This Just In
  • Lippman Connects and AMR International are launching an industry conference on data strategy. Transform debuts July 20 in Washington.
  • Transform complements AMR’s Data and Digital Event Strategy in London. Speakers are from inside and outside the exhibitions industry.
  • Detroit’s Cobo Center receives ASTM Venue Standard recertification, having first received certification in 2015.
  • Host to this year’s Sustainable Brands Conference, Cobo Center was the 9th facility in 2015 to receive ASTM Venue Standard certification.
  • Convention Data Services broke ground on its new corporate headquarters in mid-March. The approximate 30,000-sf building opens in Q1 2018.
  • The new digs are next to the current CDS HQ in Bourne, Mass. The construction will accommodate the company’s growth and create new jobs.
  • China’s Shenyang New World EXPO opened March 1, hosting 2 exhibitions in its first month of operation, with a third to be held 23-25 March.
  • To date, the largest event was a dental equipment and oral health exhibition, open 16-19 March, which drew more than 39,000 attendees.

People on the Move

Melony Bildhauer

Melony Bildhauer was named to the newly created position of director, meetings and special events for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. She will take part in the planning of the association’s global conference and meeting portfolio while reporting to Ryan Strowger, vice president of exhibitions, conferences, and sales. Bildhauer was most recently senior meeting planner for NCTA – the Rural Broadband Association. Reach Melony at (703) 836-4800, x791, or

Bob Brown

Bob Brown is the new director of sales and marketing for WestWorld of Scottsdale — The Etzel Agency, a 386-acre campus outside Phoenix that includes a 300,000 sf exhibition center, 130,000 sf of flexible space, and a 6,000 sf conference & banquet facility. Brown joined the venue earlier this year after stepping down as general manager of the Ontario Convention Center and president and CEO of the Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau in Southern California two years ago. Prior to his seven years in Ontario, he held executive positions with Reliant Park in Houston and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. Reach Bob at (480) 492-3955 or

Dianne Young

Dianne Young, CEO of Exhibition Place in Toronto, was elected to the board of directors of UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, at UFI’s General Assembly in Bogota, Colombia. Young will serve on the board for three years and will chair its Sustainable Development Committee effective October 30. She was previously a member of the association’s Social Corporate Responsibilities Committee. Young joined Exhibition Place in 1999 as general manager. Reach Dianne at (416) 263-3611 or

Greg DeSandy

Cobo Center named Greg DeSandy its director of sales. DeSandy was most recently a sales executive with the Augusta Georgia Marriott and Augusta Convention Center. He will lead the Cobo sales team and work with their counterparts at the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. Reach Greg at (313) 877-8214 or

Ken McAvoy

Ken McAvoy has launched Convention Consulting, Inc. 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, and prior to that, was vice president of client relations for Global Experience Specialists. While with Reed, he was responsible for the operations of some 45 major shows and was also part of the ad hoc industry groups such as Friends of Javits, which advocated changes at major U.S. convention centers. He also served on advisory boards for convention bureaus in Las Vegas, Orlando and New York. Reach Ken at (770) 205-8448 or

John Gallagher

John Gallagher, former president and CEO of Messe Frankfurt North America, joined Naylor Association Solutions as director of business development. Gallagher was senior vice president for E.J. Krause & Associates, heading up its Industrial and Commercial Divisions, before joining Messe Frankfurt. He will focus on building Naylor’s business in the events sector through the newly launched Naylor Association Solutions division. Reach John
at (703) 934-4700 or

Charlotte Zilke

Charlotte Zilke, manager of convention services for the Helicopter Association International (HAI), has been promoted to director of conventions. She replaces Tina Jones, who left the association in April. The move puts Zilke in the pilot’s seat of the HAI HELI-EXPO, the flagship trade show for the helicopter industry, which this year, drew 20,393 attendees and covered 309,200 net square feet of exhibit space. Zilke joined the HAI in 2008 as exhibits coordinator. Prior to joining HAI, Zilke was exhibit services coordinator for the National Association of Broadcasters. Reach Charlotte Zilke at (703) 683-4646, x8458, or

Jaime Rosov

Reed Travel Exhibitions promoted Jaime Rosov to event director for IBTM America. She had been marketing director for the show, which had been called AIBTM and was a traditional trade show in the past. IBTM is now an invitation-only event for 250 buyers and 250 exhibi-tors. Rosov has been with Reed Exhibitions for nine years, and replaced Michael Lyons, who stepped down after two years in the position to pursue a career as a professional speaker and actor. Reach Jaime at (203) 840-5435 or

Roger Dow

Roger Dow signed a contract to remain as president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) for another four years. He has served in his current position since 2005. The new pact was approved by the USTA Board of Directors in late July. Some USTA achievements under Dow include orchestrating the passage of the Travel Promotion Act of 2009, which enabled the creation of Brand USA, the country’s first national travel and tourism promotion agency. USTA also successfully lobbied for policy changes that reduced the average wait time for visas from months to days in key overseas tourism markets. Reach Roger at (202) 408-8422 or

