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  • Detroit’s Cobo Center receives ASTM Venue Standard recertification, having first received certification in 2015.
  • Host to this year’s Sustainable Brands Conference, Cobo Center was the 9th facility in 2015 to receive ASTM Venue Standard certification.
  • Convention Data Services broke ground on its new corporate headquarters in mid-March. The approximate 30,000-sf building opens in Q1 2018.
  • The new digs are next to the current CDS HQ in Bourne, Mass. The construction will accommodate the company’s growth and create new jobs.
  • China’s Shenyang New World EXPO opened March 1, hosting 2 exhibitions in its first month of operation, with a third to be held 23-25 March.
  • To date, the largest event was a dental equipment and oral health exhibition, open 16-19 March, which drew more than 39,000 attendees.
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May 2014
May 12, 2014

Unions Protest Ouster from Pennsylvania Convention Center

Philadelphia, PA – Union workers Monday crossed a picket line at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) manned by teamsters who were ousted from the building last week. Members of four other PCC unions reported for duty at the center where the 11th Annual World Congress on…
May 9, 2014

TSE Offers Training on the Fine Art of Dealing with the Media

Oceanside, CA - Did you ever have an uncomfortable experience with the media and wished you had been better prepared?  The stakes are getting higher. TV camera crews, newspaper reporters, magazine writers, and bloggers with smart phones and their wise-guy attitude are coming…
May 9, 2014

David Causton Named Regional VP of SMG's Conv. Center Division

Chicago, IL – David Causton, the longtime general manager of McCormick Place, was named regional vice president of SMG’s Convention Center Division effective May 8. Causton will remain the GM of McCormick Place, which is the nation’s largest convention center, according to T…
May 8, 2014

Trade Show Executive Wins Maggie Award for Best Trade Publication

Los Angeles, CA – Trade Show Executive (TSE) notched its first Maggie Award from the Western Publishers Association for its December 2013 issue. The Maggies are presented annually to magazines that set the gold standard for excellence in the previous year. TSE was joined on …
May 8, 2014

CIC Names Gary Sain Posthumously to Class of 2014 Hall of Leaders

Alexandria, VA – The Convention Industry Council (CIC) has announced its class of 2014 inductees into the CIC Hall of Leaders, the highest honor bestowed in the industry. The first is a posthumous award for Gary Sain, former president and CEO of Visit Orlando and partner in …
May 8, 2014

Greg Ortale Stepping Down as Head of Greater Houston CVB

Houston, TX – Greg Ortale resigned as president and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) after seven years on the job. Ortale officially resigned effective May 1, a week before the official announcement was made. He will remain on the job until a…
May 8, 2014

Freeman Breaks New Ground in the Trade Show Industry

Dallas, TX – Freeman has expanded its PLANTOUR web tool to allow the use of aerial drones to capture a bird’s eye view of show venues. The unprecedented step announced today means show managers will be able to provide exhibitors and potential sponsors with virtual tours of e…
May 8, 2014

Los Angeles to Expand Convention Center With or Without the NFL

Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles has begun laying the groundwork for a “Plan B” that would expand and renovate the city’s downtown convention center in the event the ambitious plan for a new football stadium next door falls through. The leadership of the Los Angeles Convention …
May 8, 2014

Coming Up in July: Trade Show Executive Takes a Look at Visionary Cities

Oceanside, CA – The July issue of Trade Show Executive (TSE) will focus on the dynamic cities that will be the go-to venues for trade shows in the next decade. Which cities are leading the charge with new, improved or expanded exhibit, meeting and flex space?  Who’s building…
May 8, 2014

Pizza, Google Glass®, Stellar Speakers and a Touch of Glamour Await Fastest 50 Participants

Chicago, IL – Tips on shattering attendance records and mastering the fine art of making Chicago-style pizza await the delegates and honorees at the Trade Show Executive Fastest 50 Awards & Summit next week. The finishing touches have been made to the list of timely educ…