Alexandria, VA –Tamara Christian, CEO of National Trade Productions (NTP), announced that she will leave the company at the end of the year to pursue other interests. NTP’s Chairman Bob Harar said that Christian, who spent four years as company president and two as CEO, is seeking a CEO position outside the trade show industry in the consumer products, health, travel or leisure sector.
While her successor has not been named, Harar elevated Jennifer Hoff, CEM, to COO. Hoff, who is general manager and vice president of operations for NTP, will oversee finance, information technology and human resources. NTP did not immediately say when a new CEO would be hired.
Paige Cardwell continues as president of CSG Creative and Glenn Feder remains president of the client events division. Both report directly to Harar.
NTP provides event management services and also owns four events outright, including TS 2, The Industry Event for Exhibit and Event Professionals.
“For many years I’ve counted on Tamara Christian to run NTP and she’s done a tremendous job, bringing new ideas and initiatives and being an inspiring leader,” Harar said. “We’ve come up with a plan that gives NTP plenty of time to prepare for Tamara’s exit.”
Christian joined NTP in 1992 and has been a frequent speaker at industry events.
Hoff serves on the board of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events and has been a Certified Exposition Manager since 1998.
In other news, Connie Whitaker, CPA, formerly VP of finance for the Mills Group, has joined NTP as controller. She replaces Karin Fendrich, NTP’s controller for six years. Fendrick began phasing out of her role at NTP earlier in the year to work for her family business, and will serve as a consultant during the transition.