The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. is seeing some changes among its top officials, with a new director of trade shows and a new top communications staffer.
Walt Bishop has been named vice president of trade shows for Washington-based SPI, and Tracy Cullen has been named vice president of communications and marketing.
Bishop, a longtime staff member at the group who headed SPI's Moldmaker and Molders divisions, will oversee NPE 2006, the largest plastics trade show in North America, set for June 19-23 in Chicago. Bishop, who joined SPI in 1985, replaces Jordan Morgenstern, who retired from SPI in May after 19 years in the position.
Cullen replaces Paula Weis, who left Washington. Cullen had been vice president of communications at Chlorine Institute Inc. in Arlington, Va.
NPE and the smaller Plastics USA shows are significant revenue producers for the trade association, and SPI President Bill Carteaux said Bishop will help implement a three-pronged plan SPI developed last year for its trade shows.
Carteaux said SPI wants to focus on building up education and conferences, including presenting new technologies; increasing international participation and dealing with visa challenges, including those that have hampered delegations from countries like China; and broadening the show with pavilions in areas like elastomers.
SPI's top lobbyist, Jeff Trask, left the group recently, after joining the organization in August. Carteaux declined to comment.