Showfloor Buzz – November 15, 2019


Clark County Establishes Permit Requirement for Double Deck Booths in Las Vegas.     Recent changes have been made by the Clark County Department of Building and Fire Prevention (CCBD) to the permitting process for temporary buildings and structures, including double deck trade show exhibits.

The amended code affects exhibit structures with ANY of the following conditions:

*   Greater than a single story (double-deck structures) where occupants can be below an elevated floor
*   Having a total occupancy load that exceeds 1,000 persons
*   Covering an area that exceeds 7,500 square feet
*   Temporary structures that are connected to and receive structural support from an existing building or structure

The amended code now requires the exhibitor to obtain a building permit from the Clark County Building Department (CCBD).   In order to obtain a permit, it requires an exhibitor to hire a Nevada licensed contractor or Nevada engineering firm to conduct a civil review of the structure drawings, approve the plans and apply on your behalf to the CCBD. Previously, exhibitors submitted booth plans to the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Fire Prevention department to approve and facilitate plans on-site.   Estimated cost for the permit is $7500 to $8500.

Anyone concerned about the adminsitration and execution of this new rule is invited to attend a special meeting with Clark County today, November 15 at 1pm.   The meeting takes place at 4701 W. Russell Rd.    Click the link for full details.

Local Reps Needed for Skills USA Outreach.    In EACA’s efforts to identify and attract the next generation of EAC trade show professionals, the EACA Board has initiated an outreach campaign to connect with SkillsUSA.     SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to insure America has a skilled workforce.  Our industry faces a challenge of an aging workforce that needs to be replaced by a new generation of motivated, skilled workers.    SkillsUSA is an invaluable resource of that talent and the EACA is looking for local representation in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Skills USA hosts local and regional events in these states and EACA reps will be points of contact for opportunities to inform students at these events about potential careers in the trade show industry.   For more information on how you can support the EACA Talent Initiative email [email protected].

EACA Board to Meet at EDPA ACCESS   The EACA Board will conduct its annual meeting at EDPA ACCESS on Thursday, December 7 in Tucson, AZ.    Principal agenda items for the meeting will be the approval of the 2020 budget for EACA and the election of new Directors and Officers.   Any EACA member interested in serving on the EACA Board should email [email protected].

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

  • RSNA                                                             Dec. 1-6                           Chicago, IL
  • Winter Fancy Foods                                    Jan. 19-21                        San Francisco, CA
  • Game Developers Conference                   Mar. 16-20                        San Francisco, CA
  • Enterprise Connect                                     Mar. 30-Apr 2                   Orlando, Fl

EAC Member News

McCormick Place Chief Resigns  <Exhibit City News>   Lori Healey, CEO of the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority, has submitted her resignation, effective Oct. 18. The agency, generally known as McPier, runs McCormick Place. Healey, 59, was a top lieutenant to former Mayor Richard M. Daley and later Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Among other jobs, she was the city’s planning director and an executive with the group formed to pursue Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. She became McPier CEO in April 2015.    McPier Chief Financial Officer Larita Clark will take over as acting CEO on a temporary basis while the agency looks for a permanent successor.



Industry News

Record Setting Event fo Pack Expo 2019  <TSNN> The 2019 edition of PACK EXPO Las Vegas was a huge success by all accounts. Show owner and producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, reports that the show hit an unprecedented level in late September, breaking records for number of exhibitors, total exhibit space and total attendees.    At the show’s close, preliminary numbers showed 31,000 attendees (an 8 percent increase from the 2017 edition) and more than 2,000 exhibitors covering nearly 900,000 net square feet at Las Vegas Convention Center.

TEG Honors Show Managers of the Year <TSNN> The Expo Group unveiled the top four honorees of The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year (SMOTY) Awards.  These awards are run independently of any industry associations with a judging panel of trade show professionals to honor unsung heroes of events and trade shows.   “This program is a way for us to give back to our profession by drawing attention to the people who impress everyone with their commitment, innovation and excellence,” said President and COO of The Expo Group Randy Pekowski.

The 2019 SMOTY Awards honorees are:

  • Tier I: Lewis Shomer, 5Net4 Productions
  • Tier II: Kevin Brown, CMP, American Hospital Association
  • Tier III: Emile Davis, CEM, Society for Human Resource Management
  • Tier IV: Marc Acampora, Informa

AEG Facilities and SMG Complete Merger to Form ASM Global  <Exhibit City News>  AEG Facilities, the venue management affiliate of Anschutz Entertainment Group,and SMG, a portfolio company of Onex and its affiliated funds, have completed their merger to create a new, standalone global facility management and venue services company, ASM Global.    ASM is headquartered in Los Angeles with key operations based in West Conshohocken, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia. The company also has corporate offices in London; Manchester, England; Brisbane, Australia; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

StevensE3 Acquires Toronto-Based Exhibit Connections  <Exhibit City News>  StevensE3 has acquired Toronto-based Exhibit Connections, forming a partnership dedicated to enhancing existing customer relationships and to providing increased scale and capability for new business opportunities. Customers can expect business as usual from the two companies with account management teams and services operating in the same capacity customers are used to.