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ATLANTA (March 27, 2015)-  Urban Expositions has announced a series of staff appointments and promotions related to its semi-annual Philadelphia Gift Show.  Marilyn Anderson, former Philadelphia Gift Show Executive Director, has been promoted to the newly created position of Director of Operations, Gift.   Joining the team as the new Show Director for the Philadelphia Gift Show is Dean Russo.

In her new role Marilyn Anderson now joins Urban’s newly created Operations Department to manage   gift show operational duties.  In addition to working closely with show teams to ensure smooth move-in, onsite and move-out activities for exhibitors, she will also serve as liaison between Urban and show decorators, security, audio visual, temp staffing, transportation, logistics and other vendors. With the Urban team for more than 14 years, Marilyn has overseen the steady growth and success of the company’s Philadelphia Gift Show. Before joining Urban, she held other roles with ASME, GES and Messe Frankfurt.    Anderson will report to Donna Guess, Vice President of Souvenir Shows and Operations, and will work closely with Matt Miller, Director of Operations, Souvenir.

Russo comes to Urban Expositions from Serlin International Transportation where he served as General Manager.  With years of trade show sales and industry experience, Russo has held leadership positions for other exhibition companies and associations throughout his career, including Senior Vice President of Reed Exhibitions and Director of Sales for the Security Industry Association.

“We are so proud to announce these new positions for these veteran trade show leaders.  Marilyn’s invaluable contribution to the continued growth and success of our flagship Philadelphia Gift Show, coupled with her keen understanding of show operations and the role it plays in a positive experience for our exhibitor customers, made her the perfect candidate for this new position,” said Dirk von Gal, vice president of gift, Urban Expositions.  “Dean’s extensive trade show experience, proven sale expertise, and eye for new growth opportunities, guarantee a seamless leadership transition, as well as exciting new prospects for the Philadelphia Gift Show, too.”   

The next edition of the Philadelphia Gift Show is scheduled for July 19-22, 2015. For information on exhibiting, contact Dean Russo at 1.800.318.2238 | or Jeannie Dorchak at 1.800.318.2238 ext. 0340 |  For general show information, visit 

Urban Expositions, which is based in Kennesaw, GA, produces and manages a portfolio of 35 events covering six sectors. Urban Expositions was founded in 1995 with the Philadelphia Gift Show and built its business in the regional gift and souvenir industries. In 2008, Urban began to diversify outside of Gift & Souvenir and now produces events in sectors including Art, Aviation, Foodservice, and Gaming. Urban also produces one publication, Airport Revenue News, focused on the airport concession industry. Outside of Kennesaw, Urban also has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, as well as many remote employees based in areas that are rich with customers. For more information, visit