Susan Brower

Susan Brower stepped down August 8 as vice president, marketing and communications, of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). Brower spent 11 years with IAEE and moved on to become head of communications for the prestigious Hockaday School in Dallas. Her replacement was not immediately announced. Reach Susan at (214) 363-6311 or

John Jaworski

John Jaworski was promoted to director of technical exhibits for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The move came after Tom Shimala retired this Summer. Shimala joined RSNA in 1990 and was named
director of technical exhibits in 2003. Jaworski had been assistant director of technical exhibits. Reach John at (630) 571-7855 or

People on the Move: Karen May

Karen May joined the staging and audio-visual firm Dyventive, Inc. as trade show and event sales specialist. May had been executive vice president of sales and marketing for Conference Services International (CSI). She received the Lifetime Achievement award in 2010 from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). Reach Karen at (215) 354-9200 or

People on the Move: Katie Calabrese

Katie Calabrese joined the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as director of trade shows & conferences. The position gives her oversight of conferences and trade shows produced by the convention center. Calabrese spent the past 18 years with the Association of Private Sector Colleges & Universities and was most recently its vice president, events and education. Reach Katie at (504) 582-3000 or

People on the Move: Linda Edwards

Linda Edwards was promoted to vice president and general manager of the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) in downtown Louisville. Edwards was most recently vice president of sales and marketing for the Kentucky State Fair Board. The board owns and operates the KICC, which has 200,000 square feet of prime exhibit space, and the larger Kentucky Exposition Center, also located in Louisville. Reach Linda at (502) 595-3520 or

People on the Move: Mike Ruberry

Mike Ruberry joined Metropolitan Exposition Services, Inc. as vice president of industry relations. Ruberry spent 16 years with GLM, which was recently acquired by Emerald. He was most recently vice president of operations and customer relations. Prior to GLM, he was with Global Experience Specialists (GES). He rose to vice president of national sales for the general services contractor. Metropolitan said Ruberry would be eventually based at their office at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Reach Mike at (201) 994-1300 or

People on the Move: Scott Web

Scott Webb has been named director of marketing & operations for the New Car Dealers Association San Diego County (NCDA), announced Dean B. Mansfield, president. Webb will report directly to Mansfield, and will also work with San Diego Auto Show Director Kevin Leap. Webb has 25 years of automotive industry experience, including 17 years at the Los Angeles Auto Show, most recently as assistant general manager. Earlier this year, he provided contract support during the San Diego International Auto Show, owned and presented annually by the NCDA. Reach Scott at (858) 550-0080 or

People on the Move: Steven Hacker

Steven Hacker, former president of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), was named director of industry relations for Schneider Publishing. Hacker has been a columnist for Schneider’s Association News since retiring from IAEE in 2012. His new duties include building Schneider’s relationships with meeting planners and major destination marketing organizations domestically and overseas. Schneider’s events roster includes Meetings Quest and the annual TEAMS Conference & Expo. Reach Steven at (214) 597-9791 or

People on the Move: Mark Pursell

Mark Pursell left the National Association of Home Builders to become CEO of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR). Pursell spent 12 years with the NAHB and was senior vice president, exhibitions, marketing & sales when he stepped down. He had oversight of the NAHB’s International Builders’ Show. The NAHB did not immediately announce his replacement. He has held similar positions at the Associated General Contractors of America and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. Pursell also served the United Nations Industrial Development Organization as an Investment Officer providing U.S. firms with project finance and capital services in overseas markets. He started his career with Equitable/DLJ Securities. Reach Mark at (706) 494-1143 or

People on the Move: Tom Mobley

Tom Mobley retired June 30 as senior vice president of convention centers at Global Spectrum. Mobley held the position since 2006 and compiled a sterling record in the venue manage-ment field. Mobley served as general manager of McCormick Place for 11 years and has also managed convention centers in Washington, DC; Denver; Baltimore; and Jacksonville. He was chairman of the Convention Industry Council (CIC) board of directors in 2005 and was inducted into CIC’s Hall of Leaders. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Venue Managers in 2012. Global Spectrum said there were no immediate plans to fill Mobley’s position. Reach Tom at (267) 496-4281

People on the Move: A.J. Janosko

A.J. Janosko, director of expositions for PMMI, The Association for Packaging & Processing Technologies, died June 23 of injuries suffered in an accident a few days before. He was 45. Janosko joined PMMI in 2012. Chuck Yuska, president & CEO of PMMI, said, “Here at the office, we’ve lost a member of the PMMI family. A.J. will be sorely missed, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.” Janosko was previously director, trade show operations for SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. He also held executive positions with BDMetrics and the Telecommunications Industry Association. A trust fund for the education of his two sons, Andrew and Jackson, was established. Information can be found at Reach Chuck Yuskam, president and CEO of PMMI, at (571) 612-3200 or