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Ellen Schwartz

Seven industry leaders were named to a task force formed by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) to monitor the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund in 2020. The panel will also lead fundraising and will review eligibility criteria for the fund. The members of the task force are: 

  • Chairperson Ellen Schwartz, General Manager, Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Immediate Past Chairperson JimLetchworth, Senior Sales Manager, GES 
  • Sarah Bopp, Client Solutions Manager, Freeman
  • LindaBraue, Vice President Sales & Advertising, Trade Show Executive Magazine
  • Jackie Russo, President, Global Expositions Inc.
  • Steve Sind, President & CEO, Global Event Strategies LLC
  • NecoyaTyson, Director of Meetings & Conventions, American Traffic Safety Services Association


Reach Cathy Breden, IAEE Executive Vice President & COO, at (972) 458-8002 or 

Dana Hicks

Informa Markets named Dana Hicks Show Director for The International Surface Event. He replaced Amie Gonzalez, who had been previously named show director by Informa for the ISSA Show North America. Hicks spent the past two years as a design consultant for flooring products in Phoenix, and prior to that was Vice President of Events for Informa Markets/Virgo in the food ingredients sector.  

Reach Dana Hicks at (972) 536-6300 or; Amie Gonzalez at (972) 536-6431 or 

Bruce MacMillan

PCMA tapped Bruce MacMillan to serve as Chief Operating Officer. Bruce most recently served as PCMA’s Chief Marketing Officer, where he led the events, publications, and communication and marketing teams. He has more than 30 years of experience in global business events and the tourism industry. Bruce created Recovery Discovery — PCMA’s global business events industry recovery plan. “The global business industry needs a pathway to its next normal, and PCMA is the only organization with a plan to help business events industry stakeholders thrive through the pandemic and beyond,” said PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat, CAE. “Bruce’s focus will be on bringing that plan to life for our members, partners and audiences everywhere.”

Reach Bruce MacMillan at or (312) 423-7231

Werner M. Dornscheidt 

Werner M. Dornscheidt will retire after almost 37 years with Meese Düsseldorf on June 30, 2020. Dornscheidt was President and CEO for almost 17 years and is credited with leaving a legacy of corporate strategy, international orientation, digital transformation, state- of- the- art premises and financial stability. Wolfram Dienerthe next CEOand Erhard Wienkamp and Bernhard Stempfle will make up the Board of Managing Directors in the future. 

Reach Werner M. Dornscheidt at or at Messe Düsseldorf’s German office +49- 211- 456001.  

Jerelle Gourdon

Jerelle Gourdon has been appointed as the Director of National Accounts for Resorts World Las Vegas’ $4.3 billion integrated resort. The resort will open in the summer of 2021 and Gordon will manage relationships for accounts and establishing partnerships. Gordon starts this position with more than 20- years of sales and city- wide trade show experience.  

Reach Jerelle Gordon at or (702)- 676- 6405. 

Jason Popp

Jason Popp has joined InGo’s Board of Directors. Popp was most recently President, International at GES and led a team of over 1,000 professionals outside of North America. He has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and will help InGo to grow audience size at events. 

Reach Jason Popp at or at (630)- 881- 0863. 

June Griffin

June Griffin has been promoted to Chief Revenue Officer/Chief Marketing Officer for Nashville-based Endeavor Business Media. Griffin joined Endeavor as Chief Marketing Officer following the acquisition of PennWell properties in February 2019. She had served as CMO and Senior Vice President at PennWell for seven years, with responsibility for all marketing functions, as well as P&L ownership of several divisions. “Griffin has been instrumental in building strong integrated marketing and audience development departments in a very short time,” said Endeavor’s CEO Chris Ferrell. “In this new role, she will help us pivot to a data-based model with recurring revenue and product diversity.” 

 Reach June Griffin at (918) 521-2823 or 

Kurby Court 

The Calgary Convention Centre Authority (CCCA) has named Kurby Court President and CEO of the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. Court previously held the position Vice President, Experience, at the convention center, where he has been an executive since 2017. He has 21 years experience in the hospitality industry. One of his first calls to action in his new position was to facilitate the conversion of the convention center to serve as an emergency shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I am confident that Court will lead the CTCC into its next chapter by strengthening our existing partnerships and stewarding invaluable relationships within the downtown Calgary community,” CCCA Board Chair Wellington Holbrook said. 

 Reach Kurby Court at (403) 261-8500 or 

Richard Simon

Richard “Rick” Simon has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Police Foundation, where he has served as a longtime board member. Simon is President and CEO of Chicago-based United Services Company and Chairman of Trade Show Executive Media. He is a board member of the Magnificent Mile Association, Gateway Green, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association. Part of United Service Companies since its founding in 1965, Simon become President and CEO in 1985. Under his leadership, the company has become one of the fastest growing cleaning, staffing and security companies in the United States. 

 Reach Richard Simon at (312) 922- 8558 or 

Scott Finlayson

Hargrove named Scott Finlayson to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Operations. Finlayson’s career includes management experience at Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood in California. He was most recently the New York-based COO of the popular Blue Man Group.  

Reach Scott Finlayson at (301) 306-9000 or