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The Exhibition Services & Contractors Association and epIQ Creative Group Announce Partnership



The Exhibition Services & Contractors Association and epIQ Creative Group Announce Partnership 

Dallas, TX, June 8, 2022 – The Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA) has named epIQ Creative Group as its Official Marketing Partner to play a key role in executing a new marketing strategy built to drive demand and long-term growth for ESCA. epIQ Creative Group will provide end-to-end capabilities across creative, media, and data services as the Official Marketing Partner for future ESCA events and ESCA’s Worker Identification & Security Program. 

ESCA’s Executive Director, Larry Arnaudet, commented, “We are thrilled about the new partnership between ESCA and epIQ and what it means for our organizations. As a leader in our industry and as the voice of our membership, it is essential to ESCA that we do everything possible to engage on all fronts. With the knowledge and expertise of epIQ, we are excited for the next evolution of ESCA.” 

At epIQ Creative Group, we take a community-first approach by bringing together like-minded individuals and providing monthly premium marketing services for all forms of content, creative assets, and knowledge. We take a unique approach that values community and collaboration to ensure our clients grow professionally and thrive in their respective industries. Our Quantum Circle™ Membership enables professionals, brands, and companies to grow without needing the expansive budget that large corporations typically have. Join us and learn how you can grow in a community and beyond! 

Scott Lebwohl and Bill McGlade, owners of epIQ, commented, “We are excited to bring our creative expertise to ESCA as we help guide the organization into its next evolution. Engaging it’s members and prospective members with valuable content and events, and fostering community growth and leadership through multiple channels will amplify ESCA’s voice for it’s members. It is truly exciting times ahead for ESCA and it’s members!” 

epIQ Creative Group will be on-site and exhibiting at ESCA’s Summer Educational Conference hosted in beautiful Asheville, NC, this June 26 – 29. 

About ESCA – Since 1970, ESCA has provided a unified voice for service contractors and their partners in the exhibition industry. Currently, ESCA has more than 175 member companies throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and maintains alliances with IAEE, IAVM, EDPA, and SISO to promote the exhibition industry. ESCA is dedicated to advancing the exhibition, meeting, and special events industries. Through education, information exchange, and professionalism shared by members and their customers, ESCA promotes cooperation among all areas of the exhibition industry. 

About epIQ Creative Group – epIQ Creative Group drives demand to your brand! We deploy our multi-channel marketing system that focuses on delivering smart messaging and value to your audience. Our method includes a mix of content syndication and distribution, outbound personalized and targeted messaging, and effective social media management. The epIQ method increases the velocity of both pipeline and revenue growth for brands of all industries looking to scale and drive demand to their brand. 


For more information about ESCA, contact ESCA Executive Director Larry Arnaudet at 

For more information about epIQ, contact epIQ Co-Owners Scott Lebwohl at or Bill McGlade at 

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Thanks to all of you who were such an important part of ECA Legislative Action Week last week! 

As part of last week’s efforts, industry leaders and advocates from across the country met with 85 Congressional offices to talk about ECA’s 3-Point Recovery Plan, which includes: 

  • Supporting efforts to provide relief to our industry’s hard-hit small businesses 
  • Helping to restore communicable disease coverage within event cancellation insurance 
  • Bringing back international exhibitors and attendees 

You can access an archived recording of our CNTV-produced kickoff broadcast here. In addition, please check out these Legislative Action Week recaps from ASAE and Trade Show Executive. 

ECA looks forward to welcoming the industry back in-person for our 2023 Legislative Action Day! 


