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An alliance relationship that will explore opportunities for joint cooperation

Convention and exhibition industry association CEOs agree to collaborate

During a recent meeting of the chief staff executives of key organizations involved in the convention and exhibition industry, it was agreed that they would begin to meet regularly each year. Essentially, these five CEOs have formed an alliance relationship that will explore opportunities for joint cooperation across a broad spectrum of common industry activities including safety and security, advocacy, education, industry affairs and best practices among others.

The group includes Larry Arnaudet, executive director, Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA); Michael Gehrisch, president/CEO of the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI); Steven Hacker, CAE, president, The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE); Dexter King, CFE, president/CEO, International Association of Venue Managers, Inc. (IAVM) and Lew Shomer, executive director, The Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO).

The group issued the following statement:

“On behalf of the five organizations and the respective members that they represent, we are very pleased to announce the formation of what will be an effective working team dedicated to advancing the interests of all those who rely upon conventions and exhibitions.

“We believe the convention, exhibition and events industry is poised to take advantage of additional growth and development resulting from the continuing increase in global trade, the advance of new technologies and the heightened awareness of the unique power that face-to-face business communications delivers through events that our members produce, host, participate in and service.

“This is a particularly appropriate time for us to begin a new and exciting era defined by our mutual support and collaboration for and with each other. We are confident that the results of our work together will present those represented with significant new opportunities.”

The group will meet for its first official work session in June in Washington, D.C.

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