Neal Patton has been in the U.S. Trade Show industry for more than thirty years, having joined The Portman Companies, former owner of AmericasMart, as Assistant General Counsel in 1986. Working initially with the Portman family’s architecture, real estate development, and property management companies, Neal subsequently took on responsibility for the legal affairs of the Atlanta Market Center, and in 1994, became General Counsel of the renamed company, AmericasMart. He assisted in taking that company public a year later and served as Corporate Secretary until the merger of AmericasMart with ANDMORE in 2018.
Karen Olson has a more than 25-year career in B2B marketing and business strategy. She has been with ANDMORE since its inception in 2011, working in various evolving and expanding roles from marketing for High Point, as well as its expansion into Las Vegas in 2011, and Atlanta in 2018. She has also been integrally involved in development of ANDMORE’s digital strategy. Prior to ANDMORE, Karen spent several years working in the tradeshow and publishing industry in Massachusetts, as well as several years at advertising and PR agencies.
Prior to ANDMORE, Bill has had extensive experience in executive leadership roles in a variety of industries. He was Executive Vice President and CFO of GSE Holdings, Inc (NYSE:GSE) from 2011 to 2013. He spent 8 years with Animal Health International (NASDAQ: AHII) as SVP and CFO. Prior to that he held CFO positions at Rawlings Sporting Good Company (NASDAQ: RAWL), Collins Signs, and Pak-Lite.
Shannon joined ANDMORE from Hilton Worldwide, where he served as Vice President, IT Field Services and Strategic Sourcing. In that role, he managed the technology operations functions of over 700 corporately-managed hotels globally and lead Hilton’s global technology deployment and implementation organization responsible for the company’s proprietary PMS, industry leading Digital Key solution, and sales platform.
Monique joins ANDMORE from 21 years at Incite Strategies, Inc. (ISHR Group), where she was the CEO and Founding Partner, responsible for providing executive assessment, development, and coaching services to corporate and private equity/portfolio companies globally. Previously, Monique worked in Human Resources at General Electric and General Motors.
Mark is seasoned digital executive with 25+ years of experience transforming how organizations interact with customers and growing a company’s value proposition through innovative technology solutions. He has experience across several verticals including technology, advertising, media, FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) and financial services.
Dorothy Belshaw has served as IMC’s Executive Vice President, Chief Customer & Marketing Officer since 2020, a role in which she oversees all aspects of IMC’s end-to-end customer experience, driving increased buyer acquisition across all Markets, and developing digital tools and services to improve the at Market experience for buyers and tenants.
HIGH POINT, NC / LAS VEGAS, NV – Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – Blackstone announced today that funds managed by Blackstone Real Estate Partners and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities completed the previously announced acquisition of International Market Centers, Inc. (“IMC”), the world’s largest owner and operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home decor and gift industries, from Bain Capital Private Equity, L.P. and funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. Fireside Investments also partnered with Blackstone on the acquisition.
Blackstone announced today that funds managed by Blackstone Real Estate Partners and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities entered into a definitive agreement to acquire International Market Centers, Inc. (“IMC”), the world’s largest owner and operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home decor and gift industries, from Bain Capital Private Equity, LP and funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. Fireside Investments is also expected to partner with Blackstone in the acquisition. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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