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April 18, 2016
Industry Veteran Larry Luteran has been brought on my parent company Freeman to Freeman Audio Visual, as the company continues to grow its global presence. Named chief sales officer, Luteran will be responsible for the revenue performance of Freeman Audio Visual, Freeman Audio Visual Canada and Encore Event Technologies. During the past six years, Freeman has broadened its Audio Visual presence... more
April 8, 2016
The first quarter of 2016 saw a busy hiring period, with companies ranging from audio-visual to for-profit show management to convention and visitors bureaus. Surf Expo, the largest and longest-running boardsports and beach/resort lifestyle trade show in the world, has named Rod Tomlinson as sales manager for the Surf Category of the show. He is replacing Ryan Nettleton. Tomlinson was most... more
March 17, 2016
Suppliers ranging from convention and visitors bureaus to electrical services to display companies either promoted from within or added onto their ranks to mark the beginning of a busy spring season. Claude Molinari has been named by SMG the general manager of Cobo Center, effective immediately. Since SMG assumed operations management of Cobo Center in 2010, Molinari has been the assistant... more
March 8, 2016
The Appointment Group (TAG), an independent travel management company, has appointed Brandon Chan as the general manager of its Singapore office. Chan joins TAG Singapore after a long career in the hospitality, travel and events industry under a number of leadership positions, including director of sales and marketing at Design hotels for the Asia Pacific region and a stint at Rosenbluth... more
March 7, 2016
The Expo Group has named Randy Pekowski president of the company, of which he already serves as COO. Founder and former President Ray Pekowski will remain CEO and chairman of the business. The promotion is part of the strategic succession plan the company has put in place for the next generation of leadership. “It has become clear Randy is the right person to lead The Expo Group into the next... more
February 29, 2016
National Trade Productions, the San Diego Convention Center Corporation and MC2 all have named new leaders in their companies. National Trade Productions has promoted Christopher Harar to president of NTP Events. In this role, he will oversee the Events Division, including all show management, personnel and administration. Harar will provide leadership working strategically with the Event... more
February 23, 2016
The past month has marked a busy time, with several companies not only bringing on new employees, but also naming people into top positions. SnowSports Industries America, the snow sports industry’s member-owned trade association, has named Nick Sargent as SIA president. Sargent, who joined the organization in August 2015 as SIA’s incoming president, has spent the last five months working... more
January 21, 2016
The New Year signaled an even bigger uptick of hiring in January not only in companies based here in the U.S., but also some well-known ones overseas. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s (MCCA) newly minted Executive Director David Gibbons made two key senior executive decisions by naming Fred Peterson as the new deputy director and Dennis Callahan as the general counsel for the... more
January 7, 2016
Julie Coker Graham officially stepped into her new role Jan. 1 as the president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB). She assumed the role following the retirement Dec. 31 of former President and CEO Jack Ferguson. In June 2014, Coker Graham was promoted to executive vice president of the PHLCVB as part of a strategic succession plan that allowed her to continue... more
December 9, 2015
Whoever said December was a slow month, might have been wrong when it comes to end of this year’s new hires and promotions, with several companies bringing people on before kicking off a fresh start in 2016. Global Experience Specialists recently named Wendy Gibson as executive vice president of global marketing. Gibson is an accomplished B-to-B marketing leader with a high-tech background and... more

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