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Messe Frankfurt celebrates #GED17

Last week, Messe Frankfurt North America participated in the second annual Global Exhibitions Day (#GED17), which celebrated the Trade Show Industry and its influence on the globalized market. Organized by UFI The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, #GED17 received an international response of connection and solidarity. With 108 billion dollars in revenue and 1.8 million dollars in jobs and tax income, GED17 connected many of the friendly faces that contribute to those incredible industry figures. In a statement made by Messe Frankfurt North America’s President and CEO, Dennis Smith, “Messe Frankfurt, Inc. employs industry professionals all across Canada, US and Mexico. Through our trade events, we aren’t only creating opportunities for our exhibitors and attendees, we are contributing to the welfare of the many families that are benefiting from the trade show ecosystem.” GED17 was a successful day of community that recognized the significance this industry has on the worldwide economy.

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Messe Frankfurt’s presence on Wednesday could not be ignored as subsidiaries from every corner of the world engaged on social media to show support of #GED17. This year’s Global Exhibition’s Day campaign message was “Think Global, Act Local,” a theme Messe Frankfurt North America strongly believes in. Our website will tell you Continue reading Messe Frankfurt celebrates #GED17

Messe Frankfurt North America 2016 Highlights

2016 was a year filled with excitement and growth for Messe Frankfurt North America! From hosting ten shows to adding a new valuable employee to our team. Here are five highlights from this past year.

1. We added new shows
As our company continues to grow, we added two shows in 2016 to further expand our already diverse portfolio. In August we announced our partnership with fashion industry veterans, Arnold and Bruce Zimberg and launched Boulevard Prêt-à-Sale which will showcase value and off-price merchandise, giving global retailers the opportunity to network with brand-name apparel, accessory and footwear companies in one location. Boulevard Prêt-à-Sale will have two editions every year: Spring and Fall. Continuing the partnership between Avanprint Paris and World Textile Information Network (WTin), we launched Avanprint USA to bring together the digital printing pioneers of North America’s top apparel design and sourcing professional in New York City.

2. We welcomed Patrick Nohilly as our new Co-President and CFO
Amidst launching shows in August and September, we added a new member to our team, Patrick Nohilly, who now oversees our company with Co-President and CEO, Dennis Smith.

3. We celebrated our 25th Anniversary
Together with our parent company, Messe Frankfurt GmbH, we celebrated a successful milestone of serving the North American market for 25 years. Co-President and CEO Dennis Smith thanked our talented staff in Atlanta, Mexico City, and Alberta, as well as the many others that have worked with us in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico over the years.

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Co-President and CEO, Dennis Smith welcomes the North America team to the Holiday Party + 25th Year Celebration
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Information Systems Manager, Erin Terrell talks about her 13 years of experience with Messe Frankfurt North America

4. We attracted around 37,000 visitors
Across all of our shows, we hit a new record total visitors for the year of 2016 and we anticipate a higher level of Continue reading Messe Frankfurt North America 2016 Highlights

Meet our new Co-President and CFO, Patrick Nohilly

Get to know our newest addition to the team, Patrick Nohilly, our new Co-President and CFO as he talks about his background, moving to Atlanta, and how he went from working at a restaurant to starting his career in business.

Tell us a little bit about your background
Hmmm. Where to begin. Born in Queens, NY moved to Long Island, NY at age 8, and lived there in various places for the rest of my life…until now. The only sport that existed in Queens was stick ball in the street and baseball in the vacant lot next door. When I moved to Long Island my sister and I lived with my aunt to start school on time before we closed on a house. My aunt stuck me on a soccer team with my cousin, was hooked from day one. Never looked back. Met my wife at age 18 working in Continue reading Meet our new Co-President and CFO, Patrick Nohilly

What it’s Like to Work at Messe Frankfurt North America?

 

Our HR Director, Vickie Ralls shares what it’s like to work at one of the top trade show companies in the world.

We’re Diverse
One of the most fascinating aspects of the business is the incredibly different industries in which the teams work. From Automechanika to Texworld USA and Boulevard-Pret-a-Sale, from Beautyworld Middle East, and Paperworld to Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas. These just name a few and how diverse the shows are. It’s very exciting when a team is ready to take off for their show. There’s a kind of frenzy and excitement that’s a contagious energy which spreads around the office.

Our employees have a strong desire to contribute and are committed to providing excellent service to our customers. We value our diversity and different perspectives. The employees are encouraged to develop further and progress in their field with the support of management. We take pride in all of our employees and collectively share in the prosperity of the business.

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We Know How To Have Fun
As hard as everyone works, we also have fun. One year for a team building event, we went bowling. We bowled three games. The second game, you had to do things like Continue reading What it’s Like to Work at Messe Frankfurt North America?

Messe Frankfurt: A timeline of its rich history

Being around for 775 years, Messe Frankfurt has proven a lot with its international success and growing portfolio with 132 (and counting) trade fairs at over 40 locations in five continents, 29 subsidiaries and about 2,300 employees. But how exactly did we get to this point? Where did all begin? Let’s take a look back on some of the important years in Messe Frankfurt’s history.

1150 – The first documented Frankfurt trade fair occurred

1240 – The first highly official Frankfurt Autumn Trade Fair was approved and sealed in a letter by the Emperor Frederick II on July 11.

1330 – The Frankfurt Spring Fair received its privilege from Emperor Louis IV on
April 25. Afterwards, trade fairs were held twice a year – spring and autumn.

1851 and 1855 – The first World Exhibitions in London and Paris heralded the start of the new type of industrial technology exhibition respectively.

1907 – Construction of the Festhalle marked the creation of one of Europe’s largest exhibition halls. It is the cornerstone of Ausstellungs- und Messegesellschaft mbH, the company founded in that is now known as Messe Frankfurt GmbH.

1919 – Import Fair opened on October 1, after World War I was over. With more than 3,000 exhibitors over a total exhibition area of 16,500 square meters, the event was also a commercial success.

1920 – The “Frankfurt principle” saw its first Continue reading Messe Frankfurt: A timeline of its rich history