2015 was one of the busiest years of my career. I joined Hanley Wood in 2000 to manage several trade Exhibitions including Surfaces, North America’s leading event for the flooring industry.
Hanley Wood was acquired by Informa in 2014, and 2015 was our first full year as part of the Global Exhibitions Division. I’ve found the Group to be very agile. There’s a strong growth agenda and a global reach that has created opportunities for me and the events portfolio.
Over the year my role enlarged and became more international. As well as managing the International Surface Event, I took on Dwell on Design, the largest design trade show in the US and designjunction, a leading UK design event.
We see potential to extend these Brands globally through strategic partnerships, and I’m proud to have negotiated a multi-year partnership between Dwell on Design and the European furnishing and interiors show imm cologne that will kick-start this process. Our US and European teams are increasingly co-ordinating to enhance how we promote our range of design and architecture events and help exhibitors reach their target markets.
Outside of the office, I’m also involved with the Society of Independent Show Organizers and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events. It’s an enjoyable industry to work in: fun, dynamic and exciting.