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Hasemann Inducted Into EACA Hall of Fame

 

BEND, OR (September 15, 2005) – Elwood H. "Woody” Hasemann was inducted into the EACA Hall of Fame at the Annual Awards Luncheon on July 11, 2005 in Washington, DC.The EACA Hall of Fame Induction Committee voted Hasemann into the EACA Hall of Fame citing "his many years of outstanding service to his exhibitors at IMTS, and for showing extraordinary leadership in his never ending search to improve value to his exhibitor customers.”

 e general contractor to have exclusive claim to millwright work on their show. It served only to reduce efficiencies on the showfloor and thereby increase costs,” Cassell concluded. The election of Hasemann to the EACA Hall of Fame was the third such induction. Hasemann joins previous EACA Hall of Famers Andrew J. Codamo, Sho-Aids, Inc.,Donald Sha

Hasemann was employed at the Association for Manufacturing Technology from 1968 to 1998, and was Director of Expositions from 1982 until his retirement. During his tenure, Hasemann oversaw the growth of IMTS to one of the largest industrial shows in the world. But what clearly distinguished him in the eyes of the EACA Hall of Fame Committee was his stand on behalf of his exhibitors. He removed the unnecessary exclusivity clause for the hiring of millwrights by IMTS exhibitors that was causing escalating costs and reduced levels of servicing.

 

"What Woody did for IMTS exhibitors in 1996 was huge,” said Tom Cassell of Convention All Services.” He was the first show manager to bring a show to Chicago to recognize that there was no need for th

w "Buck" Freeman (deceased) Freeman Companies, Donald A. Stacy, (deceased) Stacy Exhibit Services, and Jim Fisher (deceased) Poirot Exhibit Services.

 

The Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association is the tradeshow industry's only association dedicated solely to "raising the level of service excellence on the showfloor." The EACA seeks to unite the nation's tradeshow community by representing and supporting the interests of those exhibitor appointed contractors and other individual showfloor professionals that work on the tradeshow floor. The association is currently comprised of more than 200 member companies representing more than 9,500 full time trade show professionals, and more than 50,000 part time trade show workers. The association is headquartered in Bend, Oregon.

 

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RSMGC Adds Strategic Partner / Announces Dates for 2005

 

Bend, OR (April 15, 2005) The Management Committee for the Randy Smith Memorial Golf Classic (RSMGC) announced today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with the Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association (EACA) for the management of their annual event which takes place this year on October 11, 2005 at the Berkeley Heights Country Club in Acworth, GA.


"Our new partnership with the EACA is indicative of our desire to take this event to the next level,” said Rich Johnson, co-founder of the RSMGC."  From the very beginning, it has been our desire to include more members of the trade show industry family in our event,” said Johnson. “The EACA will enhance our abilities to better plan, administer, and organize the RSMGC, and their presence will complement our existing partnership with the EDPA Foundation,” Johnson added.

In addition to the hiring of the EACA there will also be a new management structure for the RSMGC. "We have come to the decision that we will need to form a Board of Directors who will assist us in maintaining the spirit and the vision of the RSMGC as we bring new partners like the EACA to the event,” explained Johnson. "The EACA , and the EDPA Foundation will report to this Board of Directors, which will include myself, Robert Laarhoven of Laarhoven Design, Susan Renner of The TERM Group, and Sharon Bingham of Champion Transportation Logistics,” said Johnson.

The RSMGC is an event like no other. And, while it only happens one day out of 365, the experience stays with all who attend all year long. Participants smile, laugh, hug, cry, play, and support those who are in need.


The organizers of this event would like to ask all industry colleagues to find a way to support this terrific event.  Even if you don’t play golf or tennis, you can support the effort with your charitable contribution, or even raffle items, and Silent Auction items.

More information about the RSMGC can be found online at www.rsmgc.org.

 

The Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association (EACA) is the trade show industry's only association that is solely dedicated to "raising the level of service excellence on the showfloor." The EACA represents and supports the interests of those exhibitors appointed contractors and other exhibit services organizations that service customers on the trade show floor. The association is currently comprised of more than 200 member companies representing more than 12, 500 full time trade show professionals and more than 50,000 part time trade show workers. The association is headquartered in Bend, OR.

 

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2004 EACA Annual Conference Recap

 

Bend, OR (August 2, 2004) The Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association (EACA) held its 6th Annual Conference recently at McCormick Place in Chicago.

 

More than 50 members participated in a full plate of trade show industry discussions that impact EACs and exhibit service suppliers. New initiatives that were put in motion at this year’s conference included the EACA’s Online Accounts Receivable system, a regional conference program to bring EACA seminar programming to other industry events and to local Chapter meetings, and support for a draft of an industry-wide initiative on Full Disclosure so exhibitors can more effectively evaluate trade show participation opportunities.

