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  • SMG has been acquired by private equity firm Onex Corporation for an undisclosed sum. Onex says its acquisition of
  • SMG Holdings Inc. will close in early 2018. SMG manages 240 venues, including many of the major convention centers in the U.S.
  • Halifax Convention Centre in Nova Scotia, Canada, to debut Dec. 15 with first client event scheduled for Jan. 20, 2018. …
  • Three other events — Brides 2018, the Halifax Business Awards and the Franchise Expo —
  • also are booked for early 2018. … In all, the new facility already has 90 events on the books for 2018
  • Dan Lincoln will retire as President and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau at the end of the year. He spent 11 years on
  • the job. COO Mike Laatsch will be interim CEO while a nationwide search for Lincoln’s successor takes place.
  • Shepard has acquired McCune Audio-Video-Lighting in a move to bolster Shepard’s presence in the western U.S. market. McCune has California
  • operations in Anaheim, Monterey and San Francisco and will be absorbed by Shepard’s AV department.
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Industry News Archive

September 2004
September 1, 2004

Jack Chalden Leaves SUPERCOMM

Arlington, VA – Jack Chalden, General Manager of SUPERCOMM, is leaving the show to start his own company. The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), producer of the show, is evaluating several options for management of the show.  
September 1, 2004

Ray Gonzalez Dies Unexpectedly

Pasadena, CA - Ray Gonzalez, 55, Director of  Event Management & Services for the Pasadena Center in Pasadena, CA, died unexpectedly on August 29.
September 1, 2004

Donn Sanford Passes Away

Tucson, AZ - Donn Sanford, an exhibition industry innovator who  co-founded  EXPO Magazine with his daughter Donna Sanford, died on August 30 at his home in Tucson, AZ.  Donn began his career as a reporter, photographer, news director and TV producer.
September 1, 2004

MATSO Names Pat Dwyer as New Chairperson; Announces Program on Marketing

Fairfax, VA – The Major American Trade Show Organizers (MATSO) announced the nomination of Pat Dwyer of Smith Bucklin as incoming Chairperson, filling the position left vacant by Jack Chalden who left SUPERCOMM to start his own company.
September 1, 2004

Howe To Run a Safety Show

Itasca, IL - The National Safety Council announced that Karen Howe joined its management team as Executive Director, Conventions & Meetings, on August 23. Howe will hit the ground running ---  the association’s 92nd Annual Congress and Expo is right around the corner.
September 1, 2004

GWCC’s Smith to Retire in 8 Weeks; Zimmerman Moves Up

Atlanta - Mark Zimmerman will become the  General Manager of the Georgia World Congress Center effective November 1st, filling the shoes of John Smith who is retiring after working 30 years for the State of Georgia.  The announcement was made by Dan Graveline, GWCC’s Executi…
August 2004
August 31, 2004

Evacuation of New Orleans Went Smoothly According to Plan

New Orleans, LA - The evacuation of nearly two million people from coastal Louisiana was completed according to plan by Sunday night, August 31 in anticipation of Hurricane Gustav. 
August 14, 2004

CEIR Index Finds Slight Decline in Exhibition Industry Performance from 2000 to 2003 But Also Indicates Rebound

Washington, DC, September 14 - The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released today the results of the CEIR Index, an objective measure of the annual performance of the exhibition industry.
August 13, 2004

Cygnus Refinances to Restructure Debt, Enhance Expansion Efforts and Lower Interest Rates

Westport, CT - GE Commercial Finance Global Media & Communications has arranged $220 million of refinancing for Cygnus Business Media’s publishing, expositions, interactive and custom marketing divisions. The deal was signed on July 13.
August 13, 2004

Phase II of CIC Research on Attrition Released Today; Offers  Ideas to Minimize Attrition

McLean, VA, August 13 – The Convention Industry Council (CIC) released Phase II of its Project Attrition initiative. The task force presented  a number of possible solutions to prevent or minimize attrition issues.  The report is available online at www.conventionindustry.or…