This Just In
  • Mad Event Management is launching UAS/Drones for Disaster Response April 19-20 in Miami. First responders are the target audience.
  • National Association of Chain Drug Stores OK’d a 3-year deal with CompuSystems for registration at their meeting and Total Store Expo.
  • Quebec-based ExpoPromotion has sold Montreal Home Expo and Montreal Fall Home Expo to Cleveland-based home show producer Marketplace Events.
  • Access Intelligence will launch Global Esports Business Summit for the esports industry Oct. 1-3 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
  • Renovation of the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center’s lobby, ballroom, and meeting space is scheduled for completion this summer.
  • UBM has acquired Grupo CanalEnergia, an organizer of events in the Brazilian renewable energy sector.
  • The grand opening of the new downtown Omni Louisville Hotel next to the Kentucky International Convention Center was March 6.
  • The grand opening of the Fairmont Austin was March 5. It has 140,000 sf of event space, and direct access to the Austin Convention Center.
  • A new Industry Insight Series Report from CEIR is a practical guide to integrating effective engagement tactics in exhibit booth design.
  • Freeman was named an approved partner for all Mobile World Congress events globally as part of a 3-year deal with event producer GSMA.

People on the Move

Zhang Yao

The Shanghai New International Expo Centre Co., Ltd. named Zhang Yao its Deputy General Manager. He reports to General Manager Michael Kruppe and will be involved in operations and strategic development for the center. Zhao joined the center’s executive staff in 2006 as marketing director and helped SNIEC consistently post increased exhibit sales over the past 10 years. Reach Zhang at +86 21 28906888 or

Linda Braue

Trade Show Executive (TSE) promoted Linda Braue to Vice President of Sales. She replaced Irene Sperling who retired at the end of 2017. Braue takes charge of TSE’s print and digital advertising accounts, and will work with Quentin Chan on TSE’s efforts in Asia. Linda joined TSE in 2004 after a career in technology sales and was most recently TSE Advertising Manager. Reach Linda at (424) 731-7523 or

Grant Burgham

Grant Burgham joined Clarion Events Ltd. as Event Director for the annual Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) trade show. He replaced Duncan Reid, who earlier was named Managing Director of Clarion's Energy and Resources portfolio. Burgham joined Clarion from the IT and maritime industry, and has previous experience with Reed Exhibitions and Centaur. Reach Grant at +44 020 7384 7700 or

Nick Savage

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, named Nick Savage Regional Manager for the Middle East-Africa region. He replaced Ibrahim Al-Khaldi, who left UFI in February after 12 years to pursue other opportunities. Savage will remain in his position as Director for International Business at Info Salons in addition to his new job at UFI. Savage’s hiring coincides with the relocation of the UFI Middle East-Africa from Sharjah, UAE to office to space hosted by Info Salons in nearby Dubai. Reach Nick at +971 (0)4 331 7180 or

Ron Walden

Reed Exhibitions hired Ron Walden to replace Aaron Levant as Group Vice President of its Fashion & Festivals portfolio in Los Angeles. The portfolio includes Agenda, the Agenda Festival and three other events. Walden joined Reed from Nike, where he was Senior Sales Director. He previously spent eight years as Vice President of Sales for MAGIC. Levant is retiring but will remain with the group in an advisory capacity. Reach Ron at (213) 223-5111 or; Aaron Levant at (213) 223-5111 or

Mike Shannon

Brede Exposition Services promoted Mike Shannon to the position of National Sales Manager. He had been General Manager of the company’s Phoenix office.

Reach Mike at (602) 275-5900 or

Timothy Casey

Brede Exposition Services promoted Chief Financial Officer Timothy Casey to President and CEO, replacing William Casey III.

Reach Timothy at (781) 741-5900 or

Al Dyess

Former PRG executive Al Dyess was named President & Chief Operating Officer of Quest Events effective Feb. 1. He had been CEO of PRG’s Corporate and Events Division and is a member of the board of directors of the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association. Reach Al at (214) 436-4161 or

Matthew Carson

Matthew Carson has been promoted to CEO of PRG’s Corporate and Events Division. Previously, he had been Vice President, Agency Channel Sales. Reach Matthew at (407) 996-4160 or

Jenn Ellek

Taffy Event Strategies hired Jenn Ellek as its Senior Director of Marketing. Her duties will include developing strategies show organizers can use to drive attendance. Ellek was previously in charge of show marketing for the Sweets & Snacks Expo and PACK Expo.

Reach Jenn at (571) 313-5801 or

Jean Foster

The Consumer Technology Association promoted Jean Foster to Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications. She had been Vice President of Marketing. The newly created position gives Foster oversight of the CTA communications department as well as the marketing team. Reach Jean at (703) 907-7600 or

Sandi Harvey

Sandi Harvey is taking over as Vice President of Sales for Meet AC. Harvey, previously Senior Director of Sales, joined Meet AC in 1995 when it was known as the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority. She replaces Gary Musich who is retiring March 2. Reach Sandi at (609) 449-7148 or

Gary Musich

Gary Musich willretire March 2 as Vice President of Sales for Meet AC. Musich spent 25 years with the agency and was a frequent attendee at industry events. He will be replaced by Sandi Harvey, previously Senior Director of Sales. Reach Gary at (609) 289-9156 or

Steve Hill

Steve Hill was named President and Chief Operating Officer of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. He was most recently Executive Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development and remains as Chairman of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority. Hill’s appointment capped a two-year reorganization of the LVCVA executive leadership. Reach Steve at (702) 892-0711 or

Nancy Walsh

AMR International hired consultant Nancy Walsh to assist with the production of its annual Transform USA conference. Walsh is a former President of Reed Exhibitions U.S. and last year launched her consulting firm, Nancy P. Walsh Xpert Consulting LLC. Transform USA focuses on digital technology and analytics for the trade show and events industry. It will take place July 19 in Washington, D.C. Reach Nancy at; Denzil Rankine, Executive Chairman of AMR International, at +44 20 7534 3601 or

Jay Burress

Visit Anaheim President and CEO Jay Burress was named to the Orange County Business Journal People of the Year list for 2018, representing the county’s hospitality industry. Burress has been in his current position for the past five years and helped push Anaheim’s recent surge in hotel development, and four consecutive years of record tourist visitation. Reach Jay at (714) 765-2800 or

Michael Sawaya

Michael Sawaya was named President and General Manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, replacing Bob Johnson, who retired in September. Sawaya was previously Executive Director of the Convention and Sports Facilities Department for the City of San Antonio, a position that includes oversight over the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The Morial Convention Center is tied for sixth on the Trade Show Executive Convention Centers rankings. Reach Michael at (504) 582-3000 or

Fernando Gorbarán

Fernando Gorbarán, President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt Argentina, was elected President of the Argentine Association of Organizers and Suppliers of Trade Fairs, Congresses and Events (AOCA) through 2019. It’s the third separate term that Gorbarán has served as AOCA President. His career in Argentina’s exhibitions industry spans more than 20 years. Reach Fernando at +54 11 4514 1400 or

Howard Gelb

UBM has expanded the responsibilities of Howard Gelb, Vice President of Sales for the Global Licensing Group, to include oversight over both event and media sales. Reach Howard at (310) 857-7687 or

Steven Ekstract

UBM expanded Steven Ekstract’s duties to include the newly created position of Brand Director of its Global Licensing Group. The group’s portfolio includes the Licensing Expo events and the NYC Licensing Summit. Ekstract had been Group Publisher of UBM’s License Global magazine. He will continue to oversee the publication. Reach Steven at (212) 600-3254 or