EXHIBITION LIFEwww.exhibitionnews.co.uk 43PEOPLE MOVESNew events managers at English and Scottish venues plus a host of recruits in the contractors market dominate this month's appointmentsarls Court and Olympia Venues has appointed James Skillen as event manager. He joins from the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh where he spent the past six years working as an event manager. Nick Coffey (1) joins Lee as its new sales manager. Palacios has joined Chris Wright, Jamie Calder James Shelley have recently to SO Group.Rachel CowdreyMarketing manager,Brand Licensing Europe, AdvanstarBEST THING ABOUT EXHIBITIONSBeing onsite when you see all the months of hard work come together. Exhibitors are happy, halls are buzzing and visitors are enjoying the show. TOP FRUSTRATIONVery little; I have learnt to be very patient over the years. CROWNING MOMENTGetting where I am today, looking after the marketing for an exciting and successful exhibition, particularly after being told, years ago, that I would never make it as a marketer.DREAM JOBMarine biologist (unfortunately biology was not my strong point at school).INDIVIDUAL YOU MOST ADMIREIf I had to pick one it would be my fountain of knowledge, Anthony Calvani, print and production manager at UBM. MOST UNUSUAL EVENTHaving worked on exhibitions in quite 'sensible' industries (security, safety and health) in the past, I would have to say the show I am currently working on, Brand Licensing Europe. It's not often you see Bananas in Pajamas or Peppa Pig walking down the aisles. BEST PIECE OF ADVICEHonesty is the best policy. If you make a mistake, take responsibility and do something to put it right. SONG THAT SUMS YOU UP Being an 1980s child, it would have to be Together in Electric Dreams by Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder. FUNNIEST WORK MOMENTBeing asked to shave 100 tennis balls so a show logo could be stamped on them. There was such a look of dismay on my face when I was handed a razor and realised it was a serious request.2 MINUTES WITH...Chris Mooge and Michael Jones (3) have joined Etherlive to support the wireless technology provider's London Media Centre activities during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Former Harrogate International Centre head of marketing Alison Griffi n (4) has become the new sales and marketing director at Telford International Centre. Michael Ritchie has joined event organiser Teamwork Professionals as projects director. His brief is to seek new opportunities in the exhibition and conference arenas.Stoneleigh Park has expanded its catering team with new catering manager, Sue Hargreaves. Brintex Events has hired former Fresh Montgomery marketing executive Clare Barker as a marketing manager.Temporary structures supplier De Boer has appointed Arnout de Hair as its CEO to replace Lucas Covers. De Hair has been working for De Boer for 14 years and held different management board positions in logistics and IT. Since 2001, he served as chief logistics offi cer.Showplace has employed Adam Jalowiecki as head of internal exhibitions. The new recruit follows the recent appointment of Steve Salt from Timberland and Wedgewood.Audiovisual supplier TechPro has hired Mick Gregory as sales director. Grass Roots EventCom has boosted its sales team with two new recruits, Michelle Banks and Dominic Marder. Banks joins Grass Roots after running her own event management company in Ireland (MSB Events). Marder returns to Grass Roots from his position of MD at DriveSense.Gala Tent has made three seasonal staff permanent. Peter Cunningham, Douglas Young and Darren Haywood are now full-time in the warehouse. Gala also recently hired Nicola Chambers in its customer services department.Skillen will work across both Earls Court and Olympia and will assist clients such as Cruise Show, The Great British Tattoo Show, HR Softworld, The 50+ Show, The Golf Show. Excel London has added a new account manager to its exhibition sales team. from Clarion Events, where he was show manager on the organiser's retail portfolio. Prior to joining Clarion, Nick worked at UBM for nine years on the Interiors portfolio.The MCM Group has recruited Miah (2)Lee will be working on MCM's popular videogame, movie and comics events including MCM Expo London Comic Con, Britain's biggest pop culture festival, and the UK collectors' show Memorabilia. Miah was most recently with Centaur Exhibitions working on the In Store Show, part of the Marketing Week Live portfolio. He has also worked for Tarsus Group and IPC Media.Borja Gonzalez PalaciosAztec Event Services as a marketing assistant. He previously worked as an intern for Spanish street theatre company Carros de Foc and will now help develop Aztec's profi le in the digital sphere.SO Group has expanded its team. and joined the fi rm as account managers managing a portfolio of exhibitions and events. Wright will join the contractor's Manchester division, while Calder is rejoining SO Group after a short stint with eForce. Shelley has worked for P&O Exhibitions and Opex previously and is also returning E2341
GALLERY44 www.exhibitionnews.co.ukInternet World turns 20uBM staff and exhibitors from this year's Internet World trade show at earls Court took time out from the show floor to celebrate the brand's 20th birthday and its ongoing influence in the changing technology landscape. the celebratory bash took place at the Collection in Chelsea, london on 25 April. Right: The celebration is held in the brick and metallic environs of The CollectiveCentre: Internet World group event manager Andy Kiwanuka (left) and eKomi's Borge GrothmannFar right: Guests hear about the history of Internet World and plans for the show's next growth phase Right and above: Exhibition and event organisers including Clarion Events, George P Johnson, Virgin Media and Jack Morton headed to Silverstone to test the new facilities and race trackevents In the fAst lAneMore than 70 representatives from the exhibition and events industry donned their driving gloves to head up to a special open day at the new silverstone Wing in northamptonshire. Guests took part in a welcome ceremony and networking lunch before testing out their skills in racing cars on the track, the home of the British Grand Prix.