Trade Show Leader: Global Experience Specialists’ Steve Moster

For the past 12-plus years, Steve Moster has moved up the ranks of Global Experience Specialists (GES). Serving currently as president and CEO of Viad since 2014 and as president of GES since 2010, Moster joined Viad in 2004 as vice president of Exhibition Furnishings.

His career evolved to sales and leadership roles with the company, including executive vice president — chief sales & marketing officer and as executive vice president — Products and Services, where he led double-digit revenue growth.

Trade Show Leader: Freeman’s Carrie Freeman Parsons

Freeman Vice Chair Carrie Freeman Parsons grew up in the business, and as the third generation of Freeman leaders (her grandfather is founder Buck Freeman; her father is Chairman Don Freeman), Freeman Parsons employs forward-thinking strategies that maintain the company’s reputation as an industry innovator while staying true to its core values.

Freeman Parsons has been frequently recognized by her peers and the industry at large for her outstanding contributions and achievements.

Trade Show Leader: Stone Fort Group’s Sean Guerre

=Sean Guerre is a media entrepreneur and currently is the co-founder of Stone Fort Group- a Live Event & Digital Media startup serving b2b communities in the Energy, Transportation and Workforce/HR markets.

His claim to fame is serving as a former chairman of the Society of Independent Show Organizers, and he has been a keynote presenter and speaker at SISO, IAEE, Folio, Niche EventFest and CEIR Predict.

Prior to founding Stone Fort Group, he co-founded TradeFair Group (energy media), which was sold in 2012 to private equity firm Veronis, Suhler & Stevenson.

Tarsus Group’s Douglas Emslie Talks TSNN’s 20th History

As part of TSNN’s 20th anniversary celebration, Douglas Emslie, managing director of U.K.-based Tarsus Group - one of the largest trade show companies in the world with over 110 events – was interviewed recently about how Tarsus first came to buy TSNN, not only once, but two times.

He also discussed what role he sees TSNN playing now in the overall trade show industry and in the future.

TSNN: How did you first hear about TSNN? 

Trade Show Leader: ExpoDevCo’s David Audrain

David Audrain is CEO and partner of Exposition Development Company (ExpoDevCo), a privately held business producing trade shows and conferences in North America, which also manages the Society of Independent Show Organizers.

During his 23-year career in the trade show industry, Audrain has held a myriad of positions, most recently before ExpoDevCo as president and CEO of Clarion Events North America, as well as Messe Frankfurt North America before that, where for more than six years he led a team of 40 staff spread across the USA, Mexico and Canada.

Trade Show Leader: Helicopter Association International’s Karen Gebhart

Karen Gebhart, vice president Business Development, Helicopter Association International, has spent more than 25 years in the trade show industry, even though, like most – it was entirely by accident. Now, she oversees HAI HELI-EXPO, the world’s largest vertical flight trade show and conference. HAI HELI-EXPO produces more than $2 billion in floor sales annually for the vertical flight industry and attracts attendees from 90-plus countries.

Trade Show Leader: Exhibition Services & Contractors Association’s Larry Arnaudet

Larry Arnaudet has spent more than 45 years in the meetings and convention industry, starting in 1970 with Manncraft Exhibitors Services in New Orleans. 

When Manncraft was purchased by Greyhound Exposition Services (GES) in 1972, Arnaudet remained with the company and was promoted through a series of positions in warehouse operations, drafting and design, show site operations, sales and executive management. 

In 1979, he was named regional vice president, Southwest Region of GES, based in New Orleans.

Trade Show Leader: Fern’s Aaron Bludworth

As CEO of Fern, Aaron Bludworth oversees all executive management of the company and its subsidiary companies. Bludworth’s career in the exposition industry began in 1992 with Modern Display, where he filled numerous executive positions during 15 years. He also was briefly an executive with GES, where he managed the National Corporate Events Group and oversaw Las Vegas trade show sales.

Trade Show Leader: Kallman Worldwide’s Jerry Kallman Sr.

There aren’t too many people who can claim they have been in the industry for more than 50 years, but Jerry Kallman Sr. started off in 1963. Since 1963, Kallman Associates specialized in serving as the United States and Canadian representative office for numerous world renowned trade show organizers primarily in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The company now is run full-time by Jerry Kallman Jr., while Jerry Sr. is chair of Kallman Worldwide. Jerry Sr. took some time to tell TSNN about his many years of experience in the industry.

Trade Show Leader: International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ David DuBois

As president and CEO of International Association of Exhibitions and Events, David  DuBois not only travels a lot, but also he is responsible for the management of 23 full-time professional staff, producing the annual business operating plan and budget, overseeing the support of all meetings of governance units, leading business development, directing fund raising efforts, advocating for the industry and the organization’s members, providing organizational leadership and strategic counsel to the board.

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