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

People on the Move: Shura Garnett

The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) named Global Spectrum Regional Vice President Shura Garnett the recipient of the 2014 Charles A. McElravy Award. Garnett, general manager of the St. Charles (MO) Convention Center, was chair of the IAVM board in 2009-2010 and is a member of Trade Show Executive’s Exposition Forecasting Board. The McElravy Award is presented annually in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the IAVM and the field of venue management. The formal presentation will take place at VenueConnect July 26-29 in Portland, OR.

Reach Shura at (636) 669-3005 or

People on the Move: Susan Mennega

Susan Mennenga was named executive director of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Education Foundation, replacing Brad Lewis. Mennenga joined PCMA after an extensive career in the healthcare sector in the Chicago area. She was most recently vice president of the Presence Mercy Medical Center Foundation. Her role at PCMA will be increasing the foundation’s fundraising and supporting its events and new initiatives.

Reach Susan at (312) 423-7262 or

People on the Move: Amy Allen

Amy Allen was promoted to executive vice president of dmg::events USA. Adding to her existing management of the ad:tech group, Allen will assume P&L responsibility for the division’s Collectives group, which includes 13 annual conferences in the digital marketing space. Prior to joining dmg::events, and helping form the U.S. division as senior vice president, Allen was show director for Hanley Wood Exhibitions.

Reach Amy at (214) 915-8804 or

People on the Move: Val Moon

The Beverage Group @ F+W Media named Val Moon director of sales and marketing for the co-located World Tea Expo and Healthy Beverage Expo May 29-31 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. Moon was most recently director of sales at Primm Valley Casino Resorts; before that she was director of sales and convention services for Excalibur and Luxor Resort Hotels and Casinos. She replaces Kim Jage, who left the company to spend more time with her family after helping to select her replacement. 

Reach Val at (702) 253-1893 or

ASIS International promoted Shannon Burch to the newly created position of Vice President of Events and Business Development. She had been Director of Exhibits. Burch’s expanded role puts her in overall charge of the ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits. Reach Shannon at (703) 518-1424 or