Atlanta, Las Vegas and High Point, N.C.-based International Market Centers has announced a series of promotions in its Events Sales and Operations division, aimed at building business and increasing usage of its convention and meeting spaces—including the Atlanta Convention Center and the new EXPO at World Market Center Las Vegas.
“The reorganization of IMC’s Events Sales and Operations division allows IMC to more actively sell and market our exposition facilities as the premier space for both large- and small-scale events,” says IMC CEO Bob Maricich (pictured left). “These promotions recognize the hard work and tremendous achievements of our talented IMC team and lay the foundation for the return and growth of in-person events hosted by IMC as well as by other third-party groups.”
Bob Schuler (pictured right) is promoted to senior vice president, event sales and operations. In his new role, Schuler adds responsibility for tradeshow operations in High Point and Las Vegas to his existing responsibilities of overseeing and accelerating business for the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart. His responsibilities also now include at-market food and beverage operations and amenities plus all outside event sales and operations. In all three cities, he will continue to represent IMC in relationships with convention and visitor bureaus, hotels and airline partners. Schuler has 10 years of service with IMC.
“Bob has assumed a tremendous amount of responsibility over the past year. His leadership, results-oriented attitude, and ability to motivate his exceptional team will make a major impact on IMC’s at-market and year-round business in Atlanta, High Point and Las Vegas,” says Greg Avitabile, IMC executive vice president of operations.
Jennifer Muna (pictured left) is promoted to vice president, event sales and operations. In addition to her responsibility for sales and operation of The Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas, Muna now assumes management responsibility for tradeshow, food and beverage and amenity operations during the High Point and Las Vegas Markets. Additionally, she will serve as a liaison to city officials, hotel partners and convention and visitor bureaus in both Las Vegas and High Point. Muna has been with IMC for nearly four years, serving as an integral member of the team that oversaw the construction and opening of the Expo at WMCLV. She reports to Schuler.
“Jen is talented on so many levels, and we’re really fortunate to have her on our team,” says Avitabile (pictured right). “She has taken the reins during a challenging time and is creating favorable outcomes for IMC and our customers.”
The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart is the city’s newest, best-value meetings and special events facility. With six 100,000-square-feet contiguous spaces spanning more than 800,000 gross square feet, this unique facility provides an intimate setting for events of any size. The Atlanta Convention Center is connected to the 1,100-room Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel and the 206-room Hotel Indigo and is within four blocks of 8,000 additional hotel rooms in the heart of downtown. Many dining, entertainment and cultural activities are nearby, and the facility is directly linked to the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport via MARTA train. The Atlanta Convention Center also offers direct access to AmericasMart—home to the Atlanta Market and Atlanta Apparel wholesale markets and the open year-round market center featuring 350+ gift, home décor and apparel showrooms that are open weekdays to the trade. For more info, visit www.atlconventioncenter.com
Boasting more than 315,000 square feet of space and equipped with amenities to meet a variety of event needs, The Expo at WMCLV offers countless possibilities for large-scale events such as tradeshows, corporate events, concerts and banquets, as well as smaller events such as workshops, lectures and training sessions. Located minutes from downtown Las Vegas and The Strip, The Expo at WMCLV is close to some of the finest resorts, dining and entertainment that Las Vegas has to offer. The Expo at WMCLV debuted during IMC’s April 2021 Las Vegas Market and is the location for IMC’s newest buying event, Las Vegas Apparel, launching in August 2021. It offers direct access to the Las Vegas Design Center, which presents 30+ designer showrooms with more than 120 product lines weekdays to the trade. For more info, visit expowmclv.com.
International Market Centers serves as the center of commerce for the wholesale furniture, gift, home décor and apparel industries. With more than 20 million square feet of premium wholesale showroom space in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and Atlanta, IMC has more than 60 years of relationships and experience creating scalable business platforms for wholesale commerce. With the launch of Juniper, a fully integrated omnichannel B2B commerce solution and multi-line B2B e-commerce marketplace empowering buyers and sellers to better manage and grow their business at markets and year-round, IMC now provides the only omnichannel sales and marketing platform that seamlessly connects physical and digital wholesale commerce. For more info, visit www.imcenters.com.