Peter Nathan Retires After 58 Years

Peter Nathan, president of PWN Exhibicon International, has retired after 58 years in the tradeshow and event industry.

Nathan, who managed more than 500 shows in his career, is renowned for his work managing the first independent exhibitions in the former Soviet Union, China, Cuba and Libya. He was also credited with several industry innovations including the use of show floor managers, exhibit space drawing techniques and “credit-card” lead retrieval systems.

“After 58 years in the event industry, it is time,” Nathan says in comments emailed to EXPO. “My proudest achievements are two-fold. First, I have mentored numerous people in the industry, and they all turned out to have become terrific industry professionals. Second, developing overseas exhibitions before any other organizer and especially breaking ground in the former Soviet Union, China, Cuba and Libya.”

PWN will cease operations by the end of the year.

Clarke Leaves World Dairy Expo

Mark Clarke will leave his position as general manager of the World Dairy Expo (WDE) and become executive director of the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.

The WDE, a five-day international dairy cattle competition and tradeshow with an estimated local economic impact of $50 million, grew from 66,000 to 72,000 attendees during Clarke’s five-year tenure.

Clarke takes over at the AEC for previous director Bill DiCarlo who managed the facility for 14 years.

The AEC hosts more than 500 events and generates an estimated regional economic impact of $88 million. The facility itself consists of 164 acres, including an exhibit hall, the Dane County Coliseum and agricultural facilities.

“I’m excited to move into the position of executive director of the Alliant Energy Center,” Clarke told EXPO via email, emphasizing the possibility for the facility’s expansion in the near future. “This campus and the surrounding area have the potential to be an must see destination for Madison, Dane County and Wisconsin.”

A replacement has not yet been named for Clarke at the WDE.

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