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IAEE and ESCA Support New Industry Wide Security Initiative

July 28, 2016

Key focus is to provide guidelines by the industry, for the industry in compliance with DHS

DALLAS – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) announces its full support to provide industry guidelines and standards created by the industry, for the industry, to the Safety Act Office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The individual security efforts currently employed around the country have supported exhibitions and meetings for years. Our industry has always focused on improving safety and security preparedness for our events. There is now a need for the industry to outline national standards that are in compliance with the Department of Homeland Security’s Safety Act Office. This initiative will be facilitated by Keyway who has assembled a strong team of career law enforcement officials.

“The reason we are coming together now is to enhance what is already in place and to be proactive, instead of reactive, in the new reality of the world we live in today,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “This initiative is unique and we are fully supporting it because a strategic alignment of industry guidelines with the federal government, specifically the Safety Act Office within the Department of Homeland Security, is needed to protect the industry in the event of a terror act.”

“ESCA implemented the Worker Identification System ( ) badge security system several years and is just one example of the multiple layers of security at trade shows,” said Larry Arnaudet, Executive Director of Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA). “There are many players in the culmination of an exhibition or event and this initiative will need the support from the entire ecosystem,” added Arnaudet.

Members of the exhibitions and meetings industry employ a variety of measures to provide safety and security to all event attendees. With this initiative, these parties can align their best practices to establish a national standard for convention centers of all sizes as a united effort to further mitigate risks through safety, security and preparedness measures.

According to Kevin Olsen, Founding Partner of Keyway, “The current threat environment necessitates identifying industry best practices and developing a security standard for all venues that protects our human and economic resources, while providing the liability protections afforded by the federal government.”

About IAEE

Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely, and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners:  4imprint, BearCom, Buttine Exhibition Insurance, Convention News Television (CNTV), Delta Airlines, Mexico Tourism Board, New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Orange County Convention Center, Streampoint Solutions, Synchronicities (San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Anaheim and Visit Baltimore) and Visit Orlando. Visit for more information.

About ESCA

ESCA is dedicated to the advancement of the exhibition, meeting and special events industries. Through the education, information exchange and level of professionalism shared by members and their customers, ESCA promotes cooperation among all areas of the exhibition industry. Visit for more information.

About Keyway

Keyway leverages decades of global experience in the hospitality & events industry to unlock potential for brands, products and DMOs. The Keyway team has a proven history of bringing value to clients in the hospitality and events industry in over 50 countries around the world. Visit for more information.

For media coverage or more information please contact Mr. DuBois or Mr. Olsen at:

David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA
President & CEO
D 972.687.9204

Larry Arnaudet
Executive Director
Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA)
(972) 447-8210

Kevin Olsen
Founding Partner
Keyway LLC
M 630.742.6073