Showfloor Buzz – July 15, 2021


Still Time to Sign Up for the 18th Annual Chicago RSMGC.  The Chicago Randy Charity Golf Outing is back this year on July 26 to support the RSMGC in helping families in the exhibition industry who have suffered severe tragedies or face insurmountable medical expenses, as it has for the past 17 years. Nancy Virene and crew say all should plan on having a great day filled with sun, golf, food, drinks, and best of all, familiar faces!

The RSMGC Golf Outing will take place at Seven Bridges Golf Course and will include a 12pm Shotgun start followed by a dinner reception with raffle prizes.   Visit the Chicago Randy web site to sign up.

For additional information or questions contact Nancy Virene (773-491-6950) or Jackie Hake (773-213-2076).

Registration is Open for 2021 Atlanta Randy.  The Atlanta Randy is back this year on September 27 at Berkeley Hills Country Club to support our friends and families in the exhibition industry who have suffered severe tragedies or face insurmountable medical expenses.  Now more than ever we are looking forward to getting our community back together in support of this great cause.  

If you know of someone from our industry in need please let them know of the Randy and submit an Assistance Application in their behalf.

Meanwhile please let everyone know that Registration to sign up to golf or sponsor is now open.

EAC Registration Show Schedule  EACA has been supporting major trade show organizers and associations for the past 20 plus years for the vetting and credentialing of EACs that require access to the showfloor to service their clients.  Here is a short list of upcoming shows that we will be servicing.

  • Black Hat                               Aug. 4-5         Mandalay Bay                Las Vegas
  • NAFEM                                  Aug. 26-28      Orange County CC        Orlando
  • Summer Fancy Foods         Sept. 27-29     Jacob Javits CC             New York
  • Pack Expo Las Vegas          Sept. 27-29     Las Vegas CC                Las Vegas

EACA Member News

Nth Degree/Renaissance Management. <Exhibit City News> Atlanta-based Nth Degree, a leading full-service global event marketing and labor management company, announces that members of Renaissance Management’s I&D team have joined the company.

“After considering options for our business, Sonny Ciferni and I decided the best solution for our customers and our employees is to align with Nth Degree and have members of our I&D Team join the company,” explains Steve Johnson (pictured right), president, Renaissance Management. “Through our consulting roles at Nth Degree, we are committed to supporting customers and employees to ensure success as the industry rebounds.”

Eagle Management Adds Doug Higgins to Sales Team.  Eagle Management Group, Inc. adds another pro to the sales team with the sign-on of Doug Higgins. Higgins has a collective 32+ years of experience in the tradeshow space. He started out as a Planning Coordinator and then moved into sales, having worked at both I&D and Nth Degree. He spent 30+ years in labor management sales and was the number one sales rep for five years. 

B.E.E.P. Procedures Updated.The Building Entry Exit Procedures (B.E.E.P.) have been updated at the McCormick Place Complex.  The attached pdfcontains instructions to receive a B.E.E.P. badge and the updated locations for entry and exit.

Each company is responsible for submitting the attached form to [email protected] for badge processing.  You can request badges for multiple individuals at once.  These badges will be good for one year at time of issue.  Please review the attached documents and email [email protected] with any questions.

Employco Advisories.   EACA has learned from our friends at Employco USA that recent legislation dictates that any employee whose annual compensation is up to $35k per year is eligible for OT if their job requires them to work more than 40 hours per week – even if they are salaried.

Also from Employco they want to remind members that while the current federal minimum wage rate is $7.25 per hour many states have adopted minimum wage rates higher than the federal rate.   And, when the state rate and federal rate are different, employers must pay their employees the higher rate.

Click this Link for a PDF with the full list of states that have upcoming increases, including:  California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Oregon and Washington DC.

EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loans)   EACA has recently learned that after much delay that EIDL loan applications are finally being processed and funded.   The typical timeframe for receiving funding for these loans is 10 to 12 weeks. 


Industry News

New Las Vegas Convention Center West Hall Incorporates Feedback from Organizers. <TSNN>  An open-air design featuring the largest digital experience in the U.S. convention and exhibitions industry welcomes attendees to the brand-new West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), just as the city roars back to full capacity and takes major events and trade shows to the next level with impressive, new venues.

The $1 billion West Hall Expansion adds 1.4 million square feet to the LVCC, including 600,000 square feet of new, leasable exhibit space, which includes 328,000 square feet of the largest column-free space in North America, 150,000 square feet of meeting space; a 14,000-square-foot outdoor terrace; and a grand atrium.

During the design phase, a panel of trade show organizers representing some of the largest trade shows held in Las Vegas, including the Consumer Technology Association, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, UBM Advanstar, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers, showed their unanimous support for the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion.

The organizers urged the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) to “make no small plans.” Their input about the necessary features became the foundation for West Hall’s design.

California Venues Are Now Open.  All venues in California received word from state officials that they can re-open for events as of June 15.    From June 15 to October 1 any event with total attendance over 5000 must require vaccine or negative test for entry. After October 1all facilities will be wide open and vaccine and negative tests will no longer be required.  In any event, masks will be required for entry for the foreseeable future.

The first show at the San Diego CC will be SPIE on July 29.

LA Tourism Partners with ClearAs an exclusive benefit for Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board clients, CLEAR is proud to offer preferred Health Pass pricing.    Clear offers clients a way to standardize your health screening protocol with Health Pass so that guests can safely & securely return to what they love. Our solution is customizable to include any combination of health survey, lab testing, and temperature check.  *This solution includes CLEAR’s standard health survey and existing lab integrations