Exhibit City News - July/August 2018

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Incoming IFES president Peter Theodorides/Vision Ltd.-Greece congratulates outgoing president Voicu Sferdianu/XDS-Romania on a job well done

IFES Leadership Keeping a Focus on International Harmony BY LARRY KULCHAWIK

Each year, the International Federation of Exhibition + Event Services meets in a different country to share local tradeshow practices, to present relevant global data to members, and to create an environment for members to network and become partners. The 2018 IFES annual meeting held in Chicago from June 27-29 brought together exhibit suppliers from 32 countries to meet and share their views on effectively assisting their customers when exhibiting internationally. IFES was formed in 1984 with six country members and has now grown

to represent 45 countries. The last IFES annual meeting in the U.S. was held in 2001 in Miami as a joint meeting with EDPA. Now, 21 years later, Chicago was selected as the site of this meeting where relationships are formed and tradeshow knowledge is shared. Of the big three U.S. locations for tradeshow activity (Las Vegas/Orlando/Chicago) Chicago offers both the infrastructure to manage a large event and the economic base of business within the region to attract attendees and exhibitors. Chicago is home to 100 of the Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and served to be an excellent location for the

2018 IFES Global Summit meeting. Every two years, IFES leadership is voted upon by its members. During the last election in 2016, the members voted to retain Voicu Sferdianu/XDS-Romania as president to continue a second two year term--serving a total of four years. Much of this decision was based upon Sferdianu’s ability to build confidence among IFES members and manage the transition of a new IFES management team brought on in 2015. During his four years as president, Sferdianu sought to achieve three major goals: 1. Bring financial stability to the association; 2. Bring

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