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  • Earl Hargrove, co-founder of Hargrove, Inc., died April 6. Hargrove and his father launched the general service contractor in 1946.
  • Hargrove is based near Washington and is the contractor for high-profile public events as well as trade shows......
  • The WonderCon show is moving to Los Angeles in 2016, AEG Facilities said. WonderCon is a sister show of San Diego’s Comic-Con International.
  • WonderCon drew 60,000 attendees last year in Anaheim. Los Angeles is courting Comic-Con, which is pushing space limits in San Diego.....
  • Jim Rooney named head of Boston Chamber of Commerce effective July 1.
  • No replacement as MCCA executive director named yet. Search plan being developed .....
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Kiawah Island, NC – Exposition Development Company Inc. (ExpoDevCo) and its President and CEO David Audrain will take the reins of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) in January 2016, announced SISO Chairman Charlie McCurdy during the association’s annual business meeting today at the SISO CEO Summit. He will replace Lew Shomer, who held the high-profile position since 2009 and had opted not to renew his contract. The vote by the SISO Board was unanimous. ...
Chicago, IL – Spring is here and it’s time for May flowers, baseball, and the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Fastest 50 Awards & Summit, the annual salute to the exhibitions that have energized the entire industry. The organizers of the fastest-growing trade shows in the U.S. will rally at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on May 19-21 for a full and productive schedule of networking, education and well-earned kudos for their shows, which they have grown by leaps and bounds. They will be joined by CEOs and senior-level leaders of associations and independent organizers, who are always on the lookout for new ideas and hot shows to add to their portfolio. Here's a look at some of the speakers. ...
Washington, DC - Karen Chupka, senior vice president of the International CES and corporate business strategy at the Consumer Electronics, is the 2015 recipient of the IAEE Woman of Achievement Award presented by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). ...
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New York, NY – Henry Dicker was promoted to vice president of global events at ALM and will oversee the company’s worldwide portfolio of trade shows and conferences for the real estate and legal profession. Dicker had been vice president of legal technology for ALM and spent the 1990s as a group director for Miller Freeman and Advanstar Communications. He joined ALM in late 1999. The promotion was part of a global expansion of ALM’s events, led by the LegalTech brand, and includes events in the U.S., Asia and Europe.  LegalTech in New York last year drew 13,000 attendees and more than 300 exhibitors. The new division generates roughly $35 million in revenue.  ...
Mettawa, IL - International trade show marketing consultant Larry Kulchawik, who is past president of the International Federation of Exhibition Services (IFES) and the Exhibit Designers & Producers Association (EDPA), is a passionate advocate of standardized terminology and guidelines for trade show marketers worldwide.  Now he has put his 43 years of worldwide trade show experience to work with a newly published guide to international marketing focused on global trade show differences and distinctions. The book, Trade Shows from One Country to the Next, strives to provide a way for those expanding their international presence to more easily get up to speed on the international lingo, booth standards and other technical details before they begin. ...
Dallas, TX – June 1 is the deadline for aspiring show managers to apply for one of the four Helen Brett Scholarships offered this year by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) Foundation.  The Brett Scholarship honors pioneering show organizer Helen Brett, founder of Helen Brett Enterprises, and annually provides up to $5,000 in tuition aid to college students interested in making exhibitions and events management a career.   ...
Lanham, MD– Earl Hargrove, who co-founded the general services contractor Hargrove, Inc. after World War II, died April 6 at the age of 86.  Hargrove died peacefully with family members present, the company said in a statement. Funeral arrangements were pending. Earl Hargrove personally oversaw the annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree and every presidential inauguration since Harry Truman, which earned him the nickname “the president’s prop man.” A statement issued by CEO Tim McGill and President Carla Hargrove-McGill said, “He was an industry pioneer, able to foresee a future industry few others could imagine, creating a company that he considered family. His larger-than-life personality will be missed, but his legacy will remain with us all forever.” Larry Arnaudet, executive director of the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA), said, “We have lost another pioneer of our industry and he will be missed by many. Our sincerest best wishes go out to Tim and Carla in their time of sorrow.” ...
Twinsburg, OH – Shawn Pierce will step down at the end of April as president of the registration and housing division for Experient, a Maritz Travel Company. Pierce told Trade Show Executive (TSE) that he was moving on to a new project, but was keeping the details under wrap until a later date. Experient said Michael Guerriero would take over Pierce’s duties in addition to his current event management responsibilities. Guerriero was also given the new title Division President, Experient. ...
Palm Beach Gardens, FL – LRP Conferences acquired four conferences in the education technology sector from 1105 Media, Inc.  The financial terms of the acquisition were not announced.   The events feature new software and hardware entering the education market and draw attendees from among school administrators, teachers and district-level officials. The largest event in the portfolio is called FETC, which draws approximately 9,000 attendees. It takes place next January at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.  ...
New York - LeftField Media LLC and Tubefilter Inc. on Tuesday announced the launch of Stream Con NYC, a new hybrid conference and  exhibition that serves the needs of advertising, licensing, branding and publishing while also embracing the enthusiastic fans of digital content and its creators. The exhibition is expected to span 100,000 gross sf with sections for emerging talent, technology, fashion, entertainment, games and electronics, books, food and beverage and brand zones with retail space. The event will offer one- to three-day fan passes, an industry summit pass and a creator camp pass to accommodate all facets of the digital media environment. Industry and fan events will be interspersed throughout the event. ...
Boston, MA – James Rooney was named the new CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and will step down this Summer as head of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA). The MCCA had yet to name a replacement for the respected and well-liked Rooney. He will join the chamber on July 1 after 14 years as executive director of the MCCA, which oversees both the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. The agency will work out a transition plan over the next 90 days. ...
Oceanside, CA – Make way for the Mega Guide. Trade Show Executive (TSE) will release its 2015 Who’s Who Mega Guide on April 9with expanded listings of the industry’s leading show organizers, service contractors and convention bureaus. The Mega Guide once again combines previously separate TSE directories into a single handy edition filled with useful contacts for the year ahead. It includes four main sections listing independent show organizers and managers, association show organizers, convention and visitors bureaus, and providers of various show services. Readers can search by company or key executive.  ...
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