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After a series of strategic planning meetings over a two-year period, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research Board of Directors is realigning its resources to focus more clearly on the mission of the organization: producing industry-leading research on the exhibitions and events industry.As a result, CEIR will not only work more closely with International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ to produce forward-looking research in collaboration with the CEIR Research Committee, but also CEIR President Brian Casey will be stepping down in January.

“I am honored to have led CEIR for the last three years,” said Brian Casey, CEM. “Over that period we have updated the CEIR Census, which is the basis for the CEIR Index and responded to many press calls from trade and business media requesting data.

F3, the joint venture between One Event Management and Legends of the US, has won a 10-year contract with Watford Football Club.

The joint venture has been providing match day and non-match day catering for Manchester City Football Club since 2013. It will now take responsibility for operating and developing the Watford’s retail spaces and hospitality areas.


Capital investment projects already undertaken for the 2016-17 season include the addition of two new hospitality areas, which reflects the demand for premium, higher yielding seats.

The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) has announced the formation of a Development Board, with the aim of ensuring that the AEO delivers value to all members.

 

The board will also make sure that the association uses the best resources available to implement this value and focus on supporting the deliver of AEO Events, FaceTime and talent initiatives.

The original inspiration behind EXPOCAD® was to help engineers with computer-aided design (CAD) software. Paul Ososky, a plastics engineer, his brother Mike, a process engineer (now President and CTO), and Rich Stone, a synthetic fuels researcher (now CEO), started EXPOCAD’s parent company A.C.T., Inc. in 1986.

“Like any startup, life was not easy,” said Stone. “Frugal was an understatement. We started in a closet … it was only big enough for two people. If one had to leave the office, the other had to walk out into the
hall to let them out.”

A third Ososky brother, Peter, joined as a programmer and in 1988 designed the first automated booth drawing commands for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and Freeman. Soon other engineering software customers signed on, including AMACO, Caterpillar, AT&T, NASA, McDonald’s, Motorola, John Deere, Ford and more.

International media group and event organiser Future Group, has said events are now a big driver of its revenues.

Publishing its results for the year ended 30 September 2016, the group noted overall revenues were flat at £59m. The media division, however, reported a 14 per cent increase in revenues, bolstered by events, and five new events added to the stable.

Future’s chief executive Zillah Byng-Thorne said an increase in cashflow was “particularly pleasing” and described the financial year as “fantastic”, with the group delivering on what it had been promising to shareholders. Net cash at 30 September 2016 was £0.5m (2015: net debt £1.8m), an improvement of £2.3m in the year.