 

At its Annual Awards Breakfast, the EACA awarded its 2004 Intrepid Award to Rich Johnson and Ted Peterson, organizers of the Randy Smith Memorial Golf Classic. Started ten years ago, the RSMGC annually brings together hundreds of industry professionals to take part in a charity golf tournament that benefits those in our industry (or their loved ones) who have fallen on financial, or medical, hard times. Their energy, commitment and generosity is made up of the very best that our industry has to offer, and they make us proud.

 

The EACA Intrepid is awarded annually to the individual(s) or organization that EACA members have feel have made significant contributions of service to the tradeshow industry.

 

The EACA also inducted its second class in o the EACA Hall of Fame.  Jim Fisher, late of Poirot, helped to found and was General Manager of one of the country’s first exhibit services and I&D companies. The number of other industry giants punctuates Jim’s accomplishments in the field that he helped to bring into the industry and started on their respective roads to success. Carl Birsa (CB Displays), Art Ursin (founder of Metro Exhibits now known as The TERM Group), and Lee Robeson (Nevada Exhibitors Service) all began their careers under the tutelage of Jim Fisher.The EACA Hall of Fame was established to recognize the groundbreaking achievements of customer service to the tradeshow industry and who by the body of their career efforts helped to establish the EAC service category in the tradeshow industry.

 

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EACA Hosts 6th Annual Showfloor Olympics

 

Bend, OR (August 2, 2004) The Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association (EACA) held its 6th Annual Showfloor Olympics at its Annual Conference in Chicago recently.

 

The Showfloor Olympics is a friendly competition among showfloor workers for cash, medals and bragging rights. The Showfloor Olympics, which had 7 different teams competing this year, challenges both booth erection skills and trade show knowledge.

Results of this year’s Olympics are:

 

First Place                           Tony Sirico, Mike LinzFreeman

Second Place                       Steve Kull, Ryan KirwanThe TERM Group

Third Place                          Darnell Sledge, John FeeheryEagle Management

 

This year’s event marks the third time in a row that a team from the Freeman Companies has won the Gold Medal at the Showfloor Olympics – and Sirico and Linz are repeat Gold Medalists from the 2002 Olympics. The EACA would like to congratulate this year’s winners and all our Showfloor Olympics contestants.

 

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25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry 

 

The Newspaper for Meeting, Convention, incentive & Trade Show Professionals Volume 28/Number 10. July 12, 2004

Features Jim Wurm
Executive Director
Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association
Bend, OR
Available here.

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EACA Names New Board for 2002 - 2003

 

BEND, OR(August 11, 2003) -- At its Board meeting held in conjunction with TS2 in Washington, DC, the Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association (EACA) elected its new Board of Directors and Officers for 2003-04.The new President of the EACA is Steve Matranga of Eagle Management, and Keith Newsome of ExpoServices is the new Vice President. David Mihalik of EliteXPO Cargo Systems will serve as Treasurer of the EACA during 2003-04, and Kevin Rowe of Nth Degree will serve as the association's Secretary. EACA’s officers will serve one year terms which will be completed at next summer’s Board meeting at TS2.

 

"During my term as President, it is my intention to continue our efforts to grow the membership in our association, and to work closely with our sister associations in the tradeshow industry, as well as our union brethren, so that we can collectively improve our ability to service our customers, the exhibitors," said Steve Matranga in his first address to the EACA membership. "We plan to build on the success established during Steve Johnson’s tenure as President (who becomes the association's Immediate Past President)," Matranga continued. "In addition to previous initiatives, I will direct the EACA Board to find ways that we collectively can address our customers concerns about rising costs. It by far is the most critical issue facing our members, and our industry.”

 

In addition to the election of new officers, three Directors were elected to new terms on the EACA Board. Steve Hagstette of the Freeman Companies was elected to a three (3) year term as an EAC representative to the Board. In addition, Jim Pickering of the LVCVA and Mike Hardeman of Decorators Local 510, were re-elected to two (2) year terms as the Facility Management and Union representatives to the Board, respectively. Finally, Geri-Dee Shaffer of Aesculap was elected to a two (2) year term as the Exhibit Manager representative on the EACA Board.

 

"The EACA continues to enjoy one of the most diverse Boards of Directors in our industry." said Jim Wurm, Executive Director. "We believe this diversity is the real source of our strength and commitment to our industry. As the Board approves initiatives for our organization we know that we have already generated a mini-consensus of all players in the trade show industry for ideas that will really support the notion of developing world-class customer service in the tradeshow industry," Wurm continued. "And, after all that's what we've been all about from the very beginning."

 

The Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association is the tradeshow industry's only association dedicated to "raising the level of service excellence on the showfloor." The EACA seeks to unite the nation's tradeshow community by representing and supporting the interests of those exhibitor appointed contractors and other individual showfloor professionals that work on the tradeshow floor. The association is currently comprised of more than 170 member companies representing more than 7,500 full time trade show professionals, and more than 50,000 part time trade show workers. The association is headquartered in Bend, Oregon.

