Unisfair, which provides virtual events, has introduced Virtual Events for Business 2.0. The new program features capabilities such as professional networking, e-commerce and multilanguage events. Virtual Events for Business can be integrated with other online tools, such as sales force automation and webcasting. It also offers designs for virtual environments, virtual booths and virtual booth representatives.
The Trade Show Exhibitors Association's board announced it has appointed Margit B. Weisgal as executive director of the trade group. Chairman Arthur Veale announced the move as part of a new strategic program the association is undertaking. Stephen Schuldenfrei, president of TSEA for the past three years, announced his long-planned retirement. Weisgal was previously principal of Sextant Communications, a trade show exhibitor education and consulting firm.
IBAHN, which provides managed broadband and network services for the meetings and hospitality industries, and IAEE Services, a subsidiary of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, introduced expoConnex, a managed network of services and technology platforms for IAEE members' events. ExpoConnex includes such applications as online registration, VoIP communications, audience response system management and e-learning centers.
Freeman, which offers integrated services for face-to-face events, announced several senior-level changes. Donald S. Freeman Jr. retains his title as chairman. Joe Popolo, formerly president, assumes the duties of CEO formerly held by Mr. Freeman. Carrie Freeman Parsons was named vice chairman, in addition to being CMO. John O'Connell was promoted from exec VP-COO to president. The changes take effect July 1, the start of Freeman's fiscal year.