GLM has appointed Christian Falkenberg as the new Show Director for the New York Intl. Gift Fair (NYIGF), the company announced recently. Falkenberg, a GLM vice president and 20-year veteran of the trade show industry, replaces Dorothy Belshaw, who recently became the President of the Gift Division for International Market Centers.
Prior to his promotion, Falkenberg served as the NYIGF Show Manager since 2008.
“In recent years, the NYIGF has undergone a series of strategic refinements to enhance the overall product offering, cross-category synergy, market differentiation and presentation, to better serve the needs of our customers,” GLM CEO Charles McCurdy said in a statement. “Christian has played a key role in the fair's evolution. Given his deep experience within the gift and home industry, and the NYIGF specifically, the fair's growth and success will thrive under his guidance.”
Since joining GLM in 1992, Falkenberg has held sales and management positions with the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show, the Las Vegas Intl. Hotel & Restaurant Show and the Air & Waste Management Assn. Conference and Expo. He was promoted to Vice President in 2003.
“I am looking forward to bringing the fair through the next phase of Focus Forward 2013, launching Artisan Resource Market this summer, and strengthening the NYIGF’s position as the premier marketplace in the gift, home and lifestyle industry,” Falkenberg said in a statement.