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  • Messe Frankfurt acquired the Thailand Lighting Fair and Thailand Building Fair. Messe has been with the shows since they launched in 2015.
  • JW Marriott will open the 4,000-room Drew Las Vegas in 2020 at the site of the stalled Fontainebleau hotel project on Las Vegas Blvd.
  • Denver OK’d contracts for a $233-million expansion featuring an 80,000-sf rooftop ballroom and terrace at the Colorado Convention Center.
  • The latest numbers rank NAMM’s 2018 show the largest in its 117-year history with more than 115,000 attendees and nearly 2,000 exhibitors.
  • The deadline for nominations for Trade Show Executive’s Trailblazers Awards has been extended to March 16. Got to TSE Events for info.
  • International Assoc. of Amusement Parks and Attractions President and CEO Paul Noland has resigned. CFO Hal McEvoy steps in temporarily.
  • The Aria Resort & Casino $170-million expansion in Las Vegas adds 200,000 sf of flex meeting space, raising total space to 500,000 sf.
  • Gary Musich announced his retirement as Vice President of Sales for Meet AC effective March 2 after 25 years representing Atlantic City.
  • The San Diego Convention Center named ON Site, a GES company, its exclusive sound and rigging vendor and preferred audio visual provider.
  • Board members of UK-based UBM have accepted an offer from Informa for a reported 3.8 billion pounds ($5.3 billion).

People on the Move

Chris McCuin

Montgomery Asia promoted Christopher McCuin to Managing Director. The move gives McCuin oversight of Montgomery’s entire Asia portfolio, effective immediately. McCuin, who will relocate to Singapore in January, joined the firm in 2010 and was most recently Director of the International Food & Drink Event and Pro2Pac.  McCuin led the launch of Montgomery Asia in 2016 and will be its first fulltime Managing Director. Reach Chris at +44 207 886 3016 or

Bill Lynch

The Specialty Food Association promoted Bill Lynch to Vice President, Engagement & Events. He had been Chief Operations Officer. In his new role he’ll oversee the association’s expanded portfolio of meetings and events while continuing to run the Summer and Winter Fancy Food Shows. Reach Bill at (212) 482-6440 or

Stuart Ruff

Stuart Ruff-Lyon, Vice President of Events and Education for the risk management society RIMS, was named Show Manager of the Year by The Expo Group. Ruff-Lyon oversees as many as 25 annual events, including the RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition, which draws 10,000 attendees. Ruff-Lyon joined RIMS in 2012 and assumed his current position last year. Reach Stuart at (212) 655-6051 or

Chad Chappell

Chad Chappell joined The Expo Group as National Sales Director. He will be based in Baltimore and will assist clients with strategic planning and execution of events. Chappell was most recently Director of Sales Development for Visit Baltimore and has past sales experience with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Reach Chad at (972) 580-9000 or

Laura Thompson

Laura Thompson was promoted to Senior Director of Expositions for PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. She replaced Jim Pittas, who was earlier promoted to COO. Thompson has been with PMMI for 19 years and was most recently Director of Tradeshow Operations and show manager of EXPO PACK México. Her new role gives her oversight of the entire PACK EXPO portfolio. Reach Laura at (571) 612-3217 or

Eric Kaser

Ungerboeck Software International hired Eric Kaser as its Vice President of Sales, Americas. He will be based at the software firm’s headquarters in St. Louis. Kaser was most recently Vice President & Director of Sales for the Major Accounts at The Reynolds & Reynolds Company, which supplies business software and forms. Reach Eric at (636) 300-5606 or

Ahmeenah Young

Funeral services were held June 4 for Ahmeenah Young, former President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Young died June 2 at the age of 69. She served as president of the Philadelphia center from 2008 through 2013 and oversaw its $787 million expansion, which opened in 2011. Prior to being named president, Young was a vice president of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. Reach Deirdre Hopkins, Strategic Communications Manager, at (215) 418-4754 or

Rick Watson

Diversified Communications promoted Rick Watson to CEO of its DBC Pri-Med division. Pri-Med is headquartered in Boston and provides medical education to primary care physicians through digital platforms and a portfolio of specialty conferences in more than 30 cities around the country. Watson joined Diversified in 2002 and was named Chief Marketing Office of Pri-Med in 2012. Reach Rick at (877) 477-4633 or

Tom Loughran

Urban Expositions named Tom Loughran Show Director for its three restaurant and food-service exhibitions. The portfolio includes events in Orlando, Los Angeles and New York. Loughran was most recently Industry Vice President for Reed Exhibitions and worked with the International Vision Expo East and West shows. Reach Tom at (203) 484-8050 or

Mary Bender

Informa Exhibitions named Mary Bender Vice President of Consumer Marketing for its recently acquired Yachting Promotions, Inc. portfolio of boat shows. The position is focused on enhancing the marketing programs for five public shows in Florida. Bender had been the Florida-based Marketing Director for Emerald Expositions’ group of public and trade jewelry, antique and watch shows. She is also the current Chair of the IAEE Public Events Council. Reach Mary at (954) 764-7642 or

