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Joseph Floreano, executive director of Rochester Riverside Convention Center, died September 23. The center will be renamed in his honor. Floreano, 67, had been head of the center for 32 years and a past president of IAVM. He died of cancer ….. CEIR has released a new “Guru” report on booth engagement that show managers may offer as a resource to their exhibitors. “Once the Conversation is Over – It’s Over,” offers tips on wrapping up discussions with booth visitors in professional fashion ….. P. E. firm Shamrock Capital Advisors today acquired Questex in partnership with senior management, announced Kerry Gumas, prez & CEO. Questex was spun off from Advanstar 9 years ago and produces 50+ shows in the beauty, entertainment, hospitality, IT & healthcare sector ….

Ken McAvoy, former SVP of Reed Exhibitions, has launched a new consulting firm. Convention Consultants, Inc. is located in the Atlanta area. McAvoy spent more than 14 years with Reed before stepping down last month ….. John Gallagher is the new director of business development for Naylor Association Solutions. He was president  & CEO of Messe Frankfurt USA until 2013 and spent nearly 20 years as a senior executive with E.J. Krause & Associates ….. IAEE signed a reciprocity agreement with the Indian Exhibition Industry Assn. and now has pacts with 19 international counterparts. The agreement fosters cooperation on education and networking events, information sharing, and recognition of professional certifications …..

Global Spectrum awarded a five-year contract to Smart City Networks to manage technology & telecom services for the Atlantic City Convention Center & Boardwalk Hall. The five-year contract took effect on September 1 ….. BZ Media LLC is launching a conference and trade show focused on wearable technology in Santa Clara. Wearables TechCon debuts March 9-11. The event is an expansion and rebranding of Wearables DevCon, which drew 1,300 attendees and 20 exhibitors this year ….. Global Experience Specialists (GES) expanded its audio-visual staff by hiring 10 new employees. Half are based in Irving, TX and five in Chicago and New Orleans. The new hires include Ron Cervantes, director of business development, and Jeff Marker, vice president of business development …..

San Diego won’t appeal court ruling that scuttled hotel-tax funding plan for its convention center expansion. Fate of project is unclear. Court said public vote required, but next opportunity is two years from now. Idea of new football stadium with exhibit hall has resurfaced ….. Gerard Barajas named director of PMMI’s two EXPO PACK shows in Mexico. He was previously general manager of Intermoda ….. New Media Expo will co-locate with the 2015 NAB Show on April 13-16, 2015. Exhibits will be at the LVCC and sessions at the Westgate Resort. NAB’s Chris Brown said new media is an important factor in broadcasting, and sees the audiences of the two shows as being a good mix …..

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