CEIR Names New President, CEO

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) has named Brian Casey its new president and CEO, effective December 2013, it announced yesterday.

“The selection of Brian was a unanimous decision by the CEIR search committee and similarly endorsed by the CEIR board,” CEIR Board Chairman Greg Ortale said in a statement. “We have the utmost confidence and admiration in him based on his background, which will uniquely benefit CEIR, and we look forward to working closely together on the strategic initiatives and research projects that have made CEIR the well-respected organization that it has become today. I am pleased to know that CEIR will be led by a professional with an exemplary background and credentials who understands the exhibition industry, and is committed to its future.”

Casey — who is based in Cleveland, where he serves on the boards of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Positively Cleveland and the Downtown Cleveland Alliance — currently is vice president and general manager for the Cleveland Global Center for Health Innovation & Convention Center, where he’s responsible for operations, sales and marketing functions for the convention center facility. He previously has served as president and CEO of the High Point Authority, owner of Next Generation Events Group, executive vice president at SmithBucklin and managing director of trade shows for the International Housewares Exposition.

Casey replaces longtime President and CEO Douglas Ducate, who announced his plans to step down earlier this summer.

“I am very honored and excited to have been selected to lead CEIR moving forward,” Casey said. “Having been in the industry for more than 30 years, I have seen CEIR grow and become the essential source for providing thousands of professionals with the data and research that fuels our industry. I look forward to working with the board of directors and staff to further enhance the solid foundation that both the CEIR board, current President Douglas L. Ducate, CEM, CMP and Executive Director Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP have established.”

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