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  • Legislation authorizing $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center has been signed by Massachusetts Gov. Patrick.
  • The expansion totals 1.3 million sf and includes exhibit, meeting and ballroom space. Prime exhibit space estimated to grow to 850,000 sf.
  • The Consumer Electronics Association is seeking a VP of sales for the International CES. The job oversees a large budget and staff of 12.
  • Dan Cole held the position since 2001, but has left CEA. He declined comment on his current status.
  • Scott Webb has been named director of marketing & operations for the New Car Dealers Assn./San Diego County.
  • Webb has 25 years of auto industry experience, including 17 years at the LA Auto Show. He reports to Dean Mansfield, president.
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Oceanside, CA – The senior executive staff of the 100 major exhibitions that make up the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Gold 100 will be saluted this Fall at the 7th annual TSE Gold 100 Awards & Summit October 22-24 at the five-star St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. The 2013 International CES will once again be honored as the largest annual show of the year with 1.9 million net square feet (nsf) of exhibit space. ICUEE, also known as the Demo Show, easily emerged as the largest construction show with nearly 1.2 million nsf. MAGIC Market Week August jumped the 1 million nsf fence and held on to the title  as the leader in apparel shows. MAGIC’s February event was about 200,000 nsf smaller than the August edition but still staked out a claim as a “Top Ten Show of 2013.” The SHOT Show was fired up with new management and captured the title as the largest sporting goods show of the year with 628,675 nsf. HIMSS, with 495,415 nsf, edged out RSNA by some 60,000 nsf to become the largest medical show of 2013. ...
Oceanside, CA –Trade show CEOs have some of the sharpest entrepreneurial minds in the world. What is it about your entrepreneurial mindset that helps you seize opportunities that others miss?  What can you do to avoid obsolescence? Venture capitalist, tech entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author Josh Linkner has been tapped to discuss these and other ideas as the keynote speaker for Trade Show Executive’s 7th Annual Gold 100 Awards & Summit, October 22-24 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort.   A five-time successful tech entrepreneur, Linkner will show industry leaders how to embrace the creativity, grit and vision of a startup and then channel this approach to drive growth, innovation, efficiency, and customer delight. ...
Washington, DC – Congress was on the verge of passing the reauthorization of the popular Brand USA marketing program in late July following a determined lobbying push by the trade show industry. The reauthorization bill for the U.S. Travel Promotion, Enhancement and Promotion Act passed in the House of Representatives on July 22 and then cleared an important Senate committee the next day, leaving only a vote by the full Senate as the final hurdle. Brand USA is part of the Travel Promotion Act. ...
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San Diego - Scott Webb has been named director of marketing & operations for the New Car Dealers Association San Diego County (NCDA), announced Dean B. Mansfield, president. Webb will report directly to Mansfield, and will also work with San Diego Auto Show Director Kevin Leap. Webb has 25 years of automotive industry experience, including 17 years at the Los Angeles Auto Show, most recently as assistant general manager. ...
Washington, DC – Mark Pursell left the National Association of Home Builders to become CEO of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR). Pursell spent 12 years with the NAHB and was senior vice president, exhibitions, marketing & sales when he stepped down. He had oversight of the NAHB’s International Builders’ Show. The NAHB did not immediately announce his replacement. ...
Former IAEE President Steve Hacker joined Schneider Publishing as director of industry relations. Schneider runs Meetings Quest events. Hacker will represent Schneider at industry events and build ties with planners and DMOs. Hacker has been a Schneider columnist since 2012 …… Linda Edwards was promoted to vice president & general manager of the Kentucky International Convention Center today. Edwards was vice president of sales & marketing for the Kentucky State Fair Board. The venue has 191,000 sf of prime space & will undergo renovation. Mark Pursell says he left the National Association of Home Builders. Pursell was senior vice president since 2002 and ran the International Builders’ Show. Pursell indicated he was starting a new job after July 4. No immediate word from the NAHB on a replacement …… The former Las Vegas Hilton, next to the Las Vegas Convention Center, was acquired by Westgate Resorts. The hotel has nearly 3,000 rooms and was renamed the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. A major renovation of the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown hotel has been completed. It is now the city's largest hotel. The Wyndham is near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and offers 60,000 sf of meeting space plus 712 guest rooms …… IAEE added the tagline “Exhibitions and Events Mean Business” to its logo to communicate  the economic impact of exhibitions …… A major renovation of the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown hotel has been completed. It is now the city's largest hotel.  The Wyndham is near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and offers 60,000 sf of meeting space plus 712 guest rooms. A.J. Janosko, director of expositions at PMMI, died Monday of injuries suffered in an accident over the weekend. He was 45. Janosko joined PMMI in 2012 and handled day-to-day management of PACK EXPO. He was previously director of trade show operations for SPI ….. Wayne Chappell, tradeshow customer relations senior manager for Greater Houston CVB retires July 31. The position will not be filled. Chappell spent 16 years with the GHCVB. He previously worked with the Baltimore and Kansas City CVBs and is a past chair of DMAI. ...
San Diego, CA – The 45th annual Comic-Con International opened in downtown San Diego July 24 with sold-out exhibit space and attendance, and a media profile that any city would envy. News coverage from coast to coast began building several days ahead of the opening ceremony at the San Diego Convention Center. Mayor Kevin Faulconer was not about to miss out on a great photo-op and rode a 200-foot-long zipline over the Gotham Interactive Fan Zone. San Diego’s political leadership had good reason to be on hand. Comic-Con is arguably the jewel of the convention center calendar each year in terms of direct attendee spending and free publicity for the city. ...
Mumbai, India – Messe Frankfurt today announced that it has acquired LED Expo and Media Expo  from Media Exposition & Events India (MEX) through its subsidiary, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd. The acquisition brings the total number of shows organized in India through its subsidiary to 14. ...
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