May 12, 2014

With 23 years of hospitality and tourism experience under his belt, Ronnie Burt has been tapped as the new president and CEO of the Kansas City (Mo.) Convention & Visitors Association.

Burt’s most recent position was vice president of sales and marketing for Destination DC, the bureau for the Washington, D.C., market.

"The search committee was pleased that an extensive search for a new president and CEO yielded numerous qualified candidates,” said Brenda Tinnen, KCCVA Chair and general manager and senior vice president of AEG/Sprint Center.

She… more

May 11, 2014

Winter is finally in the rearview mirror for most of the United States, and promoting and hiring has continued into April and May for companies in the trade show industry.

David Causton, general manager of Chicago’s McCormick Place, bas been upped by venue management company SMG to regional vice president of the company’s Convention Center Division.  Causton, who has been with the center since 2004, will maintain his role as general manager of the facility.

“The successes we have had at McCormick Place are attributable to David’s… more

May 07, 2014

After more than 42 years in the hospitality industry and 14-plus years at the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, its president and CEO Greg Ortale submitted his resignation May 1.

Ortale said it seemed like the right time, especially since Houston First Corp., which oversees the city's convention center and other venues and is the majority funder of the GHCVB, is in discussions to possibly absorb it.

“This was totally my decision,” he added. “The No. 1 reason I decided to step down was it seemed like the right time. The changes that are… more

Apr 03, 2014

The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau naming a president and CEO , UBM signing on a new COO in Brazil, Nimlok hiring a digital marketing manager and Urban Expositions restructuring and making several employee shifts are just a few of the recent people news items in the trade show industry.

The Commission of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau appointed veteran hospitality industry executive Karen Williams as the head of the city’s tourism agency. 

She assumes the title of president and CEO, after serving as interim following… more

Mar 16, 2014

Transitioning from his role as interim president and CEO of NYC & Company, Fred Dixon has been named the city convention and visitors bureau’s new president and CEO.

Dixon will replace George Fertitta, who stepped down Jan. 1 after joining the bureau in 2006.

“Fred’s been such a star since he joined New York City & Company,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “And I don’t know about you; the Southern charm definitely works … As I’ve spent time with him, I became as convinced as everyone on the board that this… more

Mar 03, 2014

Last year was a another strong one for U.K.-based Tarsus Group, with the company posting full-year revenues of $132 million (£79 million), a 23-percent jump, compared with same-show year 2011, when biennial events such as the Dubai Air Show and Labelexpo Europe run.

With its core strategy of “Quickening the Pace” that focused on accelerating the pace of financial returns to the company’s shareholders as its cornerstone, Tarsus Group also had like-for-like revenues up 11 percent and profit before tax of $27 million (£15.9 million), compared with $5… more

Mar 03, 2014

February was another brisk month of not only new hires, but also several companies promoted from within their own ranks.

Wyndham Jade has promoted Bryan A. Scott from chief strategy officer to president of the company’s Convention Division.

In his new role, Scott will continue to sit on the company’s senior leadership team and influence the strategic direction of the organization, while taking an even greater role in management oversight and innovation of new housing, registration, and meeting offerings.

“We are proud to recognize… more

Feb 25, 2014

Twelve years ago, Joel Davis sat down and wrote up a business plan outlining a goal of setting up a company that was literally a ‘trade show incubator’ in which he would look for ideas or actual shows that his company would acquire and grow until it was time for them to be sold.

That plan has been successfully realized many times over, with Davis’ company that he is founder and CEO of, JD Events, shepherding several events from their nascent stages to profitable enterprises.

“The entire premise of the business was to be a trade show incubator,… more

Feb 24, 2014

Tim Cobbold was named the new CEO of U.K.-based UBM, taking his new position and a seat on the board May 6.

Cobbold will replace David Levin, UBM’s current CEO, who announced he intended to step down in September last year, with his departure effective March 1.

"I am very pleased to welcome Tim to UBM as CEO. He was an outstanding candidate from a very strong field,” said Dame Helen Alexander, chairman of UBM.

She added, “Tim has successfully led highly international, operationally complex businesses; the Board is confident that his track… more

Feb 04, 2014

The past month has been a flurry of activity with companies either beefing up their ranks or promoting from within.

AMC, Inc.’s President and CEO Jeffrey L. Portman has gained another post as the company board’s vice chairperson, effective immediately.

Portman has led AMC, Inc. and AmericasMart Atlanta through a period of growth unprecedented in the companies’ 54-year history, commencing with the rebranding of the former Atlanta Market Center as AmericasMart Atlanta in 1996, and continuing with expansion of its U.S. market share and global… more