to women following leadership paths in destination marketing? I think it’s about being laser-focused on what you want to accomplish; building a team around you that lifts you and helps you achieve your goals; and being humble and realizing that you do it as a group. No one gets this done alone. Thankfully, there are a lot of women in leadership in this organization, in our customers’ organizations, and in this city that we can be really proud of. We’re a formidable force that is making things happen.   This interview has been edited and condensed. This article is exclusively sponsored by the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority. For more information, visit HERE.