Trade show veteran steps into role as PMMI’s director of expositions.
October 28, 2014
by Canadian Packaging Staff
Reston, Va.—PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and the owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, has added Ray Luca to the staff as director of expositions.
Luca oversees the team responsible for the operations and management of the PACK EXPO events — most immediately at PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 at McCormick Place in Chicago on November 2–5, 2014.
“Ray’s been working in trade shows for more than 20 years, managing shows such as the Worldwide Food Expo, The FMI Show and InterBev. He knows the ins and outs of the industries the PACK EXPO shows serve, and his range of experience makes him able to provide fresh insight,” says Jim Pittas, senior vice-president, Trade Shows, PMMI.
Prior to PMMI, Luca worked with NaylorCMG, beginning when the Convention Management Group, a start up in the mid-1990s, and helped lead the firm through its acquisition by Naylor in 2007.
“Each group and each event is different, and the experiences have allowed me to work with many of the best partners and solutions providers in trade shows. I thoroughly enjoy working in the exhibitions industry, and I’ve learned something new at every event I’ve attended,” says Luca.
He adds, “I am excited to be part of PMMI and to work on managing some of the country’s largest trade shows. I look forward to being part of the unique approach that has made PACK EXPO International so highly successful. PMMI has a tremendous reputation as a leader in exhibitions and events.”
Luca has a BS in Marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University and lives in Burke, Va. with his family. He is a long-standing member of The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and active in its Washington, D.C., chapter.
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a trade association representing over 650 packaging and processing supply chain companies that provide a full range of packaging and processing machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through programs and events such as the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, packexpo.com, PACK EXPO Show Daily, networking events and educational programs.
PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International and presented jointly with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE); PACK EXPO Las Vegas, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world.