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CEIR welcomes new board members

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced in December its 2010 officers during Expo! Expo!, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Atlanta, Ga.


Carrie Freeman Parsons, vice chair of Freeman, will serve as the 2010 chair with Chris Brown, executive vice president of conventions and business operations for the National Association of Broadcasters as vice-chairman and Terri Tonioli, senior vice president of strategic account management for Experient, Inc as secretary/treasurer. Nancy Hasselback, CEO of Diverisifed Business Communications, will remain on the board to fill the role of Immediate Past Chair.

CEIR welcomed new directors David Audrain, CEM, president of Messe Frankfurt Inc; Jonathan “Skip” Cox, president of Exhibit Surveys, Inc; John Jastrem, president of GES Exposition Services; Don Pazour, CEO of Access Intelligence, LLC; Bob Priest-Heck, CEO of Immersa Marketing; and Barry Smith, president and CEO of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Continuing directors were Mary Pat Heftman, senior vice president of conventions for the National Restaurant Association and Stephen Pitt, executive director of Member Services, Convention and Expo for the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Other members include: Ex-officio member Greg Ortale, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Authority; Doug Ducate, CEM, CMP, CEIR president and CEO; and Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP, executive director.

Members of the CEIR board of directors are selected by a nominating committee chaired by the immediate past chair of CEIR. Any person or organization may submit a nomination. Members of the board serve three years in staggered terms to ensure continuity in the governance of the organization.

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