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Galen Poss

Galen Poss

Krakoff Award Winner: 2018
Vice Chairman, dmg events
Galen A. Poss, CEM, is Vice Chairman for dmg events which owns and operates events globally in the construction, oil& gas and digital marketing sectors. He was President of Hanley-Wood Exhibitions, a division of Hanley-Wood, LLC from its inception in January 2000 until June of 2009. Prior to joining Hanley-Wood Exhibitions, Poss spent six years as President of the Dallas Division of Miller Freeman, Inc. (a subsidiary of UBM). Poss began his career in the trade show industry in 1977 with the New Orleans Convention and Tourist Bureau and in 1983 formed Precision Planning & Sales (PPS), Inc., an exhibitions management company, providing exhibition and conference services for associations. Poss sold PPS to Miller Freeman in November of 1993. Poss has been a member of the DMGT team since November 2010.


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    Tony Calanca, Calanca & Associates LLC
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    Don Pazour, CEO, Access Intelligence
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    Howard Hauben, CEO, H2 Events
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    Liz Irving, President, Clarion Events