CHICAGO – Hannover Fairs USA (HFUSA), the U.S. subsidiary of Hannover, Germany’s Deutsche Messe – one of the world’s largest and most active organizers of capital goods trade fairs, today announced that it has named Ed Nichols as vice president of events. Nichols will manage the commercial vehicle show portfolio, which currently includes the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV Show 2019). He also will develop new North American events in the fire and safety segment of the company’s portfolio of INTERSCHUTZ exhibitions & conferences. HFUSA’s North American portfolio showcases the wide range of B-to-B events organized by Deutsche Messe in Hannover and around the world.
Nichols will report to Larry Turner, CEO of HFUSA, and will work alongside Ray Bianchi, vice president of events & business development. Bianchi will continue to manage the DOMOTEX USA residential floor covering event, HANNOVER MESSE USA, the new Digital Industry USA trade show focused on Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the North American portfolio of renewable energy shows. Nichols is responsible for growing exhibitor and visitor attendance for the current North American trade shows in his portfolio while developing HFUSA’s portfolio of fire and safety industry events.
“Ed is well recognized in the events industry and is an outstanding addition to our North American trade show management team,” said Turner. “Ed and Ray are extremely talented industry experts who will work together to speed the development of new events around the country so we can strategically grow our portfolio,” added Turner.
Prior to joining Hannover Fairs USA, Nichols served as vice president of events for Endeavour Business Media. He also served as vice president of events for SouthComm Business Media, Cygnus Business Media and Reed Exhibitions. Nichols holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Connecticut. In 2016, Nichols headed the SouthComm Business Media team that relaunched Firehouse Expo. Trade Show Executive ranked the 2016 Firehouse Expo as one of the top 50 fastest-growing shows in all three categories, total attendance, number of exhibiting companies and net square footage.
“I’m excited about this tremendous opportunity to join an international events organization,” said Nichols. “I look forward to working with the HFUSA team to grow and launch new business as we build out the company’s North American portfolio.”
Nichols can be reached at ENichols@hfusa.com or +1 (773) 796-4250.
About Hannover Fairs USA
Hannover Fairs USA, Inc. (HFUSA) is the U.S. subsidiary of Hannover, Germany’s Deutsche Messe – one of the world’s largest and most active organizers of industrial technology events. Chicago, Illinois-based HFUSA helps U.S. companies expand domestically and internationally through exhibit and sponsorship opportunities at Deutsche Messe’s worldwide portfolio of events. Participation in these events offers U.S. companies an unparalleled opportunity for business development through trade shows and conferences held in Hannover, Germany and North America, as well as in key markets such as China, India, Mexico and Turkey. HFUSA creates qualified new business leads, helps U.S. companies enter new markets and aids them in forming lasting partnerships.
About Deutsche Messe AG
As one of the world’s foremost organizers of capital goods trade fairs, Deutsche Messe (Hannover, Germany) stages a rich array of events at venues in Germany and around the globe. With 2017 revenue of 356 million euros, Deutsche Messe ranks among Germany’s top five tradeshow producers. The company’s portfolio features such world-class events as (in alphabetical order) CeMAT (intralogistics and supply chain management), didacta (education), DOMOTEX (carpets and other floor coverings), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), INTERSCHUTZ (fire and rescue services, civil protection, safety and security), LABVOLUTION (lab technology) and LIGNA (woodworking, wood processing, forestry). Deutsche Messe also stages trade fairs at other German venues, for example parts2clean (industrial parts cleaning) and SurfaceTechnology (surface treatment). The company also regularly hosts a number of internationally renowned events by third parties, among which are AGRITECHNICA (agricultural machinery) and EuroTier (animal production), both of which are staged by the German Agricultural Society (DLG), EMO (machine tools; staged by the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association, VDW), EuroBLECH (sheet metal working; staged by MackBrooks) and IAA Commercial Vehicles (transport, logistics and mobility; staged by the German Association of the Automotive Industry, VDA). Deutsche Messe’s portfolio also comprises events in Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and the USA. These include shows in the following fields: Automotive, ICT & Digital Business, Manufacturing and Processing Industries, Energy & Logistics and Metal Processing. With more than1,200 employees and a network of 58 sales partners, Deutsche Messe is present in more than 100 countries.