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Areas of Study

An annual assessment is conducted to identify the research needs of the exhibition industry. While the CEIR board of directors ultimately determines the specific research projects, the research council makes recommendations.

The Foundation is currently focusing on research topics consistent with its core goals and mission. These include:

Third-Party Research

CEIR also considers partnerships with external organizations to develop areas of research that benefit the exhibition industry such as:

If you are interested in discussing a third-party research opportunity, please contact us.

Meet the 2022 CEIR Research Council

Research CouncilĀ  Chairperson

Rich Stone



Sacha Carey, CEM

Vice President, Exhibits

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)


Arjun Chakravarti, Ph.D.

Managing Director and Principal


Richard Curran

President & CEO

Expo Convention Contractors

Brian Cuthbert

Group Vice President

Diversified Communications

Jim Forlenza

Senior Vice President – Owned Assets


Eric Fromentin

Manager, Customer Insights

RX Global

John Galante


AE Ventures

Jennifer Hoff, CEM


Taffy Event Strategies

Jackie James

Group Director

Informa Markets

Christine M. Klein, CMP

Senior Vice President, Meetings & Business Partnerships

National Defense Industrial Association

Thad Lurie, CAE


ISPOR – The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Brett Mitchell, CVA

General Manager

Overland Park Convention Center

Toby Purdy

Chief Sales Officer

The Expo Group

Rich Vallaster III, CEM

Director of Client Relations & Support

a2z by Personify

Dennis Smith, Ex-Officio, Chairperson, 2022 CEIR Board of Directors

Vice President, Business Development

Asian American Hotel Owners Association

CEIR Staff

Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, CEM



Nancy Drapeau, IPC

Vice President of Research