 

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EACA Installs First Class into EACA Hall of Fame

 

BEND, OR (July 11, 2003) -- The EACA Hall of Fame Voting Committee has voted to elect Andrew J. Codamo, Sho-Aids, Inc., Donald Shaw "Buck" Freeman (deceased) Freeman Companies,, and Donald A. Stacy, (deceased) Stacy Exhibit Services into their inaugural class of the EACA Hall of Fame. The induction ceremonies for the EACA Hall of Fame will take place at the EACA Awards Luncheon on Monday, July 21 from 12pm to 1:30pm in Rm. 143A at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

 

The EACA Board of Directors approved the formation of the Hall of Fame at its meeting in March, 2003 as a means of celebrating the achievements of those industry professionals who helped establish the EAC service category and whose efforts pioneered the manner in which modern exhibit servicing is delivered. "It occurred to us that many who make their living in the trade show industry as exhibit servicing professionals owe a debt of thanks to those that have gone before,” explained Steve Johnson of Renaissance Management, and current President of EACA. "Not only do we want to honor the contributions of those who helped make trade show exhibit servicing what it is today, we want to chronicle their accomplishments and their stories. We believe that we can learn a lot from the challenges these Hall of Famers faced, and in what manner they sought to solve those problems. Because there is no doubt we can still benefit from their wisdom today,” Johnson said.

 

The EACA Hall of Fame has both an EAC Category and an Allied Category and the criteria for nomination and election to the Hall are as follows:

 

1. To be eligible for the EACA Hall of Fame, a candidate must have served at least 10 years in the trade show industry. More specifically the EAC candidate must have served in the capacity of providing services to exhibitors.

2. An individual becomes eligible for nomination to the Hall of Fame five years after retiring from the industry, or if still active in the industry, upon reaching 60 years of age.

3. A candidate for the EACA Hall of Fame must have been well known in the industry and would have been recognized as an industry leader by their peers.

4. A candidate for the EACA Hall of Fame would have been an innovator and trend setter in trade show exhibit servicing, and would have had a direct and significant impact on the quality of servicing available at trade shows. Evidence of this legacy and the significance of its impact must be chronicled in the nomination form.

5. A candidate must receive a minimum affirmative vote of 75% of the members of the EACA Hall of Fame Committee.

 

The EACA received more than a dozen nominations for consideration to election to the Hall of Fame.   The EACA Hall of Fame Voting Committee reviewed all nominations and elected its inaugural class recently. "We are pleased and excited to have such names as Codamo, Freeman, and Stacy elected to the inaugural class of our EACA Hall of Fame,” Johnson said. "We believe they do an outstanding job of establishing the prestige associated with election to our Hall of Fame, and of setting the mark for future Hall of Fame candidates.”

 

The EACA will present a Hall of Fame trophy to each of those elected (or their designated representative) to this year’s class at the Awards Luncheon at the EACA Annual Conference at 12pm on July 21, 2003 in Room 143A of the Washington Convention Center. Each Hall of Fame honoree will also be featured in a special section of the EACA web site at www.eaca.com.

 

The Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association is the tradeshow industry's only association dedicated to "raising the level of service excellence on the showfloor." The EACA seeks to unite the nation's tradeshow community by representing and supporting the interests of those exhibitor appointed contractors and other individual showfloor professionals that work on the tradeshow floor. The association is currently comprised of more than 165 member companies representing more than 7,500 full time trade show professionals, and more than 50,000 part time trade show workers. The association is headquartered in Bend, Oregon.

 

 

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EACA Completes Successful Launch of Online EAC Registration

 

BEND, OR (September 23, 2002) -- The Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association, the trade show industry's first association dedicated solely to "raising the level of service excellence on the showfloor", recently completed a pilot program of its online EAC Registration services for the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago.

 

The Online EAC Registration system enables trade show exhibitors to elect their EAC contractors online at the EACA web site, thereby greatly increasing the efficiency of the process by which EACs are approved for access to service clients at industry trade shows.

 

"Almost every major trade show requires that EACs show proof of a legitimate contract for service, as well as a certificate of liability insurance, in order to gain entry to the showfloor for servicing their clients,” explained Jim Wurm, Executive Director of the EACA. "Furthermore, the process of "registering” EACs continues to get more complicated and time-consuming as the numbers of EACs continues to increase,” Wurm said. "The online registration system for EACs, developed by the EACA, greatly simplifies the EAC registration process, and streamlines the communications required to get all EACs "on the same page.”

