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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. Funeral plans are still pending.....
  • The Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association has been rebranded 'Visit KC'.....
  • 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....
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London, UK – Following weeks of speculation that UBM plc was poised to acquire U.S. show organizer Advanstar Communications, the deal has been sealed. UBM plc today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire the Los Angeles-based company for $972 million. The cash transaction combines two show organizers with significant positions in the fashion sector worldwide. The deal will vault UBM into the top position among U.S. show organizers, based on 2013 revenues, UBM said. Advanstar CEO Joe Loggia will remain at the helm of the Santa Monica-based company and report to Cobbold during an unspecified transition period.  ...
Oceanside, CA – Football, falling leaves and the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Grand Awards are in the spotlight. And there is still time to nominate the shows and show leaders who will be honored at the October 22-24 Gold 100 Awards & Summit in California.  October 6 is the deadline for your nominations in 18 categories saluting the exceptional ideas and achievements that highlighted the 2013 trade show calendar. The Gold 100 honors the largest exhibitions of the year, but the Grand Awards are open to shows of all sizes and are aimed at recognizing the organizations and individuals who shine both inside and outside the box. ...
Chicago, IL – It will take about two weeks to get the air-traffic control center in the Chicago area that was damaged by a fire back on line, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Air travel into Chicago proceeded at a reduced pace during the September 27-28 weekend and into this week with controllers at other FAA centers picking up as much of the slack as possible. The fire came two days ahead of the opening of GRAPH EXPO  and one day before the start of the National Electric Contractors Association (NECA) 2014 Annual Meeting, both at McCormick Place. What has been the impact?  ...
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Arlington, VA – Lippman Connects and Exhibit Surveys are surveying show organizers on the current state of exhibit and sponsorship sales as part of a new report. “This year’s study will provide valuable data that can be used to improve exhibitor retention rates and grow both the show floor and sponsorship revenues,” said Sam Lippman, president of Lippman Connects. Last year, the debut report pegged the industry’s average exhibitor retention rate at 80% with a per-show retention ranging from 96% to as low as 30%. ...
Oceanside, CA – The clock is ticking toward the October 6 deadline for nominations for this year’s Trade Show Executive (TSE) Gold 100 Grand Awards. The awards are presented not only to the largest trade shows in terms of verified exhibit space; there are also 18 categories saluting the exceptional ideas and achievements of shows of all sizes. “TSE’s Grand Awards program identifies the most inspirational thinkers in the trade show industry and salutes their pioneering new ideas,” said Darlene Gudea, president of Trade Show Executive Media Group. ...
New York, NY – Emerald Expositions, Inc. promoted two long-time members of the NY NOW sales team to show directors for the venerable semi-annual New York City gift show.  Randi Mohr and Scott Kramer were both named vice president, show director for NY NOW and will take over the responsibilities previously held by Senior Vice President Christian Falkenberg, whose position was eliminated. ...
Reston, VA – The trade association that organizes PACK EXPO and related trade shows for the packaging industry is acquiring Summit Media Group, Inc., a private company that publishes magazines in the same sector. The plan will transfer Summit’s employees to the PMMI payroll once the sale closes in late October. Chuck Yuska, president and CEO of PMMI, said the acquisition would be a boost to PACK EXPO and the rest of the association’s trade show portfolio. ...
Atlanta, GA – Ken McAvoy earned a high profile and plenty of experience in his long career in the trade show industry, and he is now making his expertise available through his new consulting business. McAvoy launched Convention Consulting, Inc. in September following his departure from Reed Exhibitions earlier in the year. McAvoy had been with Reed Exhibitions for 15 years, most recently as senior vice president. ...
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Fastest 50 Awards & Summit

Officially proclaimed by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel as “Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 Week” throughout the city of Chicago, TSE’s Fastest 50 Awards & Summit took top billing in the Windy City during the week of May 18. TSE staff members, Chicago dignitaries and 30+ sponsors from all over the country joined in honoring the brains behind the shows that grew an average of seven times faster than the typical show of 2013 . . . . LEARN MORE »

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ROC Exhibitions (multi-event, independent show organizer) is seeking a candidate with 3+ years of experience working in the B2B tradeshow environment. Knowledge of operations, exhibit sales, and promotion/marketing are key requirements. We offer a competitive salary with bonus including a comprehensive benefits package . . . LEARN MORE »

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