Our Team

ANGELO VARRONE

ANGELO VARRONE

CEO/Chairman

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Angelo has been in the B-to-B communications field for over 45 years, starting his career at Gralla Publications, Inc. in New York. He is currently Chairman/CEO of Exponation, which he co-founded in 2002. From 1984 to 1998 Angelo was President/CEO of Shore-Varrone, Inc. (SVI), an Atlanta based B-to-B communications company, that grew from $3 million in sales to $30 million under his leadership. SVI’s portfolio of 11 magazines and 7 trade shows was sold to VNU, Inc. in 1998. Angelo has served on the board of directors of the American Business Media (ABM) trade association and was vice-chair of ABM’s marketing committee. He received the Specialty Equipment Markets Association’s Athena Award, for contributing to the professional advancement of women in the automotive aftermarket.
CHRIS GIBBS

CHRIS GIBBS

President/COO

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Chris co-founded ExpoNation LLC in 2002. As sales manager, he successfully launched the company’s first trade show and conference – LightShow/West. In 2004 Chris lead the sales effort to launch Digital Signage Expo (DSE) which quickly became a worldwide leader in this growing market. Chris was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2006, with responsibilities for all of Exponation’s trade show and internet sales activities. In October 2008, he was promoted to president and COO. Chris resides in Marietta, GA with his wife and three children. He enjoys spending his free time fishing, and watching his children participate in sports.
COLIN BERRY

COLIN BERRY

Operations Manager

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Colin joined Exponation in 2004 and currently serves as Operations Manager for all company tradeshows, including the Digital Signage Expo, LightShow West, LED Specifier Summit and CorpComm Expo/EduComm Expo. His extensive experience with assisting exhibitors in all facets of preparation for Exponation events has helped prepare him as he has transitioned into the operations side of the tradeshow industry. Colin has been integral part of the growth of Exponation and its tradeshows from the earliest days of the company. A 33 year resident of Atlanta and a graduate of the University of Georgia, Colin is an avid Bulldogs, Falcons, Braves, Hawks and soccer fan.
CASSIE CANTRELL

CASSIE CANTRELL

Exhibitor Services Manager

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Cassie joined Exponation in 2017. She is currently the Exhibit Services Manager for Digital Signage Expo (DSE), LightShow West, and LED Specifier Summit, as well as the APEX Awards Manager for DSE. Cassie is a graduate of Valdosta State University. She currently resides in Atlanta where she loves staying active outdoors by exploring new hiking trails around the area, attending sporting events, and taking advantage of all activities the city has to offer.
RUSS EISENHARDT

RUSS EISENHARDT

Consultant

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After officially retiring in 2013, Russ continues to serve as a professional consultant to Exponation, assisting with the production of the Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas and LightShow West in Los Angeles. He joined Exponation as President in 2004 after serving as both Vice President and Group Publisher at VNU, Vice President-Trade Shows at Shore-Varrone, and as President of his own trade show production company in Chicago.
CAMMY FARONE

CAMMY FARONE

Web Administrator

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Cammy joined the Exponation team in 2015 bringing over 25 years of creative experience in web development, graphic design, social media management and marketing. As web administrator, Cammy develops and maintains the company’s numerous show web sites, creates graphics for social media and marketing materials, and produces the company’s newsletters. She lives in Marietta where she and her husband enjoy gardening and nature photography.
CORY FAUSZ

CORY FAUSZ

Marketing Director

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Cory is an award-winning media and marketing professional with more than 20 years of experience in consumer and business media and events. A graduate of Yale University, she has held management positions at Gannett, Cox Communications and Nielsen Business Media (formerly VNU) and has served as Communications Manager for Exponation since January 2012. She is responsible for attendee and exhibitor marketing for the stable of Exponation events and oversees the company’s websites and brand management. Cory is an avid gardener and cook and lives in Alpharetta, GA.
CHELSEA FRY

CHELSEA FRY

Sales Process Manager

678-514-3090
cfry@exponation.net

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Chelsea joined the Exponation team in 2016. As the Sales Process Manager, she is responsible for managing the processing of all sales for each event. This includes the processing of all contracts into the database, fulfillment of most signed agreements for all sales personnel, and auditing of all published promotional materials that include exhibitor marketing materials. Additionally, she sells advertising opportunities for LightShow West, LED Specifier Summit, & WestCoast Lighting Insider as well as printed show directory marketing for Digital Signage Expo. Before Exponation, Chelsea worked as a Client Relationship Coordinator allowing her to expand her sales and project management skills, while working with numerous business owners across the nation to find the business solution that fit their needs best. Graduating with honors, Chelsea obtained her Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a focus in Leadership from Georgia Gwinnett College. Outside of work, she enjoys being outside, riding horses, spending time with family/friends, traveling with her husband and loving on her fur babies.
DANIELLE GIBBS

DANIELLE GIBBS

Co-Founder

404-432-8622
dvgibbs8@gmail.com

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Danielle co-founded Exponation LLC in 2002, spearheading all operations and logistics surrounding the inaugural LightShow West in San Francisco, 2003. In addition, she managed trade show and special event operations for numerous other Exponation joint venture events and clients such as Retail Construction Expo and The Atlanta Luxury Expo. Danielle created the first New Product Showcase for Digital Signage Expo (DSE) and has been actively involved in the annual APEX Awards show. She began her career with AmericasMart Atlanta (AMC Trade Shows) in 1995 as Show Coordinator for Used Machinery Expo, Surf Expo and IAEM’s Expo! Expo!, eventually serving as Show Manager for LIGHTFAIR International. She has a background in public relations and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.
CRAIG HENDERSON

