May 12, 2015

As part of an ongoing series, TSNN Reporter Traci Browne has been profiling trade show executives and asking them probing questions like it’s the day before your show and there’s a zombie apocalypse – what would your first thought be? She got Mike Blackman to play along this month in our interview series. Traci met Mike at the SISO Executive Conference in Atlantic City, and said, “I knew right away he would be the perfect interview subject.”

Mike Blackman
Managing Director
Integrated Systems Events
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Apr 30, 2015

There were several high-profile shifts in show management recently, with some people retiring, others named into new positions and another taking on a new role altogether.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation promoted Melissa Schilling to the position of director, Exhibitions & Conferences. Schilling’s most recent position with the organization was director, Recruitment & Retention, a title she held since 2012.

Schilling worked on the development and organization of NSSF’s many conferences and shows, including its annual Industry Summit,… more

Apr 16, 2015

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) Board of Directors appointed Lori Healey as CEO of the agency that oversees Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Healey comes to MPEA from the Chicago-based investment and urban economic development firm Tur Partners LLC, where she served as CEO. She succeeds Jim Reilly, who announced previously that he would be stepping down in 2015.

“We are very fortunate to have someone with Lori‘s caliber of experience to lead the MPEA team during these exciting times, with construction of the event center and the headquarters hotel set to begin… more

Apr 09, 2015

This past month has been a busy one with several long-time industry figures switching jobs, being promoted or returning to prior places of employment.

In addition, there was the sad news that Earl C. Hargrove, founder of general service contracting firm Hargrove Inc., passed away at the age of 86.

A celebration of his life is planned for April 11, beginning 11 a.m. at St. James’ Church, 5757 Solomons Island Road, Lothian, Md. 20711, followed by internment.

Family and friends may visit April 10, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. … more

Apr 06, 2015

Earl C. Hargrove, founder of Hargrove, a general service contracting company, passed away at age 86.

Hargrove CEO Tim McGill and President Carla Hargrove-McGill issued the following statement:

“It is with a very heavy heart that we share the news that Earl C. Hargrove, Jr., an icon of the events industry, passed away peacefully early this morning surrounded by his family. He was 86 years old.”

A very proud Marine Corps veteran, he began his career as a window dresser for stores in Washington, DC at the end of World War II.  He was an industry pioneer,… more

Feb 17, 2015

Supplier and show organizers alike promoted from within and brought on new personnel for a variety of positions across the trade show industry in the past month.

Reed Exhibitions appointed Nick Pilbeam to the position of divisional director – Travel.

Pilbeam will oversee the travel division under Reed Travel Exhibitions, which includes the International Luxury Travel Market portfolio, World Travel Market portfolio and the newly branded ibtm events portfolio of global and regional events providing business solutions on five continents. 

They include ibtm world… more

Feb 12, 2015

This month on Interview with a Trade Show Exec, part of an ongoing TSNN series conducted by Traci Browne, we’ll be getting to know a bit more about another one of our industry’s rock stars. While it may not have the Gothic setting of an Anne Rice novel, I think these main characters are just as complicated and deep as were Lestat de Lioncourt and Louis de Pointe du Lac, but without all that brooding undead thing going on.

Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr.
Vice Chairman, president & COO AMC Inc.
AmericasMart shows and markets… more

Jan 09, 2015

Going into the end of last year and starting 2015, companies have continued to add to their ranks by adding board members, promoting from within or hiring a veteran in the field.

Lew Shomer, chairman of 5NET4 and ABILITIES EXPO, said that Charlie McCurdy, CEO of Apprise Media, will join the Board of Directors of 5NET4.

McCurdy’s role will be to help Abilities Expo extend their brand through spin-offs, additional launches and acquisitions.

David Korse, president and CEO of 5NET4, said, "As 5NET4 continues to make an impact on the disability community and, through its… more

Dec 20, 2014

The holidays brought good cheer for companies looking to hire or promote from within throughout the end of 2014.

The International Association Exhibitions and Events appointed Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP as the organization's executive vice president.  In this role, she will oversee additional strategic planning and operational responsibilities.

"Cathy has been an integral member of the IAEE team for many years and has worked tirelessly to promote IAEE's strategic plan and initiatives," said David DuBois, president and CEO of IAEE. "She has earned respect and… more

Dec 04, 2014

Steve Moster, president of Global Experience Specialists, also has been named president and CEO of its parent company, Viad, effective immediately.

In addition, Moster has become a member of the board and replaces Paul Dykstra, who resigned as chairman, president and CEO of Viad.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Viad at this important time,” Moster said.

He added, “Viad has a long history of innovation and customer service, and all Viad companies share a common goal – to create high-quality memorable experiences. I’m also happy to continue executing GES’… more