Showfloor Buzz – September 15, 2019


EACA Member Meeting at The Randy.   All EACA members are invited to join us on Thursday October 3 for our annual EACA member meeting at The Randy.    The meeting will take place from 1:30pm-4:00pm at 3175 Satellite Boulevard, Building 600, Suite 105, Duluth, GA. 30096Here is this year’s Agenda.

Please note this is a new address for this year’s meeting in the same complex as the offices of Nth Degree but in a different building.

Las Vegas I&D EAC Workers Will Be Required to Complete OSHA 10.     Recently passed Nevada Senate Bill SP119 requires anyone working more than 15 days per year on trade shows in Las Vegas to become OSHA certified.     The bill impacts all those who perform I&D, decorating and fork lift services.  The 10 hour course (hence OSHA 10) can be taken online and the certification test is administered by state agency.  The online training is free and the certification card costs $8.

In the alternative, journeymen and those on the Extra Board with Teamsters Local 631 can take the class at the Local 631 Training Center for free.     All those in a supervisory capacity must take and pass the OSHA 30 certification.      The monitoring of those who have completed the OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 will begin in January 2020 but the certification will not be required until January 1, 2021.

Upcoming EAC Registration Schedule   The EACA has a busy schedule of EAC registration shows coming up this Spring and Summer.  Here is the schedule for the next couple months:

  • WEFTEC                                                     Sept. 22-25                      New Orleans, LA
  • Pack Expo                                                   Sept. 23-25                      Las Vegas, NV
  • ICUEE                                                         Oct. 1-3                            Louisville, KY

EAC Member News

Eagle Management Announces New Hires/Assignments/Retirements.   Eagle Management Group is pleased to announce that Brian Fischer will be serving as the new City Manager of Miami. Brian first started with Eagle in 1987 as the City Manager of the Baltimore/ DC region. Since then he has served as Project Manager and West Coast Regional Manager.   In 1999, he moved to Florida.  His vast and varied background makes him an ideal fit for the role of City Manager.

Eagle Management is also happy to announce that MaryRose Rogers will be relocating to Las Vegas. MaryRose has been with Eagle for one year now and has spent that time concentrating on new business development. Prior to joining the Eagle team she has had extensive experience in the trade show industry working in several roles for a prominent flooring company.

Eagle Management  is excited to introduce Antonia Nuzzolo to the west coast and bring her onboard of their California team. Antonia began working with Eagle nearly two years ago as an intern and was quickly identified as an innovative thinker.    Since then she has worked alongside many veterans of the industry and is now ready to use her extensive skill set working as an Account Executiv

Eagle Management Group’s Don Minot begins to prepare for retirement as Arthur Ximenes begins to take over some of his responsibilities. Don has been with Eagle Management Group for over 30 years and in that time has played a large role in shaping and growing the company into what it is today. He began working for Eagle as a carpenter in the DC area and today serves as the Vice President of Operations. Don is not yet ready for full retirement due to his love of the industry and Eagle. He will remain on the Eagle team as the Philadelphia City Manager moving forward.

Arthur is no stranger to Eagle, he was brought on 25 years ago in 1994. He first began as a Lead carpenter and gained a reputation for his strong work ethic and attention to detail. Soon after his introduction to Eagle, he took on the role of City Manager for Dallas & Houston where he constantly exceeded expectations. For the past several years, Arthur has served as the Manager of Operations, traveling across the country in order to help bring exceptional service to Eagle’s clients. We are excited to welcome Arthur to his new role as Vice President of Operations

Eagle Management announces Kerry Kieper’s retirement after 20 years with the company. Kerry first started as a show-site Customer Service Representative where she was able to develop strong interpersonal skills, learn the area’s venues and familiarized herself with the various unions needed to run a successful tradeshow in the Chicago area.


Industry News

Heftman Honored as TSNN Industry Icon <TSNN>  Mary Pat Heftman, who has overseen the the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show for two decades, will be honored as the 2019 TSNN Awards Industry Icon honoree, on tap Nov. 15-17 in Dallas.
EDPA Accepting Award Nominations.   EDPA is currently accepting nominations for their annual awards including: Eddie Awards, Hazel Hays Award, Ambassador Award, Designer of the Year Award, Chapter of the Year Award, and an entirely new category; the International Collaboration award.  The awards will be announced at EDPA’s annual ACCESS meeting being held at the J.W. Marriott Pass in Tucson, Arizona this year.  For more information about EDPA’s awards programs, go to

New Orleans to Require WIS Badge.   Effective January 1, 2020, ENMCC will implement the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association ESCA Worker Identification System (WIS) requiring all workers to be identified with either a WIS Badge or an ENMCC issued credential.

Global Exhibition Industry Growth Slows in First Half of 2019   <TSNN>  Revenue growth has slowed in the first half of 2019, compared with the same time period in 2018, according to UFI, the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry in its latest edition of its flagship Global Barometer research.    Even so, there still is an overall positive trend for the year in relation to revenue.“Exhibitions mirror markets – therefore a slowdown in global economic growth also affects the exhibition industry, as this latest edition of our UFI Global Barometer shows,” said Kai Hattendorf, UFI managing director/CEO.   He added, “But the data also proves that exhibitions are not just resilient, but show a consistently strong performance and growth opportunities in many core markets around the world.”

With regard to operating profit, 80 percent of companies maintained a good level of performance in 2018, and more than 40 percent of companies from all regions declared an increase of more than 10 percent, compared with 2017.    However, the prospects for 2019 currently are lower globally, in line with the worldwide slowdown of economic growth.