Anne Dunbar is now Executive Director of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), the largest marine trade show in North America. In this role, Dunbar will coordinate the show’s strategic initiatives and long-term planning. She has more than 20 years of experience at the company and previously worked as IBEX Show Director. Before joining IBEX, Dunbar was the East Coast Advertising Manager of Boating Industry Magazine.
Kinsey Fabrizio is the new Consumer Technology Association (CTA) President. The first female President in the association’s history, Fabrizio will sit on the Executive Board and be responsible for CES, CTA Membership, CTA Conferences and Marketing and Communications.
Fabrizio joined CTA in 2008, and previously served as Senior Vice President, CES and Membership. Her achievements include helping expand CTA into disruptive innovation, content and digital health, a major membership model and dues restructuring, and more. Before CTA, Fabrizio worked as Senior Coordinator at SmithBucklin.
CTA’s Gary Shapiro will remain CEO and oversee all association activities.
Visit Orlando appointed Tammy McCormick as Director of Destination Experience. McCormick will lead the company’s Destination Experience team and help clients organize meetings and conferences in Orlando. She has more than 22 years of events industry experience and previously worked as the National Director of Creative for Access.
Heather Anderson joined Huntington Place as Director of Marketing and Communications. Anderson will lead the marketing team that coordinates the venue’s social media presence, digital signage system and more. She was previously Strategic Marketing Manager at Cox Business Convention Center and held various marketing and operations roles through a more than 15-year career.
Anderson is succeeding Huntington Place’s Senior Marketing & Communications Manager Mary Klida, who will retire on March 31.
Julie Gustafson joined NPARALLEL as its first Chief Experience Officer (CXO). As CXO, Gustafson will further optimize the agency’s client experience, helping it create experiential marketing, trade shows and more for brands.
Gustafson previously worked as Vice President, Client Relations at Sparks and has more than 20 years of experience with leadership, operations and customer experience roles. In 2013, Gustafson was named Manager of the Year by Star, where she was Director of Client Engagement and Director of Operations.
Clarion Events North America CEO Greg Topalian will shift to the role of Chairman of the company’s North America business. Topalian will drive high-level global strategies, acquisitions and business development while supporting North America’s Presidents Liz Irving and Kelly Comboni, who will manage daily operations. This role will allow Topalian to shape Clarion’s future with the freedom to explore additional, non-competitive business projects. Topalian was President of LeftField Media before joining Clarion in 2016 when it acquired the company.
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that COO and CFO Glenda MacMullin will retire after more than 20 years at the company. MacMullin was hired as CFO in 2004 and promoted to COO and CFO in 2012.
Among other achievements, MacMullin oversaw the purchase of the CTA Headquarters and Innovation House and created its $10 million diversity investment fund. She diligently supported CTA employees and architected health orientations, incentives for local home ownership, student loan repayment and other resources. Her efforts helped earn the CTA multiple awards for being a healthy, family-friendly workplace. MacMullin also oversaw the CTA Foundation, which provides technology to people in need.
A dedicated supporter of her community, MacMullin was an executive for the nonprofit National Landing BID and serves on the Executive Board of the USO (National Capital District).
MacMullin began her Public Accounting career at Ernst & Young and worked at local firms across the U.S. before being hired by CTA. MacMullin looks forward to spending more time with her family in 2025 and beyond.
Randy Pekowski has been appointed as the CEO and President of The Expo Group, succeeding Ray Pekowski, his father who has led the company as CEO since its inception in 1991.
Randy Pekowski has been President and COO of the company since 2016. During his more than 28-year history at The Expo Group, he has helped drive the company’s geographic and business growth. Pekowski is devoted to the success of the business events industry and is an Executive Board Member of the Exhibition Service Contractors Association (ESCA).
As CEO, Pekowski will lead The Expo Group in its mission to reimagine live events by creating custom, immersive brand experiences.
Ray Pekowski will transition to Executive Chairman of the Board and remain active in a strategic capacity on the board of directors.
Tera Barnes is now the Vice President of Business Development at Event Marketing Partners, a specialty management and production company. With more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience, Barnes will help companies build and scale sustainable revenue and market growth through live events in this position. Previously, she served as Vice President of Business Development at Switch.
The Exhibitor Advocate has added Victor Torregroza to its Board of Directors, where he will help guide the company in its mission to help exhibitors thrive. Torregroza serves as Experiential Events Program Manager at Intel Corporation, where he has been awarded for crafting powerful global corporate events and trade show experiences. Torregroza also created Intel’s enhanced face-to-face marketing program. An advocate for experiential marketing, Torregroza frequently speaks at industry events about creating immersive, effective experiences.