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Second annual CEIR Predict announced for September 2012

CEIRThe Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) has announced its second annual industry outlook conference, Predict. It will be held on September 13, 2012, at 10 on the Park at the Time Warner Center in New York City. CEIR Predict will unveil key economic indicators for the exhibition industry and the impact it will have on organizations that produce exhibitions for the next three years.

The exclusive event will be limited to C-level executives. The one-day program is being developed by a Predict Program Task Force chaired by CEIR director Don Pazour, CEO of Access Intelligence LLC. Throughout the interactive event, speakers will engage attendees by providing a forecast for the CEIR Index’s 14 industry sectors for the remainder of this year and through 2014.

“Building on the success of last year’s event, Predict 2012 attendees will immerse themselves in a real-time, interactive experience and actively participate in the industry’s key predictive event,” said Doug Ducate, CEIR CEO and president, CEM, CMP. “Based on the responses both during and after the event, the content and speakers are being tailored to meet the essential needs of our attendees.”

Executives will share future operating strategies, including projected event growth, merger and acquisition strategies and planned launches. Attendance will be limited to 140 exhibition industry C-level executives, merger and acquisition firms, private equity firms, debt providers, investment firms and the financial press to allow for an intimate, high-level idea exchange about the future of the exhibition industry and implications for specific business sectors and their supporting exhibitions.

Confirmed speakers include:

Frank Anton, President, Hanley-Wood Inc.
William Carteaux, President & CEO, Society of the Plastics Industry
Chris Kersting, President and CEO, SEMA
Joe Loggia, President & CEO, Advanstar Communications
Charles McCurdy, CEO, GLM
Ralph Nappi, President, Graphic Arts Show Company Inc.
David Noell, Principal, Providence Equity Partners, LLC
John Suhler, Veronis Suhler Stevenson
Neal Vitale, President & CEO, 1105 Media Inc.
John Walker, Chairman, Oxford Economics

“When I was asked to chair the Predict Program Task Force, I enthusiastically agreed,” said Don Pazour. “The 2011 Predict conference was a resounding success, and with the program we are developing, this year’s event promises to provide a unique opportunity for exhibition industry leaders to participate and discuss the exhibition industry’s current and future performance strategies.”

Members of the task force include: David Audrain, CEM, President & CEO, Clarion Events North America; Bob Priest-Heck, Chief Sales Officer, Freeman; and Dennis Slater, President, Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

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