This Just In
  • AVIXA, organizer of InfoComm in Las Vegas, is teaming with InfoCommAsia to launch InfoComm Southeast Asia in Bangkok May 15-17, 2019.
  • Shomex Productions will partner in the Unmukt Festival, which will target the senior citizen market in India and launch in December.
  • Lance Fensterman has been promoted to President of Global ReedPOP, the pop culture division of Reed Exhibitions.
  • The Las Vegas City Council votes April 4 on a proposal to build a new $76 million 350,000-sf downtown exhibition center.
  • Hilton will cut commissions to housing firms and other agencies that book room blocks at its U.S. and Canadian hotels from 10% to 7% in Oct.
  • The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority announced a 4-year deal for SMG to operate four major Reno-Sparks venues.
  • RetailX will co-locate GlobalShop, Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE) and RFID Journal LIVE! June 2019 in Chicago.
  • Freeman is launching cloud-based digital floorplan management system BlueprintTM in the U.S. to make real-time booking data available.
  • A new CEIR report provides benchmarks for all phases of a marketing campaign and details characteristics for success in growing attendance.
  • Mad Event Management is launching UAS/Drones for Disaster Response April 19-20 in Miami. First responders are the target audience.

People in the News

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 jolee@reedexpo.com.cn

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 rjohnson@mccno.com

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 david.osterhout@houstonfirst.com; Houston First COO Luther Villagomez at (713) 853-8000 or luther.villagomez@houstonfirst.com

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 mzimmerman@gwcc.com

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 scott.stallings@usa.messefrankfurt.com

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.

For interview opportunities or additional information about Ungerboeck, please contact Stacie Bauer at 636-300-5606 or via email at stacie.bauer@ungerboeck.com. Detailed product information is also available online at http://ungerboeck.com.

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 fbrady@smgworld.com

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 msussman@atlanta.net; Connections Housing Co-owner Kristine Sieradzski at (404) 219-3685 or kris@connectionshousing.com

Patrick Lukan

Global Experience Specialists (GES) named Patrick Lukan COO of its Middle East operations. Lukan was most recently Vice President of Sales & Distribution for CityJet, a charter jet service based in London. Lukan was also in charge of meetings and events for Carlson Wagonlit Travel. He will be based in Dubai. Reach Patrick at +971 4 885 9336 or plukan@ges.com

Kurt Schoop

Kurt Schoop, who spent 17 years as chairman of the Messe Dusseldorf board of directors, died in Germany on January 18 at the age of 95. He joined the exhibition industry in 1954 with Krupp Group Management. Schoop was also a past member of the board of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.  He led the launch of the yachting trade show BOOT.  He also oversaw construction of the current Messe Dusseldorf convention center, which includes the Kurt Schoop Lounge. Reach Joachim Schafer, Managing Director Operational Trade Fair Business, at +49 211 45 60 01 or schaferj@messe-dusseldorf.de

Kenneth Lawson

Kenneth Lawson was named President and CEO of VISIT FLORIDA, replacing Will Seccumbe, who stepped down in January after five years in the position. Lawson was most recently Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. VISIT Florida oversees tourism marketing for the entire state. Reach Ken at (850) 488-5607 or klawson@visitflorida.org

John Gonzalez

John Gonzalez was promoted to Vice President at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. He will act as a key executive in the development of the Avenida Houston convention and entertainment district adjacent to the convention center. Gonzalez had been director of event and guest services and will remain in overall charge of the department with a new director reporting to him. Reach John at (713) 853-8229 or john.gonzalez@houstonfirst.com

Kerry Prince

Reed Travel Exhibitions named Kerry Prince Portfolio Director for its ibtm events. She replaced Sallie Conventry, who held the position since 2014. Prince has been Portfolio Director for Reed Exhibitions’ InfoSecurity Group. Reach Kerry at +44 (0)208 910 7106 or kerry.prince@reedexpo.co.uk

Jason Rittenberry

The Kentucky State Fair Board selected Jason Rittenberry to replace Cliff Rippetoe as President and CEO. Rippetoe left the position last Spring to become President and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation. Rittenberry was most recently Chief Strategy Officer at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack in Austin and is a past member of the board of directors of the International Association of Venue Managers. His new position gives him management oversight of the Kentucky Exposition Center and the Kentucky International Convention Center. Reach Jason at (502) 367-5000 or jrittenberry@ksfb.ky.gov

Bob Belber

SMG Regional General Manager Bob Belber was honored as Executive of the Year at the Albany Business Review’s 2016 Achievers Awards. Belber has been General Manager of the Times Union Center in Albany for the past 20 years and manages bookings for 13 SMG facilities in the Northeast. Belber is also involved in sales for the new Albany Capital Center, which will open for business in March. Reach Bob at (518) 487-2008 or bob.belber@timesunioncenter-albany.com

 

Jonathan Moore

Jonathan Moore was named President of Family Media LLC and Director of Manhattan Media by Isis Venture Partners. Family Media’s portfolio includes The Baby Show series of consumer shows held in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Anaheim. Moore most recently was Managing Director of Mining Indaba and has previously overseen event portfolios for the Interactive Advertising Bureau and Thomson Financial Media/Source Media. John Hurley, publisher of Family Media, will remain with the company and report to Moore. Reach Jonathan at (212) 268-8600 or jmoore@manhattanmedia.com; John Hurley at (212) 268-3086 or jhurley@manhattanmedia.com

Linda Hein

Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH promoted Linda Hein to Project Manager for the ALUMINUM brand effective January 1. She replaces Jessica Kristian, who was earlier moved up to Director of Marketing for the company’s entire materials trade show portfolio. Hein joined Reed in 2007 as an event manager and has been on the ALUMINUM business development team for the past three years. Reach Linda at +49 211 90191-226 or linda.hein@reedexpo.de; Jessica at +49 211 90191-232 or jessica.kristian@reedexpo.de

John Wentzell

John Wentzell joined Spectra by Comcast Spectacor on November 7 as President, Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality. His primary duties include business development and improving operational efficiencies. Wentzell was most recently president of the UK operations of Delaware North Companies. He worked for Comcast Spectacor previously as COO of the Philadelphia Phantoms minor league hockey franchise from 1997-2009. Reach John at (215) 336-3600 or john_wentzell@comcastspectacor.com

Dan DiPietro

The Expo Group named Dan DiPietro its new National Sales Director. The newly created position is based in Washington, DC and includes outreach to associations seeking experiential events. DiPietro worked as Business Development Manager for Freeman during his career and was most recently Senior Director, Corporate Accounts for the Navy League of the United States. Reach Dan at (703) 383-9880 or ddipietro@theexpogroup.com.