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In today’s economy, leaders must be strategic, adaptable, and able to quickly respond to changing market dynamics. Change is occurring and executives must be prepared for the evolving model of exhibitions. The Predict program is focused on peer learning and information exchange that will help industry leaders to better respond and plan for the disruptors to the traditional exhibitions model, and how to remain relevant to their audiences.

*Predict attendees are eligible for 6 clock hours towards CEM recertification.

Program Overview

CEIR PREDICT begins with a discussion with an overview of the landscape of today’s economy with PREDICTIONS on impacts on the exhibitions industry and from pre-work indicators.  The outcomes will be insightful, informational, inspirational and actionable.  The exhibition industry’s value network will be thoroughly covered in an entrepreneurial way. The story will continue with a discussion and insights provided from the CEIR Index.

On day two, the story will shift into discussions focusing on the qualitative side of the business as seen through the eyes of thought leaders and partners in the industry.  Two thought leaders who have stepped forward to create presentations are GES and Freeman whose presentations will demonstrate trends impacting exhibitions using case studies but will be future focused and provide opinions on how best to spot and proactively react to trends.

This year’s Predict will provide exhibition organizers insights into these dynamic forces and information for effective decision-making.

September 13 | 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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September 14 | 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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2018 Predict Advisory Council

Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes, CEM

Vinnie Polito
VP International & mdg

2018 Predict Advisory Council

Tom Cindric, Jr., CEM

Senior Vice President, Global Exhibitions, Infrastructure Events


Dan Corcoran

Chief Operating Officer
Corcoran Expositions

Jenn Heinold
Senior Vice President, Events
Access Intelligence LLC

Mary Pat Heftman

Executive Vice President, Conventions & Strategic Alliances
National Restaurant Association

Haluk Kulin

Senior Vice President - Strategy & Data

David Saef, CTSM

Executive Vice President, Strategy & MarketWorks