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  • Nick Sargent formally became president of SnowSports Industries America at the SIA Snow Show in Denver. He replaced David Ingemie.
  • Sargent was hired as incoming president in August from Burton Snowboards, where he was VP. The Snow Show moves to pre-holiday dates in 2017
  • Stuart Bailey will serve the remainder of Javed Khan’s term as chairman of the Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association.
  • Khan, whose term expires in June, is stepping down for health reasons. Bailey is managing director of Diversified Communications Hong Kong.
  • Las Vegas Sands is leading a plan to build a $1 billion football stadium in Vegas. The reported goal is to lure the Oakland Raiders to town.
  • The Las Vegas Review-Journal said the proposed domed stadium would be located near UNLV. Sands reportedly would seek hotel tax funding.
  • The ASI Roadshow has launched a 40-city tour across the U.S. and Canada. The show features the latest products in the promotional industry.
  • ASI Roadshow is in its 10th year and compliments the six-event ASI Show series. The first stop in Atlanta drew a record 175 distributors.
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Washington, DC - Trade Show Executive’s (TSE) own Irene Sperling is this year’s recipient of the annual Shawn Corwin-Myland Award presented by Convention Sales Professionals International (CSPI) February 8 at the CSPI Annual Conference and 25th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, DC. The award is presented to a CSPI member who is considered to be “a leader and a contributor” to the association and its mission of serving the cities and individuals in the convention sales field. ...
Detroit, MI –  Following the conclusion of the record-breaking 2016 North American International Auto Show, the management of Cobo Center predicted that 2016 would be another record year for the venue which just completed its dramatic five-year transformation and the debut of Cobo Square. Cobo hosted 85 major events last year compared to 35 in 2010 when the $279 million renovation program began. Management expects to set another new record  this year. ...
Oceanside, CA – The latest group of sizzling shows that make up the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Fastest 50 has been announced. The 92 shows that outpaced the growth of thousands of other shows in exhibit space, exhibiting companies and attendance in 2015 will be saluted for racking up statistics and growth trends that would make any show manager proud. New in 2016:  the Fastest 50 expands to bestow much-deserved recognition to the so-called “Next 50,” the shows that were on the fast track, but not fast enough to crack the Top 50. These “TSE Fast Tracker Shows,” which ranked No. 51 to No. 100 in one or more categories, will also be listed in the upcoming Fastest 50 directory.    ...
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New York, NY – Paralyzing blizzards have become an annual rite of Winter for the trade show industry, but show organizers have become increasingly pro-active about preventing their events from being snowed under. Hastily rearranged schedules, some late hours and a digital blizzard of e-mails, tweets and website updates were the highlights of the strategies show organizers used to open pretty much on time and ensure that the customers who battled their way into town received their money’s worth. Here is how they did it. ...
Las Vegas, NV – Douglas Stephens, the author and futurist who has earned the reputation of “Retail Prophet,” will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Trade Show Executive Fastest 50 Awards & Summit at the Bellagio in Las Vegas May 25-27. It is not only a whole new world, but the end of an era in the history of consumerism, according to Stephens, as digital and mobile technology gives customers the ability to source products from virtually anywhere without having to step foot inside a store. But the face-to-face interactions and customer experiences offered in a physical setting are also powerful, whether it takes place inside a brick-and-mortar shopping mall or a little further upstream on the show floor of a convention center.  ...
Coppell, TX – The International Association of Event Managers (IAVM) is seeking a new President and CEO. Vickie Hawarden left IAVM in January to become a partner with Association Resource Consultants, LLC, a Dallas firm specializing in assisting associations with sales and operations. Steve Flamm, CFO for IAVM, was named Interim President until a permanent replacement is found. ...
New York, NY  Marketplace Events has been acquired by a private equity firm and plans to ramp up its growth in the North American consumer show market.  Sentinel Capital Partners announced the acquisition of Marketplace Events and predicted a bullish market in coming years for its events in the U.S. and Canada. “Marketplace Events is the clear leader in the North American home and garden show industry,” said Michael Fabian, a partner in the New York equity firm. “Moreover, the business was resilient during the 2008 economic downturn and should benefit from positive tailwinds in the home remodeling and repair sector in the years ahead.”   ...
Oceanside, CA – The new executive director of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO), David Audrain, is joining the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Exposition Forecasting Board. The board provides expert insight and analysis on the state of exhibitions in the U.S. and around the world for TSE’s monthly Trending & Spending feature.  “David is a valuable resource in recognizing shifts – positive or negative – in the trade show industry,” said Darlene Gudea, President, Trade Show Executive Media Group. “He has his finger on the pulse of the for-profit sector in the U.S. and overseas. He is a great addition to the board, especially with the economic uncertainty we are already seeing this year.” ...
Washington, DC – Trade Show Executive (TSE) is teaming up with Exhibit Surveys and Lippman Connects once again to create and distribute a survey that will help crack the secrets of successful attendee acquisition. “Attracting qualified attendees is the biggest challenge facing show producers,” said Sam Lippman, President of Lippman Connects and producer of the February 25 Lippman Connects’ Audience Acquisition Roundtable. The survey, which will be sent today, will sound out the experts on attendance trends and strategies for enticing more people to register and attend trade shows. ...
Dallas, TX – Freeman has acquired the customer contracts of Metropolitan Exposition Services in a transaction that enhances Freeman’s presence in the New York City trade show market. Freeman said Metro Expo had made a strategic decision to “exit the event services business,” but provided no other details on the New Jersey-based company’s current or future status. Bobby Lee, President and Founding Partner of Metro Expo, said only that Metro Expo customers would be in good hands. “Metro’s customers will have direct access to the largest suite of exposition services in the industry,” he said. ...
Chicago, IL – Former show manager Heidi Voorhees has been named CEO of bXb Online LLC, the parent company of BOB.tv  - Best of Business - and will serve on bXb’s board of directors. Voorhees will take over the duties of Tony Lorenz, who was recently named CEO of AlliedPRA, but he will remain the primary shareholder and member of the executive committee on the bXb board of directors. ...
Chicago, IL - Choose Chicago is launching a nationwide search for a new CEO after Don Welsh accepted a new position in Washington as President and CEO of the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). Welsh will remain with Choose Chicago through March during which time the agency’s board will look for his successor.  Among all of his accomplishments, Welsh told TSE he was most proud of the team at Choose Chicago and the outstanding results they have produced for the city and its partners over the past five years.  “I was grateful to be their biggest cheerleader and I will miss them,” he said. Welsh was named to the new position two weeks prior to the DMAI’s February 9 Destinations Showcase in Washington. Walsh told TSE he was “super excited to be working on behalf of our industry.”  ...
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