Showfloor Buzz – December 21, 2018

Happy Holidays

This is the final issue of the Showfloor Buzz for 2018.   The EACA wishes each and every one of our members, and industry colleagues, a Happy Holiday season and a prosperous New Year!


EACA Board Updates By-Laws, Elects New Directors and Officers.   At the Board meeting held in conjunction with EDPA ACCESS in Naples, FL, the EACA updated its By-Laws to expand its Board of Directors and formed its new Advisory Board for 2019.

The new President of the EACA is David Holloway of Eagle Management, and Bernie Massett of MC2 is the new Vice President.   Colleen Johnson of Sho-Link will serve as Treasurer of the EACA in 2019, and Ben Power of Nth Degree will serve as the association’s Secretary.    EACA’s officers will serve one year terms which will be completed at next winter’s Board meeting at EDPA ACCESS.

In addition to the election of its new officers, the EACA Board voted to change the association By-Laws to accommodate for growth through the addition of 4 new EAC Directors to the Board.  With these additions the EACA Board now includes John O’Shea, Czarnowski, Brian Phebus, Metro Corporation, April Hurley, The Expo Group, Rick Bellerjeau, Momentum Management, Bill Muller, Renaissance Management, Bob Dobinski, CorpEvents New England, and Ronnie Wakefield, UPS Freight.

The By-Law changes also provided for the formation of a new Advisory Board comprised of EACA Associate members to continue the EACA founding principle of receiving input from all trade show industry stakeholders

OCCC Parking Permits for 2019.   For 2019, the annual parking permit fee for OCCC Service Partners will remain $900.00, inclusive of 6.5% sales tax, per pass for parking in the West Building’s Parking Garage and/or the North/South parking lots.  That equates to $75.00 per month.  In order for the cardholder to have access to the North/South lots and the West Parking Garage effective January 1, 2019, the parking permit fee must be received by OCCC by Friday, December 28, 2018.  Remember, parking spaces are limited, so don’t delay in placing your order.

Save the Date for the 2019 Las Vegas Randy.   The RSMGC Board of Directors, the EACA and the EDPA Foundation are pleased to announce that the 5th Annual Las Vegas Randy will take place on Sunday, February 24 at the Painted Desert Golf Course again this year.   As in the past, the Las Vegas Randy invites all industry professionals who are attending or exhibiting at the 2019 ExhibitorLive to come out for a day of golf to support the cause.

Registration for the 2019 LV Randy will officially open on January 3, 2019.

EACA Member News

Ken Dec of The Expo Group Joins Forbes Communication Council.    Ken Dec of The Expo Group, an exhibitions and events partner that invests in growth, has been accepted into Forbes Communications Council, an invitation-only community for executives in communications, marketing, and public relations.    Dec, a 30-year marketing veteran, is Executive Vice President, Marketing and Client Strategies at The Expo Group. He was vetted and selected for Forbes Communications Council by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of his experience. Criteria for acceptance include a record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors.

EAC Tip of the Month

Offered by TS Crew.   Chris Griffin of TS Crew passed along a helpful tip as the result of feedback his showfloor team got from building security at OCCC.   The crew at TS Crew were complemented me on the shrink wrap on the towers that they had placed to protect the client’s product. Security said they wish more of the exhibitors would do this because the number one complaint they receive is the theft of small products.   Way to go TS Crew!

Industry News

IAEE Welcomes Cindric, Jr. as Incoming Chariperson. IAEE has elected Thomas Cindric, Jr as its incoming Board of Directors Chairperson for 2019.  In this role, Cindric will focus on the changing trade show model, increasing IAEE’s global presence and the expansion of IAEE’s CEM Learning Program and Women’s Initiatives, a vision he discussed during the Annual Networking Luncheon and Awards Presentation held Dec. 13 at Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2018 in New Orleans.   Cindric is Sr. VP at Informa Global Exhibitions.

CEIR Reports 1% Uptick in Industry Growth  <TSNN>  Despite uncertainty on where U.S. trade negotiations stand with China, coupled with an unstable stock market and the global economy slowing down overall, the latest Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) reports that the recent growth of the exhibition industry continued during the third quarter of 2018. Performance of the industry, as measured by the CEIR Total Index, posted a modest year-over-year gain of 1 percent, although it underperformed the macroeconomy.

Exhibit Systems Acquires KMK Industries   <Exhibit City News>  Exhibit Systems, a premier exhibit and display company offering one-stop service for tradeshows and events, has acquired all assets of KMK Industries, a Milwaukee-based firm known for designing and manufacturing quality tradeshow exhibits. KMK Industries, led by Ron and Patti Malliet, has provided custom and modular tradeshow displays for more than 50 years.