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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

2021 Research CouncilĀ  Chairperson

Richard Stone



Immediate Past Chairperson

Ian K. Sequeira

Vice President, Data Solutions


Colette Apke, CMP

Assistant Director, Sponsorships & Exhibits

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Jeff Calore

Portfolio Director of Event Services


Sacha Carey, CEM

Senior Director, Exhibitions & Advertising

Water Environment Federation

Arjun Chakravarti

Managing Director and Principal


Dan Corcoran

Chief Operations Officer

Corcoran Expositions

Richard Curran

President & CEO

Expo Convention Contractors

Brian Cuthbert

Group Vice President

Diversified Communications

John Galante


AE Ventures

James Goddu

Director, Market Intelligence

Reed Exhibitions, US

Jennifer Hoff, CEM


Taffy Event Strategies

Jackie James

Group Director

Informa Markets

Christine M. Klein

Senior Vice President, Meetings, Divisions & Partnerships

National Defense Industrial Association

Thad Lurie, CAE, CIP

Brad Mayne, CVE

President & CEO

International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)

Toby Purdy

Chief Sales Officer

The Expo Group

Rich Vallaster III, CEM

Director of Client Relations & Support

Personify – a2z Events

Carrie Ferenac, Ex-Officio, Chairperson, 2021 CEIR Board of Directors



CEIR Staff

Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, CEM



Nancy Drapeau, IPC

Vice President of Research