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PMMI appoints director of expositions

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, the owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of tradeshows, welcomed a director of expositions.

Ray Luca oversees the team responsible for the operations and management of the PACK EXPO events — most immediately at PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014.

ECN 102014_POM_PACK EXPO_Ray Luca“Ray’s been working in tradeshows for more than 20 years, managing shows such as the Worldwide Food Expo, The FMI Show and InterBev. He knows the ins and outs of the industries the PACK EXPO shows serve, and his range of experience makes him able to provide fresh insight,” said Jim Pittas, senior vice president, Trade Shows, PMMI.

Prior to PMMI, Luca worked with NaylorCMG. He began with the company when it was Convention Management Group, a start up in the mid-1990s, and helped lead the firm through its acquisition by Naylor in 2007.

“Each group and each event is different, and the experiences have allowed me to work with many of the best partners and solutions providers in trade shows. I thoroughly enjoy working in the exhibitions industry, and I’ve learned something new at every event I’ve attended,” Luca stated.

He added, “I am excited to be part of PMMI and to work on managing some of the country’s largest tradeshows. I look forward to being part of the unique approach that has made PACK EXPO International so highly successful. PMMI has a tremendous reputation as a leader in exhibitions and events.”

Luca is a long-standing member of International Association of Exhibitions and Events and active in its Washington, D.C., chapter.

He has a B.S. in marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, Va.) and lives in Burke, Va., with his family.

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