Center for Exhibition Industry Research Predict Conference Rolls out New Format

June 2, 2014
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The Center for Exhibition Industry Research Predict Conference, on tapSept. 11 at the Intercontinental Hotel Chicago, will feature a new, fast-paced format. 

The format will mirror an action-packed financial news show, featuring lively interviews, substantive conversations and provocative discussions, providing economic insights and new perspectives about the exhibition industry, according to event organizers.

The focal point will be the CEIR Index and the 2014 CEIR Index Report: 2013 Results, which provides an objective measure of the annual performance of the exhibition industry by measuring year-over-year changes in four key metrics: NSF of exhibit space sold, professional attendance, number of exhibiting companies and total event gross revenue.

The report details performance for 14 industry sectors and the overall industry using data from 2000 through 2013, with a predictive forecast through 2016.

"CEIR's Predict Conference has become an event that exhibition industry executives know they can count upon for their short- and long-term strategic planning," says CEIR President and CEO Brian Casey, CEM. "The past three years have shown that the information presented is spot-on in terms of accuracy and predictive measure."

Leading the new format is host Ron Insana, senior analyst at CNBC and financial industry expert.

As the U.S. and global economies move toward recovery, Insana applies his journalistic perspective to how Wall Street, Main Street and Washington shape what the new "normal" means for all everyone. 

Besides hosting his work on CNBC, Insana is the author of Traders' TalesThe Message of the MarketsTrendWatching, and most recently, How to Make a Fortune from the Biggest Bailout in U.S. History: A Guide to the 7 Greatest Bargains from Main Street to Wall Street.

"This year's new format promises to elevate the event to a new level and better reflects the power of the data presented at Predict," notes 2014 CEIR Predict Task Force Committee Chair Chris Brown, executive vice president, Conventions & Business Operations, National Broadcasting Association. "Ron's knowledge and experience in the financial industry will inject a new layer of insight for exhibition executives to apply to their strategic thought process."

Also serving on the task force are David Audrain, CEM, president and CEO, Exposition Development Company, Inc.; Don Pazour, CEO, Access Intelligence LLC; and Robert Priest-Heck, COO, Freeman.

The application and registration process is now open at To learn more about Predict, watch what attendees had to say by clicking here.

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