PMMI Brings on Janosko as New Director of Expositions

October 1, 2012

PMMI recently hired AJ Janosko as director of expositions to fill a newly created position handling much of the day-to-day show management for the Pack Expo trade shows.

“The Pack Expo trade shows are among the largest and most highly-regarded in the country, and having the chance to work on them is what drew me to PMMI,” Janosko said.

Janosko’s new position allows Jim Pittas, PMMI vice president of trade shows, to focus more intently on executing PMMI’s Strategic Vision.

“Pack Expo and PMMI are growing,” Pittas said. “Pack Expo International at McCormick Place, was sold out as of July. In addition, in February 2013 we’ll debut our newest show, Expo Pack Guadalajara. There’s a lot going on, and AJ is critical to the effort.”

In Janosko’s most recent position, he was director of trade show operations at SPI: The Plastics Industry Association.

SPI’s triennial NPE event ended a four-decade run at McCormick Place after its 2009 show with a very successful launch at the Orange County Convention Center last spring in Orlando.

“I have a great deal of respect for and understanding of union labor, and that’s been invaluable in my career. I also take great pride in my ability to navigate the proper channels to achieve positive results,” Janosko said. “That definitely helped us achieve our goals.”

The transition of NPE from Chicago to Orlando also prepared him to come to Pack Expo.

“As a show manager, that transition meant I had to introduce myself to a new team at a new location, get to know them, how they work and what works in the venue,” Janosko said.

He added, “I’m doing the same thing as we head into Pack Expo International:  I’m reintroducing myself to the teams at McCormick Place, this time as part of Pack Expo. I’ve produced many events at McCormick Place, but each show is different.”

Janosko’s background also includes stints with BDMetrics, Inc.; the Telecommunications Industry Association, and Convention Management Group.

“AJ’s experience gives him a unique perspective: He knows the organizer’s experience and the suppliers',” Pittas said. “That’s a valuable asset to PMMI and the Pack Expo shows.”

Pack Expo International 2012 will be the largest edition of the show since 2002, Oct. 28-31 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, with a record 1,800 plus exhibitors on a 1.1 million net square feet sold-out showfloor.

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