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Kerry Gumas

Kerry Gumas

President and CEO
Kerry C. Gumas was President & Chief Executive Officer of Questex Media Group LLC, a leading international event and media company that brings communities of buyers and sellers together to do business face-to-face, online and one-to-one via a series of over 50 conferences, exhibitions, hosted buyer and other events produced annually in North America, Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia/Pacific and over 100 related eMedia, web and mobile titles, B2B magazines and other information products. A leader for over 30 years in the exhibition and B2B media industry, Mr. Gumas also held senior executive positions at Advanstar Communications, IDG World Expo and Reed Exhibition Companies. He has been responsible for managing, launching and acquiring standalone and integrated B2B tradeshow, digital media and publishing businesses in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia, serving over 35 distinct industries. Mr. Gumas began his career at the United States Department of Commerce where he was a key member of the team that produced the first U.S. National Trade Exhibitions in Beijing and led over 20 U.S. trade missions throughout China. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and is a member of the American Business Media Association and International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). He was recently named an Honorary President and previously served as president and vice president of the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (SACEOS). In addition he is a member of numerous tourism, travel and hospitality industry and trade groups and associations. He was named to Tradeshow Week Magazine’s “Power Pack: The 100 Most Influential People in the Tradeshow Business” and B-to-B Magazine’s “Who’s Who in Business Publishing”. Mr. Gumas received his degree in Political Science and Business Administration from Widener University.


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    Tony Calanca, Calanca & Associates LLC
  • “Two of the best acquisitions Access Intelligence had executed came directly from contacts and discussions held at the SISO CEO Summit. Beyond that important networking for transactions, I learn best practices from the best in the industry. The ROI for membership is immeasurable.”
    Don Pazour, CEO, Access Intelligence
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    David Adler, CEO & Founder, Bizbash Media
  • “Our industry thrives on the personal relationships that face-to-face builds, and the CEO Summit is the ultimate place to build YOUR network!”
    Tom Mitchell, President, Messe Dusseldorf North America
  • “As busy, independent, for-profit organizer, SISO keeps our company connected to all the key players working in this industry and allows great relationships and ongoing learning of best practices from the best in the business. All invaluable assets to help move our business forward."
    Howard Hauben, CEO, H2 Events
  • “The SISO membership represents the entire for-profit tradeshow community and the annual SISO conferences are must-attend events for their educational and networking value.”
    Joel A. Davis, Founder & CEO, JD Events
  • Being a member of SISO has allowed me to navigate the dynamic landscape of our industry in the most effective way possible. Personally, it’s been a journey of continuous learning, networking, and collaboration that fosters deep relationships with industry leaders. Professionally, the insights I’ve gained, the resources I have accessed, and the collaborative initiatives and advocacy work have helped to take my organization to new heights. SISO, to me, is an indispensable asset for my career and business.
    Liz Irving, President, Clarion Events