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  • Tom Cindric joins Winsight as President, Exhibitions to oversee National Restaurant Show. Mary Pat Heftman now Vice Chairman of Winsight.
  • Emerald Expositions Events Inc. tapped former UBM exec, Sally Shankland, to serve as its President and CEO. Phil Evans continues as CFO.
  • The division of Informa PLC created by the combination of UBM and Informa has been renamed and rebranded as Informa Markets.
  • Trade Show Executive won three prestigious ASBPE “Azbee” Awards in Chicago. TSE is also a national finalist for Magazine of the Year Award.
  • Informa PLC launched Informa Ventures offering capital, access to markets, mentorship, and expertise to knowledge and information start-ups.
  • Freeman Vice Chair Carrie Freeman Parsons promoted to Chair replacing Don Freeman, who will become Chairman Emeritus in July.
  • Marketplace Events (MPE), producer of 66 consumer shows in North America, acquired the Arizona Bridal Shows from Townsquare Live Events LLC.
  • Nominations for 2019 Trailblazers Opens for Trade Show Executive’s Trailblazers program which recognizes the industry’s up-and-comers.
  • Informa Exhibitions reported a 6.7% jump in underlying revenues for 2018 even as it absorbed the blockbuster acquisition of UBM.

People in the News

Christian Saucedo

Christian Saucedo was promoted to global CEO of SpotMe. He had been CEO Americas for the mobile event application provider and replaced Banz Ledin. The move was part of SpotMe’s strategy to expand its business overseas, particularly in the Asia-Pacific market. Future plans for the company include a self-service application use as demand grows for a la carte event technology with robust functionality and a customizable range of features.  Reach Christian at (312) 416-2708 or

Brad Weaber

Brad Weaber, former executive vice president of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, joined Connections Housing as chief innovation officer. The newly created position is based in Washington and gives Weaber responsibility for the development of new strategies and initiatives. Prior to his tenure in New Orleans, Weaber was an executive vice president of SmithBucklin and Experient. Reach Brad at (703)447-6572  or

Courtney Muller

Courtney Muller, former senior vice president for Reed Exhibitions, has joined Urban Expositions as executive vice president. Urban Expositions has a portfolio of 34 shows in the giftware, art, gaming, food service and aviation sectors. She will oversee daily operations and be on the lookout for new launches, acquisitions and partnerships. Muller has been in the exhibition industry nearly 25 years. Most of her career has been at Reed where she was in charge of the Global Gaming Expo, BookExpo America, and a group of food-service events. She is a recipient of Reed’s in-house President’s Award and Chairman’s Award. She was the featured Power Lunch guest in the August 2012 issue of TSE. Reach Courtney at (678) 285-3976 or

Kenji Haroutunian

Emerald Expositions appointed a new director for its Outdoor group after veteran vice president and group show director Kenji Haroutunian stepped down. Marisa Nicholson moves up the ranks to vice president, group show director of the Outdoor Group. She had been group sales director of Emerald’s Sports Group and connected with Outdoor Retailer for 11 years. Haroutunian spent 15 years with the show and has been part of the outdoor industry for nearly 30 years. His immediate plans for the future were not revealed. Reach Marisa Nicholson at (949) 226-5700 or; Kenji Haroutunian at (310) 489-3281 or kenjiharo@

Chris Williams

Chris Williams was promoted to president of CompuSystems, Inc. after his father, Clark Williams, was named chairman. Chris Williams joined CompuSystems in 1996 and soon became director of sales. He was most-recently senior vice president and will oversee day-to-day operations in his new role. Clark Williams had been president since the registration company was founded in 1976. Reach Chris Williams at (708) 344-9070 or chris.williams@csireg. com; Clark Williams at (708) 344-9070 or

Joshua Hartman

The Cardiac Research Foundation (CRF) named Joshua Hartman the executive director of its Education Foundation, which organizes a portfolio of 40 medical conferences. Johnnie White, who held the executive director post for more than eight years, left the organization in October and did not announce his future plans. Hartman joined the Cardiac Research Foundation in 2007 and had been director of educational services & strategic relations as well as managing editor of TCTMD, a CRF newsletter on research in the cardiology field. Reach Joshua at (646) 434-4500 or; Johnnie at

Margaret Edgell Core

The Food Marketing Institute named Margaret Edgell Core vice president of industry events. She will oversee FMI Connect, the Global Food Retail Experience. Her background includes various sales and marketing positions with BIO (the Biotechnology Organization), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the National Apartment Association. Reach Margaret at (202) 452-8444 or

Melony Bildhauer

Melony Bildhauer was named to the newly created position of director, meetings and special events for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. She will take part in the planning of the association’s global conference and meeting portfolio while reporting to Ryan Strowger, vice president of exhibitions, conferences, and sales. Bildhauer was most recently senior meeting planner for NCTA – the Rural Broadband Association. Reach Melony at (703) 836-4800, x791, or

