Center for Exhibition Industry Research Releases Predict Conference Line Up

May 15, 2012

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research will hold its 2nd Annual Predict Conference Sept. 13 in New York City at the Time Warner Center.

The event will be limited to C-level executives and will focus on the results of the CEIR Index, which provides an objective measure of the annual performance of the exhibition industry, measuring year-over-year changes and predictions through 2014.

Attendees will interact with presenters and colleagues throughout the day to share best practices, ideas and future strategies including projected event growth, merger and acquisition strategies and planned launches.

Attendance is limited to no more than 150 participants, including exhibition organizer executives, merger and acquisition firms, private equity firms, debt providers, investment firms and the financial press to allow for an intimate, high-level idea exchange about the future of the exhibition industry and implications for specific business sectors and their supporting exhibitions.

"CEIR Predict’s tailored program will bring together elite business leaders whose entrepreneurial spirit demonstrates the power of innovation that fuels the global economy," said Chris Brown, 2012 CEIR chairman and executive vice president, Conventions and Business Operations, National Association of Broadcasters.

He added, "The exhibition industry outlook is positive as reported by the 2011 CEIR Index Report in which all four metrics of measurement showed improvement, marking an end to three consecutive years of decline. Exhibitions mirror the industries they serve, and Predict is the key face-to-face event that   provides vital economic analysis needed to help exhibition industry stakeholders better shape a successful future for the industry."

Douglas Emslie, Tarsus Group’s managing director, will co-chair the event.

The Predict 2012 program task force, chaired by Don Pazour, CEO of Access Intelligence, is putting together a conference program that will include some of the following topics:

Oxford Economics’ John Walker will set the stage for the day’s discussions by providing an overview of the geo-political, geo-economic situation and outlook for the global economy through 2014.

The Building, Construction, Home and Repair and Transportation sectors experienced substantial declines during the Great Recession and are now poised for recovery.

The performance of the Government sector ripples into other sectors (e.g., Education,Medical and Health Care,Sporting Goods,Travel and Amusement, and Transportation) creating a level of uncertainty.

Experts in the financing and lending field will discuss the current and forecasted driving forces in the global acquisition market.

Predict 2012 will close with an interactive session lead by Galen Poss, CEM, chief operating officer of dmg::events on the key takeaways of the day.

For more information about CEIR Predict visit contact Executive Director Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP at cbreden@ceir.orgor +1 (972) 687-9201.

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