Showfloor Buzz – January 1, 2023


Happy New Year!The EACA would like to wish all our members a Happy and Prosperous New Year for 2023. All members will soon be receiving our year end report for 2022.   And we’re happy to say 2022 was a much better year for your association.   We trust that the industry shutdown for the previous two years is behind us and that we have a much better way forward for the EAC community.

EACA to Conduct 2023 Salary Survey.  In response to the staffing challenges facing our entire indsutry, the EACA will be conducting a Salary Survey in January.  The EACA had previously conducted this survey in 2020.   The survey is indexed by company size and service category.

All members who participate in the survey will receive a full report of the results.

EACA Executive Committee Meets Monthly.   The EACA Executive Committee (EC), consisting of the EACA Board Officers and the Executive Director, meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month to discuss the status of the association.

If any member has an issue that you’d like to bring to the attention of the EC please email Jim Wurm, Executive Director ([email protected]) by the end of the 2nd week of the month.

Chapter Zoom Calls.The EACA continues to be committed to organize Zoom calls with our Chapters so we can better understand your challenges and serve your needs.  If you would like to assist in organizing a call for your Chapter please contact Jim Wurm at [email protected].

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

  • Winter Fancy Foods                             Jan. 15-17                                  Las Vegas
  • NAFEM                                                 Feb. 1-3.                                    Orlando
  • Game Developers Conference             Mar. 21-24                                 San Francisco
  • Enterprise Connect                               Mar. 27-29                                 Orlando

EACA Member News


Celebrating 25 Years of the EACA.   This year, 2023, marks the 25th Anniversary of the formation of the EACA.    Our good friends at Exhibit City News will be helping us to celebrating this milestone by producing our 25th Anniversary Member Directory.    The Member Directory will chronicle the history of the EACA as well as the complete listing of all members and will be available for distribution as ExhibitorLive in Louisville this April.

Be sure to take advantage of the advertising opportunities as this Directory is sure to be popular with the industry at-large, as well as a great resource for exhibitors.

Take Advantage of New Health Insurance Offering. The EACA has recently joined the Small Association Leadership Alliance (SALA) in order to take advantage of their health insurance programs which can offer discounts up to 50% of what companies and individuals typically pay for coverages with carriers like Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Member companies, or individual employees of member companies, can enroll in the program.  Additional information on how members take advantage of these programs is on the EACA website.  Click on Healthcare Insurance for a program overview.  When you click on SALA Healthcare Program you will come to a page where you can see a link to Enroll Now.

If need assistance in getting your program set up there is a 24/7 Concierge Service to assist you.  

Just send an email to [email protected]

LVCC & Freeman Extend Parking Offer for CES.  The LVCC has agree to provide parking for the workforce, beginning on Jan 2nd, for the remainder of the show. It will be located at the SLS lot, which is at the corner of Paradise and Sahara if you are not familiar. Freeman, as CES general service contractor, is absorbing the cost of the parking which is being extended to all CES workers, not just Freeman employees.

CCC Offers Helpful Billing/Collections Tips.  As previously mentioned, Commercial Collection Corp. of NY(CCC) is the EACA’s newest Affinity Partner.   CCC provides discounted collection services to our members.   In addition to pursuing collections CCC offers the following:

  1. EACA members can call Lisa Puckett at CCC (913-302-2285) when engaged by a new customer to check on their credit.
  2. Additionally, CCC can provide first party services and act as your AR department should you be short staffed in that area.  Lisa et al will make phone calls, send emails and letters to take care of past due accounts.

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

CEIR’s Q3 Index Demonstrates Strong Rebound for B2B Events.  <TSNN> According to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), the U.S. B2B exhibition industry continues to rebound, demonstrated by a continued improvement in Q3 2022 from the previous 10 quarters.

The B2B exhibition cancellation rate should remain extremely low, and the performance of completed events will continue to improve,” said CEIR Economist Dr. Allen Shaw, chief economist for Global Economic Consulting Associates, Inc. “A full recovery for the industry is expected in 2024.”

Among 14 industry sectors that CEIR monitors, the government and discretionary consumer goods and services sectors are expected to perform better, while the IT and building and construction sectors will lag behind the overall exhibition industry.

Industry Organizations Fight New Kentuck Tax on Events.  <TSNN>   With a looming new 6 percent Kentucky tax on 35 services, including business events, Louisville Tourism, the Exhibitions and Conferences Alliance (ECA) and the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) are voicing strong opposition to the measure, which could be detrimental to the state’s trade show, convention and meeting business. It also would pose an undue burden on event organizers and clients, as the industry continues to recover following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The measure is scheduled to take effect on January 1.

Real ID Deadline Extended Until 2025.  <Northstar Meetings Group>   The Department of Homeland Security has delayed the enforcement of the Real ID Act an additional two years from May 3, 2023 to May 7, 2025. The legislation will require all travelers to present a Real ID-compliant driver’s license or photo ID card, or another form of federally acceptable identification (such as a valid passport or military ID) to board domestic commercial flights.

ExhibitorLive Will Take Place in 2023Mark Johnson, chairman and CEO of Minneapolis-based The STARGroup, 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.