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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 CEIR Research Council

2019 Research Council Chair

Ian K. Sequeira

Vice President, Research and Measurement


Kevin Bagger

Executive Director of the Research Center

Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

Jeff Calore

Portfolio Director of Event Services


Arjun Chakravarti

Senior Vice President, Analytics and Insights Solutions


Dan Corcoran

Chief Operations Officer

Corcoran Expositions

Richard Curran

President and CEO

Expo Convention Contractors

James Goddu

Director, Market Intelligence

Reed Exhibitions, US

Justin Hersch

President and CEO

Group Delphi

Jennifer Hoff, CEM


Taffy Event Strategies

Ashish Jain

Director, Strategic Business Development

a2z by Personify

Jackie James

Group Director

Informa Markets

Brad Mayne, CVE

President & CEO

International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)

Heidi Mitchell

Senior Trade Show Marketing Manager

National Safety Council

Rich Stone



Dave Weil, CAE

Group Director of Events

SAE International

CEIR Staff

Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, CEM



Nancy Drapeau, PRC

Vice President of Research