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  • June 06, 2018 8:46 AM | Russell Kice (Administrator)

    #ExhibitionsDay | 5-6 June 2018 | Washington, D.C.#ExhibitionsDay | 5-6 June 2018 | Washington, D.C.

    Today’s the day 

    Today we take our message to Washington, D.C. to meet with federal lawmakers about issues and legislation affecting the U.S. exhibitions industry. Right now, more than 100 industry professionals are beginning their meetings in D.C. so let’s show them our support.

     

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  • June 05, 2018 8:40 AM | Russell Kice (Administrator)

    By Jeri Clausing / June 04, 2018

    Marriott said 25% of Sheraton owners have committed $500 million to the renovations, which will transform lobbies into town square-style gathering areas.

    NEW YORK -- Marriott International on Monday unveiled the latest rehab of the 81-year-old Sheraton brand, which has struggled for decades to maintain consistency and relevancy around the globe.

    The company said 25% of Sheraton owners have committed $500 million to the renovations, which will transform the lobbies into town square-style gathering areas with what Marriott calls coffee bar-bars (the coffee bar will transform into a regular bar in the evening), partially open small meeting rooms, communal work spaces with locking drawers, and sound-proof privacy booths where guests can duck in to make quick phone calls.

    The guestrooms will be modernized with a focus on larger bathrooms and a desk that can be raised or lowered to function as a sitting or standing work station, even a dining room table.

    The renovation is the latest in a string of attempts to upgrade the brand, which Starwood admitted in 2007 it almost gave up on. But the brand constitutes 42% of the portfolio of hotels Marriott acquired when it bought Starwood two years ago and is now Marriott's third-largest brand.

    The Sheraton New York Times Square.The Sheraton New York Times Square.

    With 444 hotels in 72 countries, it is the most global of all of Marriott's 30 brands, said global brand officer Tina Edmundson. But it also is likely its most troubled.

    "From the moment we closed the Starwood merger in late 2016, the revitalization of Sheraton has been a top priority for our company," said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International. 

    Long known for having a more luxurious product overseas than in the United States, Starwood for nearly a decade worked to upgrade and make the Sheraton brand more consistent globally, including a $4 billion effort in 2008 that included plans for a major purge of subpar hotels.

    But those attempts were disjointed, said Julius Robinson, senior vice president and global brand leader at Marriott.

    Edmundson said her team traveled the world to meet with Sheraton owners on every continent before finalizing the concept.

    "We knew that the way to restore this incredible brand was focus and collaboration with our hotel owners," Sorenson said. "We wanted to build on Sheraton's rich legacy of sitting at the heart of communities across the globe, but also to create a differentiated positioning and compelling proposition for our owners.

    "With our Sheraton transformation plan, we've put together all of the pieces of the equation to work cooperatively with our owners to set this iconic brand on a new, disciplined and successful path. We are ready, our vision is clear and the energy is robust for Sheraton."


  • May 30, 2018 11:34 AM | Russell Kice (Administrator)

