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LVCVA’s Rossi Ralenkotter and R&R Partners’ Billy Vassiliadis Canonized by BRANDWEEK Magazine as ‘Grand Marketers of the Year’

Las Vegas – What happened here is getting worldwide attention. A branding campaign for Las Vegas,  developed by Rossi Ralenkotter, President & CEO of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority and Billy Vassiliadis, CEO of R&R Partners, has landed them the cover of BRANDWEEK magazine and the magazine’s “2004 Grand Marketer of

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The Show Must Go On — JD Events Acquires ShowBiz Expo

Trumbull, CT – JD Events acquired the assets of ShowBiz Expo from MindShare Ventures on October 6th.  ShowBiz Expo was founded by Bob and Nalini Lasiewicz in 1983 who later sold the show to Advanstar Communications.  Reed Exhibitions and PBI Media are also former owners of the event. The 2004 show was postponed;  JD

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Convention Centers — Built Like a Rock

Convention centers tend to be large, sturdy buildings capable of withstanding the high winds of a tropical storm. But they are not impervious — for instance, floods and earthquakes can still wreak havoc. However, many of the venues located in the paths or potential paths of the recent series of

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Guise Named COO of Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority

Philadelphia, September 20 – Dittie Florenza Guise, formerly the General Manager of the SMG-Greater Columbus Convention Center, has been named Chief Operating Officer for the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, announced Al Mezzaroba, President & CEO. Guise has also headed the Kansas City Market Center in Missouri as its President & General Manager.

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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. The previous contract had expired May 31st, and an extension expired June 30th. Negotiations began

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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. Cooke has over 30 years experience in the trade show, publishing, and information services industries.  For the

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