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MEET THE TEAM: GREG JIRA

Greg Jira is one of the newest additions to the Messe Frankfurt team.  He relocated from Long Island to Atlanta to join Messe Frankfurt as the director of the Clean Show. 

How long have you been in the industry?

I have been in the industry for twenty+ years.  In this time, I have had the opportunity to work on both the show management side (for-profit, associations) and contractor side (general service contractor, logistics, installation & dismantle house) of the industry.

Where did you grow up?

My youth was spent growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio.

Tell us about your family.

My wife, Lori, is a former meeting planner- now working in H.R.  Together we have two brats…. I mean two amazingly inspiring kids – Emma (12) and Jake (11).

Tell us one thing that would surprise us about you.

I used to have a ton of hair (really) and spent my teenage years working in the music industry.

What is your favorite place you have ever traveled and what is your dream vacation destination?

Favorite place I have ever travelled?   I have been blessed to be able to visit so many exciting and beautiful places in this line of work. It is hard to say.

My favorite place is anywhere my friends and family gather.

My favorite vacation destination is to a place not too far from where Tori (one of our Operations Managers) called home, Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio .It’s like Six Flags on steroids.

However, my kids will tell you their favorite place is the Poconos Mountains just outside NYC, because there are three awesome water parks to explore.

 

 

First time at Expo! Expo!

As IAEE announces the location for Expo! Expo! 2017, our IT Director, Brian Hays reminisces on his first Expo! Expo! experience. Brian took a trip to Anaheim, CA along with some of the Messe Frankfurt North America team, last December for the annual trade show industry meeting and exhibition.

img_22411. 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.

 

img_22952. 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!

Messe Frankfurt North America goes to Expo! Expo!

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.

Two of our employees who have attended Expo! Expo! in the past share their experience: Continue reading Messe Frankfurt North America goes to Expo! Expo!

Avanprint USA: Messe Frankfurt’s latest show addition

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.

Avanprint USA will provide fashion textile buyers and sourcing professionals a rare opportunity to Continue reading Avanprint USA: Messe Frankfurt’s latest show addition

Meet the Team: Kia Ford

Year Started: 2016

Department: International Sales
Position: International Sales Associate

Describe yourself in 3 words.

  • Silly (a “good” silly of course)
  • Creative
  • Positive

Tell us about your typical day at Messe Frankfurt?
A typical day on the job for me begins when I make my signature cup of coffee. I will then check my email and follow up with inquiries pertaining to my shows from exhibitors and exhibitor prospects, the office team, as well as from Frankfurt. I do some data entry and update my files. Normally, after this, I consider what show(s) need to be touched on that particular day after I Continue reading Meet the Team: Kia Ford

Home Textiles Sourcing Expo showcases over 120 international exhibitors during July 2016 edition

Products showcased across 6 categories: upholstery, bed, bathroom, table, window and floor

Show highlights include home trend and sustainability-focused seminars organizing by Lenzing Innovation

Returning to the New York City for its 7th edition, Home Textiles Sourcing Expo welcomed exhibitors and buyers to the show floor beginning Tuesday, July 12th at 10AM and continued through Thursday, July 14th. As a long-term joint venture partnership between Messe Frankfurt and CCPIT-Tex and as one of the largest events in North America to focus solely on textiles and finished soft goods for all home applications, Home Textiles Sourcing Expo has become a go-to event for manufacturers, retailers, jobbers, converters, contract specifiers and designers. This July’s edition once again showcased products in six categories, including upholstery, bed, bathroom, table, window, and floor.

 

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The summer 2016 edition of Home Textiles Sourcing Expo boasted over 126 exhibitors representing 8 countries, including: Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, China, India, USA and Vietnam. The Turkey and Pakistan pavilions both returned to the show floor with over 200 square meters of premium home goods. High-quality cotton, premium bedding and luxury bath textiles were also to be Continue reading Home Textiles Sourcing Expo showcases over 120 international exhibitors during July 2016 edition

Summer 2016 editions of Texworld USA and Apparelsourcing USA maintain strong visitor attendance

On Tuesday, July 12th, 2016, the Summer 2016 edition of Texworld USA opened its doors and show floor for business to exhibitors and visitors alike. Continuing through Thursday, July 14th and once again taking place at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, the historic 21st edition of Texworld USA presented an assortment of international suppliers from around the globe who showcased textiles, trims, and accessories in 16 product categories. In addition to celebrating 10 years of success in New York City, the anniversary edition of Texworld USA was also a celebration of 10 years of partnership with Lenzing Innovation.

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The summer 2016 edition of Texworld USA boasted over 485 exhibitors representing 15 countries, including  Continue reading Summer 2016 editions of Texworld USA and Apparelsourcing USA maintain strong visitor attendance