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Trade Show Executive Welcomes Cal Bates as Managing Editor; Promotes Maddy Ryley to Senior Associate Editor; Adds Kate Sikora to Team as Executive Assistant


CHICAGO — Trade Show Executive (TSE) welcomes Cal Bates to the TSE team as Managing Editor in March and recently promoted Maddy Ryley to Senior Associate Editor. 

“It’s with great excitement that we bring Cal into the TSE family and expand our ability to meet the needs of our readers. Cal’s background and experience along with his passion for B2B journalism makes him a great asset to our Chicago-based media operations,” said Gabrielle Weiss, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief. “It’s a bright spot of my job to help to grow and develop our team as is the case with Maddy Ryley’s promotion. I see a bright and promising future for our industry and B2B journalism exemplified by Maddy’s hard work and dedication, which has earned her the promotion to Senior Associate Editor.”

Cal Bates is an experienced content producer, editor and social media expert with a demonstrated history of working in digital media and content production. Before coming to Trade Show Executive Media Group, Cal worked as the Web Content Producer and Managing Editor for both WYCC PBS Chicago as well as the American Bar Association in Chicago. Cal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he also studied Radio and Television Broadcasting.  

As Managing Editor, Cal will oversee the daily operations of the website’s content as well as manage monthly print edition of TSE Magazine, from story assignments, editing, and working through the production and design process. He takes over the role overseeing the magazine from Marlene Goldman, who has shifted into an editorial role. 

TSE also promoted Maddy Ryley to Senior Associate Editor earlier this year, from her previous role as Associate Editor. As Senior Associate Editor, Maddy manages digital production from article assignments to publishing to pushing content out on social media. She also manages the weekly Editor’s Picks e-newsletter. 

Maddy joined TSE in a full-time capacity in June of 2022, following her graduation from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism in May and had been an Editorial Intern with TSE since May of 2020. She previously worked at the Columbia Missourian as a community beat reporter and Vox Magazine as an Eat + Drink Editor.

TSE also welcomes Kate Sikora as Executive Assistant. Kate is helping the team with a multitude of tasks and is getting our office and systems in order. In addition to that, she will assist and aid in managing billing, ad trafficking and also assist with meeting planning. She comes to TSE from Town and Country Conservatories. She holds degrees in Vocal Performance; Bachelor’s in music from The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and her Masters in Music from University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Reach Gabrielle Weiss at (312) 493-7753 or; Cal Bates at; Maddy Ryley at (815) 955-7032 or

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