A casual luncheon will be served following a glass sculpting competition and bocce ball tournament at a local winery. It is a perfect way to enjoy eating, drinking and mingling with industry friends – this is an event you will not want to miss! Coach transportation will depart the hotel at 10:45 am and return by 4:00 pm.
Get energized with a sumptuous breakfast, which features many wholesome choices as well as sweet and savory options. Start the morning right! Sponsored by New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau and New Orleans Ernest Morial Convention Center
Beyond increasing attendance and the bottom line of attendance and exhibit space, what are the best ways to sustain the overall growth of your organization? It’s all about nurturing strong show brands that effectively serve the needs of your communities. This session explores strategies for growth-minded show organizers, including acquisitions, launches, sponsorships, co-locations and geo-cloning. Karen Malone, VP of Meeting Services for HIMSS moderates the panel. Joining the discussion are Karen Chupka, Vice President, International Consumer Technology Association, Don Pazour, CEO and President, Access Intelligence, and Nancy Walsh, President, Reed Exhibitions U.S.
Around the world in a matter of minutes: Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director/CEO for UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, provides an update on the international trade show market. Kai comes to the Gold 100 from Paris armed with new research on how the industry is faring in different regions. He will also have fresh insights on other issues that impact trade shows around the world.
Danica Tormohlen, Editor-at-large, Trade Show Executive, will tap into the energy and ideas of the organizers who helped build some of the Gold 100 success stories. Jason McGraw, Sr. Vice President of Expositions, AVIXA and Jeff Pressman,CEO and President, ConvExx will share some transformative ideas that can add a new dimension to your show and make it as professionally beneficial as it is fun.
David Loechner, the longtime President & CEO of Emerald Expositions, will have plenty to share during the Leaders & Legends Interview. Loechner has been in the trade show industry for more than 30 years and in his current position since 2010, in the days when Emerald was known as Nielsen. Earlier this year, he helped lead Emerald through an initial public stock offering that was valued at more than $263 million.
The current state of the industry is an opening for innovation and design. So much of what we do is by habit, and the way we’ve always done it. If you think about what design is, it’s fundamentally a leadership methodology: the ability to envision a future and systematically execute a vision. It’s not dependent on a product, service, or outcome. It’s the capacity to imagine the future that we want to live in, and design the solution to create it. This session will explore: – Business and societal opportunities created by Design Thinking – How leading organizations are using a culture of creativity to fuel innovation and create safe places for experimentation to be practiced – Applying Design Thinking to brand experiences to deliver break-through results Peter McGrath, Freeman Design Council Member, SVP of Creative, Freeman will moderator the panel. Joining the discussion are Doug Solomon, IDEO Fellow and Innovation Consultant; Bill O’Connor, Innovation Strategist, Founder Innovation Genome, Autodesk; and Katie Kirsch, co-Founder, Girls Driving for a Difference
This interactive session examines the topics that are most important to show organizers who want to capitalize on the success of their rapidly growing events and springboard to even greater heights. The session moderator, Stephanie Selesnick, will frame the issues, ask thought-provoking questions and engage the audience in conversation. From increasing exhibitor ROI to enhancing the attendee experience, this session will provide creative new ideas to grow your show in all the key metrics.
The moment we have all been waiting for . . . a night of elegance, inspiration and intrigue. The Gold 100 Grand Awards Dinner & Ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. where the Gold 100 shows will be celebrated and the winners of the Grand Awards will be presented with special trophies.