    Fastest 50 – By Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space

    • ACI-NA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Airports Council International – North America), Show Management Solutions, Inc.
    • AFCEA TechNet Augusta, SPARGO, Inc.
    • AFCEA/U.S. Naval Institute Western Conference & Exposition, SPARGO, Inc.
    • Air, Space & Cyber Conference, NTP Events
    • American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), Motorcycle Industry Council
    • American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo, American Occupational Therapy Association
    • AmericasMart® April Atlanta Apparel®, AmericasMart® Atlanta
    • AmericasMart® Atlanta Fall Immediate Delivery Show, AmericasMart® Atlanta
    • AmericasMart® February Atlanta Apparel®, AmericasMart® Atlanta
    • AmericasMart® June Atlanta Apparel®, AmericasMart® Atlanta
    • AmericasMart® VOW | New World of Bridal, AmericasMart® Atlanta
    • APA Annual Congress, American Payroll Association
    • APA Annual Meeting, American Psychiatric Association
    • Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference, Argentum
    • ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition, American Society of Hematology
    • ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy, American Specialty Toy Retailing Association
    • ATSSA’s Annual Convention & Traffic Expo, American Traffic Safety Services Association
    • Border Security Expo, Clarion Events North America
    • Boutique Design New York (BDNY), Hospitality Media Group (HMG)
    • Channel Partners Conference & Expo, Informa Exhibitions U.S.
    • CLEAN GULF Conference & Exhibition, Access Intelligence, LLC
    • The Clean Show, Riddle & Associates
    • CONEXPO-CON/AGG, Association of Equipment Manufacturers
    • Cultivate, AmericanHort
    • EDspaces, Education Market Association
    • ICSC New York Deal Making, International Council of Shopping Centers
    • iLandscape: The Illinois-Wisconsin Landscape Show, Illinois Landscape Contractors Association
    • International Production & Processing Expo, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, American Feed Industry Association, and North American Meat Institute
    • International Roofing Expo, Informa Exhibitions U.S.
    • International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC), American Society for Healthcare Engineering
    • The International Surface Event: SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo, Informa Exhibitions U.S.
    • ISC East (International Security Conference & Exposition), Reed Exhibitions
    • KeHE Holiday Show, SmithBucklin
    • KeHE Summer Selling Show, SmithBucklin
    • LightShow West, Exponation, LLC
    • MJBizCon, Marijuana Business Daily, a division of Anne Holland Ventures Inc.
    • NAB Show New York, National Association of Broadcasters
    • The NAFEM Show (North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers), SmithBucklin
    • NAHB International Builders’ Show, National Association of Home Builders
    • NCIA Cannabis Business Summit® & Expo (National Cannabis Industry Association), Global Strategic Management Institute
    • ProMat®, MHI
    • RAPID + TCT, SME
    • RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition, Risk & Insurance Management Society, Inc.
    • RSA® Conference, RSA Conference
    • Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, Diversified Communications
    • SIGGRAPH, International Conference & Exhibition on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques, Hall-Erickson, Inc.
    • Techtextil North America, Messe Frankfurt, Inc.
    • Valve World Americas Expo & Conference, Messe Düsseldorf North America
    • VenueConnect, International Association of Venue Managers
    • The Water Expo, Show Winners Corporation

    Fastest 50 – By Exhibiting Companies

    • AAPEX (Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo), William T. Glasgow, Inc.
    • ACI-NA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Airports Council International – North America), Show Management Solutions, Inc.
    • ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting, American College of Medical Genetics & Genomics
    • AFCEA TechNet Augusta, SPARGO, Inc.
    • AFCEA/U.S. Naval Institute Western Conference & Exposition, SPARGO, Inc.
    • ANESTHESIOLOGY®, American Society of Anesthesiologists
    • APA Annual Convention, American Psychological Association
    • APA Annual Meeting, American Psychiatric Association
    • ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition, American Society of Hematology
    • ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy, American Specialty Toy Retailing Association
    • AUA Annual Meeting, American Urological Association
    • The Battery Show, UBM Americas
    • BOMA International Conference & Expo (Building Owners & Managers Association), Show Management Solutions, Inc.
    • Border Security Expo, Clarion Events North America
    • Boutique Design New York (BDNY), Hospitality Media Group (HMG)
    • Channel Partners Conference & Expo, Informa Exhibitions U.S.
    • The Clean Show, Riddle & Associates
    • CONEXPO-CON/AGG, Association of Equipment Manufacturers
    • Cosmoprof North America, North American Beauty Events LLC
    • Cultivate, AmericanHort
    • E3, IRL Events LLC
    • EDspaces, Education Market Association
    • Fire-Rescue International, International Association of Fire Chiefs
    • Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo, Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association
    • IBEX, The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, IBEX, The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference
    • IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference, International Foodservice Distributors Association
    • iLandscape: The Illinois-Wisconsin Landscape Show, Illinois Landscape Contractors Association
    • International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC), American Society for Healthcare Engineering
    • KeHE Summer Selling Show, SmithBucklin
    • LightShow West, Exponation, LLC
    • MJBizCon, Marijuana Business Daily, a division of Anne Holland Ventures Inc.
    • The NAFEM Show (North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers), SmithBucklin
    • National RV Trade Show, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association
    • NCIA Cannabis Business Summit® & Expo (National Cannabis Industry Association), Global Strategic Management Institute
    • NIGP Annual Forum & Products Exposition, NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement
    • NSGC Annual Conference, National Society of Genetic Counselors
    • Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit Convention & Expo, Produce Marketing Association
    • ProMat®, MHI
    • RAPID + TCT, SME
    • RSA® Conference, RSA Conference
    • SAMPE Seattle Conference & Exhibition, Society for the Advancement of Material & Process Engineering
    • SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting & Outdoor Trade Show), National Shooting Sports Foundation
    • SIGGRAPH, International Conference & Exhibition on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques, Hall-Erickson, Inc.
    • Solar Power International, Solar Energy Trade Shows, LLC
    • Techtextil North America, Messe Frankfurt, Inc.
    • Texas Restaurant Association Marketplace, Texas Restaurant Association
    • Valve World Americas Expo & Conference, Messe Düsseldorf North America
    • VenueConnect, International Association of Venue Managers
    • The Water Expo, Show Winners Corporation
    • Western Regional Dental Convention, Arizona Dental Association