Bob Brown

Bob Brown is the new director of sales and marketing for WestWorld of Scottsdale — The Etzel Agency, a 386-acre campus outside Phoenix that includes a 300,000 sf exhibition center, 130,000 sf of flexible space, and a 6,000 sf conference & banquet facility. Brown joined the venue earlier this year after stepping down as general manager of the Ontario Convention Center and president and CEO of the Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau in Southern California two years ago. Prior to his seven years in Ontario, he held executive positions with Reliant Park in Houston and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. Reach Bob at (480) 492-3955 or

Dianne Young

Dianne Young, CEO of Exhibition Place in Toronto, was elected to the board of directors of UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, at UFI’s General Assembly in Bogota, Colombia. Young will serve on the board for three years and will chair its Sustainable Development Committee effective October 30. She was previously a member of the association’s Social Corporate Responsibilities Committee. Young joined Exhibition Place in 1999 as general manager. Reach Dianne at (416) 263-3611 or

Greg DeSandy

Cobo Center named Greg DeSandy its director of sales. DeSandy was most recently a sales executive with the Augusta Georgia Marriott and Augusta Convention Center. He will lead the Cobo sales team and work with their counterparts at the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. Reach Greg at (313) 877-8214 or

Ken McAvoy

Ken McAvoy has launched Convention Consulting, Inc. following his departure from Reed Exhibitions earlier in the year. McAvoy had been with Reed Exhibitions for 15 years, most recently as senior vice president, and prior to that, was vice president of client relations for Global Experience Specialists. While with Reed, he was responsible for the operations of some 45 major shows and was also part of the ad hoc industry groups such as Friends of Javits, which advocated changes at major U.S. convention centers. He also served on advisory boards for convention bureaus in Las Vegas, Orlando and New York. Reach Ken at (770) 205-8448 or

John Gallagher

John Gallagher, former president and CEO of Messe Frankfurt North America, joined Naylor Association Solutions as director of business development. Gallagher was senior vice president for E.J. Krause & Associates, heading up its Industrial and Commercial Divisions, before joining Messe Frankfurt. He will focus on building Naylor’s business in the events sector through the newly launched Naylor Association Solutions division. Reach John
at (703) 934-4700 or

Charlotte Zilke

Charlotte Zilke, manager of convention services for the Helicopter Association International (HAI), has been promoted to director of conventions. She replaces Tina Jones, who left the association in April. The move puts Zilke in the pilot’s seat of the HAI HELI-EXPO, the flagship trade show for the helicopter industry, which this year, drew 20,393 attendees and covered 309,200 net square feet of exhibit space. Zilke joined the HAI in 2008 as exhibits coordinator. Prior to joining HAI, Zilke was exhibit services coordinator for the National Association of Broadcasters. Reach Charlotte Zilke at (703) 683-4646, x8458, or

Jaime Rosov

Reed Travel Exhibitions promoted Jaime Rosov to event director for IBTM America. She had been marketing director for the show, which had been called AIBTM and was a traditional trade show in the past. IBTM is now an invitation-only event for 250 buyers and 250 exhibi-tors. Rosov has been with Reed Exhibitions for nine years, and replaced Michael Lyons, who stepped down after two years in the position to pursue a career as a professional speaker and actor. Reach Jaime at (203) 840-5435 or

Roger Dow

Roger Dow signed a contract to remain as president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) for another four years. He has served in his current position since 2005. The new pact was approved by the USTA Board of Directors in late July. Some USTA achievements under Dow include orchestrating the passage of the Travel Promotion Act of 2009, which enabled the creation of Brand USA, the country’s first national travel and tourism promotion agency. USTA also successfully lobbied for policy changes that reduced the average wait time for visas from months to days in key overseas tourism markets. Reach Roger at (202) 408-8422 or

Susan Brower

Susan Brower stepped down August 8 as vice president, marketing and communications, of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). Brower spent 11 years with IAEE and moved on to become head of communications for the prestigious Hockaday School in Dallas. Her replacement was not immediately announced. Reach Susan at (214) 363-6311 or

John Jaworski

John Jaworski was promoted to director of technical exhibits for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The move came after Tom Shimala retired this Summer. Shimala joined RSNA in 1990 and was named
director of technical exhibits in 2003. Jaworski had been assistant director of technical exhibits. Reach John at (630) 571-7855 or

People on the Move: Karen May

Karen May joined the staging and audio-visual firm Dyventive, Inc. as trade show and event sales specialist. May had been executive vice president of sales and marketing for Conference Services International (CSI). She received the Lifetime Achievement award in 2010 from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). Reach Karen at (215) 354-9200 or

People on the Move: Katie Calabrese

Katie Calabrese joined the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as director of trade shows & conferences. The position gives her oversight of conferences and trade shows produced by the convention center. Calabrese spent the past 18 years with the Association of Private Sector Colleges & Universities and was most recently its vice president, events and education. Reach Katie at (504) 582-3000 or