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Apr 23, 2016
When the first CONEXPO was held in 1909 in Columbus, Ohio, the entire show (known then as the Road Show) covered 40,000 square feet — the size of some single exhibits at today’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG, the largest show for the construction, aggregates and ready-mixed concrete industries in the Western Hemisphere. That first show was considered a “hazardous experiment” with 40 machinery manufacturers displaying devices that could do the work of 15 horse-drawn units — and besides, there were few paved roads outside of cities at the time. But the Road Show, sponsored by forerunners of the… more
Apr 18, 2016
Industry Veteran Larry Luteran has been brought on my parent company Freeman to Freeman Audio Visual, as the company continues to grow its global presence. Named chief sales officer, Luteran will be responsible for the revenue performance of Freeman Audio Visual, Freeman Audio Visual Canada and Encore Event Technologies. During the past six years, Freeman has broadened its Audio Visual presence by expanding its AV technology division through organic growth and acquisitions around the world. “We’re building a strong leadership team with a focus on extending the company’s reach, with expanded… more
Apr 18, 2016
Richmond, Va., is rich in history, but the city’s appeal is not limited to being transported through time. Quite the opposite. Richmond is a 300-year-old town with 21st Century appeal. Just a block away from the historic Jefferson Hotel, established in 1895, is the brand new Quirk Hotel. A small boutique hotel, aptly named for its amalgam of lodging, creative meeting space, fine dining, and art exhibit space. For history buffs, Quirk is built in a beautifully renovated 1916 department store, J.B. Mosby and Co, of Italian Renaissance design. It features classic architecture such as sweeping… more
Apr 18, 2016
UFI launched its Next Generation Leadership Grant (NGL Grant), which has a deadline of April 30 for applications. The program promotes next-generation leadership in the exhibition industry, rewarding professionals who show clear initiative in driving change and innovation in their area of activity. Supported by funding from Reed Exhibitions, this new grant reflects UFI’s commitment to recognizing the best talents of the exhibition industry by involving them in the planning and realization of the largest annual events for the global exhibition industry. UFI is looking for up to five… more
Apr 17, 2016
Meetings Professional International will use the DoubleDutch platform, a provider of mobile event apps and event performance analytics, to power the mobile app for five editions of its signature conferences – World Education Congress (WEC) and European Meetings and Events Conference (EMEC) – during the next three years. Through the DoubleDutch platform, the MPI global community will have access to the full suite of mobile event capabilities. “We couldn’t be more excited about our collaboration with a renowned events association such as MPI… more
Apr 17, 2016
Meetings Professional International will use the DoubleDutch platform, a provider of mobile event apps and event performance analytics, to power the mobile app for five editions of its signature conferences – World Education Congress (WEC) and European Meetings and Events Conference (EMEC) – during the next three years. Through the DoubleDutch platform, the MPI global community will have access to the full suite of mobile event capabilities. “We couldn’t be more excited about our collaboration with a renowned events association such as MPI… more
Apr 16, 2016
Ray Pekowski, CEO and chairman of family-owned The Expo Group, has been in the trade show industry for 41 years and said the key to success is creating strong relationships.  Besides TEG, he also worked at Greyhound Exposition Services Co. and then United Exposition Service Co. Pekowski’s experience and unique vision of customer service led to the development of the Single Source Solution® for exhibitors and show managers. TEG, with its patented customer service model, is celebrating its 25th year in business in 2016. He is very active in the industry and community charities… more
Apr 15, 2016
Fifty years ago, about 2,000 attendees and 80 exhibitors gathered under the grandstands at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for the first Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) trade show. The exhibits that year consisted mainly of racing equipment and products that enhanced the performance and safety of high-performance competition automobiles. The show was managed by automotive publisher Petersen Publishing and a 10’x10’ exhibit space cost $200. The next year, the show moved to the Anaheim Convention Center, before relocating to Las Vegas in 1977. Now known as the Specialty… more
Apr 13, 2016
Two months after Marketplace Events was acquired by Sentinel Capital Partners, the show organizer scooped up Calgary Homexpo from the nonprofit CHBA-UDI Calgary Region.  The company also announced the launch of six new shows in the 2016-17 show season, including shows at the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., and Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.  "It’s a very exciting time for Marketplace Events," said Tom Baugh, Marketplace Events' CEO.  "We are well positioned for growth, and under Sentinel’s ownership, we are able to be more aggressive in acquiring and… more
Apr 10, 2016
At a recent workshop for our clients, we asked attendees what impact mobile devices have had on their exhibits sales processes. In response, many of them mentioned how having an online contract for their events, specifically one that is responsive to multiple device platforms, has helped sales executives to process transactions anytime and anywhere. Some show organizers have roaming teams that walk the show floor on the last day of the event, to visit exhibitors that missed their booth selection appointment. With the contract already pre-populated in the system, all that an exhibitor needs to… more

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