    Fastest 50 – By Total Attendance

    • AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, American Association for Clinical Chemistry
    • AAPD Annual Session, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
    • ACI-NA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Airports Council International – North America), Show Management Solutions, Inc.
    • ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting, American College of Medical Genetics & Genomics
    • AES Annual Meeting (American Epilepsy Society), Corcoran Expositions, Inc.
    • AFCEA TechNet Augusta, SPARGO, Inc.
    • Air, Space & Cyber Conference, NTP Events
    • American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo, American Occupational Therapy Association
    • APA Annual Convention, American Psychological Association
    • APA Annual Meeting, American Psychiatric Association
    • Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference, Argentum
    • Baseball Trade Show, Minor League Baseball
    • The Battery Show, UBM Americas
    • Border Security Expo, Clarion Events North America
    • Boutique Design New York (BDNY), Hospitality Media Group (HMG)
    • Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
    • Channel Partners Conference & Expo, Informa Exhibitions U.S.
    • CLEAN GULF Conference & Exhibition, Access Intelligence, LLC
    • The Clean Show, Riddle & Associates
    • CLMA KnowledgeLab (Clinical Laboratory Management Association), SmithBucklin
    • Coverings, Taffy Event Strategies
    • Digital Signage Expo, Exponation, LLC
    • EDspaces, Education Market Association
    • Fire-Rescue International, International Association of Fire Chiefs
    • Global Specialty Coffee Expo, Specialty Coffee Association
    • Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX), Bobit Business Media
    • HAI HELI-EXPO®, Helicopter Association International
    • IAAPA Attractions Expo, International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
    • ICMA Annual Conference (International City/County Management Association), Corcoran Expositions, Inc.
    • iLandscape: The Illinois-Wisconsin Landscape Show, Illinois Landscape Contractors Association
    • InfoComm, AVIXA – Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association
    • International Roofing Expo, Informa Exhibitions U.S.
    • IPC APEX EXPO, IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries
    • KeHE Summer Selling Show, SmithBucklin
    • MJBizCon, Marijuana Business Daily, a division of Anne Holland Ventures Inc.
    • NAHB International Builders’ Show, National Association of Home Builders
    • National Catholic Educational Association Convention & Expo, National Catholic Educational Association
    • National Postal Forum, National Postal Forum
    • NCIA Cannabis Business Summit® & Expo (National Cannabis Industry Association), Global Strategic Management Institute
    • Optometry’s Meeting®, American Optometric Association
    • RAPID + TCT, SME
    • RSA® Conference, RSA Conference
    • SC17, The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage & Analysis, Association for Computing Machinery and IEEE Computer Society
    • SIGGRAPH, International Conference & Exhibition on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques, Hall-Erickson, Inc.
    • SupplySide West, Informa Exhibitions U.S.
    • Techtextil North America, Messe Frankfurt, Inc.
    • Valve World Americas Expo & Conference, Messe Düsseldorf North America
    • VenueConnect, International Association of Venue Managers
    • The Water Expo, Show Winners Corporation
    • WEFTEC (Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition & Conference), Water Environment Federation

