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

Karen Chupka

The Consumer Technology Association promoted Karen Chupka to Executive Vice President, CES. She had been Senior Vice President, CES and Corporate Business Strategy. The newly created position includes continued oversight of CES and CES Asia. The promotion is the latest for Chupka, who has held several positions at the association. CES was the largest show on the most-recent Trade Show Executive Gold 100. Reach Karen at (703) 907-7600 or kchupka@cta.tech

Lance Fensterman

Lance Fensterman was promoted to President of Global ReedPOP. He was most recently Senior Global Vice President of ReedPOP and will continue to oversee a portfolio of 38 events. He reports to Hervé Sedky, President of Reed Exhibitions Americas, and will be based in Norwalk, Conn., and Florida. Fensterman joined Reed in 2006 and was show manager of New York ComicCon for two years. Reach Lance at (203) 840-4800 or lance@reedpop.com

Fae Desmond

Fae Desmond, Executive Director of Comic-Con International: San Diego, received the first annual Carol Wallace Women in Hospitality and Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Multi-Cultural Convention Services Network. Desmond was honored for her contributions to San Diego’s convention industry. Comic-Con International has been held at the San Diego Convention Center since 1991 and routinely sells out its exhibit space and admission tickets. Reach Fae at (619) 414-1020 or fae@comic-con.org

Zhang Yao

The Shanghai New International Expo Centre Co., Ltd. named Zhang Yao its Deputy General Manager. He is responsible for the overall operation and strategic development of SNIEC together with the General Manager Mr. Michael Kruppe. 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 yao.zhang@sniec.net.

Linda Braue

Trade Show Executive (TSE) promoted Linda Braue to Vice President of Advertising. 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 lbraue@tradeshowexecutive.com

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 grant.burgham@clarionevents.com

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 nicks@ufi.org

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 ron@reedexpo.com; Aaron Levant at (213) 223-5111 or aaron@agendashow.com

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 mshannon@brede.com

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 tcasey@brede.com.

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 al@questevents.com.

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 mcarson@prg.com.

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 jellek@taffyevents.com

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 jfoster@cta.tech.

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 sharvey@meetac.com.

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 gmusich@gmail.com.

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 shill@lvcva.com

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 npwalsh23@gmail.com; Denzil Rankine, Executive Chairman of AMR International, at +44 20 7534 3601 or denzil.rankine@amrinternational.com

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 jburress@visitanaheim.org

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 msawaya@mccno.com