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27 Aug 2018

SISO and ExpoDevCo Extend Management Agreement


SISO and ExpoDevCo Extend Management Agreement

SISO and ExpoDevCo Extend Management Agreement

August 27, 2018 – Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and Exposition
Development Company Inc. (ExpoDevCo) have signed a three-year extension to the
management agreement currently in place. The new agreement runs through the end of
2021. Services provided by ExpoDevCo include all Association staff, member services,
and event management, with David Audrain serving as Executive Director.

David Audrain has served as Executive Director of SISO since the end of 2015. David is
also CEO & Partner of ExpoDevCo, a SISO Member and an organizer of a dozen trade
shows and conferences across multiple industries.

“We are very pleased to be renewing our agreement with David and his team. They
have done an exceptional job making SISO the most valuable membership a show
organizer can buy. We look forward to the future of SISO under David’s leadership.”
commented Ted Wirth, current Chair of the SISO Board of Directors and CEO of
Diversified Communications.

“SISO is a unique organization, representing the majority of the largest show organizers
in the world, as well as many of the small entrepreneurial ones. The SISO CEO Summit
is the largest and most important annual gathering of C-Level executives from around
the world. SISO has been of tremendous value to my own company over the years, and
I am very happy to be able to give back to an industry I love,” added David Audrain.
The next edition of the SISO CEO Summit will be held March 24-27, 2019, in Miami.


SISO members include companies, corporations and other for-profit entities that own, produce or provide full-service management of “face to face” trade shows, consumer shows, expositions, conferences, and events. SISO membership is a combination of large corporations and small entrepreneurial enterprises that do business around the world.

SISO’s almost 200 member companies produce thousands of events around the world. SISO’s Mission is to meet the common needs of our members, by providing peer networking opportunities, education, industry information, streamlined business processes and best practices in the industry.

For more information on SISO, the SISO CEO Summit, the SISO Leadership Conference, and the SISO Women’s Leadership Forum, please visit, or contact David Audrain, SISO Executive Director, at 404-334-4585 or



  • “Without a doubt the most valuable three days of the year for networking, learning, and meeting colleagues.”
    Tony Calanca, Calanca & Associates LLC
  • “Two of the best acquisitions Access Intelligence had executed came directly from contacts and discussions held at the SISO CEO Summit. Beyond that important networking for transactions, I learn best practices from the best in the industry. The ROI for membership is immeasurable.”
    Don Pazour, CEO, Access Intelligence
  • “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
  • “Our industry thrives on the personal relationships that face-to-face builds, and the CEO Summit is the ultimate place to build YOUR network!”
    Tom Mitchell, President, Messe Dusseldorf North America
  • “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
  • Being a member of SISO has allowed me to navigate the dynamic landscape of our industry in the most effective way possible. Personally, it’s been a journey of continuous learning, networking, and collaboration that fosters deep relationships with industry leaders. Professionally, the insights I’ve gained, the resources I have accessed, and the collaborative initiatives and advocacy work have helped to take my organization to new heights. SISO, to me, is an indispensable asset for my career and business.
    Liz Irving, President, Clarion Events