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August 2, 2016 – The Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association (HCEA) has announced the closing speaker for HCEAConnect, the association’s annual educational and networking event, being held August 14-17, 2016 in Savannah, GA.  Brian Casey, President and CEO of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) will share with HCEAConnect’s hundreds of attendees the latest healthcare exposition trends including attendance, exhibits and space costs.

Casey services as President and CEO of CEIR, which provides industry-leading research on the North American exhibitions and events industry. CEIR houses the world’s largest collection of primary, exhibition-related research studies that help stakeholders optimize performance, increase engagement, and address emerging customer needs. Prior to joining CEIR, Casey served as Vice President & General Manager for the Cleveland Global Center for Health Innovation & Convention and was responsible for operations, sales and marketing functions for the convention center facility. With more than 30 years of experience in the exhibitions and meetings industry, Casey has served as President and CEO of the High Point Authority, Owner of Next Generation Events Group, and Managing Director of Trade Shows for the International Housewares Exposition.

“We are thrilled to have Brian join us to speak about healthcare exposition trends. His vast experience and knowledge in our industry makes this a session you won’t want to miss,” said Kyle Wood, HCEA Education Chair.

HCEA recently transformed their traditional annual conference into the new HCEAConnect, which will provide relevant, quality educational opportunities aimed at industry stakeholders, including healthcare exhibitors, healthcare exhibition and meeting organizers and industry suppliers.

For more information about the HCEAConnect schedule, please contact Amy Lotz, CAE, HCEA executive director, at alotz@hcea.org or 703-935-1961 or visit the conference page on our website.