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IAEE ’s Washington Chapter Hosts TSE’s Trending & Spending Panel


Washington, DC – There will be some serious discussions about the economy in Washington, DC from the trade show industry’s perspective when the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) hosts a panel discussion on Friday May 13 featuring members of the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Trending & Spending Exposition Forecasting Board.

The panel of industry leaders will talk about their views on where the overall economy is headed and how trade shows will be affected in terms of the bottom line. They will also share business strategies and prospects for growth.

The event begins at 11:45 a.m. at the Hotel Palomar at 2121 P Street, NW in the nation’s capital. The cost is $40 for chapter members and $45 for non-members. To attend, register on site.

Darlene Gudea, president of Trade Show Executive Media Group, will be the moderator of the event, and five other members of TSE’s 20-member Exposition Forecasting Board will share their perspectives and forecasts including:

– Aaron Bludworth, COO, Fern Expositions and Event Services

– Chris Brown, executive vice president, conventions and business operations, National Association of Broadcasters

– Gregg Caren, senior vice president of strategic business development for SMG

– Jack Chalden, managing director of the International Economic Alliance

– Skip Cox, president & CEO, Exhibit Surveys.

It has been three years since the global recession began hammering economies across the world along with the events industry. The encouraging news is that, beginning in June of last year, event growth began to emerge in many sectors. And in the First Quarter of 2011, metrics for net square feet and exhibitor participation has continued to improve in lock step with rising attendance performance. So what lies ahead for our industry? Will today’s increasingly complex and volatile global influences continue to impact recovery? What about corporate spend? Will it accelerate and flow to trade show exhibit and travel budgets? Is the traditional face-to-face business experience gaining momentum or losing ground during this difficult period? And what other influences are at work that will accelerate or restrain economic and event recovery?

For more information, reach DC chapter chair Amy Durkin at (703) 264-9447 or; Paula Herz, DC chapter director of programs at (571) 438-4065 or

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