 

Exhibitors for the recently completed IMTS show in Chicago were given the option of registering their EAC in the old way (filling out a form in the kit and faxing it in), or they could perform the same task electronically by logging into the EAC Registration system on the EACA web site. Once logged in, the exhibitor indicates for which service categories they intend to use an EAC, and then designates which specific contractor has been elected to perform the service for the upcoming show. Once the registration process is completed, a confirming email gets sent to the exhibitor, and to the contractor. In addition, show management has live access to real time reports on the status of this exhibitor activity along with background information on each EAC that is registered for the show.

 

When asked about the major advantages of EACA’s Online Registration system for EACs, Wurm said, "The EACA can greatly simplify this process for show managers because we have established close relations with our members and can more quickly communicate important show information to the appropriate individual within each EAC organization. Additionally, by putting this system in a password protected part of our web site on the internet, exhibitors and EACs alike can login at any time to see the information that is appropriate to them, and know with 100% degree of assurance when the EAC registration process has been successfully completed, without having to call show management by phone for a confirmation.”

 

"EAC Registration at our show this year was fantastic,” said Peter Eelman, Show Manager for IMTS. "The EACA completely took care of a huge job for us that used to tie up a couple of our people for a number of months. Not only did it make us more efficient prior to the show, it also removed us from the role of having to "police” this process. The EACA did that for us, under our direction. In my view, there is no reason that every show organizer shouldn’t take advantage of the same opportunity,” Eelman concluded.

 

The EACA represents and supports the interests of those exhibitor appointed contractors and other individual showfloor professionals that provide exhibit services on the tradeshow floor. The association is currently comprised of more than 160 member companies representing more than 5,000 full time trade show professionals, and more than 35,000 part time trade show workers. The association is headquartered in Bend, Oregon.

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EAC Heroes at Home in Crisis
Our heroes are always with us -- but we don't always notice unless we're in a crisis.
Trade Show Executive November/December 2001 -- Article by Jim Wurm
Available here

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EACA Annual Conference Builds Industry Collaboration!

 

BEND, OR(August 28, 2001) --The EACA Annual Conference, held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, August 13, 15, 2001, focused this year on initiatives that would help to build new pathways of collaboration and cooperation throughout the tradeshow industry. 

 

Co-located with TS2, EACA's 3rd Conference included a full slate of sessions and workshops aimed at identifying unresolved issues that impact industry professionals, and finding ways to resolve them. Featured session titles at this year's conference included Trade Show Trends That Will Impact EACs, and The Freight Forum: A Panel Discussion of the New Carrier Standards of Performance.

 

"The EACA has prided itself on being more about action and less about talk," explained Jim Wurm, Executive Director." At this year's conference, we wanted to focus on several major issues that impede our members ability to service their clients, or were otherwise having a negative impact on our customer's exhibiting experience."

 

"The EACA Conference brings together representation from all segments of the trade show industry to discuss the issues of the day." continued Bob Michael, of the Freeman Companies, and incoming President of the EACA. "We learned long ago that there are solutions to every issue if you get all the right people into the room. The EACA Conference attracts those people and we're happy to report it creates great progress very quickly."

 

The EACA Conference, with more than 100 EACA members and industry professionals in attendance, opened with the Annual Meeting Breakfast, an opportunity for all members to review the organization's accomplishments over the past year and learn of new initiatives for 2002.The members who were present also got to meet the EACA's new Board Directors and Officers whose terms began with the opening of the Conference. The new officers are Bob Michael (Freeman Companies), President, Steve Johnson (Renaissance Management), Vice President, Steve Matranga (Eagle Management Group), Treasurer, and Keith Newsome (ExpoServices USA), Secretary.

 

Then the meeting kicked into high gear with a stimulating panel discussion on future trends in the trade show industry. Moderated by Jim Wurm, the panel entailed a frank discussion on the trends of the day that will impact trade shows. The highlight of this discussion was an interchange between Joe Psuik, VP Operations of the San Diego Convention Center and Jack Savage, VP & General Mgr. with GES. Both indicated that the rapid growth of facilities across the US will place a large burden on municipalities and other facility owners to insure that the rest of the infrastructure necessary to service trade shows comes on line as quickly as the large exposition halls - namely larger, qualified, labor forces and marshalling areas for freight. While there were no easy solutions proposed for these issues, the commitment to address them by all in attendance was unanimous. The ultimate conclusion of this session was that any problem experienced by one segment of our industry, ultimately becomes a problem for all segments of our industry. "I have been coming to industry meetings for more than 20 years," said Bob Land, of the Beltmann agency of North American Van Lines, " and I've never experienced the kind of positive, collaborative atmosphere that I felt in this room today. This organization is definitely helping to move our industry in the right direction, and I'm proud to have an opportunity to help it get there."

