About Us

The Exhibitions and Conferences Alliance (ECA) is dedicated to the recovery and advancement of the face-to-face business events industry. Our mission is to help government officials understand the important role these events have on economies and job creation. We promote the impact of the sector, drive general industry awareness, monitor legislative issues, advocate for the industry’s common interests, and work with partners globally as needed, to maintain a favorable operating environment within the U.S.

ECA provides a long-term strategy focused on creating substantive relationships with policymakers and ensuring priority matters are heard. Existing industry advocacy efforts are: Exhibitions Mean Business and Go LIVE Together.


Who We Are

ECA is a collaboration across existing associations to draw knowledge from a wealth of expertise to advocate for the business events industry. David Audrain, CEM, Executive Director of The Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA, President and CEO of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE), serve as co-presidents who report to a board comprised of representatives from alliance partner organizations. The Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer positions are elected from volunteer Board members.


Press Releases

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Alliance Partners

ECA is registered as a 501(c)6 and is funded through existing industry associations as alliance partners. To date, our partners include: