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CEIR Announces Keynote Speaker for Predict 2018

Predict: CEIR’s Annual Exhibition Industry Conference will be held Sept. 13-14 at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. and will feature Dr. Lindsey Piegza (pictured above) as this year’s keynote speaker. This one-of-a-kind, executive-level, invitation-only conference looks to the future–three to five years out–bringing meaningful insights from experts outside the industry to align with trends occurring in the industry in an interactive and engaging format.

Piegza serves as chief economist for Stifel Fixed Income. She specializes in research and analysis of economic trends and activity, world economies, financial markets and fiscal policies. Piegza joined Stifel in 2015 amid the merger with Sterne Agee where she was chief economist. Prior to her roles with Stifel and Sterne Agee, she was the senior economist for an investment bank for eight years in New York City. In addition to more than 13 years of professional experience, Piegza has published academic papers in prestigious journals such as the Harvard Business Review and in textbooks from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Often quoted in the business press, Piegza is a regular guest on CNBC, Fox News, CNN and Bloomberg, as well as national radio and other business news outlets. CEIR CEO Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE says, “We are pleased to secure Dr. Piegza as a keynote. Her insights will be relevant to the industry, and with her background she will help to tie the ends of the string together to better understand the economics of tradeshows.”

“Regardless of the industry sector a tradeshow falls into, what is occurring in the global economy impacts all shows,” says Vincent Polito, principal of MDG & VPI-VP International, LLC, and co-chair of the 2018 Predict Conference. “I look forward to moderating a panel of industry experts and Dr. Piegza on the likely direction of our economy, and even more importantly, how the global economy might impact all of our tradeshows.”

The program will give attendees: a brief review of the CEIR Index looking forward, landscape of today’s economy with potential predictions of the impacts on the exhibitions industry, industry thought leaders will demonstrate trends impacting exhibitions.

CEIR would like to thank this year’s sponsors of Predict:

Visionary Sponsors: Freeman, Global Experience Specialists (GES), and International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)

Collaborator Sponsors: McCormick Place/SMG, mdg – Marketing Design Group, and Synchronicities, a three-city partnership including Visit Anaheim, Visit Baltimore and Visit San Antonio

Associate Sponsors: a2z, Inc., Fern, Messe Frankfurt, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Visit Dallas

Contributor Sponsors: CORT, Experient, a Maritz Global Events Company, and Oscar & Associates

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research serves to advance the growth, awareness and value of exhibitions and other face-to-face marketing events by producing and delivering knowledge-based research tools that enable stakeholder organizations to enhance their ability to meet current and emerging customer needs, improve their business performance and strengthen their competitive position. For more info or to register for Predict 2018, visit www.ceir.org.

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