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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.

Oppenheim to Succeed Beckelman at Reno-Sparks CVA

Trade Show Executive
February 24, 2006
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Reno, NV - Ellen Oppenheim will head up  the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) as  president/CEO. She succeeds Jeff Beckelman  who was at the helm of  the RSCVA for the past three years and left in September to become  president and CEO of the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention and Visitors Authority. Oppenheim  recently held several high-level positions with the City of San Diego. She has also been director of conventions, cultural and visitors for the City of San Jose; vice-president/general manager of GES Exposition Services in South San Francisco; and Associate Dean of Students at Stanford University. Reach Ellen at (775) 827-7600 or

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