Society of Independent Show Organizers Names Vinnie Polito Its Next CEO
The Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) has named Vinnie (Vincent) Polito as its next CEO, with his firm, VP International, chosen to take over as the management company for the organization.
Polito will be replacing David Audrain, CEO of Exposition Development Company (ExpoDevCo), who has run the association with his team for the past seven years.
The selection was recommended by the SISO Executive Committee, which undertook the selection process.
The recommendation was unanimously approved by SISO's Board at its Aug. 11 meeting in Oklahoma City, held in conjunction with the organization's Summer Conference.
"Following a thorough process to identify preferred attributes for the next leader, solicit proposals and applications based on those criteria, and then identify the best candidate, we are confident that Vinnie is the right individual to take over leadership of SISO," said Cassandra Farrington, SISO Chair.
She added, "His extensive industry experience and connections, combined with his history in the lobbying activities that have become so critical to our industry in recent years, make him ideally suited to the challenges and opportunities that define the organization's next chapter."
Polito currently is managing director of mdg, a trade show marketing firm, and previously held positions at Reed Exhibitions, Ziff Davis and COMDEX.
“There is certain symmetry for me to have this opportunity with independent show organizers and definitely endless excitement for what's ahead,” Polito said.
This approval now begins the transition period, which will start with confirmation and signing of a new management contract.
Following that, sharing of information and resources will take place through December, with VP International and Polito formally taking the helm on Jan. 1, 2023.