MEDIA RELEASE: SISO Suspends Russian Members from All Access to SISO Events and Activities, Condemns Russian Invasion of Ukraine, Launches a Fundraising Campaign to Support Humanitarian Efforts in Ukraine08 Mar 2022
March 7, 2022 – Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) leadership condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“We’ve all watched with horror as the conflict in Ukraine has escalated, with reports of explosions in populated areas,” said Hervé Sedky, current Chair of the SISO Board of Directors and CEO of Emerald. “We cannot stand by and watch this conflict unfold without taking action. We have today decided to suspend Russian members from participation in our events. We are also launching a fundraising campaign and contributing to the much-needed ongoing humanitarian efforts.”
SISO CEO David Audrain added: “This tragic and senseless unprovoked attack by Russia on the people of Ukraine must be condemned by all, and actions that will bring the Russian government to the realization they must stop have to be taken and that includes isolating Russia from all commercial activities as quickly as possible. We will be sharing this action today with the SISO Membership, as well as details on a fundraising campaign to support the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). SISO will be seeding this fundraising campaign with an initial $10,000.”
Those interested in supporting the fundraising efforts should contact info@SISO.org.
SISO members include companies, corporations and other for-profit entities that own, produce or provide full-service management of “face-to-face” trade shows, consumer shows, expositions, conferences and events. SISO membership is a combination of large corporations and small entrepreneurial enterprises that do business around the world.
SISO’s 200-member companies produce thousands of events around the world. SISO’s Mission, is to meet the common needs of our members, by providing peer networking opportunities, education, industry information, streamlined business processes and best practices in the industry.
For more information on SISO, the SISO CEO Summit, the SISO Summer Conference, the SISO Women’s Leadership Forum, and the Asia CEO Summit, please visit www.SISO.org, or contact David Audrain, SISO CEO, at 404-334-4585 or David@SISO.org.