Showfloor Buzz – July 31, 2022


EACA Board to Meet in Chicago.   The EACA Board of Directors will hold its Q2 Board meeting in Chicago on August 2, the day after the Chicago Randy.

EACA Publishes Updated Billing & Collections Best Practice. The EACA recognizes that its members have a need to be vigilant about billing & collections practices in the trade show industry, particularly after industry slowdowns and shutdowns.   In 2022, there is no greater time for this vigilance as we emerge from the COVID pandemic.    The first version of this Best Practice was published after 9/11 and the resulting industry shutdown.  It was updated again after the recession of 2008.

The EACA Executive Committee of 2022 formed an Ad Hoc Committee and have reviewed, modified and published the 2022 Billing & Collections Best Practice.

Upcoming CBA Renewal Dates.    There are a number of CBAs up for renewal through the rest of 2022.    Please be sure to contact the local in question where you’re signatory if you haven’t received the request for a re-opener letter.   Please note that the EACA is willing and interested to help coordinate the EAC bargaining team.

  • Miami                                                   IUPAT District Council 78                         Expires 8/31
  • Anaheim/SoCal                                    IUPAT Local 831                                      Expires 8/31
  • Denver                                                 IATSE Local 7                                          Expires 8/31

Please reach out to Jim Wurm ([email protected]) for any local agreement where you would like to volunteer to be involved.

EAC Registration Schedule. EACA is supporting the following events with our EAC registration services:

  • Black Hat                                              Aug. 10-11                               Las Vegas / Mandalay Bay
  • Channel Leadership Summit               Sept. 13-16                              Orlando
  • IBIE                                                      Sept 18-21                               Las Vegas / LVCC
  • Money 2020                                         Oct  23-26                                Las Vegas / Venetian
  • Pack Expo                                            Oct. 23-26                                Chicago
Save These Dates for the RSMGC. The RSMGC Board has announced the dates for their charity events in 2022.   All EACA members and industry colleagues are encouraged to note the following on their calendars as we endeavor to provide assistance to our colleagues who have suffered personal or family tragedies:
  • Chicago Randy                                           Aug 1, 2022                        Seven Bridges Golf Course, Woodridge, IL
  • Get Out of the Gutter                                  Aug 18, 2022                      Bowlmor, Atlanta, GA
  • Atlanta Randy                                             Oct 7, 2022                         Stone Mountain Golf Course, Stone Mountain, GA

EACA Member News

Eagle Adds Account Manager.   Eagle Management Group (“Eagle”) announced it added Gary Barbara to its account management team. Gary’s 25 years in the tradeshow industry have allowed him to develop deep relationships and refine valuable skills that he is eager to bring to Eagle. In his role as account manager, he supports key clients in their preparation for a successful show time. He is also responsible for estimating labor calls on prospective projects.

Momentum Adds Show Floor Manager.  <Exhibit City News>  Momentum Management has added a new show floor manager to support the Las Vegas operations team. Sonia Martinez has joined this Momentum team to fulfill her desire to work in the labor service industry.

Sonia has worked serving customers her entire career. Her previous positions have greatly prepared her to take on the show floor manager role and supports her in continuing to provide our clients with Momentum Management’s unique and customer-centric approach.

Employco USA Provides Info on Minimum Wage Changes    Several state and local governments have set the minimum wage to increase effective July 1, 2022.    See Report.

States with increases: California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Washington DC.

CCC is EACA’s Newest Affinity Partner. EACA recently signed an agreement with Commercial Collection Corp. of NY(CCC) to provide discounted collection services to our members.   Not only will CCC provide collection services to EACA members but they will also provide credit check services to members on new or existing accounts.  Best of all, the main contact at CCC is well known to many members who have worked with Lisa Puckett in the past.   If you have an account that you’d like to check on their credit worthiness, or if you have a collection you’d like to place with CCC you can reach Lisa by email at [email protected].

Industry News

Resorts World Gets Into the Loop.  <M&C>  Resorts World Las Vegas has opened its Vegas Loop passenger station, providing direct underground access to the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) within minutes via a fleet of Tesla electric vehicles.

The Resorts World Las Vegas station will be the first of over 55 stops anticipated to form the Vegas Loop, which aims to eventually transport thousands of passengers per hour throughout the approximately 47-kilometre resort corridor

The Vegas Loop is an all-electric, zero-emissions, underground public transportation system being developed in phases by Elon Musk’s The Boring Company. Also dubbed as the “Teslas in Tunnels” project, the Loop, once fully completed, will allow passengers to hitch rides in Teslas to and from places like the hotel casinos on the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas, the LVCC, the city’s new football stadium, and McCarran International Airport.

Martell to Take Helm of Informa <TSNN> Leading B2B exhibitions and market access business, Informa Markets, has appointed a new CEO. Effective Jan. 1, 2023, Patrick Martell, current CEO of Informa Intelligence and COO of Informa Group, will take the reigns as the company’s chief executive while continuing his role as Group COO. He will replace current CEO Charlie McCurdy, who joined Informa in 2015 and will move into a new role as strategic advisor to Informa Group in 2023.

ExhibitorLive Will Take Place in 2023.  Mark Johnson, chairman and CEO of Minneapolis-based The STAR Groupe, recently confirmed that ExhibitorLive will take place in Louisville next April according to sources.   While this announcement has yet to be posted on their website, ExhibitorLive is scheduled to take place in Louisville on April 23-27, 2023 at the Kentucky International Convention Center.