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February 23, 2023

Belshaw Promotion Among IMC Executive Leadership Changes

International Market Centers (IMC) has announced changes to its executive and senior leadership teams, with Dorothy Belshaw promoted to the new role of executive vice president, chief growth officer. Veteran IMC employees Karen Olson, Brett Austin and Brian Archer have assumed expanded roles and responsibilities.

In the newly created role of executive vice president, chief growth officer, Belshaw (pictured above) will call on more than three decades of industry experience to direct IMC’s growth, evolution and business expansion – in both the physical and digital realms, according to IMC CEO Bob Maricich.  In her new role, Belshaw will be responsible for all IMC revenues, as well as company-wide strategic growth initiatives. IMC leasing and tradeshow senior vice presidents Ryan Mahoney (Furniture), Julie Messner (Home Décor), Katie Miner (ADAC), Terence Morris (Gift) and Caron Stover (Apparel), as well as Jesse James, vice president of Shoppe Object, now report directly to Belshaw.

Belshaw is a more than 30-year veteran of the trade show industry. She joined IMC in 2012 as President of its fledgling Gift division, and her role soon broadened across IMC’s Las Vegas and High Point campuses. As a member of IMC’s executive leadership team, she helped facilitate IMC’s acquisition and integration of AmericasMart Atlanta in 2018 and Shoppe Object in 2022. Prior to joining IMC, she was senior vice president for George Little Management (GLM), a producer of consumer product tradeshows.

“Dorothy’s experience with revenue oversight and new business development, coupled with her 360-degree knowledge of our customers, uniquely positions her to help drive IMC’s growth,” said Maricich. “Dorothy has been a guiding influence this past decade and a valuable partner to me in defining what IMC is today, and will be tomorrow. IMC’s industry-leading markets in Atlanta, Las Vegas and High Point are juggernauts of commerce connecting 250,000 unique and qualified buyers with more than 13,000 brands year-round. Dorothy’s experience, leadership and insights will be invaluable in executing IMC’s omnichannel strategy.

Olson assumes the role of chief marketing officer, reporting to Maricich. Olson, who joined IMC in 2011, has more than 25 years in wholesale marketing and business strategy.

Austin assumes the role of senior vice president, procurement and production, reporting to Bill Lacey, IMC CFO. Austin has more than years of experience in managing advertising sales, production, procurement, project management and creative services. He joined IMC in 2018 as part of the company’s acquisition of AmericasMart Atlanta.

Archer assumes additional responsibility as senior vice president of LightFair. Archer brings nearly 20 years of financial and accounting experience to his current role as Chief Accounting Officer for IMC. He joined IMC in 2014, with responsibility for oversight of the accounting, tax, treasury, risk management, payroll and financial reporting functions. He also serves as a Board member of LightFair, an annual commercial lighting trades how, owned by IMC in partnership with IALD and IES. Dan Darby continues as LightFair senior vice president and show director.

Scott Eckman, who joined IMC in 2011 and most recently served as executive vice president, chief revenue officer, has left IMC to become president of Loloi Rugs, a family-owned rug and home decor business with permanent showrooms in markets including Atlanta Market, High Point Market and Las Vegas Market.

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