 

Then the EACA Conference shifted gears and rolled up its sleeves on the second day to tackle the controversial issue of the day - the handling and disposition of tradeshow freight - at the Freight Forum. "Since last year, when we first discussed the Freight issue, the EACA has accepted the challenge to come up with a workable solution to the problem," said Jim Wurm, Moderator of the Freight Forum panel discussion. "To that end we have initiated a document we call the 'Carrier Standards of Performance', which outlines the way that all freight forwarder service providers in the tradeshow industry can live and work in peaceful co-existence." After much discussion, and some open disagreement, all parties to the discussion (which included official and non-official carriers, and drayage contractors) indicated a willingness to continue to work on the document to insure that, when it reaches its final form, that it will work for all parties. Wurm indicated at the close of the session that the EACA will eventually post the Carrier Standards document to its website, so all interested parties can review it.

 

Wednesday saw a large turnout for the Awards Breakfast, and presentation of the Annual Intrepid Award (this year's recipient was Thomas of the Orange County Convention Center), as well as the Leadman Olympics, a friendly competition among showfloor workers. "All in all this year's annual conference was a major success for the EACA," said Jim Wurm, Executive Director of the EACA. "Not only did we take time out of our busy schedules to address the important issues of the day, we reached out to the entire industry and began the process of creating a mechanism for positive solutions to those issues. And that's good news for all exhibitors who are serviced by EACs," Wurm concluded.

 

The Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association is the tradeshow industry's only association solely dedicated to "raising the level of service excellence on the showfloor. "The EACA seeks to unite the nation's tradeshow community by representing and supporting the interests of those exhibitor appointed contractors and other individual showfloor professionals that work on the tradeshow floor. The association is currently comprised of more than 140 member companies representing more than 5,000 full time trade show professionals, and more than 25,000 part time trade show workers. The association is headquartered in Bend, Oregon.

 

 

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EACA to Present Intrepid Award at Third Annual Conference

 

BEND, OR (July 13,2001) – The Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association, the trade show industry’s first association dedicated solely to “raising the level of service excellence on the showfloor”, will present its Annual Intrepid Award at its Third Annual Conference in Anaheim on August 15, 2001 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

 

The Intrepid Award is awarded to the individual, organization or consortium that has the ability to have a sense of what is right and proper and decent in the midst of turmoil. The EACA Intrepid also recognizes the quality of character combining courage and staying power. In business, and specifically in the trade show business, grace and fortitude under pressure is the capacity to focus attention on the needs of the customer at all times; particularly when the pressure hits. There were more than 15 nominations in advance of selecting five Intrepid Award finalists. Nominees for this year’s Intrepid Award are:

 

¨      Thomas Ackert, Executive Director, Orange County Convention Center.  Tom has been a strong ally and supporter of the EACA, and for this reason alone he deserves a nomination. Tom’s door stays open to anyone that in interested in working together on making Orlando the best convention destination in the country.  He is a true visionary and a rare gem within our industry. Tom has been a true innovator in the development of a Training Internship Program (TIP) in Orlando. TIP is a joint effort between the Center, the County, the contractors, and the Stagehands Local to develop skilled professionals to work in the trade show industry.

¨      Thomas Mobley, General Manager, MPEA. Tom is the first building manager that opened his door to EACA 8 years ago. He is the innovator of the TEAM – WE approach to resolving issues that come up on the showfloor, and has been successful in getting all parties involved in trade shows in Chicago to work together.

¨      Michael Bandy, President, TSEA. Michael Bandy has championed exhibitor rights and fought problems from his post at TSEA headquarters, and has taken the top Exhibit Marketing Association to its current pinnacle. TSEA’s relationships with IAEM, CEMA, HCEA, EACA and other key organizations are all dues to Michael’s efforts. And solely he is managing TSEA’s impending move to McCormick Place in Chicago.

¨      Decorators Local 831. Their trade show installers training program has set an industry standard second to none. With their continual programs in power tool safety, scaffolding/ladders, fall protection, first aid, forklift, electrical, genie lift use and many more, they have improved the quality of the Southern California Labor force tremendously. As a result of this program we EAC’s have been able to raise the level of service excellence on the showfloor.

¨      William F. Nixon, Jr. Since founding Willwork Inc. Exhibit Services twelve years ago, Bill Nixon has personified those ideals while also charting and overseeing a steady course of development for Willwork in terms of sales, geographic reach, and overall reputation. Having once served as a unanimously elected Teamster steward, he intimately understands labor and what is required to develop and maintain a superior labor force. The fact ism prior to the establishment of Willwork, Boston had a notoriously poor reputation for quality labor. Willwork served as a standard-bearer in challenging entrenched, local labor groups in the city and fostering an environment of competition that has greatly improved the overall quality of labor. Although, Willwork now operates internationally, it is still recognized as the company that provides experience and a premium value in the Boston Installation and Dismantle arena.

 

The Intrepid Award presentation will be made at the EACA Awards Breakfast on August 15 at the Anaheim Convention Center, 8am to 9am, in Room 209A. EACA members and guests of the association will attend the EACA Conference.

