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December 21, 2015

CEIR Announces Board of Directors for 2016

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) has announced the selection of Aaron Bludworth, CEO of Fern, as the incoming chairman of the board, along with the new slate of officers and board members during its meeting held December 1 in Baltimore, MD.

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The 2016 officers of the CEIR board of directors are:

  • Chairman: Aaron Bludworth, president and CEO, Fern
  • Vice Chair: Steve Moster, CEO, VIAD and president, Global Experience Specialists (GES)
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Bob Priest-Heck, president and COO, Freeman
  • Immediate Past Chair: Britton Jones, president and CEO, Business Journals, Inc.

Additionally, CEIR named the newest members to the board of directors:

  • Marian Bossard, senior vice president, global market events, Toy Industry Association, Inc.;
  • Chris Meyer, CEM, CMP, vice president of global business sales, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Nancy Walsh, president, North America, Reed Exhibitions

Continuing CEIR board of directors members are:

  • David Audrain, CEM, president and CEO, Exposition Development Company, Inc.
  • Tony Calanca, executive vice president, UBM Advanstar
  • Karen Chupka, senior vice president, InternationalCES and corporate business strategy, Consumer Technology Association/CES
  • Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes, CEM, president and chief account strategist, mdg
  • Justin Hersh, president and CEO, Group Delphi
  • Stephen Lieber, CAE, president and CEO, HIMSS
  • Michael Marchesano, managing director, American Business Media (SIIA)
  • Timothy McGill, CEO, Hargrove, Inc.
  • Serge Micheli, CAE, CEM, BSc, executive director, Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM)
  • Steve Moore, president and CEO, Visit Phoenix
  • Deborah Long Sexton, president and CEO, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
  • Julie Smith, CEM, CTA, senior vice president of national sales, Global Experience Specialists (GES)
  • Ryan Strowger, CEM, senior vice president of exhibitions, conferences and sales, International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA)

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