Hanley Wood Exhibitions names new president

Hanley Wood named Rick McConnell president of Hanley Wood Exhibitions and Shawn Pierce senior vice president.  Hanley Wood Exhibitions produces 12 tradeshows, including the International Roofing Expo.
McConnell succeeds Galen Poss, who has served as president since the division’s inception in 1999.  Poss resigned on June 15, along with executive vice president, Michael Green.   
McConnell has more than 21 years experience in the trade show industry and began his career at Hanley Wood in 2001 as show director. Most recently McConnell was senior vice president, with overall profit and loss responsibilities for the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, International Roofing Expo, Remodeling Show, JLC LIVE Residential Constructions Shows, DeckExpo and CONNECT, the online social networking tool.  In addition, McConnell was responsible for sales and marketing initiatives across the exhibitions group.   
Pierce has been instrumental in developing and implementing many of Hanley Wood’s technology initiatives, including ADAPT (A Database Analyzer & Prospecting Tool), a database system that tracks attendee and marketing data, which was later sold to a2z.  Most recently he developed and implemented CONNECT, a matchmaking/networking tool, and ConnectionPOINT, the customized portal for attendees and exhibitors of Hanley Wood events.  

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