This Just In
  • The power outage that disrupted CES for about two hours Jan. 10 was traced to a transformer “flashover” at the LVCC.
  • Hannover Fairs USA will launch the DOMOTEX USA floor-coverings show Feb. 28-March 2, 2019, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
  • RSAV has acquired Lanham, Md.-based Hargrove, Inc, expanding PSAV’s presence in the trade show industry.
  • Groundbreaking for Phase II of the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion took place Jan. 8, adding about 1.4 million square feet by 2021.
  • CES set a new show record of 2.75 million nsf of exhibit space when it opened Jan. 9, topping the 2017 record
  • Visit KC is looking for a new President and CEO because Ronnie Burt will step down Jan. 31 after settlement of a lawsuit.
  • CES experienced an opening day power outage at the LVCC affecting the Central Hall. South and North Halls reportedly were up and running.
  • A memorial service will be held Jan. 6 for Raymond Moriarity, 71, co-owner of Paradice Expo Services who died on Dec. 28.
  • A memorial service is pending for John Portman Jr., 93, founder of the company that became AmericasMart Atlanta. He died Dec. 29.
  • Shepard is acquiring Production Associates, an audio-visual provider based in the Washington, D.C., market.
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Industry News Archive

September 2004
September 11, 2004

New Contract Ends Wage and Benefit Dispute – and the Strike

Las Vegas – Teamsters Local 631 ratified a new three-year agreement with  GES Exposition Services and The Freeman Companies on Saturday, September 11, after a majority of the  union’s members voted to accept the latest proposal.  
September 10, 2004

Cooke Named Group President of VNU

Chantilly, VA, September 10 - Bill Cooke joined  VNU Expositions as Group President for the Performance, Hospitality Design, Photography, Incentive & Military Group located in Chantilly, VA, announced Greg Farrar, President of VNU Expositions.
September 7, 2004

A Homecoming of Sorts for Frank Poe:   This Leading Facility Manager Returns to Run the Dallas Convention Center

Dallas - Frank Poe will return to the Dallas Convention Center in early December as Director of Convention & Event Services. Poe directed the center’s convention and event services from 1991 to 1997, then headed to Alabama to become Executive Director/CEO of the Birmingh…
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.