Tom Mitchell started his trade show career at Messe Düsseldorf North America (MDNA) in Chicago in 1993. As U.S. Marketing & Development Manager, he was responsible for the promotion of some of the world’s leading industry trade fairs, including drupa, K, Medica, interpack, and boot Düsseldorf. During this time he also launched the first Internet presence for MDNA as well as the creation of a customized database system for sales and customer management.
In 1996, he transferred to New York to open Messe Düsseldorf North America’s new office in Manhattan and as Regional Director oversaw the marketing activities for three German trade fair organizers: Messe Düsseldorf, Messe Essen and the Igedo Company.
In 1999 he returned to the Chicago office as Senior Director, Strategic Development & Operations, where he oversaw day-to-day infrastructure and planning for future events and projects. In November 2005, he was promoted to President.
During his career, Tom has overseen the launch of several new international events, including a trade fair for footwear and fashion in Miami, a medical instrumentation event in Mexico, and a flow control technology event in Brazil. More recently, he helped launch Valve World Americas and Pump Summit Americas/Fugitive Emissions Summit Americas, both in Houston and Energy Storage North America in California. Further, Tom founded the digital health brand FTR4H (Future for Health), which is an initiative focused on digital health content and technology imbedded within the Messe Düsseldorf medical events.
Tom participates actively in the industry and is a member of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). He serves on the Board of Directors of SISO.
Tom is a Chicago native and holds a bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University in International Studies and German.