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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

CEO

ACT/EXPOCAD

Jeff Calore

Portfolio Director, Event Services

SmithBucklin

Sacha Carey, CEM

Vice President, Exhibits

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)

Arjun Chakravarti, Ph.D.

Managing Director and Principal

COGKNITION

Richard Curran

President & CEO

Expo Convention Contractors

Brian Cuthbert

Group Vice President

Diversified Communications

Jim Forlenza

Senior Vice President – Owned Assets

MCI USA

Eric Fromentin

Manager, Customer Insights

ReedX

John Galante

President

AE Ventures

Jennifer Hoff, CEM

President

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

CIO

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

Senior Director, Exposition Sales & Business Development

AVIXA

CEIR Staff

Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, CEM

CEO

CEIR

Nancy Drapeau, IPC

Vice President of Research

CEIR