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October 3, 2013

CEIR Names Brian Casey New President & CEO

Chairman of the Board for the Center for Exhibition Industry Research Greg Ortale announced today that Brian Casey has been selected as the new president and chief executive officer of the organization, effective December 2013.

Currently, Casey is Vice President & General Manager for the Cleveland Global Center for Health Innovation & Convention Center and is responsible for operations, sales and marketing functions for the convention center facility. With more than 30 years of experience in the exhibitions and meetings industry, Casey has served as President and CEO of the High Point Authority, Owner of Next Generation Events Group, Executive Vice President at SmithBucklin, and Managing Director of Trade Shows for the International Housewares Exposition. 

Casey has run some of the largest exhibitions in the U.S. He led a division in the for-profit association, multi-management area for the largest association management firm; launched new events, run his own exhibition company and most recently led the operation with the opening of a new convention center in Cleveland, OH. 

Casey currently serves on the boards for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Positively Cleveland Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Downtown Cleveland Alliance. He has served on the board of directors for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE), and the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). Casey is a past chairman of Major American Trade Show Organizers (MATSO) and past chairman of the IAEE Midwest Chapter. He has also served on advisory boards for Columbus CVB, Phoenix CVB and Chicago CVB as well as one of the industry’s largest general service contractors, GES. 

To ensure a smooth recruiting process, the CEIR Board of Directors and Selection Committee retained the services of Minnesota-based SearchWide, a full-service executive search firm which specializes in C-Level, director and management level executive searches for companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 corporations to mid-sized public and private companies, to handle the search. As a result, a detailed CEO transition plan has been in place and has guided all the key elements of the change for the position. 

Casey will commence work at CEIR on December 1 and can be reached on or after that date at bcasey@ceir.org.

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