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Matthew Ramirez

Matthew Ramirez has stepped into the role of Marketing Director at Informa Markets. Ramirez has spent nearly the last five years at Emerald as Director of Marketing Operations and Show Director, where he worked with the Digital Dealer Conference & Expo.


Geoff Dickinson

Geoff Dickinson has been appointed to the Advisory Council of Dubai International Chamber. Dickinson is the CEO of dmg events and had lived in Dubai for almost 30 years. Dickinson will be helping to expand Dubai’s trading network and to elevate its position at the center of the global trade flow.

Reach Geoff Dickinson at dmg event’s head office at +971-438-0355.

Rita Ugianskis-Fishman

Clarion Events has appointed Rita Ugianskis-Fishman as its Vice President- Food & Beverage Group. Most recently, Ugianskis-Fishman was in the role of Senior Vice President & General Manager, The ASI Show at the Advertising Specialty Institute for over six years. She will now oversee events including Coffee Fest Atlanta, The NGA Show and Health Food Expo NY.

Reach Rita Ugianskis-Fishman at

David Whitaker

David Whitaker will be returning to The Greater Miami Convention Center & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) as President & CEO on August 16. Whitaker previously served the GMCVB team for 17 years, most recently as Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer. Whitaker left Miami to serve as President & CEO of Tourism Toronto (now Destination Toronto) for eight years, most recently serving as President & CEO of Choose Chicago since 2016. Whitaker will be replacing current GMCVB President of 20 years, Bill Talbert, who is stepping down to a consulting role to ensure a smooth transition.

Reach David at (305) 539-3000; Bill at (305) 539-3040 or

Samuel Thomas

Events DC announced that Samuel Thomas has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Thomas will oversee all of Events DC’s venue operations, which includes the DC Armory, Entertainment and Sports Arena, RFK Stadium and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. He has 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry and most recently held the role of Senior VP and General Manager of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the last 14 years.

Reach Samuel Thomas at or 202-249-3121.

Alex Young

Convention Data Services has added Alex Young to lead its Events Service Team. In this role, Young will help ensure a first-class registration experience with a focus on optimal client satisfaction. Before joining CDS, Young was the Director of Registration at Informa Markets, and he brings over 20 years of registration experience to CDS.

Reach Alex Young at

Leonard Hoops

Leonard Hoops, President and CEO of Visit Indy, received the ceremonial key to the city of Hoopeston during the city’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. Hoops is the relative of Thomas Hoopes, who donated the land that would become Hoopeston, Illinois. Leonard is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandson of Joshua Hoopes, great-great-great grandfather to Thomas.

Call Leonard Hoops, President & CEO, at (317) 262-3000 or

Dianna Steinbach

The European Society of Association Executives (ESAE) has elected Dianna Steinbach to its Board of Directors. The Board leads the ESAE in its mission of connecting professionals, sharing best practices and organizing volunteer efforts. Steinbach is currently the Vice President of Corporate Development at ISSA – The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association.

Reach Dianna Steinbach, Vice President, at or 49-6131-636-7820

Roy Benear

Roy Benear has joined Informa Tech as the Sales Director for the Entertainment and Media division. Benear will lead a team that supports the Game Developers Conference, Gamasutra and TB International, among others. Benear was most recently the Vice President of Exhibits and Specialty Event Technologies at Encore.

Reach Roy Benear, Sales Director, at (972) 349-7300

Ed Nichols

Ed Nichols is the new Managing Director and CEO of Hannover Fairs USA/Hannover Fairs Canada at Hannover Fairs USA. Nichols previously held the role of Vice President of Events at Hannover Fairs USA. Before joining Hannover Fairs USA, Nichols was of Vice President of Events at Endeavor Business Media.

Reach Ed Nichols at (773) 796-4250 or