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New CATA hire Konecki bolsters auto show efforts

November 22, 2010
The Chicago Auto Show's 2005 edition will be 43 percent larger than its predecessors and span the McCormick Place North and South facilities. To manage what will be the world's largest auto show in one building, the CATA recently hired Chris Konecki for a new position, director of auto show operations. Konecki comes to the CATA after 16 years at McCormick Place, where he was event manager of the auto show account and other large shows at the venue. "Chris brings years of experiencewith the show community and he knows how to interact with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, and other entities interested in the auto show's success," said CATA President Jerry Cizek. "He brings the perspective of knowing shows from the inside out and can coordinate aspects like parking, food service, exhibit lighting and the freight marshaling yard." Konecki, 38, attended the Chicago Auto Show beginning in high school and has witnessed its transformation from a show in the original McCormick Place East building, with cars on one level, trucks on another, to a show that will span 1.2 million square feet next year.