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Hargrove promotes four employees to senior-level positions

Hargrove, a large tradeshow, event and exhibit company, promoted several key staff members as part of its extended growth.

Serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer is Diana Simmons. Hargrove also promoted Fred Strickland to executive director of procurement and product development; John Aulbach to executive director of production services; and David Solsbery to executive director of creative services.

“These promotions are part of our ongoing strategy to position the company for greater market share. Each of the leaders we’ve promoted has been an integral part of our success and share a belief in the importance of our industry and a commitment to extraordinary customer service. We look forward to great things [from] each of them,” said Tim McGill, CEO, Hargrove.

All of the staff members promoted were instrumental in securing new business and directly contributed to the company’s growth.

“I know with these promotions as well as our entire talented team the greatest years for Hargrove are ahead,” said Simmons.

Simmons, who oversees business operations, is a seasoned industry professional and a 13-year veteran of Hargrove. She previously served as the company’s executive vice president.  Prior to joining Hargrove, she was the general manager of the Mid-Atlantic Division for GES and the president for National Trade Productions.

Strickland will lead the company’s research and product development efforts as the company identifies new ways to ensure its clients’ success. Employed with Hargrove for 25 years, he previously oversaw the company’s fabrication and graphics capabilities.

Aulbach, a 15-year veteran of Hargrove, led the production of the company’s most complex projects, including the 2012 NATO Conference, four presidential inaugurations and the dedication of the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven Udvar-Hazy Center. His promotion will help streamline Hargrove’s production management and fabrication functions.

Leading graphics production and graphics detailing is Solsbery, who joined Hargrove in 1998. He oversaw the design requirement of countless high-profile and complex projects.

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