Mar 07, 2016

The Expo Group has named Randy Pekowski president of the company, of which he already serves as COO.

Founder and former President Ray Pekowski will remain CEO and chairman of the business.

The promotion is part of the strategic succession plan the company has put in place for the next generation of leadership.

“It has become clear Randy is the right person to lead The Expo Group into the next 25 years,” said Ray Pekowski.

He added, “In his role as COO, he has been leading our day-to-day operations, gaining extensive experience and showing his great passion for… more

Feb 29, 2016

National Trade Productions, the San Diego Convention Center Corporation and MC2 all have named new leaders in their companies.

National Trade Productions has promoted Christopher Harar to president of NTP Events. In this role, he will oversee the Events Division, including all show management, personnel and administration.

Harar will provide leadership working strategically with the Event Services teams to ensure outstanding customer service through the management of NTP's Client Care Program.

"Chris is an exceptional executive and his… more

Feb 23, 2016

The past month has marked a busy time, with several companies not only bringing on new employees, but also naming people into top positions.

SnowSports Industries America, the snow sports industry’s member-owned trade association, has named Nick Sargent as SIA president.

Sargent, who joined the organization in August 2015 as SIA’s incoming president, has spent the last five months working alongside exiting President David Ingemie.

“Nick holds a background in all aspects of the snow sports industry, which has proved to be… more

Jan 21, 2016
The New Year signaled an even bigger uptick of hiring in January not only in companies based here in the U.S., but also some well-known ones overseas. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s (MCCA) newly minted Executive Director David Gibbons made two key senior executive decisions by naming Fred Peterson as the new deputy director and Dennis Callahan as the general counsel for the organization. Peterson served as the interim executive director from July 1, 2015, until Dec. 31, 2015, while also fulfilling the duties of director of facilities operations. Callahan, similarly,… more
Jan 07, 2016

Julie Coker Graham officially stepped into her new role Jan. 1 as the president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB).

She assumed the role following the retirement Dec. 31 of former President and CEO Jack Ferguson.

In June 2014, Coker Graham was promoted to executive vice president of the PHLCVB as part of a strategic succession plan that allowed her to continue leading the organization’s convention sales efforts, while expanding her responsibilities to include overseeing all of the PHLCVB’s departments and operational duties… more

Dec 09, 2015

Whoever said December was a slow month, might have been wrong when it comes to end of this year’s new hires and promotions, with several companies bringing people on before kicking off a fresh start in 2016.

Global Experience Specialists recently named Wendy Gibson as executive vice president of global marketing.

Gibson is an accomplished B-to-B marketing leader with a high-tech background and brings 25 years of managing all aspects of marketing, including branding, lead generation, product marketing, corporate marketing, digital, social and business development.

As… more

Oct 24, 2015

William T. Glasgow Sr., a 65-year veteran of the trade show industry, passed away peacefully in his home Oct. 23.

“BG”, as he was known, started his career in the industry at Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago, while attending Loyola University.

In 1967, he became director of sales for Hilton Catering at McCormick Place, and later returned to McCormick Place as director of sales and marketing for Greyhound Food Management.

In 1975, he was hired as show manager by the Electronic Industries Association to manage its winter and summer Consumer Electronics Shows (held in… more

Oct 16, 2015

The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards winners for 2015 emerged from a field of hard-working nominees committed to their craft.

Created in 2000, the “SMOTY” Awards recognize show organizers who are creating amazing experiences with their exhibition and in their marketplace community.

"The dedication, innovation and downright determination of the people in this business continually impresses me and the judging panel, as well," said Ray Pekowski, president and CEO of The Expo Group.

He added, "We began this program to give back to the community by honoring… more

Oct 13, 2015

The International Association of Conference Centres has elected Alex Cabañas as global president, effective immediately.
 
Alex Cabañas, CEO of Benchmark Hospitality International, will serve a two-year term as head of the association, which has over 350 conference and meeting venue members in 22 countries worldwide. 

Cabañas has been active with IACC for a number of years and serves as vice president of the IACC-Americas chapter, having joined the IACC-Americas board in 2011 and the IACC Global Board in 2012.   

During his tenure,… more

Sep 18, 2015

Fall is a busy time in more ways than one in the trade show industry and several companies recently added to their ranks.

The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau appointed Doug Bennett as senior vice president of Convention Development. He replaces Jennifer Barnett who retired from the position after 22 years of service.           

Bennett’s responsibilities include managing the convention sales team to achieve annual room night goals, developing and implementing the convention sales and marketing plan, outlining specific… more