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  • GES expanded its audio-visual staff by hiring 10 new employees. Half are based in Irving, TX and five in Chicago and New Orleans.
  • The new hires include Ron Cervantes, director of business development, and Jeff Marker, vice president of business development.
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Dana Point, CA –  More than150 key executives will get a mountaintop view of the trade show industry when they assemble at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Southern California for the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Gold 100 Awards & Summit, October 22-24. A panel of CEOs from private show organizers and associations will highlight the summit portion of the event. Also on tap:  the Straight Talk/Burning Issues session and its straightforward discussion of key challenges we face and possible solutions.   The Gold Summit will also feature  case studies, novel ideas, dealing with the media and thinking like a startup. ...
Chicago, IL – “As a Cubs fan would say, wait until next year and it will be better,” Ryan Sweet, director and senior economist, Moody's Analytics told attendees in regards to the U.S. economy at the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) Predict Conference. Moody’s Analytics expects U.S. GDP growth to approach 3% in 2014 and 3.5% in 2015, said Sweet.  If these forecasts hold true, U.S. GDP growth will outpace the exhibition industry over the next two years. The exhibition industry overall is forecasted to grow 2.0% in 2014 and 2.9% in 2015, according to the just-released 2014 CEIR Index Report. ...
South Norwalk, CT – The senior leadership of Business Journals Inc. (BJI) is teaming up with Greg Topalian, the former head of ReedPop, to launch a new company that will create events for enthusiast markets. Topalian, who stepped down as a senior vice president at Reed Exhibitions this Summer, will serve as president of LeftField Media and will also have an ownership stake in the new company. The other principals on the team are BJI President and CEO Britton Jones; Chairman and COO Mac Brighton; and Vice President Sharon Enright. ...
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Chatsworth, CA – Neal Vitale says he will be stepping down as CEO of 1105 Media, Inc., the publishing and event company that he helped found, sometime in the coming weeks. Vitale told Trade Show Executive that he would be leaving to tackle “other challenges” outside the company, and that he was “weighing several different directions” but had nothing further to announce. ...
Houston, TX – Leah Mastaglio today was named assistant general manager for NRG Park in Houston, which is managed by SMG and  is the eighth largest convention center in the U.S., according to Trade Show Executive’s World’s Top Convention Centers directory. NRG Park offers 1,056,213 square feet of prime exhibit space. NRG Park also promoted Jeff Gaines from assistant general manager to senior assistant general manager. ...
Dana Point, CA – More than 150 industry leaders are expected at Trade Show Executive’s Gold 100 Awards & Summit, October 22-24 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort on California’s scenic Orange County coast.  This annual salute to the biggest and best trade shows is drawing many of the nation’s most successful and innovative show organizers, many of whom don’t attend other industry events. ...
Alexandria, VA – The Helicopter Association International (HAI) promoted Charlotte Zilke to director of conventions, replacing Tina Jones, who left the association in April. The move puts Zilke in the pilot’s seat of the HAI HELI-EXPO, the flagship trade show for the helicopter industry. This year, HELI-EXPO drew 20,393 attendees and covered 309,200 net square feet (nsf) of exhibit space. The 2013 show will be honored as one of the 100 largest shows in the nation at the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Awards & Summit, October 22-24. ...
Atlanta, GA – Shepard Exposition Services announced it was now guaranteeing on-time delivery of exhibitor freight shipments thanks to a new agreement with its logistics carrier. The pact moved Shepard to the top of the unidentified carrier’s priority list, enabling Shepard to guarantee its customers that an exhibitor’s goods will be delivered on time, or it's free, said Richard Maples, executive vice president of sales.  ...
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Fastest 50 Awards & Summit

Officially proclaimed by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel as “Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 Week” throughout the city of Chicago, TSE’s Fastest 50 Awards & Summit took top billing in the Windy City during the week of May 18. TSE staff members, Chicago dignitaries and 30+ sponsors from all over the country joined in honoring the brains behind the shows that grew an average of seven times faster than the typical show of 2013 . . . . LEARN MORE »

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a2z’s ChirpE Sings a Sweet Song for Organizers

In recent years, ChirpE has become an established go-to mobile event app that provides a platform for show schedules, floor plans, networking and other real-time functions. Rajiv Jain, a2z’s CEO, says attendees at major shows have been downloading ChirpE show apps at a brisk clip — a 90% adoption rate . . . READ MORE »

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Industry Job Board

ROC Exhibitions (multi-event, independent show organizer) is seeking a candidate with 3+ years of experience working in the B2B tradeshow environment. Knowledge of operations, exhibit sales, and promotion/marketing are key requirements. We offer a competitive salary with bonus including a comprehensive benefits package . . . LEARN MORE »

ROC Exhibitions also has an opening in exhibit space sales for B2B events, domestic and international. To succeed, you’ll need good communication skills, self-motivation, an ability to communicate with high-level executives, and computer literacy (MS Word, Excel). Inside sales, entry-level or experienced will be . . . LEARN MORE »

Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing (ECRM) is seeking an enthusiastic, results-oriented individual to join our Sales team as a Trade Show Sales Manager. This position is responsible for developing existing relationships with clients, establishing new business, promoting our business model and gaining commitments to attend . . . LEARN MORE »

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