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Kelly E. Kilga, CEM

Kelly E. Kilga, CEM joined the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) as its Vice President, Event Development and Show Director of the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas. Previously, the industry veteran was the Executive Vice President at Metrix, an ASME Company, and she was Vice President of Events for the PRINT and GRAPH EXPO trade shows. Prior to that, Kilga worked for NACS and CardTech/SecurTech. The NAB Show will take place April 15-19, 2023.

Reach Kelly Kilga at (202) 429-5365 or kkilga@nab.org

Julie Pazina

Julie Pazina won her election and is now a state senator for Nevada. When Pazina won her primary for Senate District 12 on June 14, she became the only member of Nevada’s state legislature from the hospitality and trade show industry. Pazina has worked at Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services for more than 16 years, currently serving as its National Director of Sales.

Pazina believes her work in the trade show industry would help her serving in the State Senate. “On the industry experience front, advocacy is incredibly important. Also important is having elected officials in a position to decide on laws affecting the tourism and trade show industry who truly understand the industry and its nuances and how legislation can affect the industry as it recovers. The largest business segment in Nevada revolves around tourism and hospitality and it is important to have representation.”

Reach Julie Pazina at (702) 853-7700 or julie@edlen.com

Kelvin D. Moore

ASM Global named Kelvin D. Moore as Regional Vice President and General Manager of Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. Most recently Moore, a facility-operations veteran of 30 years, was Regional Vice President and General Manager for ASM Global at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and before that he was Regional General Manager for the Festival Hall Complex at Navy Pier in Chicago. He succeeds David Causton, who has served as General Manager since 2004.

Alex Alexandrov

Ungerboeck appointed Alex Alexandrov as its new Chief Executive Officer. He brings an extensive background in high growth global technology markets to the role, with experience driving profitable growth, industrializing global shared service centers and creating internal digital transformations. Prior to joining Ungerboeck, Alexandrov served as a member of the Executive Board, Chief Operating Officer and President of the Latin American region for SoftwareONE.

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David Ingram

David Ingram was selected as the new Executive Director of the Tampa Convention Center. Most recently, Ingram served as the General Manager of the Orange County Convention Center, where he started working at in 2003. Previously, Ingram has worked for Walt Disney World Co. and Gaylord Palms Resort.

Alex Merchán

ASM Global promoted Alex Merchán to Chief Marketing Officer. In his new role he will oversee the global portfolio that represents 20,000 events across 350 venues and lead the company’s branding and positioning across key areas. Most recently, Merchán was the Executive Vice President of Marketing for ASM Global, and has also overseen all strategic marketing, PR, creative services and digital efforts.

Reach Alex Merchán at amerchan@asmglobal.com

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Gary Jacobus

ASM Global named Gary Jacobus President of Business Development for the U.S. and Latin America. Most recently, Jacobus was the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Sales at Zippin, and he has also helped grow the NFL’s global marketing partnership program and secured the largest corporate marketing relationship in sports with Sprint while he worked with the NBA. In his role at ASM Global, Jacobus will oversee its expanding business development and account-retention footprint across the U.S. and Latin America.

Karen Chupka

Karen Chupka is leaving the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), where she is the Chief Strategy Officer, to open her own consulting practice effective Dec. 13, and the CTA will be her first client. In 1989, Chupka joined the CTA as a Registration Assistant and through the years climbed the leadership ladder, heading marketing and membership. She worked her way up to heading CES, the biggest technology event in the world.
“Karen has accomplished many things for CES and for other parts of the association,” said Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, CTA. “She is a co-founder of who we are today, and her wisdom is imbued in our culture. Not only did she launch our wireless division, but she expanded CTA’s membership and was a visionary for CTA’s overall strategy. Karen also created our Unveiled events, expanded our European presence, launched CES Asia, helped create Eureka Park and shifted us to digital during Covid. We will miss Karen as a CTA executive but expect to stay close to her as a consultant to our organization.”

Junior Tauvaa

Junior Tauvaa will join PCMA as Chief Business Officer, effective Jan. 9, 2023. Tauvaa, who has more than 25 years of experience in the meetings and tourist industries, will oversee the events and education, CEMA at the strategic level and product development teams, along with PCMA’s overall mission. Tauvaa has spent the last nine years with Visit Anaheim, currently as Chief Sales Officer, and introduced the Destinations International Destination Booking Agreement.

Abby Murtagh

Abby Murtagh is joining The Broadmoor as Vice President and Managing Director, effective Jan. 4, 2023. In the role, Murtagh will oversee the resort’s daily operations and other resort experiences, including Seven Falls and the Wilderness Experience boutique camps portfolio. Murtagh is currently the General Manager at Arizona Baltimore – A Waldorf Astoria Resort.