Year started: 2014 Department: Sales Position: International Sales Manager
Describe yourself in 3 words. Intellectually Innovative Renegade
Tell us about your typical day at Messe Frankfurt? On any typical day at Messe Frankfurt, I am making magic happen. We are the facilitators of dreams. We create opportunity out of thin air…literally a slab of concrete and a vision.
What is your favorite/best thing about your job? Sales….I love sales…I love the easy sell…I love the hard sell. I love turning no into yes. I never take no for an answer.
1. IT takes everyone on the team working together in constant communication to make a trade show successful – before, during and after the show!
I was really amazed at how well-organized the event was, from registration to the closing ceremony. From the promotion of the event to follow up emails after the event. Expo! Expo! hosted 262 exhibitors and more than 2,200 attendees. I’m really impressed with how they provided something for everyone — they also made it informative and fun. The exhibit hall and the Tech Swim Up Lab were my favorite parts of the trade show. With these developments and technology, I’m very excited for the future of IT in this industry.
2. IT is always evolving and the landscape is ever changing. Networking and education are the keys to keeping up-to-date in the trade industry.
Another thing I learned from the expo is Continue reading First time at Expo! Expo!→
The Winter 2017 editions of Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA opened their doors and show floors to exhibitors and visitors alike on Monday, January 23rd, 2017. Continuing through Wednesday, January 25th, and once again taking place at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, the co-located shows presented an assortment of international suppliers from around the globe who showcased textiles, trims and accessories, manufacturing and private label development services, as well as finished apparel.
Texworld USA Winter 2017 boasted over 225 exhibitors representing 12 countries, including: Canada, USA, Colombia, India, United Kingdom, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and more. Turkey, Korea and Taiwan returned with dedicated country pavilions. The Lenzing Pavilion also returned to the show floor with 17 exhibitors focused on integrating sustainable fibers into a wide range of product categories. From cotton to functional fabrics and knits to lace, Lenzing Pavilion exhibitors showcased the best use of TENCEL® and Lenzing Modal®.
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 launchedAvanprint 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.
Pictured above (L-R) Dennis Smith – President & CEO, Carina Whitaker – Operations Director, Kari Martin Bush – Marketing and Conference Manager, Carrie Kittrell – Sales Manager, Brian Hays – IT Director along with (not pictured) Patrick Nohilly – President & CFO and Austin Berry – Business Analyst are all excited to attend this year’s Expo! Expo! December 6 – 8 in Anaheim, CA!
Almost every trade show professional attends IAEE‘s annual “show for shows” to stay up-to-date with industry trends and technology while networking with like-minded professionals. This year’s Expo! Expo! provides an “inside out” approach, focusing on five key strategies: Interaction and Engagement, Innovation, Giving Back: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Encouraging a Global Spirit and Community, Learning: Plan, Perform and Lead.
1. Connect with more than 225 industry leading exhibitors from around the globe
From Aaquatools, Inc.to Zone Defense, Waste & Recycling Expo Canada promises to bring you the best in the waste management and recycling industry. Exhibitors are coming from different countries, including:
Belgium Savic Engineeringis the market leader in the elimination of dust and odor problems. Their SPRAYSTREAMmachines produce microdroplets to create a blanket of mist. The technology can be used in many sectors: Bulk handling industry, Recycling, Demolition works – Crushing plants, Agriculture and Horticulture, Food industry. Visit them in booth 1260.
Canada Durabac has become a leading manufacturer in the sustainable development industry with their environmental equipment. They specialize in waste and recycling containers (front & rear load), roll-off containers (cable or hook), plastic containers, self-dumping hoppers, plastic dumping carts and various platforms. See them in booths 1223 & 1323.
United States Komptech Americas is a leading international technology supplier of machinery and systems for the mechanical and mechanical-biological treatment of solid waste and for the treatment of biomass as a renewable energy source. Visit them in booth 1329.
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→
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.
Plus new partnership with World Textile Information Network (WTiN)
Messe Frankfurt is pleased to announce the launch of its highly anticipated digital printing technology focused trade event, Avanprint USA. The launch of Avanprint USA follows the successful launch of Avanprint Paris and is a joint partnership with World Textile Information Network (WTiN). Avanprint USA aims to bring together digital printing pioneers and North America’s top apparel design and sourcing professionals over the course of three days in New York City. This new sourcing platform will showcase the latest innovations in digital textile printing technology, including machinery, inks, software, products and services, and more. The first edition will debut at the Javits Convention Center alongside the Summer 2017 edition of Texworld USA, one of North America’s premier fabric textile trade events, on July 17th, 2017.