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Industry Veteran and SISO Executive Director David Audrain Joins TSE Forecasting Board

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
February 2, 2016
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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 about the trade show industry for TSE’s monthly Trending & Spending feature as well as live presentations at industry events on the state of exhibitions in the U.S. and around the world.

“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.”

Audrain is already a well-known figure in the trade show industry. Along with his new role in SISO, he is also CEO and Partner at Exposition Development Company, Inc. (ExpoDevCo), a show organizing firm that produces the Atlanta Foodservice Expo and other trade shows for the institutional food and restaurant industry. Through the years, Audrain and his staff have produced a number of TSE Fastest 50 shows. His team also was honored with three Fastest 50 Grand Awards in 2011 for the 2010 Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo, Texworld USA (Winter Edition), and Texworld USA (Summer Edition). 

During his more than 23 years in the exhibitions industry,  Audrain has devoted many hours to its key associations. He is a past chairman of SISO and of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events. He is also a member of the board of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

“The TSE Exposition Forecasting Board’s members are an impressive and experienced group and I have always read their predictions with great interest every month in TSE,” Audrain said. “I will, of course, be leaning on our SISO members for input to the forecasts, as our membership represents from the largest to the smallest, and most successful independent show organizers in the world.”

Audrain’s career began well before ExpoDevCo. His resume includes terms as president of Clarion Events North America and Messe Frankfurt NA. He has also held senior positions with ConvExx, Advanstar Communications, Hanley Wood, Miller Freeman and the Texas Restaurant Association.

Reach David Audrain at (404) 334-4585 or; Darlene Gudea at (760) 630-9107 or



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