    THE TSE FAST TRACKERS – THE “NEXT 50”

    This year TSE will also honor the so-called “Next 50,” the shows that were not fast enough to crack the Top 50, but are strong contenders for next year. They will also earn some well-deserved recognition at the Fastest 50 Awards & Summit.

    Next 50 – By Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space

    • AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, American Association for Clinical Chemistry
    • AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific, SPARGO, Inc.
    • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, SPARGO, Inc.
    • APA Annual Convention, American Psychological Association
    • APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO (American Public Transportation Association), NTP Events
    • ARVO Annual Meeting (Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology), NTP Events
    • ASCO Annual Meeting, American Society of Clinical Oncology
    • ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition, American Society for Healthcare Engineering
    • ASTRO Annual Meeting, American Society for Radiation Oncology
    • ATA Trade Show, Archery Trade Association
    • Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® – January, AmericasMart® Atlanta
    • AUA Annual Meeting, American Urological Association
    • AVIATION WEEK MRO Americas, Aviation Week Network (an Informa business)
    • The Battery Show, UBM Americas
    • BIOMEDevice Boston, Design & Manufacturing New England, ESC Boston, PLASTEC New England, UBM Americas
    • BOMA International Conference & Expo (Building Owners & Managers Association), Show Management Solutions, Inc.
    • CES®, Consumer Technology Association™
    • Cosmoprof North America, North American Beauty Events LLC
    • Coverings, Taffy Event Strategies
    • Digestive Disease Week®, Digestive Disease Week®
    • E3, IRL Events LLC
    • FABTECH, SME
    • FDIC International (Fire Department Instructors Conference), PennWell Corporation
    • Global Pet Expo, American Pet Products Association and Pet Industry Distributors Association
    • IBEX, The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, IBEX, The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference
    • ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades), American Sportfishing Association
    • ICMA Annual Conference (International City/County Management Association), Corcoran Expositions, Inc.
    • IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference, International Foodservice Distributors Association
    • IMEX America, IMEX America Ltd.
    • InfoComm, AVIXA – Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association
    • IPC APEX EXPO, IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries
    • ISA International Sign Expo, International Sign Association
    • ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America, ISSA – The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association
    • LIGHTFAIR® International, AmericasMart® Atlanta, managing partner with the International Association of Lighting Designers and the Illuminating Engineering Society
    • Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show, Mid-West Truckers Association
    • NACS Show, NACS, Advancing Convenience & Fuel Retailing
    • National Postal Forum, National Postal Forum
    • Natural Products Expo East/Biofach America, New Hope Network, an Informa business
    • Natural Products Expo West/Engredea, New Hope Network, an Informa business
    • NIGP Annual Forum & Products Exposition, NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement
    • ONS Annual Congress, Oncology Nursing Society
    • OSBA Capital Conference & Trade Show, Ohio School Boards Association
    • PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PMMI: The Association for Packaging & Processing Technologies
    • SAMPE Seattle Conference & Exhibition, Society for the Advancement of Material & Process Engineering
    • Sea-Air-Space Exposition, Navy League of the United States
    • Solar Power International, Solar Energy Trade Shows, LLC
    • SupplySide West, Informa Exhibitions U.S.
    • Western Regional Dental Convention, Arizona Dental Association
    • The Work Truck Show®, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry
    • WWETT – Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show, Informa Exhibitions U.S.

