SISO CEO Summit 2018 Conference Program

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Monday, March 27, 2017
  1. SISO Executive Women's Forum
    Four Seasons Ballroom - 2nd Floor

    SISO Women are excited to present the second SISO Women’s Executive Forum

    9:00 –  9:15  am  
    9:15 – 10:30 am  
    10:30 – 10:45 am   Coffee Break
    10:45 – 12:00 pm  
    12:00 – 1:00 pm Networking and Lunch

    - Separate registration fee of $49.00
    - Only for Attendees already Registered (and qualified) for the CEO Summit

Sunday, April 15, 2018
  1. SISO Executive Women's Forum - Cocktail Reception
    Exclusively for those registered to attend the 1/2 day program.
Monday, April 16, 2018
  1. Small Business Roundtable Networking Lunch
    Acacia Ballroom 2 - 2nd Level
    Networking Lunch exclusively for registrants to the 1/2 day program only. 
  2. SISO Executive Women's Forum Networking Lunch
    Acacia Ballroom 1 - 2nd Level

    Networking Lunch exclusively for registrants to the 1/2 day program only.



  3. Small Business Roundtable
    Four Seasons Ballroom - 2nd Floor

    If you’re the owner or CEO of a smaller organizer company with revenues at $10 million or less, then you will want to be part of this unique and intimate meeting. 

    Now in its 4th year, this platform where owners can come together to talk candidly about what works and what doesn’t in a company where resources are extremely limited and personal resources such as a home or retirement accounts are in jeopardy if a show goes bad.

    It is always great to hear what works for the global giants in our business, but the trade show business is built on the sweat, tears and creativity of entrepreneurs. So, if it’s your name on the bank guarantee, and you sign the checks, then this event is where you’ll learn and share how it’s done when teams are smaller and dreams are bigger.


    - Separate registration fee of $49.00
    - Only for Attendees already Registered (and qualified) for the CEO Summit. Only SISO members whose business generates less than $10 million in Annual Revenues may attend the Small Business Roundtable

  4. Sponsor / New Member / First-Timer / Buddy Reception
  5. Opening Reception
    Sponsored by

  6. Opening Dinner
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  1. Breakfast
    Acacia Ballroom
    Sponsored by:

  2. What's Top of Mind for Major B2B Exhibition Company CEOs?
    Tarsus Group Managing Director Douglas Emslie will moderate a session on what's top of mind with three major B2B company CEOs.  Examining responses from a joint TSNN/SISO survey answered by dozens of for-profit and association leaders in the exhibition industry, the panel will talk through where they are seeing challenges, where they are looking for growth, what they are doing with data, the security situation, attracting and retaining key talent, and how the current geopolitical landscape might be impacting their portfolios, among other hot-button topics.
  3. Networking Break
  4. Session
  5. Examining Direct-To-Consumer trends in US retail and the impact on tradeshows
    Four Seasons Ballroom - 2nd Floor

    Denzil Rankin to give an executive overview of results of research "Direct-to-Consumer trends in US Retail, and impact on Tradeshows", commissioned by SISO, and to be released at the SISO CEO Summit. Then Denzil will Moderate a panel of senior executives from leading show organizers, to discuss the impact of research and future direction.

  6. SISO Annual Business Luncheon

    SISO Annual Business Luncheon
    Annual report to Members and the Krakoff Award presentation.

    Sponsored by:

  7. Marketing Technologies Case Studies
    Acacia Ballroom
  8. Highlights of the inaugural SISO Compensation Survey
    Four Seasons Ballroom - 2nd Floor
    Finding relevant compensation data for our industry has often been a challenge. SISO’s HR Executives Special Interest Group has partnered with Mercer to produce an accurate and comprehensive compensation study that is specifically targeted to the for-profit organizers in the USA.  Hear two of the leaders of this effort review a summary of the initial findings, as well as current trends in corporate culture. 
  9. Las Vegas Night Reception / Dinner

    Sponsored by:

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  10. Afterglow Reception
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  1. Breakfast
  2. Update on M&A Activity in 2017
  3. Current State of M&A
    A panel of industry leaders, discussing the state of the M&A activity in the industry over the past year and looking forward to the expectations for the coming year.
  4. Networking Break
  5. Non Golfers Lunch
  6. SISO Annual Golf Tournament and Lunch
    Sponsored by:
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  7. Networking / Social Events
  8. Awards Reception
  9. Closing Night Events
Thursday, April 19, 2018
  1. Farewell Breakfast


  • “The impact of SISO is so much bigger than its size. It feels more like a global council of important tribes than a traditional trade association.”
    David Adler, CEO & Founder, Bizbash Media
  • “As busy, independent, for-profit organizer, SISO keeps our company connected to all the key players working in this industry and allows great relationships and ongoing learning of best practices from the best in the business. All invaluable assets to help move our business forward."
    Howard Hauben, CEO, H2 Events
  • “The SISO membership represents the entire for-profit tradeshow community and the annual SISO conferences are must-attend events for their educational and networking value.”
    Joel A. Davis, Founder & CEO, JD Events
  • “SISO connects strategic minds through invaluable networking opportunities and face-to-face executive conferences focused on excellence and inspiration.”
    Dana Teague, Vice President, Informa Global Exhibitions
  • “Participating in SISO puts you on the leading edge of the events world.”
    Charles McCurdy, CEO, Informa Global Exhibitions