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September 16 
Day One: Near Term Predictions of What's Ahead for the Trade Show Industry
4:00 - 4:05 Welcome & Opening Remarks
4:05 - 4:50 Economist: Professor Amir Sufi Ph.D., University of Chicago & Research Associate
4:50 - 5:15 Questions/Discussion
5:15 - 5:30 CEIR Index Update
5:30 - 6:00 Head or Tail winds? A Facilitated Discussion on the State of the Exhibitions and Events Industry
6:30 - 8:00 Reception
September 17
Day Two: An Insightful Look at the Future of Our Industry
8:00 - 8:10 Welcome: Choose Chicago
8:15 - 9:15 Presentation: Bruce Mau, Visionary, Innovator, Designer, and Author & Marc Pomerleau, Director of Strategy, FreemanXP
9:15 - 9:35 Group Discussion/Q&A: Bob Priest-Heck, President & COO, Freeman Moderator
9:35 - 10:00 Networking Break
10:00 - 11:00 An Exhibitor Perspective: New Approaches to Trade Show Participation
11:05 - 12:00 Discussion: Business Models of the Future Moderated by Don Pazour, CEO, Access Intelligence LLC.

Panelists include:

  • Galen Poss, Vice-Chairman, DMG Events
  • Gary Shapiro, President & CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
  • Greg Topalian, President, Left Field
12:00 - 12:20 Facilitated Group Discussion: Don Pazour, CEO, Access Intelligence LLC. Moderator
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
1-30 - 2:00 Wrap up Discussion: Galen Poss, Vice-Chairman, DMG Events Moderator
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Bruce Mau

Bruce Mau, World-leading Visionary, Innovator, Designer, and Author

Bruce Mau is committed to creative, healthy, ecological and economic abundance. He articulates his 25-years experience in design thinking in his award-winning books; ZONE BOOKS series, Life Style; S, M, L, XL (in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas)  and Incomplete Manifesto for Growth.

Don Pazour

Don Pazour, CEO, Access Intelligence LLC.

Don Pazour is a Director at the Center for Exhibition Industry Research CEIR) and a frequent speaker at American Business Media, Society of Independent Show Organizers, and Specialized Information Publishers Association events. He has held the position of CEO at Access Intelligence LLC for ten years and continues to lead its strategy and growth.

Marc Pomerleau

Marc Pomerleau, Director of Strategy, FreemanXP

Marc applies his passion and unique blend of vision, imagination, strategy, and consultative sales to fixing things that are broken and creating things that don't exist in the face-to-face experience Industry. Marc has cultivated his multidisciplinary perspective and approach through experiences over-seas and at Fortune 500 technology companies.

Galen Poss

Galen Poss, Vice-Chairman, DMG Events

Galen Poss joined DMG Events in 2011 after ten years at Hanley Wood Exhibitions. He has been chairman of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) and the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO), and served on the boards of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Bob Priest-Heck

Bob Priest-Heck, President & COO, Freeman

Bob Priest-Heck is President and Chief Operating Officer at Freeman and a board member for the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). With more than 25 years in the exhibition and experiential marketing industry, he maintains a healthy curiosity about trends shaping its future and continues to grow his talent at connecting people in meaningful ways.

Gary Shapiro

Gary Shapiro, President & CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

In 2012, Washington Life named Shapiro one of the 100 most influential people in Washington. He serves on numerous industry and government boards relating to business, economics, innovation, and international communication policies. Shapiro has won numerous industry awards and has authored two New York Times bestsellers.

Amir Sufi

Professor Amir Sufi Ph.D., University of Chicago & Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research

Professor Amir Sufi is the Chicago Board of Trade Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as well as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Sufi's research focuses on finance and macroeconomics and has been presented to numerous policy-makers.

Greg Topalian

Greg Topalian, President, Left Field

Greg started his career in the event business 17 years ago and since then he has consistently created new concepts and challenged the status quo. His talent shows in all of the events and teams he has been a part of creating, including the New York Comic Con, which was launched in 2006.

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Choose Chicago

Choose Chicago® is the official destination marketing organization for Chicago, Illinois.
Our mission is to bring regional, national and international business and leisure visitors to Chicago for the economic benefit of the City, the community and our membership.
It is with great pride that we reflect upon our shared successes over the last two years as an organization and industry.  On July 1, 2012, Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially launched Chicago's new tourism organization, Choose Chicago.  The Mayor's vision was to restructure all tourism sales and marketing activities under a single, streamlined agency, and outline clear and measurable objectives to track these efforts.  This report highlights the compelling results and significant economic benefits for Chicago, all of which have been attained within a two-year timeframe.



For over 88 years, Freeman has worked with the world’s most successful organizations to deliver integrated brand experiences to global audiences. From strategy to creative, technology and logistics - we develop immersive strategies that connect people and brands in meaningful ways. Our collaborative culture combined with our unique perspective, intuitive knowledge and unified approach empower clients to accelerate business results, maximize audience  Engagement and deliver integrated brand experiences with certainty.


Global Experience Specialists (GES)

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GES is a global full-service provider for live events. Clients depend on our 3,000 passionate employees throughout the world for unparalleled service and consistent execution of breakthrough experiences that excite and engage. We generate a competitive edge and measurable return for clients by partnering with them to blend the art of high-impact creativity and innovation with the science of easy-to-use technology, strategy, and worldwide logistics.

McCormick Place Chicago

McCormickLocated just minutes from downtown Chicago, McCormick Place attracts close to 3 million visitors each year. McCormick Place is comprised of four state-of-the-art buildings: the North and South Buildings, the West Building and Lakeside Center. Together, they form what many consider to be the economic engine that powers the entire convention and tradeshow industry. McCormick Place is committed to creating a great experience for every person, every time!


Visit Houston


America's fourth-largest city is a cosmopolitan destination, filled with world-class dining, arts, hotels, shopping and nightlife. Take a stroll through the historic Heights, spend the day exploring the Museum District or head down to Space Center Houston. Later on, grab a bite in one of dozens of award-winning restaurants, or hang out with the cool kids on Washington Avenue. There's always something to do in this Southern hospitality meets urban chic city. Come explore YOUR Houston!

Global Spectrum

Global Spectrum

Global Spectrum manages more than 130 public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 24-million people attended more than 15,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies.


Massachusetts Convention Center Authority

The MCCA's mission is to generate significant regional economic activity by attracting conventions, tradeshows, and other events to its world-class facilities while maximizing the investment return for the residents and businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt

As the sole subsidiary for Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH in North America, we maintain our commitment and dedication to provide new investment opportunities to our US clients that are ready to showcase their innovations on a global scale and to offer the same level of service to our customers that exhibit and attend our portfolio of events in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

National Trade Productions


NTP specializes in B2B trade shows and events, with expertise in exhibitor and sponsorship sales, logistics management, exposition management, attendee and exhibitor marketing, and conference management. We use a process-driven, entrepreneurial approach to create unparalleled trade show experiences for attendees and exhibitors, delivering sustainable growth for our clients.

New Orleans Convention and Visitor's Bureau

New Orleans

The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau is a nationally accredited, 1,100-member destination marketing organization. The CVB and its members influence thousands of decision-makers and millions of visitors to choose New Orleans through direct sales, marketing, public relations, branding and visitor services at our New Orleans headquarters.

Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions

We are the world’s premier exhibition organizer, with a network of 41 offices worldwide, and a rapidly growing portfolio of events and partners in the economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and the Middle East. This global perspective enables us to share local knowledge and world-leading expertise and resources for the benefit of our customers worldwide.



Access Intelligence


Georgia World


IAEE NY Chapter

DC Chapter




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