Showfloor Buzz – February 1, 2024


EACA to Sponsor/Exhibit at ExhibitorLive. The EACA will be exhibiting and sponsoring Exhibitor Live in Nashville month.  We will be located in Booth #769 in the Industry Association’s Pavillion.

In addition the EACA Board will meet on February 26, the day before the Expo Hall opens.   Please feel free to forward any issue of concern or opportunity that you’d like the Board to review and discuss at that meeting.

We encourage all our members to attend and exhibit at ExhibitorLive in Nashville and we look forward to seeing you there.

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.

One piece of important advice from our friends and EACA member, Employco USA.   All job listings must begin to include pay ranges for the position posted.

Check out the new Job Board at

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

The Plastics Show                 May 6-10                 Orlando
EBACE                                    May 28-30               Geneva, Switzerland
BIO Int’l Show                        June 3-6                   San Diego

New Member Welcome

The EACA would like to welcome the following new members who have joined the EACA this month.   We encourage all our existing members to reach out to those you know and make them feel welcome.

  • ACSB, inc.                                                   Bryan Hildebrand
  • Modern Event Rental                                  Sid Sahwney
  • Teamwork Marketing Solutions                 Victor Lopez
  • The Exhibit Guru                                         Andy Potter
  • Upstaging, Inc.                                            Ryan Breneisen

EACA Member News

Lancaster Management Celebrates 20th Anniversary  Congratulations to Lancaster Management on the celebration of their 20th anniversary.   Led by Patrick Lancaster,  Lancaster Management reports they are is proud of their diligence in responding to their clients’ need.  Recognizing the exhibitors increase cost of participation Lancaster works closely with their clients to deliver excellent service on budget.

Nth Degree Services Major Walmart Project at CES.   <BizBash>. Walmart put its robotics and automation processes on display this year at CES in their 50′ x 140′ structure.    Nth Degree reports that the 10,000′ structure, that was designed and produced by LEO Events required more than 3,000 hours to install and dismantle.

Features inside the warehouse-like structure included an interactive timeline of Walmart’s history, a sculptural element that represented 2,200 patents the company has acquired over the years, a game where attendees could test their pallet-packing skills against AI, and an augmented reality display showcasing Walmart’s way of seeing inventory.

Employco USA Celebrates 45th Anniversary.Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA, submitted this post on LinkedIn celebrating the company’s 45th anniversary.

45 years ago today, my Dad started our first business, Corporate Risk Management, Inc. He believed in himself and had the vision to open up his own business even with 3 kids in grade school. The day after New Years he was out cold calling in a snow storm meeting new prospects.  Thank you Dad!   I wish you were here to see the legacy that you created and the 3rd generation taking The Wilson Companies to the next level!

Industry News

ECA Announces 2024 Public Policy Agenda  <Northstar Meetings Group>  Anticipating the return of Congress, the Exhibitions and Conferences Alliance, an events-industry advocacy group, has released its 2024 public policy agenda. The coalition’s partners and board of directors identified five areas to focus on for the new year:

  • ensuring a favorable industry operating environment
  • growing seamless international travel and commerce
  • creating a welcoming environment for the industry in states and cities nationwide
  • championing industry-led decarbonization efforts
  • and developing the industry’s future workforce.

Exhibit Industry Collective Formed by ECA <Power of Associations> The Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA) recently announced the creation of the Exhibitions Industry Collective to drive awareness on key issues facing the exhibitions ecosystem.

The Exhibitions Industry Collective is comprised of six industry organizations including ECA, Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA), Experiential Designers & Producers Association (EDPA), International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE), International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and the Society of Independent Show Organizers. (SISO).

Members of the Collective have previously worked together on advocacy and are now expanding their collaborations to address workforce development, sustainability and health and safety as a unified effort. By leveraging the strengths in their respective fields, the Collective will better serve the broader exhibitions and events community by bringing more awareness to key stakeholders and a defined path to success for each member base.

Quade Promoted to President of GES <Exhibit City News>  Las Vegas based GES has announced Jeff Quade’s promotion to President of GES Exhibitions – North America. Previously, Quade was Executive Vice President, Exhibitions, where he led the North American exhibition portfolio, spanning sales, client services, design, exhibition operations, product management, and sister company onPeak’s operations and service.

With 30 years’ experience at GES, Quade is a solid choice for the position. He started with GES as Director of Sales for Portland and Seattle, moving up through General Manager and Director of Sales in Phoenix. Next he was the Vice President, Global Accounts in Las Vegas before becoming EVP, then Chief Sales Officer. Quade was also with Classic Expositions and Convention Data Services before joining GES in 1994.

Tropicana Las Vegas to Be Demolished to Make Way for MLB Stadium <Meetings & Conventions>When the Tropicana Las Vegas opened in 1957, Nevada’s lieutenant governor unlocked the door to what would become a Sin City landmark for more than half a century. Then he threw away the key.   “This was to signify that the Tropicana would always stay open,” said Michael Green, a history professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Six decades later, the storied hotel-casino that once had ties to the mob and was nicknamed the “Tiffany of the Strip,” is set to shut its doors for good to make room for a $1.5 billion Major League Baseball stadium that will be home to the relocating Oakland Athletics.