Chris Harar Tapped to Head NTP, Clifford Rippetoe Will Lead San Diego CCC, David Fee Heads New MC2 Consumer Events Division

February 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 insights, ideas and leadership have been a tremendous asset to our organization," said Robert E. Harar, chairman and CEO.

He added, "His promotion is well-deserved, and I am excited to see where he will take the division, elevating our events and the success of our clients across the board."

During his time at NTP, Harar previously held positions of corporate vice president, show director, director of marketing and marketing manager.

Prior to joining NTP, he worked as an account executive at CSG Creative. He also served as show program coordinator at The Vision Council. 

The Board of Directors of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation selected Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, a convention and meeting industry veteran, to take the helm as president and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation.

The Corporation manages, markets and operates the San Diego Convention Center on behalf of the City of San Diego.

“The San Diego Convention Center is a world-class facility and we are thrilled to welcome Rip Rippetoe as our new leader,” said Rabbi Laurie Coskey, chair of the Board of Directors. “Rip brings a breadth of industry expertise and skills that will help insure our continued success for years to come.” 

Rippetoe has a long career in facility management and operations working in the for-profit sector, as well as not-for-profit and governmental organizations.

His immediate past position was president and CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board (KSFB). The KSFB manages the Kentucky Exposition Center (the sixth largest convention center in the United States).

MC2 has appointed David Fee as president of the new MC2 Consumer Events division, which includes offices in Los Angeles and Charlotte, N.C.

In his role as division president, Fee will manage substantial experiential event business from top Fortune 500 clients. He will be responsible for the productivity of sales, display concepts, design and production as it pertains to consumer events.

Fee has spent 25 years in the mobile event marketing industry. His background includes such event venues as NASCAR, IndyCar, IMSA, State Fairs, Air shows, Golf tournaments - delivering up to 100 nationwide events each year and hospitality events for up to 10,000 people.

Fee holds a degree in marketing from California State University Long Beach. He is based in Los Angeles with oversight of the Consumer Events east coast offices outside of Charlotte, NC.

"Having David in charge of MC2 Consumer Events is a natural outgrowth of our acquisition earlier this month of Brand Promotions where he was General Manager," said Rich McAdam, MC2 president.

He added, "David's acumen and long experience in the mobile tour marketing arena makes him the right choice."

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