Joaquin Quesada

Joaquin Quesada has been named deputy director of the Anaheim Convention Center, replacing David Meek, who retired in 2016. Quesada will oversee sales and services for the center as it prepares to open its expanded event space in September. Quesada was most recently with Aramark and worked with the company in management roles at the Anaheim Convention Center in 1997 and with facilities in Las Vegas, San Diego, Washington and other major cities. Reach Joaquin at (714) 765-8950 or

Josephine Lee

Josephine Lee was promoted to COO of Reed Exhibitions Greater China. She had spent several years as Senior Vice President of the company and had been promoted to Executive Vice President in 2016. Her new duties include the entire Reed Greater China portfolio and its operations team. Reach Josephine at +86 10 5933 9000 or

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson will retire this Fall after 10 years as President and General Manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Johnson will step down in September. His successor was not immediately named. Johnson has spent 46 years in the venue management field, including 10 years as SMG’s General Manager of the New Orleans Superdome, and helped guide the convention center’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing redevelopment of the surrounding neighborhood. Reach Robert at (504) 582-3000 or

David Osterhout

David Osterhout retired as the longtime Director of Operations for the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, effective April 28. His replacement was not immediately named. Osterhout spent nearly three decades at the convention center and played an instrumental role in two separate expansions of the facility. Reach Dave at 713-853-8013 or; Houston First COO Luther Villagomez at (713) 853-8000 or

Simon Foster

Simon Foster, former CEO of UBM EMEA, will join Comexposium Group as CEO in August. Foster will replace Renaud Hamaide, who will now serve as the Executive Chairman. Foster led UBM’s Europe, Middle East and Africa operations until leaving the company last Fall. His new tasks will include leading strategic development and implementation across the Globe as well as overseeing new business launches and acquisitions integration. In addition, all Division Managing Directors in France and Regional CEOs in the US and in APAC will report to him.

Mark Zimmerman

Mark Zimmerman, who spent 12 years as General Manager of the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), signed a multi-year contract to work as Senior Business Consultant for the George World Congress Center Authority. Zimmerman left the GWCC late last year and launched Zimmerman Consulting LLC in the Atlanta area. He will represent GWCC at industry events, in addition to recruiting potential clients and keeping in touch with current customers. The General Manager position at GWCC was eliminated as part of a reorganization and will not be filled. Reach Mark at (404) 886-8322 or

Scott Stallings

Messe Frankfurt North America hired Scott Stallings as an operations consultant. He will assist the company’s show managers with all aspects of operation. Stallings is based in the Atlanta area. He was Vice President of Operations with The Nielsen Company from 2000-2006 and went on to executive sales positions with Fern and Freeman. Reach Scott at (678) 564-6309 or

Andy Weiss

St. Louis, Mo. March, 20, 2017 – Ungerboeck, the global leader in flexible, comprehensive event and venue management software, announces the addition of Andy Weiss to the company’s executive leadership team. As Vice President of Marketing, Weiss will lead worldwide brand strategy and demand generation efforts from company headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri.

“We are thrilled to welcome Andy to the Ungerboeck team,” said Ungerboeck CEO, Manish Chandak. “His considerable experience in tech marketing strategy and the additional complexities involved with working on a global scale make him a particularly great fit for Ungerboeck at this exciting time in our history.”

Prior to his position at Ungerboeck, Weiss served most recently as the Global Director of Marketing at Apollo Global where he headed an international, data-driven digital marketing team focused on driving scale and operational efficiency for the education network. In addition to the development of a worldwide mobile initiative to make education more accessible to people in developing countries, Weiss also led the expansion of Apollo programs in India and South Africa. Most notably, his tenure at the company saw the transformation of marketing from a cost center to a lead-generating revenue driver.

“I am very excited to join a company like Ungerboeck that understands the value of client-focused development and innovation,” said Weiss. “I see incredible opportunity for us to really own our role as a visible and vocal leader not just on the St. Louis tech scene but in the events industry as a whole.”

Weiss holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Theatre from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. When he is not cheering from the sidelines at sporting events for his son, Joe and daughter, Ella, he enjoys endurance sports and traveling with his with wife, Beth.

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Fredia Brady

Fredia Brady rejoined SMG as the General Manager of the Wilmington Convention Center in North Carolina effective February 6. She replaced Susan Eaton. Brady was SMG’s Regional Senior Director for the Southeast Region from 2008-2014 and was most-recently Senior Director of Sales & Marketing for the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. Reach Freida at (910) 251-5101 or

Mark Sussman

Mark Sussman joined Connections Housing effective  February 1 as Vice President of Business Development. Sussman spent 35 years in the exhibitions industry and was most recently the longtime Director, Trade Show Sales at the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. The newly created position focuses on expanding Atlanta-based Connections Housing’s client list. Sussman’s replacement at the ACVB was not immediately announced. Reach Mark at (404) 521-6619 or; Connections Housing Co-owner Kristine Sieradzski at (404) 219-3685 or