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The ESCA Digest — January 2024

Dear ESCA Members,

As we welcome a new year at ESCA, I want to share with you our ambitious roadmap for the year ahead. Our commitment to you—our valued members—is stronger than ever, and we’re poised to deliver on promises and exceed expectations.

Here are some key goals we’ve set for ourselves, categorized to focus our efforts and maximize our impact:

1. Membership Value Proposition:

  • We will be enhancing our membership directory to facilitate better connectivity and business opportunities among our members.
  • Expect cutting-edge educational resources tailored to the evolving needs of our industry.
  • We’ll continue to advocate for our members, driving alignment and setting standards that matter.
  • Our commitment to workforce development, safety, and sustainability will shape the future of our industry.

2. Meetings, Events, and Education:

  • We’re dedicated to enriching our meetings and events portfolio, offering you experiences that are both valuable and memorable.
  • Education will take center stage, ensuring we provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary for growth and success.

3. ESCA Badge Program:

  • We’re on a mission to refine the ESCA Badge Program, prioritizing ease of use, security, and widespread adoption. Our goal is to set the industry standard for excellence.

Together, we can make 2024 a landmark year for ESCA and our industry. Stay tuned for more updates as we progress through the quarters.

With gratitude,

Taylor Vriens

President, ESCA

Embarking on a New Chapter: Greetings from ESCA’s Executive Director

As I officially step into the role of Executive Director at ESCA, I want to express my deep excitement and commitment to leading our vibrant community into a new chapter of growth and collaboration.


Why am I thrilled about this role?

  • Building on a Strong Foundation: ESCA has a rich history, and I’m honored to build on the strong foundation laid by my predecessors.
  • Member-Centric Approach: Your needs and aspirations are at the heart of ESCA’s mission. I am dedicated to enhancing our services, providing valuable resources, and fostering a thriving community.
  • Driving Innovation: The events landscape is evolving, and so will ESCA. I am passionate about embracing innovation, exploring new opportunities, and ensuring ESCA remains a trailblazer in our industry.
  • Global Collaboration: In an interconnected world, collaboration is key. I look forward to strengthening ties within ESCA and fostering partnerships that elevate our collective impact.
  • Listening and Learning: Communication is a two-way street. I am here to listen to your insights, learn from your experiences, and collectively shape the future of ESCA.


As we navigate the dynamic landscape of the events industry, I am confident that together, we will achieve new heights. I invite you to join me on this exciting journey, and I am eager to hear your thoughts and ideas.


Here’s to a future filled with shared success!

Best regards,

Julie Kagy

Julie Kagy

Executive Director, ESCA


Six industry leaders form collective

The organizations unite to form exhibitions industry collective priorities centered around workforce development, sustainability, and health and safety. By leveraging the strengths in their respective fields, the collective will better serve the larger exhibitions and events community by bringing more awareness to key stakeholders and a defined path of success for each member base.

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Quest Events and EventWorks join forces to revolutionize event rental solutions

This strategic transaction marks a significant leap forward in the event industry, combining the strengths of two industry leaders to enhance capabilities and offer an unprecedented range of services to event professionals across diverse markets.

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Skyline Exhibits welcomes a new team member

Congratulations Bobbie Caldwell-Hatch on joining Skyline Exhibits as executive vice president of growth.

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Aluvision eager for growth

Aluvision is excited to welcome Robert Laarhoven to the Aluvision family as corporate strategy advisor.

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Saia strengthening industry ties

The capturing story of Jason Olinger and Saia.

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Mark Your Calendars!



You are Invited to the ESCA Summer Educational Conference, June 23-26, 2024 in Hot Springs, VA.

Hot industry topics, networking with peers, and fun activities await you.

Enjoy a blend of educational enrichment and exciting activities in a serene setting.

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Walter E. Washington Convention Center awarded LEED green certification

Washington, DC is the first city in the world to achieve Platinum level LEED for Cities Certification. Our new certification shows Events DC’s, as well as the District’s, commitment to sustainability, operational excellence, efficiency and high-performance design.

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Sustainability in tradeshow carpet by Emerald Carpets

Emerald’s insightful White Paper on the latest practices and innovations in carpet handling within our industry. This valuable resource offers a deep dive into current standards, explores potential improvements, and seeks to understand the evolving needs and expectations of exhibitors and attendees alike.

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Celebrating Milestones

Quest Events 25th Anniversary Milestone 

What began as a humble operation out of his garage has grown to one of the nation’s leading event rental providers, specializing in event drape, scenic and furniture. “I love this Industry and its people, I’m grateful to be a small part of the events” reflects Lee Dunlap, Founder and CEO of Quest Events.

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Aluvision’s 21-year footprint

Aluvision’s patented Hi-LED 55+ tile has been honored with the prestigious 2023 Innovation Award by the Exhibition Services and Contractors Association (ESCA).

The most notable for setting it apart from competitors is its ability to create an absolute edge-to-edge 90-degree angle between screens, and its versatility to create various configurations from the same tile including straight walls, 3D structures, convex, and concave walls.

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ESCA Community Corner

Let’s go on a Hike with Debbie

Thank you Debbie for sharing your adventurous side with us and bringing us with you to explore beautiful places!

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DJ Mike is coming!

“I’ve been DJing on radio, live events, and weddings for over 40 years. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/Broadcast, my dream was to be in play-by-play sports. That didn’t happen and I landed in Trade Shows instead. But, as of late, the itch has come back and I’ve been securing more and more corporate gigs in the DJ and KJ world. The photos attached were from EDPA Access in Florida in November. Many will remember our first stab at Karaoke at the ESCA Summer Educational Conference. Looking forward to running it back in Hot Springs this June!” by Mike Morrison

From Julie’s Kitchen

Transport your taste buds to Greece with this mouthwatering new recipe!

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Satisfy your sweet cravings with a side of sophistication – GIRL SCOUT COOKIES and BOURBON pairings

Thank you Jim, for elevating our taste buds to a whole new level of delicious indulgence!

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