People News: End of 2012, Beginning of 2013 Hiring in Full Speed

January 7, 2013

December usually is a quiet month, but instead, there were a spate of new hires that led right into even more at the start of 2013.

With unemployment figures in the United States continuing to stabilize, the trade show industry is ahead of the curve with a busy hiring season.

Experient hired Heidi Voorhees as senior vice president of Housing, in which she will lead the company’s housing sales and operations.

“The meetings and event industry is ripe for unified registration and housing technologies backed by an organization with strong leadership,” said Shawn Pierce, president of Experient’s Registration and Housing division.

He added, “Heidi’s depth of experience, leadership acumen, and track record of success are exactly what the company needs for its next major phase of growth.”

Voorhees comes to Experient from the Institute of Food Technologists, organizer of the world’s largest annual food expo, where she served as vice president of meetings and events and vice president of strategic initiatives.

Prior to that, she was managing director for National Foundation for Judicial Excellence, senior director at Defense Research Institute and convention manager at SmithBucklin Corporation.

Shepard Exposition Services appointed industry veteran Doug Whittemore as a national sales manager to its trade show sales team in Washington, D.C.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring in somebody with the experience, relationships and skill-set that Doug brings to the table,” said Richard Maples, executive vice president of sales for Shepard.

He added, “Any time that you can add somebody like this to your team, it benefits everybody in the organization.”

Whittemore began his career in the D.C, area working with Andrews-Bartlett. He also has worked for various general service contractors all across the country.

Here are several other new hires:

Fifteen-year industry veteran Matt Beavers has been named general manager of 3D Exhibits’ newly expanded Las Vegas operation.

SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals appointed Chuck DiGiaimo as director, Mid Atlantic Sales.

The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau recently hires Amy Clark, director of sales, Lily Leiva, director of eCommerce and Kathryn Wilhoite, specialist, consumer markets & marketing services.

SMG named Angie Mykel as General Manager of the Lynnwood (Wash.) Convention Center.

Industry veteran Kevin Ruehl joins Exhibit Systems project management team, where he will provide hands-on marketing and design services to help the company’s customers incorporate their brands and messaging into 3-D environments.

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