One of the key strengths of the EACA is that from its inception the Board of the EACA has had representation from every stakeholder segment in the trade show industry.

Any and all initiatives that are proposed by the Board receive input and scrutiny from all Directors.   We know that for any initiative to succeed we must have buy-in from all parties.   This TEAM approach not only creates value for the EACA and its members, it also creates value for everyone in our industry.

The EACA Board is comprised of 8 EAC Directors, 6 industry Directors, Jim Wurm, its Executive Director, and Don Svehla, its Ex-Officio Director.  

Shannon Scherer

Shannon Scherer joined Nth Degree in 1995 and was promoted to VP and General Manager in 2012.  Since 2004, Shannon has been responsible for risk management, legal matters, contracts, corporate compliance, labor negotiations, multi-employer plans, collective bargaining agreements, facility management, compensation & benefits, organizational development, staffing & recruiting, employee relations, and managing the organization’s culture.

Randy Bott
Vice President

Randy Bott is President of Momentum Management.

David Holloway

David Holloway is the Chief Operating Officer for Eagle Management Group.

Bernie Massett

Bernie Massett is Director of National I&D Services for MC2.

Jim Wurm
Executive Director

In his 30 years of trade show marketing and management, Jim Wurm has worked on both the show management and exhibit services side of the business. He has launched and organized trade shows throughout the U.S. and in Europe, as has worked for I&D (now Nth Degree) as Director of Marketing and National Sales Manager. Jim has created and managed his own trade shows (CleanRooms and CleanRooms Europa), and has served as Group Director of High Tech shows for Miller Freeman, Inc.(at the time, the third largest show organizer in the world).

Chris Griffin
Immediate Past President

Chris Griffin, the President of Trade Show Supply, Inc., is a respected and sought after resource in the trade show and event marketing industry.   A published author of both online and instructor-led seminar courses, he has trained over 1000 industry exhibit sales consultants and I&D service technicians, and lectured to over 100,000 business professionals on trade show marketing and other professional development and industry-related topics.

Steve Johnson
EAC Director

Steve began his career in the industry in 1982 working for I&D Inc. in Clarkston, Ga. He eventually was named President of the Labor Division of I&D, and oversaw all  labor management events within the company portfolio.

In 1989 Steve resigned his position, and along with his partners, formed Renaissance Management Inc. Renaissance is now in its 26th year of serving the industry, and is one of the leading Exhibitor Appointed Contractors in North America.

Steve is a founding member of EACA, having served on the initial Board of Directors, and is also a Past President. He has served on the Board of EDPA, and has been involved with all organizations within the industry as a participant, speaker, and member in good standing.


Mike Metzger
EAC Director

Mike Metzger is President of Zenith LaborNet.

John O'Shea
EAC Director

John O’Shea is the Director of Field Services for Czarnowski.

Brian Phebus
Exhibit Design & Production Director

Brian Phebus, President of Metro Exhibit Corporation,  is the Exhibit & Design Producer representative on the EACA Board.
Brian is the CEO/owner of Metro Exhibit Corporation located in Romeoville, IL.  He was raised up in the exhibit industry following in his father Richard’s footsteps who started the company over 30 years ago.  After earning his degree at UNLV Brian assumed the lead role at MEC and has successfully steered the organization’s positive growth.


Rich Gilligan
Exhibit Manager Director

Rich Gilligan, Global Commodity Expert with SAP, is the Exhibit Manager representative on the EACA Board. Rich has more than 25 years experience in the marketing and event management fields.  Along with his current position in the software development industry, his broad-based experience includes senior executive roles in the telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries.

John Jaworski
Show Manager Director

A tradeshow management professional with 20+ years of experiences coordinating large conventions including ALA, NRA and RSNA annual meetings.  Responsibilities have included meeting registration/housing, function space logistics, meeting operations logistics, and exhibit sales/operations. Current, the RSNA Director: Technical Exhibits and oversee all operational aspects of the RSNA Technical Exhibition in Chicago each November.  Professional memberships include IAEE, HCEA, PCMA and E2MA.  Working toward CEM certification.

Bob McClintock
Facility Manager Director

Bob McClintock is the Senior Vice President / COO of SMG Convention Center Operations. He is responsible for the operations of the 75 convention centers, and the more than 15 million square feet that SMG manages, seeking to build on the mission of providing the users of SMG-managed centers with the maximum return on their investment and enhancing the experience of all who utilize these facilities. His team is focused on the needs of our municipal partners by providing a business friendly environment, enhancing the growth of staff, and creating new event product for the Centers.

Robert Lessin
Union Director

Robert Lessin is the National Tradeshow Industry liaison for the International Union of Painters and Allied Traders (IUPAT), which represents over 140,000 workers in the United States and Canada.

He is also active locally in the labor community and serves as the Assistant Business Manager of the Painters DC 36. He previously served as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles Convention and Exhibition Center Authority Commission, serving as its President during the calendar year 2010. He currently sits as Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles Planning Commission. 

April Hurley
GC Director

Twenty-two years of industry experience, including sales, customer service, operations and project management. Solutions guru who enjoys challenges faced by associations and corporations with their trade shows and events. Harnesses the power of The Expo Group’s resources to find the appropriate solution and to make the process effortless for her clients. In addition, April is an inventor-of-record for The Expo Group’s Automated Convention Processing System and Method (U.S. Pat. 6,557,007 B1), the business process that enables the company to deliver its renowned Single Source Service®. April received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University.