 

EACA Web Site Features

Searchable Database of Exhibit Service Firms

 

BEND, OR (April 2, 2001) --The web site of the Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association (EACA) now features a fully searchable database of its members that offer exhibitor services nationwide. Exhibitors that are looking for service companies that are dedicated to "raise the level of service excellence on the showfloor", can now find them by clicking on the "Current Members" button at the EACA site (www.eacac.com).

 

Once an exhibiting company accesses the Current Member database they can search the file by convention city, by the service category, or both. "From the very beginning, the EACA has looked for ways that we can collectively deliver better service and better value to our common customers, the exhibitor," explained Mike Metzger, President of the EACA. "Now we've made it easier for exhibitors to find reputable suppliers who can provide all levels of exhibit services anywhere in the country. It's our understanding that this is the first fully internet-based searchable directory of its kind, and we're very proud of it."

 

The EACA has a number of other plans in the works on how to make its web site more functional for its members, and their customers. Some of these plans include, 1.an EACA Mall, where members can purchase supplies online at bulk discounts, 2. EACA City Info, where members can keep tabs on the latest show schedules, facility requirements and regulations and local EACA meetings, and 3. EACA Services, where members can post insurance certificates for automatic electronic transfer to show management.

 

The Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association is the tradeshow industry's only association solely dedicated to "raising the level of service excellence on the showfloor." The EACA represents and supports the interests of those exhibitor appointed contractors and other individual showfloor professionals that provide exhibit services on the tradeshow floor. The association is currently comprised of more than 135 member companies representing more than 5,000 full time trade show professionals, and more than 35,000 part time trade show workers. The association is headquartered in Bend, Oregon.

 

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EACA Conducts Ladder/Scaffolding Safety Training Programs

 

BEND< OR (November 16, 2000) – In its ongoing efforts, to “raise the level of service excellence on the showfloor,” the Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association (EACA) conducted Ladder/Scaffolding Safety Training Programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C. this past July.

 

Presented by the firm of Adams Safety of Oak Brooks, IL the Ladder/Scaffolding Safety Program is an OSHA-certified safety course specifically designed for showfloor work. More than 125 showfloor workers received an OSHA certification card to indicate that they have successfully completed this 6-hour training course. The OSHA certification not only is a prerequisite for using scaffolding in some trade show cities, those you have been successfully certified will now be saving their employers considerable amounts of money in workers comp and liability premiums.

 

The Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association is the trade show industry’s only association dedicated to “raising the level of service excellence on the showfloor.” The EACA seeks to unite the nation’s trade show community by representing and supporting the interests of those exhibitor appointed contractors and other individual showfloor professionals that work on the trade show floor. The association is currently comprised of more than 125 member companies representing more than 5,000 full time trade show professionals, and more than 35,000 part time trade show workers. The association is headquartered in Bend, Oregon.

 

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EACA Issues White Paper on EAC Fees

 

BEND< OR (September 11, 2000) – The Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association (EACA) has released its official White Paper on EAC Fees.

 

In an except from the White Paper it is stated, “the EACA believes it is time to take steps toward removing any and all obstacles exhibitor’s face in trade shows. So, as the EACA makes know its official position on EAC fees, the goal of this document will be to not only spell out the negative impact that fees create for the trade show industry, but to also offer positive solutions to make this practice obsolete.”

 

The EACA proposes alternatives to EAC fees in the White Paper stating, “the EACA would prefer to identify an alternative to the EAC fee for those shows that have a legitimate concern regarding the presence of EAC’s on their showfloor. And, we would prefer that show organizers who currently charge fees work with us to consider those alternatives.”

 

A complete copy of the EACA White Paper on Fees can be found here.

 

The Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association is the trade show industry’s only association dedicated to “raising the level of service excellence on the showfloor.” The EACA seeks to unite the nation’s trade show community by representing and supporting the interest of those exhibitor appointed contractors and other individual showfloor professionals that work on the trade show floor. The association is currently comprised of more than 125 member companies representing more than 5,000 full time trade show professionals, and more than 25,000 part time trade show workers. The association is headquartered in Bend, Oregon.

 

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Board of Trustees Announces Formation of EACA Foundation

 

BEND,OR (May 25, 2000) --The Board of Trustees met this week to officially incorporate and announce the formation of the EACA Foundation. Working in collaboration with the Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association (EACA), the EACA Foundation has been organized to conduct research and develop much-needed training and certification modules for all showfloor workers.

"The EACA Foundation will better enable the EACA to succeed in its mission to 'raise the level of service excellence on the showfloor," stated Mike Metzger of Zenith LaborNet, Chairman of the EACA Foundation." The EACA Foundation has been organized as a 501.c.3 not-for-profit association, " Metzger continued. "That will enable us to raise funds from all of the stakeholders in the trade show industry who will benefit from improved customer service. And best of all those training contributions will be tax-deductible to all who contribute."

