Showfloor Buzz – June 15, 2018


Review of Check-in Process at McCormick Place.  Check in procedures at McCormick Place in Chicago has been changed as of May 1.    All EACs, whether having a base of operations in Chicago or traveling to Chicago to service clients, should make themselves familiar with the new process if you aren’t already.  Highlights of the new BEEP procedures includes:

  • Single point of entry for each building on the campus
  • A complete list of all employees who need access to the building must be sent to facility security on a daily basis
  • All company employees must wear a shirt, smock, or vest with identifying numbers

New Check-in Process at George R. Brown.  The George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB) will be rolling out a new security check-in for all labor coming into the GRB. This will be the only point of entry and will be located on Polk Street, west of Chenevert Street. Unless you have been issued a hang tag for Lot 4, you will not be allowed access to the gate at Walker Street and Chenevert Street.   In the next few weeks, we will be working to produce clear signage to direct labor to the new security check-in. We appreciate you participation and help in keeping the GRB a safe and secure convention center.

EACA Offers 6 Months of Free Advertising.   The EACA has recently introduced its brand new Exhibitor Resource Guide and, as a special promotion, is offering 6 months of free advertising, on a first-come, first-served basis, to 4 lucky members.   A free advertising package will be offered to the first Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum member company that responds – one in each member level.    Click the line to learn more about the Exhibitor Resource Advertising program.


EACA Member News

Eagle Management Hires Account Executive.   Eagle Management Group (EMG) is pleased to announce the newest addition to its sales team, MaryRose Rogers. As an Account Executive, MaryRose will concentrate her efforts on new business development.




Industry News

mg Design Closes Doors.  <Exhibit City News>   mg Design Associates in Pleasant Prairie, Wisc., closed their doors on May 9.      Founded by Michael Grivas in 1959, mg Design was a pioneer in the concept of incorporating marketing strategy into exhibit design. Their headquarters were just outside of Chicago and that location was a full-service facility with complete account, marketing, design, fabrication & production, I&D/labor/logistics and warehouse services and was home to one of their three regional exhibit rental inventory hubs; in addition, they had offices in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Orlando.

AEM’s Megan Tanel Chosen as 2018 TSNN Industry Icon.  <TSNN>   The Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ Megan Tanel has been named the 2018 TSNN Awards Industry Icon Honoree and will be celebrated at an awards gala held during the Aug. 10-12 weekend in Louisville, Ky.


CEIR TOTAL Index:  Trade Show Industry Continues Growth Streak in 2018.    The Center for Exhibition Industry Research reports that the recent growth of the exhibition industry continued during the first quarter of 2018. The performance of the industry, as measured by the CEIR Total Index, posted a decent year-over-year gain of 1.8 percent, even though it underperformed the overall macroeconomy. “The increase in the first quarter supports our prediction that the exhibition industry will finally enter into an expansion phase in 2018 with the Total Index surpassing its previous peak,” said CEIR Economist Allen Shaw, Ph.D., Chief Economist for Global Economic Consulting Associates, Inc. Building, Construction, Home and Repair; Industrial/Heavy Machinery and Finished Business Inputs; and Government all registered robust year-over-year gains.

85 Countries Take Part in 2018 Global Exhibitions Day.  <TSNN>   Exhibition professionals around the world came out in record numbers for the third Global Exhibitions Day (GED) June 6. Not only did this highlight the industry’s role as a driver of economic growth, but also established GED 2018 as the biggest day of advocacy for the exhibition world so far, with 85 countries taking part, according to data from UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. This year’s GED focused on two key areas: first, to advocate industry issues with politicians and stakeholders, and secondly, on finding new ways to connect with young people to attract the right talent to the exhibition industry. By the end of the day, the UFI team in Paris had registered activities in 85 countries and regions from all around the world, with the leading organisers, venues and service providers all being active. This year’s success builds on the impressive results from the 2017 campaign, which already set a record for global industry advocacy. Coordinated by UFI, this joint advocacy campaign also united 41 GED partner associations.