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NYU professor to deliver keynote address at Predict 2013


Those attending Predict 2013 will hear a keynote speech by Clay Shirky, adjunct professor, New York University, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), a producer and deliverer of research-based knowledge tools.

Predict is an executive-level, one-day event with a highly intensive and interactive program. Speakers will engage attendees by providing business insights and a strategic forecast for the CEIR Index’s 14 industry sectors for the remainder of this year and through 2015.

As a speaker, Shirky stood out: He wrote several books, consulted with well-known organizations and was published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times (of London) and more. He will discuss real-time, economic factors affecting the exhibition industry and will engage ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE in a panel discussion – Collaborative Crowdsourcing and its Impact on the Exhibition Industry – about the economic health of associations.

“Associations play an important role in society, and it’s critical for us to discuss the challenges we are facing, so we can meet these issues head-on and continue to thrive as well as provide professional and educational opportunities for our members, industry and the global community,” Graham said.

The Program Committee identified the speaker lineup and sessions that examine the tough issues facing executives in the exhibition industry. Reasons why some sectors performed well in 2013 and others did not will also be examined.  Executives will discuss operating strategies, including projected event growth, merger and acquisition strategies and planned launches.

Attendance is limited to exhibition industry C-level executives, merger and acquisition firms, private equity firms, debt providers, investment firms and the financial press to allow for a high-level idea exchange about the future of the exhibition industry and implications for specific business sectors and their supporting exhibitions.

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