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EACA Hosts Zoom Webinar on Venue Plans in 2021

(Pictured above clockwise Jim Wurm, Mark Tester, Anthony Lopez and Steve Patterson)
The Exhibit Appointed Contractor Association will be conducting a live webinar on Friday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT, and 10 a.m. PT, to discuss venue plans for 2021 with a panel of esteemed facility management. Hosted by EACA Executive Director Jim Wurm, the Zoom webinar will be limited to the first 100 attendees but will be recorded and posted to the EACA website on their webcast page for later viewing.

COVID-19 has paralyzed the exhibits and events industry since last March and has almost completely restricted the industry’s venues from hosting events. With few exceptions, the dictates of statewide lockdowns prevent any “mass gatherings” in convention facilities for more than 50 people, while grocery outlets like Costco routinely welcome hundreds of people at a time. Several “demonstration events” have been held in the last six months to show the powers that be that events can be held safely and responsibly but it’s evident that the appetite to take the wraps off our facilities is not yet there—particularly when the issue of liability protections has not been legislated and is unsettled.

To that end we will be hosting a conversation on this topic with the following panel:

  • Mark Tester, executive director, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando
  • Anthony Lopez, general manager, Spectra/Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas
  • Steve Patterson, senior manager convention services, Las Vegas Convention Center

Probable talking points include:

  • What are the current edicts set by your state, county, or city regarding the resumption of mass gatherings?
  • What safety protocols will be used once events are resumed?
  • What is your forecast for your event schedule in 2021?  The events industry in 2021?
  • What internal discussions, if any, have you had about the need for liability protection?

Click here at the scheduled time to attend this webinar which will be live-streamed on Zoom. Seating is limited to the first 100 attendees.  

Event Details

The Exhibit Appointed Contractor Association represents and supports the interests of EACs and all other organizations that provide exhibit services. The association is currently comprised of more than 200 member companies representing more than 12,500 full-time tradeshow professionals, and more than 50,000 part-time tradeshow workers. The EACA Board is comprised of 12 EAC directors, Executive Director Jim Wurm and Ex-Officio Director Don Svehla.  It works openly with all other tradeshow industry stakeholders to affect positive change including HCEA, CEMA, EDPA, IAEE, SISO, ESCA, and IAVM and our union brethren. For more info, visit www.eaca.com

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