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June 19, 2008



The Exhibition Convention and Executives Forum is holding its annual convention for 150 invited guests from the association world today at the Convention Center, but we hit the pre-party at the Renaissance Hotel last night for the real fun.


Plastics Association trade show VP Gene Sanders and Association of Equipment Manufacturers president Dennis Slater flank Messe Duseldorf N.A. prez Tom Mitchell. Sounds like Dennis doesn’t need too many tips from the ECEF on how to make his trade show more successful; AEM’s Construction Expo in Vegas drew 144,000 people from 130 countries back in March. That attendance is up 20% over the last show (they take place every three years) thanks to a global marketing campaign focusing on China, India, Russia and South America.    


Just when we were going to crown Dennis last night’s trade show MVP, we ran into the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s CEO Steve Sanetti, VP Nancy Coburn and SVP Chris Dolnack. Steve told us his association’s annual show drew a record-breaking 58,000 and brought in $20 million in revenue this year. NSSF also runs the Scholastic Clay Target Program, which Steve calls “Little League with a shotgun,” for 10,000 kids ages 8-18 nationwide. The championship is in August, with 2,000 kids expected to take aim at trap, skeet and sporting clays. Lots more fun than playing marbles, no doubt.


Craft and Hobby Association CEO Steve Berger, right, with Marriott’s association account exec Jeff Fagan. Steve’s association usually doesn’t do much on the Hill, but upped its lobbying recently thanks to “orphan works” legislation proposed in April by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Pat Leahy (D-VT) and Reps Howard Berman (D-CA) and Lamar Smith (R-TX). The bill allows use of orphan works—copyright-protected materials whose owners can’t be identified or located—but Steve says it doesn’t require enough due diligence in searching for the copyright holders.


But wait, there’s more lobbying! Water Quality Association exec director Pete Censky (right) and Koelnmesse president Mette Petersen. Pete told us many Americans are getting trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in their drinking water because treatment plants don’t eliminate medicines (yikes), passed through human waste (yikes!!), from the water supply. So his organization has been on the Hill a lot recently, figuring out how to get rid of the meds. In the meantime, we’re sticking to Evian.

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