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Zinn Retires from the Woodworking Show, but Carves Out New Role with the Association


Atlanta -John Zinn will retire from his position as Senior Vice President of the International Woodworking Machinery and Supply Fair  (IWF) at the end of December. He has been with the organization since 1981 and oversaw the show’s smooth transition from Louisville, KY to Atlanta, GA in 1984.

Most of Zinn’s responsibilities will be assumed by two recent hires in the sales and visitor services departments. Zinn will handle the rest in his new role as special projects consultant. Zinn launched a meeting and management firm with his wife, Debbie.

IWF is owned and sponsored by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) and the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA). IWF 2004 drew 42,040 attendees and 1,372 exhibitors, and spanned 832,813 square foot of exhibit space at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Patrick LaFramboise, IWF’s President and CEO, says, “John was an early advocate of building a culture of continuous improvement, and his example has helped IWF establish and maintain a pre-eminent position in the trade show industry.”

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