Showfloor Buzz – February 15, 2020


NAB Care Program Leads the Way.    As you may recall, NAB introduced its NAB Care Program last year for its exhibitors which significantly reduced the cost of material handling at last year’s show.

Building on the success of that effort, NAB has negotiated a 60% to 80% price reduction from its internet provider, Cox Business.    Rather than static displays, NAB Show exhibitors can now livestream, online game, download, upload and share large media files securely and without the fear of slow, lagging, or glitchy internet. Best of all, now it’s affordable.

  • But, this pricing is a test. It is only a test. And, the trial is NAB Show 2020.
  • The trial is designed to test the theory, based upon NAB Show exhibitor feedback, that lower rates will attract more new users and that current users will upgrade to gain access to much needed higher bandwidths.
  • NAB needs the help of the EAC community to test that this theory is true, so that this new test pricing will stay in place for future NAB Shows.
  • EACA members are asked to encourage your exhibitor clients to add or upgrade their NAB Show internet service by March 15th to receive the lowest prices.

EACA Salary Survey Deadline is February 14.  The EACA is conduciting its 2020 Salary Survey to assist all member companies administer their compensation plans.This survey will not only collect data on a number of job titles but will also be indexed by region and city to maxmize the value of the results collected.  Please note that this survey will be completely anonymous and that company identification will not be requested, or required.  The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete for your payrolll adminstrator.    Results of the survey will be available to be shared in time for ExhbitorLive.

To access the survey, click the EACA Salary Survey link.    The deadline for submitting your survey is Friday, February 14.

Las Vegas I&D EAC Workers Required to Complete OSHA 10.     The monitoring of those who have completed the OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 training has begun as of January 2020 but the certification will not be required until January 1, 2021.   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.    All those in a supervisory capacity must take and pass the OSHA 30 certification.

Journeymen and those on the Extra Board with Teamsters Local 631 can take the class at the Local 631 Training Center for free.  For more information about OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 course offerings at Local 631 go to

Once again, 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 Winter.  Here is the schedule for the next couple months:

  • Game Developers Conference                   Mar. 16-20                        San Francisco, CA
  • Enterprise Connect                                     Mar. 30-Apr 2                   Orlando, Fl
  • BIO International                                         June 8-11                         San Diego, CA

EAC Member News

The Expo Group Acquires Allied Convention Services  <Exhibit City News>   The Expo Group, an exhibitions and events partner that invests in growth, today acquired Allied Convention Services, commonly known as Brede/Allied, based in Orlando.   “This acquisition expands The Expo Group’s service capabilities in an important region and brings together the top personnel in this business,” says President and COO Randy Pekowski. “This is an extenuation of our long-term corporate strategy to grow in the right places at the right time with the right people.”    Brede Exposition Services will continue as before in its other five locations under the Brede brand name. The firms have long enjoyed a cooperative business relationship that is expected to continue as The Expo Group integrates Allied Convention Services Inc. in Orlando.

Eagle Management Group introduces Assistant City Manager in Northern California.   Eagle Management Group (“Eagle”) brings on Noah Ploch-Jones, as their Northern California, Assistant City Manager. In 2011, Noah began his career in the tradeshow industry working for a large custom exhibit house in the Bay area.  Noah’s main focus was overseeing shop activity and helping build and construct exhibit properties. Noah was also responsible for show site installation and dismantle as well as supervising local labor around the country.

Sho-Link Announces Retirement.  Sho-Link Incorporated announces the retirement of Scott Ciepley, Chicago City Manager.     Longtime industry leader, Ciepley is ending a 37-year in the event industry. He left Sho-Link at the end of January 2020.  Stephan Mahoney is named Chicago City Manager in January 2020.

Industry News

CES Ready for More Space After Successful 2020 Show.  <TSNN>   Bendable laptop screens, 5G connectivity and a flying Mercedes taxi straight out of Avatar were only some of the highlights at CES 2020 that took place Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas.   The 54th annual show attracted around 180,000 attendees and showcased the latest in tech from 4,400 exhibitors across more than 2.9 million square feet at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sands Expo and several Las Vegas hotels.

Already the largest show in the U.S. (and the top show on TSNN’s Top Trade Show List), CES will have room to grow next year with the addition of the new West Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Derse Names Preston New President < Exhibit City News>  Derse is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Preston to president effective Jan. 1. The appointment comes on the back of another strong year of organizational and revenue growth for Derse.  Preston, formerly Derse’s senior vice president, has been with the company for 11 years and is a 33-year veteran of the face-to-face industry. He has been instrumental in formalizing and advancing Derse’s corporate sales and marketing functions.

Preston will succeed Brett Haney as company president. Haney previously held the role of Derse president and CEO. Haney will maintain his position as Derse CEO moving forward.

Hugh Jones Named CEO of Reed Exhibitions, Replacing Chet Burchett  <TSNN>  After five years at the helm of Reed Exhibitions, Chet Burchett will be retiring from the global company, and Hugh Jones has stepped in as of Feb. 1.