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Mar 22, 2012
Sue Deveaux has been named group vice president, Healthcare Sector for J. Spargo & Associates. Deveaux and her team will provide exposition sales and management services to some of the country's largest medical meetings, according to company officials.   "Sue's 20 years of industry experience, including her 15 years at Pri-Med, where she played a pivotal role in the growth of the organization, made her an outstanding candidate for this position," said Susan Bracken, president and COO of J. Spargo & Associates. Deveaux will work with J. Spargo’s… more
Mar 22, 2012
The Specialty Equipment Marketing Association, which owns the massive SEMA Show for the automotive specialty products sector, bought Performance Racing Industry, producers of the motorsports business magazine and PRI Trade Show. The transaction is set to close in late March. John Kilroy, who has 20-plus years of publishing and management experience at PRI, will serve as vice president/general manager of PRI and assume day-to-day operations for the group. "Steve Lewis launched the PRI concept a quarter-of-a-century ago, as an organization totally dedicated solely to the racing industry… more
Mar 22, 2012
When the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society recently wrapped up its annual meeting Feb. 20-24 at the Sand Expo & Convention Center, show officials had a lot to celebrate, with the show breaking previous attendance records. HIMSS12 reached 37,032 attendees, surpassing the HIMSS11 attendance figure of 31,500 attendees.   The four-day event featured sessions on stage 1 and stage 2, as well as events and happenings such as ICD-10, mobile health and mHIMSS. HIMSS12 also included HIT X.0 and Leading from the Future, two conferences within a conference that were… more
Mar 19, 2012
In step with its plan to derive 50 percent of its revenues from emerging markets by 2013 (Project 50/13), U.K.-based Tarsus Group bought a 70-percent stake in Turkish Exhibition Company Life Media (Lifemedia Fuarcilik).   “Life Media’s exhibitions are the market leaders, not only in the domestic Turkish market, but in the wider region,” said Douglas Emslie, Tarsus Group’s managing director.   He added, “Given Turkey's unique geographic position on the crossroads between East and West, we believe there is a significant opportunity to develop the… more
Mar 19, 2012
U.K.-based Clarion Events’ recently opened U.S. division already is making its mark, with The Navy League of the United States awarding a management contract for its annual “Sea-Air-Space” Exposition to Clarion Events North America. The Navy League selected Clarion from several other companies after a six-month selection process. “Navy League made this important decision based on how we can best support our mission to advocate for the Sea Services,” said Dale Lumme, national executive director of the Navy League of the United States. He added, “Everyone… more
Mar 18, 2012
In support of The Power of A Week and American Associations Day, the American Society of Association Executive’s annual legislative fly-in, the organization released its “Associations Matter” study. The study indicated associations have a “profound, measurable economic and social impact on the nation,” according to ASAE officials. The “Associations Matter” study primarily relies on U.S. government statistics and tax-exempt returns (Form 990s) to measure the economic and social benefits derived from association activities. These statistics mainly focus on employment, wages, revenues and assets… more
Mar 18, 2012
In the final months of last year and since the beginning of this year, one show after another has either shattered previous all-time attendance records or had impressive increases, compared with 2011 events in sectors as wide-ranging as meetings, golf, digital signage, natural products and crafting. Reed Exhibitions’ EIBTM, a global event for the meetings, events and incentives industry held in December in Barcelona, had record-breaking attendance, following the official results of theshow's ABC Audit – confirming it as the largest audited exhibition in the meetings sector,… more
Mar 17, 2012
David Allen’s 2001 bestselling book, “Getting Things Done” launched a time management movement around the world. His tips on living in stress-free productivity have engrossed millions of people to embrace his system (or dozens of others) and get focused on efficiency. Most of us are easily distracted by all the stuff in our lives and it is hard to be focused on the tasks we are working on in the moment.     When we attend a conference, trade show, convention or other business gathering our lack of efficiency can become a double-sized problem. In addition to… more
Mar 16, 2012
The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo (HPBExpo) 2012, which was held March 1-3 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, was up in not only total attendance and buyers but also number of exhibiting companies and new special events, compared with last year’s show.   Total registration was 14 percent higher, the number of exhibiting companies increased 10 percent and the number of net square feet of exhibits was up five percent, compared with the 2011 show held in Salt Lake City.    “Atlanta is a great location for the HPBExpo,” said Jack Goldman,… more
Mar 16, 2012
The World of Asphalt and AGG1 2012 shows produced by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers rode the wave of good news several other shows have experienced since the start of the year, breaking attendance records, as well as amount of exhibit space sold, number of exhibitors and number of education session tickets sold.   "Attendees and their companies understand the importance of learning and networking to stay sharp and take advantage of a recovering economy,” said Show Director Melissa Magestro.   She added, “They know that the industry connections at World… more
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