Showfloor Buzz – November 1, 2023


EACA Services NBAA in Las Vegas.  EACA serviced NBAA for the first time in Las Vegas this year.  Covering both the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Executive Airport in Henderson where NBAA has Static Displays, EACA was requested by show management to credential every individual that entered either location.

“Credentialing everyone at the show in addition to our normal service of vetting and credentialing registered EACs was a significant challenge,” said Jim Wurm, EACA Executive Director who was onsite at NBAA.   “We worked with facility management, catering management, valets and all onsite contractors in a collaborative fashion to make it work,” said Wurm.   “And most of all, recognizing that it would have been possible for the entire security process to go off the rails, we appreciate the leadership demonstrated by NBAA show management to make the credentialing process as efficient as possible.”

Freeman Announces New Rigging Safety Initiative for RSNA  With move-in only a couple weeks away RSNA’s General Service Contractor, Freeman, has announced a new rigging safety initiative that will impact many exhibitors there as well as all other Freeman events moving forward.   The new safety initiative impacts all hanging signs, video walls that have overhead support and all other tie offs.

Citing an ANSI Safety Recommendation from 2017, Freeman’s new rigging policy will have the following requirements:

  • All fully suspended structures and/or tie offs will likely require a Professional Engineering (PE) Stamp from the state where the event is being held. Exhibitors should check with Freeman prior to the show to determine if your display needs a stamp.
  • All Engineered Drawings must have a new PE Stamp each year.
  • All Engineered Drawings must have the following:
    • A depiction of the tie off.
    • How the tie off will attach to the structure.
    • The hardware that must be used on the structure itself. (Note: All load bearing hardware must be domestically manufactured, forged and stamped.)
    • Building material used to construct the structure.

EACA Embraces National COI Program with Hargrove  EACA members can now take advantage of Hargrove’s Master National Agreement.  This Agreement, should the EAC be approved, would allow for EACs to only submit one COI annually for all booths on Hargrove shows.  For more information please email [email protected]

EACA members interested in this program can submit a request to the email link above and Hargrove will forward the agreement.  Once the signed agreement is received the member directed to submit their COI for verification.

EACA Unveils New Job Board.   There is a new Job Board on the EACA web site to assist members identify, locate and hire key personnel needed for company growth.   Features of this new Job Board include email alerts to job seekers when new jobs are posted to the site.  Employers can also have their listing prioritized and advertised.

EACA to Exhibit/Meet at EDPA ACCESS  The EACA has confirmed that not only will we hold our end of year Board meeting but that EACA will also have a booth in the EDPA Showcase.

The end of year EACA Board meeting includes the election of new Directors to the Board and the introduction of the new Officers for 2024.    Any member interested in considering a position on the EACA Board is requested to email Executive Director, Jim Wurm at [email protected]EDPA ACCESS takes place Nov. 28-30 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, FL.

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

RSNA                                         Nov. 26-29               Chicago
Winter Fancy Foods                Jan. 21-23                Las Vegas
The Plastics Show                   May 6-10                  Orlando

EACA Member News

Eagle Management Introduces New Service Partner Manager.  Eagle Management Group (“Eagle”) announces new team member, Lisa Wetter, as Service Partner Manager.  Lisa has worked in the industry for many years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Eagle. As Service Partner Manager, her main focus will be maintaining and fostering service partner relationships, as well as developing new partnerships. In addition to the Service Partner Manager position, Lisa’s experience and relationships in the industry will also open doors as an Account Executive.

Employco USA Hires New AP/AR Specialist  Employco USA is thrilled to announce the significant growth of its team. Their newest addition is Danyalle Lee.  In her role, Danyalle will take charge of accounts payable, accounts receivable, vendor information maintenance, and reporting. With over two decades of invaluable expertise in financial roles, she’s not new to this game. Danyalle previously served as an AP/AR Specialist at Robert Half and as an Accounts Payable Analyst at Burrell Communications.

Industry News

Exhibitor Group Welcomes Monica Myhill as Chief Learning Strategist <Exhibitor>  Exhibitor Group today announced that Monica Myhill, CMP, CRP, CPTD, has joined the enhanced and expanded Exhibitor Group leadership team as Chief Learning Strategist and CTSM Director. She joins the organization after many years of successfully directing and managing education, certification, exhibitions, and meetings teams. Her most recent job was as Director of Education at the Colorado Hospital Association.

Exhibitor Group’s announcement comes on the heels of their announcement that the company’s long-time Chief Learning Strategist Dee Silfies is making a career transition. The organization is grateful to Silfies’ incredible contributions to Exhibitor Group’s programs and the exhibitions industry. Throughout her career, Silfies has helped to educate thousands of Certified Trade Show Marketer (CTSM) graduates, candidates, and attendees of EXHIBITORLIVE, EXHIBITORFastTrak, and EXHIBITOR eTrak educational programs.

Julie Kagy Promoted to Lead ESCA as Executive Director <TSNN>  With a network of over 185 members across the U.S. and Canada, the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA) is preparing for a new era as Julie Kagy assumes the role of executive director, taking over from the retiring Larry Arnaudet, effective Jan. 1.

Toy Fair Reverses Course on Move <TSNN>  For the attendees and exhibitors of Toy Fair, North America’s largest trade show and conference for the $40 billion toy industry, there’s no place like its home in the Big Apple for more than a century.

After The Toy Association announced on Oct. 1 that it was moving the Toy Fair from New York’s Javits Center to the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for three years starting in 2026, the association quickly reversed course when faced with overwhelming community outrage.

The Toy Fair will stay in New York City in its traditional Q1 time frame, returning March 1-4, 2025, to the Javits Center.

National Assn of Consumer Shows Closes Its Doors<TSNN>  After 35 years, the National Association of Consumer Shows (NACS) is closing its doors. Founded in 1988 for the advancement of the consumer show industry NACS focused on meeting the needs of its membership through advocacy, education and networking.

NACS’s shuttering comes as the business climate is changing for many industry associations. Post-COVID financial challenges, lack of clear mission and focus, competition from overlapping organizations, redundant events and difficulties attracting next-generation membership are difficult realities associations are facing, along with the growing trend of industry consolidation.