  • Last Friday, the Biden administration announced that it was lifting the pre-depature Covid-19 testing requirements for all inbound international air travelers starting Sunday, June 12 o From Sunday, June 12, air travelers no longer need to show a negative Covid-19 test or documentation of recovery from Covid-19 before boarding a flight to the U.S. 
  • ECA applauds this removal of one of the critical barriers to getting people from around the world back to business at U.S. exhibitions and conferences! o For more on ECA’s perspective, please see these articles from CEO Update, Exhibition World, MeetingsNet, Trade Show Executive, and TSNN that quote ECA 


  • Since ECA Legislative Action Week concluded, several lawmakers have already added their names to ECA legislative priorities as co-sponsors: o ERTC Reinstatement Act (+4 House members): Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), Rep. David Trone (D-MD) 
    • Pandemic Risk Insurance Act (+1 House member): Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) 
    • Along with these bills, ECA continue to prioritize its advocacy efforts on small business relief and restoring visa interviewing and processing capacity to pre-pandemic levels 


  • Earlier this week, reports surfaced that President Biden is considering removing some of Section 301 tariffs on goods from China that were enacted by the Trump administration o
    • While this may likely include consumer items (e.g., bicycles), it is unclear whether industrial items used by the some in the industry (e.g., aluminum) will be included 
Thomas F. (Tommy) Goodwin · Vice President, Government Affairs · Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance · · +1 (703) 539-5875

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ECA Legislative Action Week recap

Attached please find a recap of ECA’s just-completed Legislative Action Week. I’m happy to report that industry leaders and advocates completed more than 80 meetings with Congressional offices over the last three days talking about the importance of supporting our small businesses, restoring communicable disease coverage to event cancellation insurance, and helping bring back international attendees and exhibitors to face-to-face business events.

On that last point, I’m happy to report an advocacy victory this morning: A few moments ago, the CDC announced that the pre-departure testing requirement for inbound international travelers will end as of Sunday, June 12. During our Congressional meetings this week, there was broad bipartisan support for ending this roadblock to increased international travel. Just last month, Morning Consult found that 46% of surveyed vaccinated international travelers said they would be more likely to visit the U.S. is the pre-departure testing requirement was lifted.

Thanks to all who participated in Legislative Action Week and encouraged their members to do so, as well. Have a great weekend ahead!

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Assistant General Manager | Miami Beach Convention Center

Assistant General Manager | Miami Beach Convention Center

Location US-FL-Miami Beach
Job ID 2022-7679
Group Spectra – Venue Management Location Name Spectra VM – Miami Beach Convention Center Category Venue Management Type Regular Full-Time


The art of meeting begins at the iconic Miami Beach Convention Center; where global business and creative collaboration get a spark of tropical inspiration. We are currently looking for an Assistant General Manager to join our team! Nestled in the heart of Miami Beach, the state-of-the-art convention center offers flexible special event and exhibition spaces near beautiful beaches, fine dining and 5-star resorts. Utilizing initiative, innovative, and independent judgment, the Assistant General Manager assists the General Manager in planning, directing, and managing the day-to-day operations of the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) and other areas of the City Center Campus via Pride Park, Collins Canal Park, Rum Room, and Venue. Assists with the supervision of sales, marketing, finance, event services, guest services, operations, human resources, information technology (IT), safety, security, audio visual, rigging, transportation, production, union related issues, venue maintenance and contract partners. Responsibility further includes evaluation and development of recommendations to improve organizational administration, procedures, policies, SOPs, and programs. Unusual problems and major changes in programs or policy are discussed with the General Manager.

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General Manager | Navy Pier Events Facility

General Manager | Navy Pier Events Facility

Location US-IL-Chicago
Job ID 2022-7799
Group Spectra – Venue Management Location Name Spectra VM – Navy Pier Events Facility
Category Venue Management Type Regular Full-Time


The General Manager will be responsible for overall management, promotion and operation of the facilities, including contracting, purchasing, booking, marketing, finance, human resources, event management/operations, food and beverage (3rd Party), box office, capital project planning, advertising, security, production, maintenance, and related operations by performing the following duties personally or through subordinates. The General Manger is accountable for the development of policies, procedures, and programs for achieving the goals set for by Navy Pier, Inc. (NPI) and OVG360. The position reports directly to the Regional Vice President, OVG360.

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