The concept for a pan-European network among associations was born eighteen months ago during a meeting of Eubea’s advisory board and was presented during the last Eubea festival in Seville in November 2015. The desire for greater coherence between sectoral and trade associations in Europe was discussed and the response was in the form of LiveCom Alliance.
An initiative that the European events industry was ready and waiting for. That sums up LiveCom Alliance. Not only does Maarten Schram regularly meet European live communication specialists as managing director of IDEA trade association and formerly director of the Effectgroep events agency, but also in his role as jury member at international award ceremonies. ‘But what I miss is the real connection all year around with these organizations. We share so much professional knowledge and experience that it seems logical to establish an official connection now. And this alliance is the ideal tool to achieve that,’ Schram explains.
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It’s a pleasure to announce, our current board member and treasurer Ivo Franschitz (EMBA – AT) is the new chairman of LiveCom Alliance. Ivo succeeds our former chairman Jan Kalbfleisch (FWD. – DE).
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Changed market conditions mean that we, as an events industry, have to deal with a new reality.