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On Thursday, 11 September 2014, Predict will bring together the exhibition industry’s savviest leaders, sharpest thinkers and latest newsmakers. 

Hosted by the award-winning journalist and financial analyst, Ron Insana, Predict breaks down the metrics of the CEIR Index Report and what they mean for your business.  You’ll walk away with new strategies, actionable intelligence, and forecasting tools to help your events flourish.

What else makes this year’s Predict different?
•    Fast-paced panels with top-level decision makers.
•    Meaningful analysis of the CEIR Index and more ways to apply it.
•    In-depth exploration of global economics and its immediate and long-term impact.
•    Fascinating and dynamic keynote speakers.

Ron Insana Predict 2014 Join financial journalist Ron Insana, who will be the day’s host, applying his journalistic perspective to guide conversations throughout the day. Ron is currently host of a nationally-syndicated daily radio show and a senior analyst and commentator for CNBC. Insana has access to all of the top financial players in Washington and on Wall Street and translates the market signals and political maneuvers into information everyone understands.

Marina Gorbis
Executive Director, Institute for the Future (IFTF)

Marina Gorbis is the Executive Director of the Institute for the Future (IFTF), a Silicon Valley nonprofit research and consulting organization based in Silicon Valley. In her 14 years with IFTF, she has helped hundreds of organizations in business, education, government, and philanthropy to improve innovation capacity, develop strategies, and design new products and services. Her current research focuses on how social production is changing the face of major industries — the subject of her book, The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World.

Full bio on the speaker page.
Marina Gorbis 2014 Predict

It all comes together on September 11, 2014 at Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago.  Join us!

What is Predict?

Predict is the only conference about the exhibition industry that focuses on the findings of the CEIR Index, financial trends and economic factors affecting business sectors right now—and in the future.   

How is Predict different from other conferences?

In today’s economy, leaders must be strategic, adaptable, and able to quickly respond to changing market dynamics. Peer learning and information exchange will help leaders in the industry to better respond and plan for the coming year.

Experts will address the global economy and its impact on the exhibition industry, M&A and lending, how major sectors are faring and what issues and challenges might be expected.

No other conference in the exhibition industry focuses on these high level issues. The Program Committee, led by Chris Brown, Executive Vice President, Conventions & Business Operations, National Association of Broadcasters, is developing an outstanding program and agenda that will address these and other issues. The program has been developed to allow for optimal networking and one-on-one discussions.

What does the agenda look like?

Registered attendees arrive at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago on the morning of 11 September 2014 for continental breakfast. The program is designed to provide optimum networking with two breaks and lunch.

Who can attend?

Predict is limited to high-level exhibition organizer professionals including those with the following titles: CEOs, CMOs, CFOs, and VP-level. M&A firms, debt providers, PE firms, as well as government officials who are interested in learning more about the economic value of exhibitions to local economies and how the global market can impact events held in their cities.

Attendance by Vendors to the exhibition industry is limited to sponsors. Organizers must own and/or produce a show or have strategic functional responsibility.

What is the cost to attend?

$899 through 11 August
$999 12 August – 11 September

An approval process is in place to ensure the target audience for Predict is met. To apply and learn more visit the CEIR Predict Application Portal. Once approved, you will receive an email with instructions on paying the registration fee.

Program as of 21 July

Credential Pick-up – 8:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks – 8:30 a.m.

  • Segment 1: Keynote: Global Economic Forecast—The Big Picture

  • Segment 2: The CEIR Index – Connecting the Dots; CEIR President & CEO Brian Casey, CEM

  • Segment 3: Consumer Goods & Retail Trade Sector – What’s Next; Matt Shay, National Retail Federation

  • Segment 4: Communications & Information Technology Sector – Better, Faster, Stronger; Carol McGury, SmithBucklin Corporation; Marco Pardi, UBM Tech

  • Segment 5: Professional Business Services Sector – Writing the Next Chapter; Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes, Marketing Design Group

  • Segment 6: Raw Materials & Science Sector: Mining the Future; Kevin Higgins, Hart Energy

  • Segment 7: Industrial/Heavy Machinery and Finished Business Outputs Sector – What’s Next; Debbie Holton, Society of Manufacturing Engineers - SME; Art Paredes, Semiconductor Equipment & Materials International - SEMI

Luncheon Keynote: Marina Gorbis; IFTF (Topic to be determined)

  • Segment 8: Transportation Sector – The Road Ahead; Jack Holmes, UPS Freight; Steve Szakaly, National Automobile Dealers Association - NADA

  • Segment 9: Medical & Healthcare Sector – New Health & Wealth; Stephen Lieber, HIMSS; Sally Shankland, UBM Connect

  • Segment 10: Discretionary Consumer Goods & Services Sector; Eric Wulf, International Carwash Association; Kerry Gumas, Questex

  • Segment 11: Building, Construction, Home & Repair Sector – Looking Up; Peter Goldstone, Hanley Wood Exhibitions; Jerry Howard, National Association of Home Builders

  • Segment 12: Outlook for M&A and Financing in the Industry; Doug Emslie, Tarsus Group plc; Wilma Jordan, Jordan, Edmiston Group Inc

  • Segment 13: Lessons Learned – Wrap Up; Steve Carey, The Association for the Work Truck Industry - NTEA

Conference Concludes – 5:00 p.m.


Hotel Information

Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
505 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611 

Room Type    Group Rate
Grand Tower Rooms    $269.00

Book, Modify, or Cancel Your Hotel Reservation Online:

Or call the hotel directly at 1-800-628-2112 (312-944-4100 for International Calls)
and identify yourself as a participant of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (group code YWN).

Hotel Reservation cut-off date is 28 August.

Travel Information

United Airlines is pleased to offer discounts of 2% to 10% off published fares.
Save an additional 3% off by booking your own reservations at www.united.com 
Choose your flight times, and access your meeting discounts by inserting ZSXC230914 in the Offer Code box. Or Call your travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122 for reservations.
Refer to Z Code ZSXC and Agreement Code: 230914.

CEIR Sincerely Appreciates and Recognizes the 2014 Predict Title Sponsors

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For information about sponsoring Predict, contact Andrew Ortale, tel: 703.706.8224 or review the opportunities here.


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