    Next 50 – By Exhibiting Companies

    • AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, American Association for Clinical Chemistry
    • AES Annual Meeting (American Epilepsy Society), Corcoran Expositions, Inc.
    • AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific, SPARGO, Inc.
    • Air, Space & Cyber Conference, NTP Events
    • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, SPARGO, Inc.
    • American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), Motorcycle Industry Council
    • American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo, American Occupational Therapy Association
    • AmericasMart® Atlanta Fall Immediate Delivery Show, AmericasMart® Atlanta
    • APA Annual Congress, American Payroll Association
    • APTA Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association
    • Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference, Argentum
    • ARVO Annual Meeting (Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology), NTP Events
    • ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition, American Society for Healthcare Engineering
    • ATA Trade Show, Archery Trade Association
    • ATSSA’s Annual Convention & Traffic Expo, American Traffic Safety Services Association
    • AVIATION WEEK MRO Americas, Aviation Week Network (an Informa business)
    • BIOMEDevice Boston, Design & Manufacturing New England, ESC Boston, PLASTEC New England, UBM Americas
    • CES®, Consumer Technology Association™
    • CLEAN GULF Conference & Exhibition, Access Intelligence, LLC
    • Coverings, Taffy Event Strategies
    • Digital Signage Expo, Exponation, LLC
    • Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition, International Association of Exhibitions & Events
    • Gear Expo, NTP Events
    • GIE + EXPO (Green Industry & Equipment Expo), Sellers Expositions
    • Global Pet Expo, American Pet Products Association and Pet Industry Distributors Association
    • HAI HELI-EXPO®, Helicopter Association International
    • HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society
    • ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades), American Sportfishing Association
    • ICUEE, The International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition, Association of Equipment Manufacturers
    • IMEX America, IMEX America Ltd.
    • The International Surface Event: SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo, Informa Exhibitions U.S.
    • IPC APEX EXPO, IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries
    • ISA International Sign Expo, International Sign Association
    • ISC East (International Security Conference & Exposition), Reed Exhibitions
    • MAGIC – February, UBM Americas
    • Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show, Mid-West Truckers Association
    • NAHB International Builders’ Show, National Association of Home Builders
    • National Postal Forum, National Postal Forum
    • Natural Products Expo East/Biofach America, New Hope Network, an Informa business
    • Natural Products Expo West/Engredea, New Hope Network, an Informa business
    • Pacific Marine Expo, Diversified Communications
    • PLMA’s Private Label Trade Show, Private Label Manufacturers Association
    • Annual Police Security Expo, Sitework Associates, Inc.
    • The Rental Show, American Rental Association
    • RSNA Scientific Assembly & Annual Meeting, Radiological Society of North America
    • Sea-Air-Space Exposition, Navy League of the United States
    • Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, Diversified Communications
    • SGIA Expo, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association
    • SupplySide West, Informa Exhibitions U.S.
    • World Dairy Expo, World Dairy Expo

