Barry Feil and Frank Pappas to Present at International Association of Fairs and Expositions Convention

[Burke, VA] – Foundation Events ECC founders Barry Feil and Frank Pappas will be speaking at the 2023 annual convention of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) in Salt Lake City this November. This year’s theme is FAIRS RISE (Reunite, Inspire, Support, Educate).

Events professionals know all-too-well the challenges that can undermine an event’s key success outcomes. Whether it’s the financial pressures still lingering from COVID, inflation and runaway rising costs, staffing shortages, or other concerns, creating and managing an incredible guest experience that achieves mission and revenue goals is more complicated than ever.

While there are many ways to enhance your planning and operations to address these challenges, time, money, and staff are always limited. So you have to choose your battles wisely, finding the aspects of your event in which investments provide the greatest returns. Perhaps the top driver of great guest experiences is their interaction with your seasonal employees and volunteers. Getting the best out of these front-line representatives may seem a daunting task, but actually can be achieved through a series of simple yet very important steps. Barry and I will provide strategies and tactics that you can implement right away and that will also offer greater retention and long-term commitment of your seasonal event team!

We hope you can join us in Salt Lake City this November for the IAFE Convention, which you can learn about at

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Foundation Events ECC ( is a leading event design, production, and management consultancy located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. As a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Foundation Events ECC: develops innovative events and experiences that support exceptional quality of life at the local level; empowers community-focused organizations to achieve business, engagement, and mission goals; and drives sustainable economic development in communities throughout the United States. Foundation Events ECC develops and produces its own events and experiences as well as providing consulting, production, and professional development opportunities to events-producing organizations across the nation. For more information about Foundation Events ECC, their EVENTS 101 professional development program, and other services they provide, please visit