Jul 07, 2016
The plastics industry was still in its infancy when the first National Plastics Exposition (NPE) opened its doors in April 1946 at the Grand Central Palace in New York. The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) was founded in 1937. Organizers realized industry professionals needed a place to meet face-to-face and discover the latest technology in real-life machinery, materials, and processed goods all in one place at one time. So once World War II ended, the opportunity to demonstrate equipment operating in front of an audience of thousands became a reality. Plastics were a… more
Jul 06, 2016
The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) has selected Brad Mayne as its new president and CEO, effective July 19. Mayne also will serve as the president and CEO of the IAVM Foundation. “Throughout his career, Brad has garnered respect from every facet of our industry,” said Karen Totaro, CFE, IAVM chair. “He has worked across sectors in various leadership roles, including within IAVM, which have earned him awards and praise. We are excited to have him take over the helm of IAVM.” IAVM represents public assembly venues from around the globe. IAVM's active members include managers… more
Jul 02, 2016
With 20-plus years in the trade show industry, Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, currently is executive vice president and COO of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). At IAEE, she has responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations of the association, including overseeing marketing and communications, membership, education, conventions and events, and administration. In addition, she also serves as the managing director of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), whose primary purpose is to promote the growth, awareness and value of exhibitions and other face… more
Jun 29, 2016
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) has opened the 2016 Art of the Show Competition and entries are being accepted through Sept. 30. The IAEE Art of the Show Competition recognizes excellence in the development of promotional and marketing materials for exhibitions and events. This year, IAEE has expanded the competition to include a new category: Social Media Campaign. The remaining category descriptions have been significantly expanded which in turn brings clarity to the judging criteria. “It is always exciting to see the innovative ways in which our… more
Jun 27, 2016
HMP Communications Holdings, LLC, a leading provider of healthcare content and continuing medical education events, today announced that it has entered into a strategic agreement with two prominent meetings providing education to a multidisciplinary audience: the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET) and the Symposium on Clinical Interventional Oncology (CIO). “This alliance is consistent with two of our strategic goals: growing our healthcare events portfolio and expanding our presence in new therapeutic areas,” said Jeff Hennessy, chairman and CEO, HMP Communications… more
Jun 27, 2016
At the 2016 Professional Convention Management Association’s Education Conference in St. Louis. Mo., the planning committee did some quick thinking after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union last Thursday. The committee included on the event’s schedule a live-streaming and in-person session with representatives from three global companies to talk about the possible impact of the U.K. vote on the meetings industry. Moderated by PCMA’s Michelle Crowley, the three panelists were Oscar Cerezales, COO - APAC, MCI Group, Ben Hainsworth, executive director, K.I.T. Group GmbH and Simon Hughes,… more
Jun 27, 2016
International experts in Pediatric Critical Care medicine recently met in Toronto for a meeting poised that fostered both learning and collaboration across the field. The 8th World Congress of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS) will took place June 4-8 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Physicians from the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), one of the world’s leading pediatric health care institutions, were integral to the development of the Congress. With approximately 1,500 international… more
Jun 27, 2016
UBM America's largest East Coast medical technology event, Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East, and MedTech Association, a membership-based trade association for the bioscience and medical technology (Bio/Med) industry in New York State, partnered for the inaugural New York Medtech Week, which was held June 14-16 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The New York Medtech Week was conceived as a week-long initiative highlighting the numerous innovations and medical device companies based in New York State that save lives… more
Jun 27, 2016
The 2016 BIO International Convention, the global event for biotechnology, concluded today at Moscone Center in San Francisco, with his year’s convention hosting 35,700 partnering meetings, a new record for the event. Organized by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the event drew 15,937 industry leaders from 76 countries and 48 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “This year’s BIO International Convention was a tremendous success, and together we challenged ourselves to imagine a better world for patients, for the environment and… more
Jun 26, 2016
Is your event website failing to generate enough repeat visits and continued engagement from your website visitors? If the answer is yes, chances are that the website is not providing them with the compelling interactive content and engaging experience that would give them a reason to stick around and keep coming back periodically to check what’s new. As a trade show organizer, your primary focus is on managing the innumerable logistics for the actual event, and rightly so. You probably don’t have the resources to keep generating and posting new content on the event website. Well… more

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