Oct 13, 2016
Drake Star Partners, an international investment bank focusing on the technology, media and communications sectors has brought on industry veteran Galen Poss as Senior Advisor.  Poss will focus specifically on the not-for-profit association-owned trades how market and will work closely with Kathleen Thomas, managing partner at Drake Star Partners. “The association sector comprises more than 60 percent of the U.S trade show market, and an ever increasing number of association executives are exploring options relative to selling or partnering with for-profit organizers,” Thomas said. She… more
Oct 10, 2016
The shared accommodations sector is here to stay, and instead of running away from it, Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) has formed a unique partnership with Airbnb that will include a DMAI-issued Policy & Trends Brief that will focus on the shared accommodations sector of the sharing economy. The Policy & Trends Brief, scheduled for release in December 2016, will examine the current state of the shared accommodations sector, its potential impact on communities, and public policy considerations for DMOs, as well as potential resolutions. As… more
Oct 10, 2016
After an extensive national search, John Frisch, chairman of the Baltimore Convention and Tourism Board of Directors, unveiled that Al Hutchinson has been chosen as Visit Baltimore’s new president and CEO. Hutchinson will assume his new role Nov. 14. Hutchinson brings more than 24 years of experience in the hospitality and destination marketing industry to Baltimore, most recently serving as president and CEO of Visit Mobile (Ala.), where he was recognized as the 2016 Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Alliance’s ‘Tourism Promoter of the Year.’ Under Hutchinson’s leadership,… more
Oct 09, 2016
Sixty-one point three percent of meeting professionals agreed that currently available event technology makes event management much easier and that it will develop and change dramatically in the next 10 years, but 92 percent admit that meeting planners are not making the most of such technology solutions.   These were among the key findings of new research carried out for IMEX America by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) providing fascinating insight into the views of meeting professionals on event technology.   It also revealed that when buying event technology products and… more
Oct 09, 2016
Digital continues to expand its presence today in every facet of our personal and business lives. The same is true for business-to-business exhibitions. For organizers and brand marketers alike, it is very hard to know which solutions are worth testing and which are ideas that will disappear as fast as a Snapchat message. Digital leaves many in our industry wondering … •         How can technology support and enhance the attendee experience? •         How does technology make all the logistics of… more
Oct 06, 2016
The summer months are over and fall officially has arrived, with several companies recently signing contracts. Corcoran Expositions has been retained by the Water Quality Association to assist with exhibit sales and related services. “We look forward to working with the Water Quality Association in producing their upcoming trade show,” said Tom Corcoran, founder of the 26-year-old Corcoran Expositions.  “We hope to work with them for years to come.” Corcoran Expositions will provide exhibit sales support and related services for the Lisle, Ill.-based Water Quality Association… more
Oct 04, 2016
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, the largest trade association for the $39 billion worldwide attractions industry, will relocate its global headquarters office to Orlando in 2017. In addition, plans to host its annual conference and trade show, the IAAPA Attractions Expo, in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center through 2030. The move from Alexandria, Va., and convention contract extension are contingent upon support from the state of Florida and Orange County, Fla.  The IAAPA Board of Directors approved the relocation and convention agreement… more
Oct 03, 2016
The trade show community was tasked to “Show Some Love” for outstanding show managers with a nomination for The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Award, and the five honorees have been chosen. This year’s SMOTY Awards will be presented Oct. 29 in Atlantic City at the TSNN Awards ( to the following outstanding show managers. 2016 Honorees Tier I – 1 to 150 booths Leslie Wiernik, Executive Director, National Association of Subrogation Professionals Charity: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Tier II – 151 to 300 booths David Heilbrunn, Show Manager, … more
Oct 03, 2016
By TSNN News The International Association of Exhibitions and Events recently unveiled this year’s recipients of its individual awards program, which recognizes IAEE members and member companies who have made outstanding contributions to the exhibitions and events industry. The recipients will be honored during Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition to be held Dec. 6-8 in Anaheim. “It is an honor to recognize the exceptional IAEE members who go above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in our industry,” said 2016 IAEE Awards Committee Chairperson Doreen… more
Oct 01, 2016
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. Bludworth is very active in the exhibition industry; he currently is chairman of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) and a past president and board member of the Exhibition Services and… more

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