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  • Gary Musich announced his retirement as Vice President of Sales for Meet AC effective March 2 after 25 years representing Atlantic City.
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  • Board members of UK-based UBM have accepted an offer from Informa for a reported 3.8 billion pounds ($5.3 billion).

Power Lunch with Emerald’s David Loechner to Highlight Gold 100

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
August 24, 2017
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Chicago — Lunch will be the most important meal of the day when David Loechner of Emerald Expositions takes the stage Sept. 28 for the annual Power Lunch interview at the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Awards & Summit.

From the Breakfast of Champions at a civilized hour in the morning until desert is served at the Gold Grand Awards banquet, the Gold 100 will present a full agenda of sessions featuring many of the top executives who keep the exhibitions industry thriving.

“Trade Show Executive is honored to once again have one of the most respected figures in our industry at the Gold 100 sharing his experiences and his outlook for the future,” said TSE Publisher/Editor Gabrielle Weiss. “David has certainly made his mark during his distinguished career, and lunch will definitely be our treat.”

Loechner, the longtime President & CEO of Emerald Expositions, will have plenty to share at the Power Lunch. Loechner has been in the trade show industry for more than 30 years and in his current position since 2010, in the days when Emerald was known as Nielsen. Earlier this year, he helped lead Emerald through an initial public stock offering that was valued at more than $263 million.

Power Lunch is just one of the savory sessions scheduled for the Gold 100 Awards & Summit, which will honor the largest trade shows of the past year at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay in the San Francisco Bay Area Sept. 27-29.

The agenda also includes:

  • A Fresh Look at Growing Your Show Franchise with moderator Karen Malone, Vice President of Meeting Services for HIMSS also features Don Pazour, CEO & President, Access Intelligence; Nancy Walsh, President of Reed Exhibitions North America, and Karen Chupka, Vice President, Consumer Technology Association.
  • International Trade is an update on the trade show industry’s worldwide prospects from Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director/CEO of UFI, The Association of the Global Exhibitions Industry.
  • Show Managers’ Playbook features some of the new ideas coming from the ranks of Gold 100 shows that are catching on worldwide; TSE’s Danica Tormohlen will moderate the blue-ribbon panel.
  • Burning Issues is an interactive session that has become an annual Gold 100 favorite. Industry blogger and TSE contributor Stephanie Selesnick leads the audience in a free-wheeling discussion of the challenges facing the industry.

“The team continues to work hard on developing stellar sessions with pertinent takeaways for show organizers to implement in the upcoming year. And as always, the Gold 100 will present an equally exciting schedule of socializing and networking opportunities from the time the golf tournament tees off through the post-gala Afterglow,” said Diane Bjorklund, TSE’s Vice President of Events.

TSE networking activities are always hot and trendy; and this year's event is no exception. While the golfers tear up the seaside course at the Ritz-Carlton, other Gold 100 Attendees will head into town for lunch at the La Nebbia Winery. Along with a sampling ofseasonal cuisine, there will be unique activities including bocce ball and a glass sculpting competition.

The Gold 100 is a perfect way to begin the final sprint to the finish line of 2017 and begin the new year refreshed and full of ideas for the coming year.

Registration for the Gold 100 Awards & Summit is available at www.tsegold100.com. And watch for future updates at the TSE website and Facebook page along with the TSE E-Clips Breaking News service.

Reach Gabrielle Weiss at (312) 493-7753 or gweiss@tradeshowexecutive.com; Diane Bjorklund at (630) 312-8915 or dbjorklund@tradeshowexecutive.com

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