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Hargrove Announces Key Staff Promotions as Company Continues to Grow
9/26/2013
Hargrove, one of the largest trade show, event and exhibit companies in the U.S., announced today several promotions of key staff members, including that of Diana Simmons, now Hargrove's executive vice president and chief operating officer. The promotions follow a remarkable period of extended growth for Hargrove, who was recently named to the 2013 Inc. magazine Inc. 500|5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest growing private companies.

In addition to Simmons' promotion, Hargrove has promoted Fred Strickland to the newly created position of executive director of procurement and product development; John Aulbach will now serve as executive director of production services, overseeing production management and fabrication; and David Solsbery will now lead the graphics production and graphics detailing as the executive director creative services.

"As a world-class creator of experiential environments, our goal has always been to offer our clients creative solutions and outstanding service. These promotions are part of our ongoing strategy to position the company for greater market share. Each of the leaders we've promoted has been an integral part of our success and importantly, share a belief in the importance of our industry and a commitment to extraordinary customer service. We look forward to great things of each of them," said Tim McGill, Hargrove CEO.

Over the course of just three years, Hargrove revenues have increased by 78%. Producing hundreds of projects annually throughout the U.S., Hargrove's clients range from Fortune 500 companies to national associations. Last year, Hargrove produced some of the most complex events on the global stage, including the 2012 NATO and G8 Summits and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.

Additionally, Hargrove was recently awarded a variety of new business for all three product lines, including:
o The Airports Council International Annual Conference and Exhibition;
o The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing Annual Forum and Products Exposition;
o The National Association of College Auxiliary Services Annual Conference;
o The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington; and
o The Inc. 500/5000 Conference and Awards Ceremony.

All of the staff members promoted were instrumental in securing this new business and have directly contributed the company's remarkable growth.

"I believe Hargrove offers a unique approach to the creation of face-to-face environments for our clients and unparalleled customer service. Our growth has been incredible, but I know with these promotions as well as our entire talented team the greatest years for Hargrove are ahead," said Hargrove executive vice president and chief operating officer Diana Simmons.

Simmons, who now oversees all of Hargrove's business operations, is a seasoned industry professional and 13-year veteran of Hargrove. Most recently, she served as the executive vice president of Hargrove. Prior to joining Hargrove, she was the general manager of the Mid-Atlantic Division for GES and the president for National Trade Productions.

Strickland, as executive director of procurement and product development, will lead the company's research and product development efforts as the company aggressively identifies new ways to ensure its client's success. Strickland, who has been with Hargrove for 25 years, previously oversaw Hargrove's expansive fabrication and graphics capabilities.

Aulbach, a 15-year veteran of Hargrove, has led the production of Hargrove's most complex projects, including the 2012 NATO Conference, four presidential inaugurations and the dedication of the National Air and Space Museum's Steven Udvar-Hazy Center. Aulbach's promotion to executive director of production services will help streamline Hargrove production management and fabrication functions.

Solsbery will now lead the graphics production and graphics detailing as the executive director creative services. Solsbery, who joined Hargrove in 1998, has overseen the design requirement of countless high-profile and complex projects. Hargrove's graphics capabilities are some of the most advanced in the U.S., due to the company's ongoing investments in hi-tech equipment, training and software.


About Hargrove, Inc.
Hargrove is a nationally renowned general contractor for trade shows, events and custom exhibits. From major industry trade shows to high profile, national events and custom exhibits that successfully drive revenues, Hargrove helps corporations, associations and organizations bring their vision to life with face-to-face experiences. Hargrove offers its clients personalized service delivered with care by its exceptional team. The company, a certified woman-owned business, is considered a leader in creative solutions across its three sales divisions and continues to experience increased market share. For more information go to www.hargroveinc.com.


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lanaostrander@hargroveinc.com





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