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Freeman Adds Four to Corporate Events Team
3/6/2008
David Gauthreaux, vice president, sales, corporate events, at Freeman, has announced the following new members of the corporate events team:

Carl Heck has joined Freeman as account executive, corporate events, in the Dallas corporate office. Previously, Heck spent 11 years with Downing Displays in Cincinnati in exhibit program management and development, and has extensive experience in management and sales engineering from the sound and music contracting industry.

Craig Hoffend has accepted the position of national accounts director, corporate events, based in the Chicago office. Craig Hoffend began his career with Freeman in 2001, after the purchase of Hoffend Exposition Services, where he served as executive vice president. His most recent position was national sales manager, exposition services, for Freeman in Chicago. Hoffend recently completed the CEM (Certified Exhibit Manager) program with IAEE, has served as a board member of the IAEE Midwest Chapter (Sponsorship Chair) and participates on the IAEE Committee for Environmentally Responsible Exhibitions.

Chris Metzger joins Freeman as national account director, corporate events, also in Chicago. With a background in conceiving and developing innovative marketing and branding solutions for his clients, he has been a presenter at industry events such as the Exhibitor Show, and also served on the HCEA Annual Meeting Committee. Before joining Freeman, Metzger was senior sales executive for ExhibitGroup in Chicago.

Elke Simons-Tully has joined Freeman as sales manager, corporate events, based in Orlando. Simons-Tully comes to Freeman with over 20 years of exhibit program management and international event contracting experience. Raised in Europe, Simons-Tully was educated in Germany, the United Kingdom and the University of Tennessee. Her U.S. industry experience includes sales positions with GES and, most recently, Shepard Exposition Services.

Gauthreaux commented, 'We are excited to have such great talent join the Freeman family. We believe that their addition will help us continue to do incredible things for our clients in the face-face marketing space.'

Freeman is a leading provider of integrated services for face-to-face marketing events, including expositions, conventions, corporate events, and exhibits. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has offices in 41 cities across North America. Freeman produces over 3,900 expositions annually, including 100 of the largest 200 U.S. trade shows, and over 10,000 other events worldwide. Founded in 1927, the company remains privately held by the Freeman family as well as the full-time employee owners through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

For more information, go to www.freemanco.com.


Contact:
ellen.beckert@freemanco.com


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