METALCON's Claire Kilcoyne Retires, New Vice President Of Events Joins Team
Newton, MA - METALCON - the metal construction industry’s largest international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions announces the retirement of Claire Kilcoyne, its vice president of tradeshows, after decades of dedicated
service to the metal construction industry.
METALCON was established in 1991, and Kilcoyne has been there every step along the way. Responsible for the organizational leadership of a tight-knit team in the planning and execution of METALCON’S event logistics, Kilcoyne began her career with
the parent company, PSMJ Resources Inc., in 1985 with a focus on tradeshow sales. After four years, she had the opportunity to devote all of her energy into planning one show.
As vice president of tradeshows, Kilcoyne launched METALCON and despite tough economic times then, it was a huge success because of the demand in the metal construction industry for a new and innovative event. This was the beginning of developing partnerships
and relationships that have carried METALCON throughout the years.
“Building long-lasting relationships are the foundation of Claire’s approach to business and maintaining those relationships – be it speakers, exhibitors, contractors, media or event staff – is what makes our show the most successful
and largest international event in the metal construction industry,” said Frank Stasiowski FAIA, owner and CEO of PSMJ Resources and METALCON.
“Claire always has her eye on new ideas for innovative, live and interactive additions to the show each year,” continued Stasiowski. “Because of her hard work and dedication, today, more than 100 associations, 25 media outlets
and 500 manufacturers support the event attended by approximately 5,000 metal construction professionals each year.”
In 1994, Kilcoyne launched the show’s giving back program. With each show, METALCON and its generous attendee audience give thousands of dollars back to the local community, helping non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, The Carmen
House, Home for our Troops, It’s the Journey Atlanta Breast Cancer Walk and Semper Fi Funds, just to name a few.
“The giving back program is the most exciting part of the show for me personally,” said Kilcoyne. “Not only does it provide us the opportunity to thank the community hosting our show, we are able to help those in need – again,
This year will be no different as METALCON is partnering with the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania to raise money for essential housing, employment, and vital support services for eligible Pittsburgh-area veterans, service members and
METALCON has come full circle for Kilcoyne with her grand finale taking place in Pittsburgh’s Steel City, home to long-time partners’ United States Steel Corporation and PPG Industries, both actively involved with METALCON since its inception.
“After 29 years of partnering with the Metal Construction Association, 35 years at PSMJ Resources and 800,000 miles on the Mass Turnpike, I am hanging up my tradeshow sneakers,” continued Kilcoyne.
“The friendships and memories made will be long-lasting - and there are many. The opportunity to have taken this event around the country and watch it grow in so many dimensions has been beyond rewarding. And, we have done it all together! Thank
you to all who have supported me and for the successes we have shared together over the years.”
Joining METALCON as vice president of events is Conference and Tradeshow Planner Judy Geller. She is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of experience as a strategist, producer, and marketer in the conference and tradeshow industry. Geller
has been tag-teaming with Kilcoyne and her team throughout this METALCON season.
She began her career as conference manager for the iconic COMDEX Technology tradeshow, and the Windows World event produced in conjunction with Microsoft Corporation. In 2003, Geller became Event Director of Gainshare Media’s Administrative Professionals
Conference (APC) and co-founded the American Society of Administrative Professionals. In 2005, Diversified Communications acquired APC where she continued to work, achieved record-breaking conference attendance and extended the brand with the launch
of the exclusive Executive Assistants’ Summit and the Professional Administrative Certification of Excellence. Prior to joining PSMJ Resources, Geller was an event consultant for ICD Events.
“We wish Claire all the best in the next chapter of her life and thank her for making METALCON the industry’s go-to event for all things in metal construction,” said Stasiowski. “Her smile, laugh and natural way of connecting people
are second to none, and she will truly be missed.”
METALCON is the largest international event in the metal construction and design industry. Established in 1991, it’s the only annual tradeshow and conference devoted exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction. Contractors, architects, developers, owners, fabricators, manufacturers, suppliers and distributors from more than 50 countries attend each year. Industry experts from 200+ leading companies exhibit the latest products, solutions and game-changing technologies, while sharing their knowledge with attendees. METALCON’S success is based on a dynamic exhibit hall, extensive educational programs and interactive learning opportunities. Produced by PSMJ Resources, Inc., the next METALCON takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 18-20, 2023. For more information, visit www.metalcon.com.