CEIR Webinar – Wednesday at 12 PM CT -- COVID-19: Impact on U.S. Economy and B2B Exhibition Industry

COVID-19: Impact on U.S. Economy and B2B Exhibition Industry

Date: Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT

Moderator: Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, CEM, CEO – CEIR

Presenter: Allen Shaw, Ph.D., President & Chief Economist –
Global Economic Consulting Associates

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Four months into the COVID-19 Pandemic, the U.S. and global economies are in a recession. Because of lock-downs and travel bans, the B2B exhibitions industry shut down in mid-March. Since then, phased openings and social distancing have created a climate of extreme uncertainty for organizers struggling to produce events. The U.S. economic impact through May 2020, from exhibitions not being held, was estimated at $1.8 billion.

This webinar will provide an economic update, key indicators to follow and possible scenarios for the recovery of the economy and B2B exhibitions industry.

Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, CEM, CEO of CEIR will moderate this important, relevant and timely discussion and presentation with Allen Shaw, PhD., President & Chief Economist of Global Economic Consulting Associates.

Presenter Information

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Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, CEM


In her role as CEO of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, CEM’s primary purpose is to promote the growth, awareness and value of exhibitions and other face-to-face marketing events by producing and delivering research-based knowledge tools.

She is a frequent presenter on the areas of exhibition industry trends and the power of exhibitions in face-to-face marketing. She is currently serving on the Events Industry Council’s Board of Directors, and she is adjunct faculty at Richland College.

Breden is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM). She is a graduate of Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA.

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Allen Shaw, Ph.D.

President & Chief Economist
Global Economic Consulting Associates

Dr. Shaw is the Chief Economist of Global Economic Consulting Associates, Inc. He specializes in (1) analyzing the state of economy, policy issues, and risks in key developed & developing countries, (2) constructing statistical indicators for analyzing potential sizes of target markets and (3) performing customized projects. He advises clients on economic policy issues and financial risks in the US and key emerging markets.

Previously, he worked as the Chief International Economist at the WEFA Group (formerly Wharton Economic Forecasting Associates, Inc), which was originally established by the Nobel Laureate Lawrence Klein. He managed international forecasting, modeling, economic research, and consulting activities, including the activities of WEFA’s international economists based in Philadelphia, London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Rome.

Dr. Shaw holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Connecticut. He was also an Adjunct Full Professor at Drexel University teaching graduate economic courses.