 

The Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association (EACA), a not-for-profit organization, is the tradeshow industry's only association dedicated to "raising the level of service excellence on the showfloor." Headquartered in Bend, OR, the association represents and supports the interests of those exhibitor appointed contractors and other individual showfloor professionals who make their living on the trade show floor. The embodiment of the customer service arm of the tradeshow industry, the association's focus will be on education, safety, career development, and a nationwide networking forum for all showfloor professionals.

 

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EACA Presents First Intrepid Award to 'Chicago, Inc.'

At First Annual Conference

 

BEND, OR (July 27, 1999) -- The Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association (EACA) presented its first Intrepid Award to 'Chicago, Inc.' during its first Annual Conference. The event, co-located with TS2, was held July 20-22 at Chicago's Navy Pier.

 

"The Intrepid Award recognizes efforts to raise the level of service excellence on the showfloor and honors those who go above and beyond expectations to do so," said Jim Wurm, Executive Director of the EACA, during the Awards Breakfast.

 

'Chicago, Inc.', the name given to the consortium in Chicago that brought together government, labor, facility and other industry representatives, was given the award for the way these parties worked together to develop solutions to the issues that threatened its position as a leading trade show city. To prevent shows from leaving the city and to encourage others to return, the consortium agreed upon a number of initiatives. These included a unified labor force of carpenters and decorators, relaxation of some of the electrical work rules, a decrease in electrical rates, a new parking facility at McCormick Place, a dedicated bus lane running between McCormick Place and the downtown hotels and an additional 4,000 to 5,000 committable hotel rooms.

 

Other nominees for this year's Intrepid Award were:

 

Atlantic City - for its decision to allow set-up contractors to contract for its labor directly from the union, as opposed to the prior practice of having to buy labor from the building at a mark-up.

 

The Expo Group - for its long standing efforts as official contractor to create a new level of service for exhibitors, a service level previously unheard of in the trade show industry. This heightened exhibitor customer service along with its trade mark "single source" contracting create cost savings along with improved customer service at shows serviced by the Expo Group.

 

Imark Communications- for its decision to have all of its North American shows audited by ExpoMark. At a time when show attendance figures are routinely inflated by show management, Imark has made the choice to put integrity first in its relationship with exhibitors by offering only audited and verified attendance information.

 

The Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association is the tradeshow industry's only association dedicated to "raising the level of service excellence on the showfloor." The EACA seeks to unite the nation's tradeshow community by representing and supporting the interests of those exhibitor appointed contractors and other individual showfloor professionals that work on the tradeshow floor. The association is currently comprised of more than 60 member companies representing more than 1,500 full time trade show professionals, and more than 12,000 part time trade show workers. The association is headquartered in Bend, Oregon.

 

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EACA Announces First Board of Directors

 

Bend, OR (July 17, 1998) -- The Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association (EACA) is pleased to announce the appointment of its first Board of Directors. EACA's Board will manage, control and direct the affairs of the association, determine the policies of the association and actively promote its goals and objectives.

 

"EACA's Board will include thirteen trade show industry professionals who represent a wide variety of trade show skills and experiences," explained Jim Wurm, Executive Director for the association. "We have intentionally sought Directors who will bring their own unique perspectives to our Board, so that we can more effectively accomplish our comprehensive agenda." The EACA Board is comprised of six Directors representing the regular EAC Corporate members, four Directors representing the associate corporate members, two Directors representing the regular EAC individual members, and EACA's Executive Director.

 

The six Directors who will represent the regular EAC Corporate members are Tom Cassell of Convention All Services, Steve Matranga of Eagle Management Group, Keith Newsome of Expo Services USA, Bob Michael of The Freeman Companies, Steve Johnson of Renaissance Management, Inc, and Mike Metzger of Zenith LaborNet. The four Directors who will represent the associate Corporate members are Ken Singer of GES, Mary Beth Rebedeau of The Rebedeau Group, Jim Kelty of Three Way Inc., International Division, and Thomas A. Smith, VP of Facilities, for the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority. The two Directors who will represent the regular Individual members are Ken Viscovich of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, and a Corporate Exhibit Manager yet to be formally appointed. Terms of service on the EACA Board will be one, two or three years, and initial terms of Directors have been implemented to allow for staggered terms of service.

 

The deliverables for EACA membership in addition to its training and certification programs for showfloor workers, will be member-access to the association web site, subscriptions to Showfloor Buzz, a weekly emailed newsletter, and Exhibit City News, a bi-monthly industry publication which focuses on showfloor activities. EACA also plans to assist its members in controlling costs by lobbying for convention center discounts, retail discounts, and group discounts for hotels and air travel. In addition, each EACA member will be clearly identifiable on the show floor with a nationally recognized ID badge. Membership to the EACA is available on an individual and corporate basis, for both regular and associate members.

