People News: Tarsus, eMerge Americas, SourceOne Events, Core-Apps All Add to Ranks

October 18, 2016

Moving into the last quarter of 2016, bringing on new employees and promoting from within, especially in the executive ranks, still is occurring at a swift pace in companies from several trade show sectors.

U.K.-based Tarsus Group has appointed Mark Temple-Smith as CEO Asia. Temple-Smith has more than 20 years’ experience in the global exhibitions industry and has led and developed successful businesses in Europe, Africa and Asia. 

He will be joining Tarsus from ITE Group plc, where he is regional director for Asia. During the past four and a half years, Temple-Smith has grown ITE’s Asian business from start-up to some 50 exhibitions and over 400 employees in India, Southeast Asia and China.

Prior to joining ITE in 2012, he was a member of the management team at Canon Communications. Temple-Smith is expected to join Tarsus early in 2017.

Tarsus also has promoted Peter Massey to CEO Southeast Asia. Massey joined Tarsus in 2012 as business development director. I

In his new role, Massey will be working with Tarsus partners in the region to help drive the company’s business forward.

Douglas Emslie, Tarsus Group's group managing director, said, “I am delighted that Mark has agreed to join Tarsus at this exciting time for the group in Asia. The region is a key component of our ‘Quickening the Pace’ strategy, and I am sure that under Mark and Peter’s leadership our business will continue to grow strongly.”

He added, “We are pivoting the Group towards Asia, where we currently generate approximately 18 percent of our business. We hope to build this to 30% over the medium-term, both organically and via bolt-on acquisitions. I look forward to working with both Mark and Peter on this next phase in Tarsus’ development in the region.”

eMerge Americas, the B2B technology conference connecting companies with business and government leaders from North America, Latin America and Europe, added a new team member, Diane F. Vidoni.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the convention, exhibition planning and hospitality industry, Vidoni brings vision, innovative tactical approaches and operational expertise to the role of COO.

Prior to venturing into the technology sphere, Vidoni most recently served as vice president of Operations and Conferences for National Trade Productions (NTP) where she led a team dedicated to safety, aesthetics, cost-savings and innovation in conference development.

She also served as director of Conferences and Trade Show Operations at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), directing all operational aspects of the show including oversight of exhibits and conference management for international events, development and management of a multi-million-dollar budget and on-site crisis management plans.

“As we expand our global footprint, it’s key that we bring on talented executives that can help execute event plans that transcend expectations from start to finish,” said eMerge Americas CEO, Xavier Gonzalez. “We’re thrilled to welcome Diane to the eMerge family and are confident in her ability to enhance the annual event through innovative thinking tied with operational excellence.”

In its fourth year, eMerge Americas will once again welcome the region’s leading entrepreneurs, industry luminaries, tech enthusiasts, global thought leaders and strategic investors to South Florida for another unmatched event.

SourceOne Events has brought on Joseph Giannelli to their team as senior account executive. Previously holding positions at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, Navy Pier, McCormick Place and as an operations consultant, Giannelli brings with him 24 years of valuable and essential experience in the events industry.

“With the ever-changing landscape of our industry, clients are constantly striving to take their events to the next level in order to stay current and ahead of the competition.” Giannelli said. “Because SourceOne has been in the full-service events production business for over a decade, we have the team, the tools and the talent in place that allow me the opportunity to offer you exceptional service at an excellent price point.”

Core-apps, a technology platform for the events industry, has signed on Wayne Crawford to join the company as vice president of Sales.

Crawford has more than 30 years of experience as both an organizer and technology supplier, having worked in the past for NAB, CES, NXTcomm, CNTV and expo technology platform a2z, Inc.

“I have been about helping customers improve their processes and maximize revenue my entire career,” Crawford said. “I’m thrilled to join the Core-apps team. I believe we have an incredible opportunity to continue to grow our platform and the marketplaces we serve, and I’m excited to lead that effort with the sales and leadership teams.”

Core-apps CEO Jay Tokosch said bringing Crawford on board was an easy decision. “Wayne is known in the industry for running a team that sells solutions versus features. That philosophy fits with how we approach our customer partnerships.” He adds, “In addition to his work on the technology side of the events industry, Wayne has extensive experience as an exposition manager. So he understands our products and our customers’ goals. We look forward to having him lead our company’s growth and our customers’ success.”

Crawford most recently served as president of Wayne Manor Group, an events technology consultancy. He will begin his new told at Core-apps Nov. 1.

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