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  • AEG Facilities and SMG to merge creating ASM Global which will operate more than 310 venues across five continents. Terms weren't disclosed.
  • After shuttering its 2018 National RV Trade Show, the RV Industry Association reported sold out space for the March 12-14 launch...
  • of its dealer-focused event called RVX: The RV Experience in Salt Lake City.
  • International Market Centers broke ground on a new 315,000 sf exhibition center. The Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas to open in 2020.
  • Tom Gattuso promoted to Vice President of Events will oversee the SEMA events team and planning for the annual SEMA Show.
  • Justine McVaney, SVP of Event Planning & Ops, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) to serve as IAEE’s MATSO Council Chairperson.
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Two Teamsters who work for Local 631 were arrested for a firearms theft that occurred during move-out of the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) held Jan. 22-25 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), producer of the Gold 100 trade show, said in statement: “All firearms on display during the trade show are required to be inoperable, a factor that proved helpful in the apprehension of the alleged perpetrators.” The two forklift operators were charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession of an unregistered firearm, and federal agents recovered more than 65 firearms, including machine guns, and silencers, according to the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas. ...
After 12 years with LIGHTFAIR International (LFI), Rochelle Richardson resigned her position as Vice President and assumed the role of Senior Vice President of Expositions and Events at AVIXA™ where she will lead the strategy and operations for the annual North American InfoComm show. Richardson joined LIGHTFAIR in 2007 and helped to lead its growth as one of the world’s largest annual lighting and design trade shows. LIGHTFAIR ranked No. 70 on the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Class of 2017. IMC has initiated a search for new LFI leadership from within the lighting and design community, as well as the trade show industry at large. In other news, LIGHTFAIR officially announced its return to Las Vegas from May 5-7 in 2020 and then in Philadelphia from May 4-6 in 2021.    ...
A major merger announced Thursday will create a giant, new global facility management and venue services company. AEG Facilities, the venue management subsidiary of AEG, and SMG, an Onex (ONEX) portfolio company, have agreed to merge and form a new standalone company, ASM Global (“ASM”). ASM Global will operate more than 310 venues around the world, including arenas, stadiums, convention centers and performing arts centers. ...
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Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s long-running former show “Dirty Jobs” and CNN’s current show, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” will partner with Marketplace Events to help promote its 60-plus shows. Marketplace Events, based in Solon, Ohio, produces 59 consumer home shows a year, and is the largest producer of business-to-consumer home shows in North America. ...
Connections Housing announced this week that it has acquired Par Avion. Connections Housing serve many top trade shows, and manage more than 350 events each year.  The two women-owned companies have both been in business for 30-plus years. ...
After shuttering its 2018 National RV Trade Show, the RV Industry Association—a trade group for the $50 billion industry—reported it sold out space for the March 12-14 launch of its dealer-focused event called RVX: The RV Experience in Salt Lake City.  ...
Mary Larkin has been promoted to President of Diversified Communications’ US Operating Division. She has been integral in growing Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Expo North America. Larkin is also currently serving as the incoming President of UFI. ...
After working together for two years, Feathr and Trade Show Ready have made their partnership formal. Feathr, a technology that makes it easy to generate a personalized digital media kit for each exhibitor, and Trade Show Ready, a team that specializes in engaging exhibitors, already share many clients. When the two companies deploy their services together, there is, on average, a 30% increase in registrations. ...
With the Las Vegas Winter Market in full swing last week, International Market Centers (IMC), owned by New York-based investment firm The Blackstone Group, broke ground on a new 315,000-square-foot (SF) exhibition center. The Expo at World Market Center (WMC) Las Vegas, which will offer 194,785 gross SF of exhibit space divisible into two halls, is scheduled to open in summer 2020 in time for the semi-annual marketplace that includes 4,000 gift and home furnishings offerings. ...
The Trade Show Executive (TSE) Dashboard of Monthly Trade Show Metrics for November showed exhibit space jumped 1.4%, exhibitors rose 0.3%, and attendance was up 0.2%. While the numbers weren’t as robust as October’s, they still mark an uptick in a slow-starting quarter. November 2018 had 22 shows – 8 larger than 100,000 nsf, six from the TSE Gold 100 and another four in the TSE Fastest 50. Seven shows saw across-the-board increases while four shows saw their results decline in all metrics. ...
The association that runs two key trade shows in the supply-chain industry brought in veteran exhibitions executive Daniel McKinnon to take over the portfolio later this year. McKinnon joins MHI as Executive Vice President of Exhibitions and Events where he will work alongside Senior Vice President of Exhibitions Tom Carbott, who plans to retire in July. McKinnon has spent more than 27 years in the industry. He was most recently Vice President of Global Client Solutions for FreemanXP and is also Immediate Past-Chairperson of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events. ...
The new board of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) took their seats in January, officially launching an agenda for 2019 that includes an in-depth exploration of finding and maintaining show sponsorships. A new project underway is a review of current sponsorship programs and best practices. The research program will be led by Ian Sequeria, Vice President, Research & Measurement, Freeman. Segueria is Chairperson of the 2019 CEIR Research Council, which recommends various initiatives to the CEIR board. ...
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