High Point Hires New CEO
December 5, 2011 - 9:03pm

The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) recently named trade show executive Tom Conley (pictured) as its new president and CEO, replacing former CEO Brian Casey, who left in the spring.

Conley is the owner of TPC & Associates, a convention and trade show services business he launched in Chicago in 2009. Prior to that, Conley was president of the Toy Industry Association in New York, where he headed the 100-year-old International Toy Trade Show. He also worked for the National Housewares Manufacturers Association, where he helped improve and redefine the annual housewares show.

“We are very pleased to have someone of Tom’s caliber join the Market Authority, particularly with his extensive background in trade show management,” HPMA Chairman Kevin O’Connor of Samson Marketing said in a statement. “As we move forward, the objective for the Market Authority under Tom will be to develop strategies that will make the High Point Market even better, and to expand its role as the world’s premier home furnishings market. Tom has strong experience in building trade show attendance and working with multiple constituencies to ensure success, and I know under his leadership the market will continue to grow.”

Conley, who started his position on Aug. 15, say he likes what he’s seen of the industry so far.

“There are some wonderful people in the industry who care and want the industry to grow,” he says. “Our job, as a market maker, is to do everything within our power to give every industry member the opportunity to achieve that goal.”

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Jason Evans has joined ELK Lighting Group as the new Eastern Division Manager. Evans, who has 12 years of experience with Hunter Fan Co. and Casablanca Fan Co., will maintain offices in both North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Jessica Phillips Penn has joined Phillips Collection as Vice President of Sales. Phillips Penn, the daughter of owners Mark and Julie Phillips, previously worked for Discovery Channel and Craft Marketing. In her new position, she will be heading sales including key account and hospitality management as well as enhancing customer service in the northeast out of her New York City office.

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Liteline has hired David Wylie as a Specification Sales Representative for southern Ontario. Wylie has 22 years of experience in the lighting sales and marketing.

Neall Digert has been promoted to Vice President of Product Enterprise at Solatube Intl. Digert has had a long career in the daylighting, lighting and energy industries and was a featured speaker at this year’s Lightfair Intl.

Schréder Lighting has hired Jack Duffy & Associates as the company’s new sales agency in Cleveland, OH. The agency is committed to providing education to the lighting community through factory visits, web-based training and on-site training seminars.

Richard Fischbeck has been appointed the new Commercial Lighting Regional Sales Manager at Crestron. Fischbeck, who has more than 20 years of experience at companies like Cooper Lighting and Schneider Electric Lighting Controls, will cover the southwest territory.

Purely Products has two new hires: Roberta Modena, the new Executive Vice President of Marketing, and Mark Post, the new Executive Vice President of Sales. Modena is the founder and CEO of World of Green and Post is the former President of Champion Nutrition.

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