The board of managers of Solar Energy Trade Shows LLC (SETS) has appointed Brian E. Tully executive director. SETS is a new joint venture formed by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) in October 2009 to produce trade shows.
As executive director, Tully will manage and grow SETS' high-impact solar energy events, which include the Solar Power International and PV America conferences. Proceeds from these events will continue to be invested toward the continued growth of the U.S. solar energy market through SEIA's and SEPA's year-round advocacy, research and education activities.
Tully brings to SETS nearly three decades of experience in various levels of trade-show management at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). In that role, he oversaw the annual FMI Supermarket Industry Convention, which was consistently ranked in the top 15 U.S. trade shows.
During his time at FMI, Tully also started four vertical trade shows within the retail food industry, including MarkeTechnics, a business technology event that grew to 100,000 net square feet with participation from 350 companies and 7,000 attendees. For a three-year period, Tully managed a staff that produced three annual U.S. events and one international show.
SOURCE: Solar Energy Trade Shows LLC