 

The Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association (EACA),a not-for-profit organization, is the tradeshow industry's only association dedicated to "raising the level of service excellence on the showfloor." Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, the association will represent and support the interests of those exhibitor appointed contractors and other individual showfloor professionals who make their living on the trade show floor. The embodiment of the customer service arm of the tradeshow industry, the association's focus will be on education, safety, career development, and a nationwide networking forum for all showfloor professionals.

 

 

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Exhibitor Appointed Contractors

Form New Tradeshow Industry Association

 

CHICAGO, IL (May 8, 1998) --More than 80 trade show industry professionals attended the inaugural meeting of the Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association at the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place in Chicago today. The EACA is the trade show industry's first association dedicated specifically to "raising the level of service excellence on the showfloor". Those in attendance voiced their overwhelming support of the agenda adopted by the trade show industry's newest association, including support from several key trade show industry associations.

 

Jim Wurm, Executive Director of EACA, kicked off the first meeting by welcoming the audience comprised of EACs, association representatives, exhibit builders, transportation companies, general service contractors, union representatives and show managers. "We are planning to build on the success of the IEACA (Illinois Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association)", said Wurm in his opening remarks. "The IEACA was started in Chicago to represent the interests of EACs and to resolve problems that EACs were facing in Chicago," Wurm recalled. "The EACA will build on that foundation by representing the interests of EACs nationwide. By building better relationships with convention facilities, show organizers, and official service contractors all across the country, we intend to provide better service to our exhibitor customers while solving future problems in a cooperative team fashion."

 

The EACA received enthusiastic support and cooperation from a number of trade show industry association representatives who were in attendance. Michael Bandy, Vice President of TSEA (Trade Show Exhibitors Association), flew in from Virginia for the meeting to let the EAC members know that "TSEA stands ready to support the mission of EACA and is willing to extend a helping hand whenever it might be needed." Peter Dicks, travelled from Atlanta to represent HCEA (Healthcare Convention Exhibitors Association), echoed these comments and offered, "let us know at HCEA if there is anything we can do to assist you in achieving your goals and objectives." Representing SISO (Society of Independent Show Organizers), Mary Beth Rebedeau stated, "the show manager members of SISO applaud the formation of the EACA and stand ready to offer whatever support we can to insure your success." The EACA also received words of encouragement and support from the Board of ED&PA by the way of their official liaison Tom Cassell.

 

"We plan to be an association that is more about action and less about talk," stated Wurm as he outlined the EACA agenda in a prepared presentation." Rather than being the association that you only hear from when it's time to collect your dues, it is our goal to create a positive impact for each of our members’ everyday of their working year, " Wurm added. The deliverables for membership include training seminars on a variety of showfloor work skills, safety tips and career development programs, certification programs to enhance the member's earning power, member-access to the association website, subscriptions to Showfloor Buzz, a weekly emailed newsletter, and Exhibit City News, a bi-monthly industry publication which focuses on showfloor activities. EACA also plans to assist its members in controlling costs by lobbying for convention center discounts, retail discounts, and group discounts for hotels and air travel. In addition, each EACA member will be clearly identifiable on the show floor with a nationally recognized ID badge. Membership to the EACA will be made available on an individual and corporate basis, for both regular and associate members.

 

"Recognizing that trade shows only come to life if the temporary workers that we call showfloor professionals do their jobs well, EACA will fulfill its primary objective by offering intensive training to its members in a variety of categories and program topics," explained Jim Wurm, spokesperson for EACA. "Although we plan to take training seriously," Wurm continued, "we do not intend to re-invent the wheel.” He added, "there are a number of unions that support the trade show industry that already have fine training programs (notably the Chicago Carpenters and the Toronto Carpenters who were both in attendance at Friday's meeting). Our intention is to work closely with these locals to enhance their existing programs. We could see complementing their existing carpentry skills training with modules such as show floor safety, trade show rules and regulations, and customer service skills to name a few.” The EACA indicates that certification courses will be offered as part of the training curriculum.

 

Next on the agenda for the EACA is the appointment of its first Board of Directors and the adoption of its by-laws. "We had more than 8 inquiries immediately after the meeting about serving on the Board of Directors, which is a great thing considering our ambitious agenda" Wurm explained. "We expect to have a board in place for our next membership recruiting meeting which takes place in Atlanta on July 21."

 

The Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association (EACA),a not-for-profit organization, is the tradeshow industry's only association dedicated to "raising the level of service excellence on the showfloor." Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, the association will represent and support the interests of those exhibitor appointed contractors and other individual showfloor professionals who make their living on the trade show floor. The embodiment of the customer service arm of the tradeshow industry, the association's focus will be on education, safety, career development, and a nationwide networking forum for all showfloor professionals.

 

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