Sho-Link Inc., an installation and dismantle (I&D) service company, has appointed a new special events coordinator and hired two new city managers and a show foreman for various offices.
Company officials recently named Paul Raffanti the firm’s new special events coordinator. Raffanti started in the tradeshow business more than 30 years ago as an I&D carpenter at Chicago’s McCormick Place and has been involved in all aspects of the I&D business. He became an assistant city manager for Sho-Link in 1998 and a city manager in 1999 and will be the firm’s special events coordinator during its 20th year in business.
“I am excited to announce Paul’s acceptance of the new position. This move will enhance our ability to best serve our membership using Paul’s talents and industry knowledge,” said Scott Rudel, president, Sho-Link.
Mike DeGiacomo is Sho-Link’s new Chicago city manager and started working in the tradeshow industry in 1980. DeGiacomo worked as a bench carpenter and later a traveling I&D supervisor for many high-profile clients. Sho-Link hired DeGiacomo as a union carpenter in Chicago in 2002 and promoted him to show foreman in 2008.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to manage Chicago for Sho-Link. Having worked for many contractors over the years and seeing how they operate within our industry will allow me to incorporate the best of what I’ve seen with our team in Chicago,” said DeGiacomo.
Sho-Link has named Ray “Mike” Haren the firm’s Atlanta city manager. Haren worked as a tradeshow carpenter since 1986 and helped open the Sho-Link Atlanta office in 1993, eventually becoming Sho-Link’s East Coast operations manager after taking a three-year hiatus to work with his family’s construction business. Haren became a senior field supervisor in 2002 and has worked in nearly every large convention or exhibit hall in the United States.
“Mike will instill the years of experience, dedication and consistent great quality and effort that is his trademark into the Atlanta job and crew. While managing the Georgia area, he will still be traveling the country as Sho-Link’s senior field supervisor when his Atlanta duties permit. But Atlanta will be job-one, and it will benefit from his commitment,” said Joe O’Reilly, regional operations manager, Sho-Link.
Sho-Link officials also hired Robert Tarolla as Las Vegas show foreman. Tarolla began his career in the tradeshow industry in 1991 while attending college in Chicago and worked at McCormick Place until he moved to Las Vegas in 1995. He was a member of Teamsters Local 631 and has been the city manager for many venues in several states before joining Sho-Link Las Vegas.
“Sho-Link is excited to have Robert join the Las Vegas team,” said Bill Redman, Las Vegas city manager, Sho-Link. “His passion and dedication for customer service fits in perfectly.”
Sho-Link is a national event-services company specializing in providing skilled labor for the I&D industry.
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