    Next 50 – By Total Attendance

    • AAPEX (Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo), William T. Glasgow, Inc.
    • AFCEA/U.S. Naval Institute Western Conference & Exposition, SPARGO, Inc.
    • AHRMM Annual Conference & Exhibition, Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management, a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association
    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition, American Academy of Pediatrics
    • AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo, Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
    • APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO (American Public Transportation Association), NTP Events
    • APTA Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association
    • ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition, American Society for Healthcare Engineering
    • ATSSA’s Annual Convention & Traffic Expo, American Traffic Safety Services Association
    • AUA Annual Meeting, American Urological Association
    • AVIATION WEEK MRO Americas, Aviation Week Network (an Informa business)
    • BIOMEDevice Boston, Design & Manufacturing New England, ESC Boston, PLASTEC New England, UBM Americas
    • CES®, Consumer Technology Association™
    • Cosmoprof North America, North American Beauty Events LLC
    • Cultivate, AmericanHort
    • Digestive Disease Week®, Digestive Disease Week®
    • E3, IRL Events LLC
    • EMS World Expo, HMP, LLC
    • Everything Under the Sun Expo, Florida Swimming Pool Association
    • FDIC International (Fire Department Instructors Conference), PennWell Corporation
    • GIE + EXPO (Green Industry & Equipment Expo), Sellers Expositions
    • Global Pet Expo, American Pet Products Association and Pet Industry Distributors Association
    • Golf Industry Show, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
    • HydroVision International, PennWell Corporation
    • IBEX, The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, IBEX, The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference
    • ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades), American Sportfishing Association
    • International Production & Processing Expo, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, American Feed Industry Association, and North American Meat Institute
    • The International Surface Event: SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo, Informa Exhibitions U.S.
    • ISC West (International Security Conference & Exposition), Reed Exhibitions
    • KeHE Holiday Show, SmithBucklin
    • LightShow West, Exponation, LLC
    • Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show, Mid-West Truckers Association
    • NAB Show New York, National Association of Broadcasters
    • NACS Show, NACS, Advancing Convenience & Fuel Retailing
    • The NAFEM Show (North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers), SmithBucklin
    • The NAMM Show, NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants
    • Natural Products Expo East/Biofach America, New Hope Network, an Informa business
    • Natural Products Expo West/Engredea, New Hope Network, an Informa business
    • ONS Annual Congress, Oncology Nursing Society
    • Pacific Marine Expo, Diversified Communications
    • PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PMMI: The Association for Packaging & Processing Technologies
    • Annual Police Security Expo, Sitework Associates, Inc.
    • ProMat®, MHI
    • Retail’s BIG Show, National Retail Federation
    • The Running Event, Formula4Media
    • Sea-Air-Space Exposition, Navy League of the United States
    • Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, Diversified Communications
    • Solar Power International, Solar Energy Trade Shows, LLC
    • Western Regional Dental Convention, Arizona Dental Association


  • May 30, 2018 11:31 AM | Russell Kice (Administrator)

    May 25, 2018

    Lisa Plummer Savas

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    In the wake of movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, every industry must act to end sexual harassment and create positive, lasting change.

    The exhibitions and meetings industries are no exception.

    A new coalition recently was formed to eradicate sexual harassment in the events industry and workplace; a task force that will identify tools and develop new resources to assist in educating individuals and the events industry about sexual harassment. 

    Comprising leaders and executives from organizations including the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE); Association for Women in Events (AWE); the Events Industry Council (EIC); the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE); IMEX; JMIC; Meeting Planners International (MPI); Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA); and SITE, the group was formed after each group determined that this issue required policies that span beyond the confines of each individual organization.

    “All the organizations came together because the ethical concerns and human rights would be better served working together, so we can stop sexual harassment from occurring in the industry,” said John H. Graham, IV, president and CEO of ASAE.

    Industry leaders who have joined this task force include:

    • John H. Graham, President and CEO, ASAE
    • Susan Robertson, Executive Vice President, ASAE and ASAE Foundation President
    • Bob Skelton, Chief Administration Officer, ASAE
    • Kiki J. Fox, President and Co-Founder, AWE
    • Carrie Abernathy, Past-President & Co-Founder, AWE
    • Johnnie White, Treasurer, AWE
    • Julie Sullivan, Vice President, AWE
    • Nicole Unger, Secretary, AWE
    • Karen Kotowski, CEO, EIC
    • Cathy Breden, COO, IAEE
    • Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX     
    • Rod Cameron, Executive Director, JMIC
    • Amanda Armstrong, Chair, MPI
    • Sherrif Karamat, President and CEO, PCMA
    • Rhonda Brewer, Immediate Past President, SITE

    While Abernathy and Fox gathered these industry leaders together for regular meetings and discussed the direction of the coalition, Fox has been charged with organizing action items and driving the initiative.

    The group’s next step is to release a webinar introducing experts on the subject matter. 

    “It’s imperative that our organizations present a united front against sexual harassment in the industry,” Fox said. “Together, we are declaring zero tolerance for behavior that harasses or discriminates.”

    All nine organizations involved will be posting more details about upcoming education and initiatives around this subject to their respective website homepages, while the coalition encourages the events industry to follow along and participate.


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