A 27-year veteran in tradeshow management, McConnell began his career at Informa when it acquired Hanley Wood Exhibitions in December 2014. He was named President of Hanley Wood Exhibitions in July 2009, where he is responsible for managing and growing the company's exhibition activities.
He began his career at Hanley Wood in 2001 as Show Director, after holding senior management positions with Miller Freeman/VNU, MAGIC International, and the Dallas Market Center.
Rick holds an MBA from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southwest Texas State University. He is a long-time active member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events [IAEE] and is on the Board of the Society of Independent Show Organizers [SISO] and frequently speaks at events and seminars.