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  • IAEE President & CEO David Dubois is the 2015 chairman of the Convention Industry Council. Plans to continue building CIC education program.
  • DuBois’ term began in November. Bonnie Fedchock, executive director of the National Association for Catering & Events, is new chair elect...
  • The NSSF said comedian Jay Leno had cancelled his appearance at the SHOT Show due to political pressure from the gun-control lobby.
  • Leno was to have performed at the show’s banquet. Organizers are seeking a replacement who “respects the contributions of our industry".....
  • A trade show for the robotics industry will be launched next year by MecklerMedia Corp. RoboUniverse debuts May 12-13 at Javits Center.
  • Richard Erb joined Meckler as executive director of RoboUniverse. He had been GM of RoboBusiness since 2011.....
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Broadview, IL – Chris Williams, senior vice president of CompuSystems, Inc., has been promoted to president. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the registration and lead management firm and oversee the executive team. Williams is about to launch a new brand and move the company into larger offices. "We have some new technology on the horizon that will take registration and business intelligence to a whole new level,” Williams said. ...
Diamond Bar, CA – The SEMA Show has come up with a unique way to engage attendees during and after the show, and make use of the rising flood of selfies and other photos snapped on the show floor.
The “SEMA Show Mosaic” is a collection of thousands of exhibit-floor photos cobbled together into a larger image of a person and two cars, which nicely fits the show’s theme of customized cars and the auto aftermarket industry. ...
Chicago, IL - Chicago will be the site of Predict 2015 next Fall, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) said. CEIR’s annual “look ahead” for the trade show industry will take place September 16-17. The exact venue has yet to be determined. Predict will include an expanded format that will take into account the insights contained in the annual CEIR Index and the analysis and observations of speakers and audience members from the trade show industry.  ...
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Paris, France - A new recruiting video has been released by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry that may increase the odds of the best and brightest business school students taking a look at trade shows as a career. The video, which debuted at UFI’s 81st  Congress in Colombia this Fall, runs nearly four minutes and highlights the variety of positions available in the exhibition industry.   ...
London, UK – Hanley Woods Exhibitions has been sold to Informa plc, a British show organizing company, for $375 million, it was announced November 18. The transaction, which is expected to close by the end of the year, will add 17 trade shows and events to Informa’s worldwide portfolio, including World of Concrete and Surfaces, two of the leading exhibitions in the U.S. construction sector. Hanley Wood Exhibitions will be rebranded Informa Exhibitions U.S. and Rick McConnell will remain as president of the group based in Irving, TX.  ...
Washington, DC – The Obama administration’s decision to extend the lifespan of visas for Chinese business travelers to 10 years should make life easier for trade show managers who are anxious to bring more Asian buyers to exhibitions in the United States.  Show organizers have contended for years that a large number of potential attendees from China could not secure travel visas on short notice due to the long waits for paperwork processing and personal interviews. “This policy will harness the growing Chinese travel market,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. “The effects will be strong and immediate.” ...
Chicago, IL – The Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has apparently pulled out of a commitment to hold its annual conference and exhibition in Chicago in 2019. The group notified Choose Chicago, the city’s convention bureau, in late October that it was having difficulty negotiating with some area hotels on room availability and rates and thus would move its 2019 event to Orlando.  ...
Arlington, VA – Veteran trade show organizer Denise Medved has joined the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and will be responsible for broadening the horizontal horizons of the International CES even further. Medved was named vice president of sales and business development for International CES and International CES Asia. She filled the vacancy left by Dan Cole’s departure in August after more than 19 years with the CEA. Previously, she launched and organized the annual Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Shows held in Washington, DC, Dallas and Houston which were sold to E.J. Krause & Associates earlier this year.  She also held senior positions with Reed Exhibitions, IDG World Expo and National Trade Productions, Inc. ...
New York, NY – The Cardiac Research Foundation (CRF) named Joshua Hartman executive director of its Education Foundation, which organizes a portfolio of 40 medical conferences, following the departure of Johnnie White in October. Hartman joined the CRF in 2007 and had been director, educational services & strategic relations. White was selected as a “2014 TSE Leader & Legend” and was featured on the June 2014 cover of Trade Show Executive. He was also the featured guest for the live Power Lunch interview at the Fastest 50 Awards & Summit this past May. ...
Houston, TX – National Trade Productions, Inc. (NTP), the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Houston First are teaming up to launch a new conference and trade show for the commercial space industry. SpaceCom blasts off in Houston next Fall with three days of exhibits and sessions focused on the fledgling industry of commercial space travel and the shifting role of government space agencies.  ...
Exhibit Hall C at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Exhibition Hall will reopen in February, adding 17,000 sf to the building’s capacity. The hall was built in 1931 and had been converted to an ice rink in 1976. The entire auditorium currently has 55,000 sf of prime space..... ...
New Orleans, LA – Louisiana state health officials took a firm stance on travel restrictions to prevent the spread of Ebola in the U.S. this Fall by urging attendees from West Africa to skip a major medical conference in New Orleans. The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) held its 63rd Annual Meeting in New Orleans November 2-6, and the Ebola crisis was a hot topic of discussion among physicians, researchers and other healthcare professionals who specialize in Ebola and other dreaded diseases of equatorial areas. ...
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