CRAIG HENDERSON

Publisher / General Manager

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Craig is a 20-year veteran advertising executive with a successful background in B2B sales and sales management, across multiple vertical segments. He currently oversees our online initiatives for all Exponation products, and is Business Development Manager for Digital Signage Expo. When we first started Exponation, Craig managed the sales staff and increased market share and revenues for VMSD, and the International Retail Design Conference, and has been instrumental in the launch of numerous other initiatives for Exponation. He has a consultative marketing & advertising approach, and is a big picture thinker who is helpful to clients looking for unique ways to engage our exclusive audiences.
JEN HENDERSON

JEN HENDERSON

Marketing Associate

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Jen has 7+ years experience in social media and website management, inbound marketing, digital marketing, animation and content development for B2B and B2C. In addition to marketing, her responsibilities include managing social media for Digital Signage Expo, Digital Signage Connection, LightShow West and the LED Specifier Summits, as well as monitoring SEO, online presence and Google Analytics. She’s also a trained historian with advanced degrees in Early American History from Florida State University, where she earned awards and fellowships for her writing and research and taught courses as a Graduate Instructor. In her free time, Jen loves traveling with her husband, studying human nature and ideas, mastering new skills, reading/watching sci-fi and relaxing in the middle of her herb garden.
HELEN KANG

HELEN KANG

Conference Director

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Helen is the Conference Director at Exponation LLC, primarily responsible for the development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of conference programs at Digital Signage Expo, LightShow West, LED Specifier Summit, Connected Tech Expo and more. She maintains an active knowledge of the industry to ensure delivery of timely and relevant content, and oversees the speaker submission/selection process.
JASON KUSHNER

JASON KUSHNER

Digital Content Manager

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Jason is a screenwriter, filmmaker, multimedia journalist and editor of DigitalSignageConnection.com. Since graduating from the University of South Florida with a journalism degree, Kushner has shot video and written for a myriad of publications and multimedia projects including Creative Loafing Tampa, Gogobot.com and TBO.com. His 2009 documentary American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee explored the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybees and the various environmental/economic repercussions. The film became an Official Selection at 12 international film festivals, won Best Documentary at the 2009 Central Florida Film Festival and a John Muir Gold Award at the 2009 Yosemite Film Festival. In 2015, he became editor of Digital Signage Expo’s partner site and has since worked his way up to Digital Content Manager.
JEANNE PHILLIPS

JEANNE PHILLIPS

Sales Director

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Jeanne started her B-to-B career in 1988 at Shore-Varrone, Inc., the Atlanta-based trade show and publication company. Jeanne was on the start-up team for Display & Design Ideas Magazine (DDI) and helped launch Global Shop, which grew to the 50th largest trade show in the U.S. in just 4 years. Jeanne joined Exponation in 2004 as Sales Director of Digital Signage Expo (DSE) and LightShow West. In that role, she helped DSE more than double in size and helped grow the company’s lighting industry franchise from one to four events. She currently runs CorpComm Expo and EduComm Expo. Jeanne resides in Atlanta and is an avid sports fan.
BLAKE SWARTZ

BLAKE SWARTZ

Attendee Relationship Specialist

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Blake joined the Exponation team in March 2016 as an Administrative Assistant. He has now taken on a new role as our Attendee Relationship Specialist. He manages attendee relationships for all
Exponation events, including Digital Signage Expo, LightShow West, Connected Tech Expo, and LED
Specifier Summit. Blake also provides administrative support for database management and social media. Born and raised in Georgia, Blake is an Atlanta sports fan and as a food junkie he is always looking for the next hidden gem. Blake lives in Dunwoody and likes to spend time with his family and friends.
ANDREA VARRONE

ANDREA VARRONE

DSE Show Director

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Andrea is the Show Director for Digital Signage Expo (DSE). She joined Exponation, LLC in 2008 as a sales associate. She was promoted to Sales Manager in 2011, after achieving significant sales milestones in her territory. That combined with her increasing knowledge of the industry and relationship building within the digital signage community led to her promotion in 2015 to Show Director. She completed her Digital Signage Experts Group Certification in July, 2012. Andrea is a graduate of the University of Georgia.
KAREN VARRONE

KAREN VARRONE

VP Business Development

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Karen is the VP Business Development for Exponation. She has served as the Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the Digital Signage Federation (DSF), the international association that represents the digital signage industry. She has also held senior positions in with World Travel Partners/BTI and Freeman Expositions. Prior to joining Exponation, Karen used her 30 years of event and hospitality experience to found The Mission Group, a company focused on helping corporations achieve substantial ROI from their events by developing strategically creative approaches to marketing, incentives, registration, housing and production management.
BRUCE WILSON

BRUCE WILSON

Conference & Meetings Supervisor

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Bruce has worked in the trade show/expositions and hospitality industries for over 30 years. Bruce has spent over 20 years in the business-to-business international trade show / event producing industry as Senior Director of Operations, and Executive Director, Operations for Nielsen Expositions (formerly VNU) and Thomson Financial respectively. Bruce has directed operations for such international events as the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), Hospitality Design and GlobalShop. Bruce began his career with the Institute of Industrial Engineers as Conference Director, and Director, Continuing Education as well as Conference Services Manager with the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead Hotel.
GERI WOLFF

GERI WOLFF

Consultant

Market Works Intl.
gwolff@market-works.com

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Geri is a communications professional with over 40 years of experience in marketing planning, advertising, promotions and publishing. As founder, President & CEO of Market Works International (MWI), a business development and strategic marketing firm, Geri has been active in the digital signage industry for nearly a decade. She is retained by both Exponation (on behalf of DSE, CCE and ECE) and the Digital Signage Federation in marketing and communications capacities. Headquartered in the US, MWI also has an affiliate office in Europe and specializes in helping clients develop their businesses to achieve greater profitability through innovative marketing programs and to their target audiences.