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CEA's Dan Cole Named 2013 EXPO Elite


The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced that Dan Cole, vice president of business development for the International CES® and CEA, was recognized by EXPO magazine as an EXPO Elite. Owned and produced by CEA, the International CES is the world's largest annual innovation event and is held in Las Vegas.

The EXPO Elite 2013 list is the third-annual ranking of leaders in the tradeshow industry. The list recognizes individuals who have taken a fresh approach to doing business and lead their shows to success. The list is intended to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and dedicated drive that allows the tradeshow industry to flourish.

“Dan Cole is a vital part of CEA and plays an essential role in the success of the International CES,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “Dan developed the S.U.R.E. ® (Sense of Urgency, Responsiveness, and Empathy) approach to customer service for CES exhibitors and continues to find ways to keep the International CES innovative and dynamic. I congratulate Dan for being honored as an EXPO Elite and for his entrepreneurial zeal in ensuring exhibitor ROI and success at the International CES.”

“Dan's passion for providing great customer service is one of the reasons that the International CES continues to grow and evolve,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy for CEA. “Congratulations to Dan for receiving this award and for being recognized for his outstanding service to CEA members and CES exhibitors.”

For the past 15 years, Cole has served as vice president of business development for the International CES and CEA. He has held other sales related leadership positions over his 25-year professional career. He began his tenure in the tradeshow industry in 1992 as a national accounts manager for National Trade Productions. Since then, he has won numerous awards including IAEE's most outstanding sales and marketing executive, the International Business Awards' most outstanding sales executive and was named one of Dealerscope magazine's “40 under 40.” Cole is a highly sought after writer, speaker and sales trainer in the tradeshow industry.

Note to Editors: The official name of the global technology event is “International CES.” Subsequent references to the show can be shortened to “CES.” Please do not use “Consumer Electronics Show” to refer to the International CES.

About CEA:

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $209 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA online: and Follow CES at and through social media:,,


  • Economic Retreat
    March 8-10, 2013, Snowmass, CO
  • CES on the Hill
    April 16, 2013, Washington, DC
  • Technology & Standards Spring Forum
    May 20-24, 2013, Denver, CO
  • CE Week
    June 24-28, 2013, New York, NY
  • 2013 CEA Industry Forum
    October 20-23, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
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Allison Fried, 703-907-7603

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