VP – Exhibitions & CXO Peter Eelman has been involved with the International Manufacturing Technology Show for more than 30 years, first as an exhibitor with Warner & Swasey Co., later with Toyoda USA and then as a consultant. IMTS is the largest industrial trade show in North America and takes place in Chicago in even-numbered years.

Mr. Eelman is a speaker with the International Association of Exhibitions and Events and serves on the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority Labor Council in Chicago. Mr. Eelman formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association as well as on the Board of Directors for the Trade Show Exhibitors Association. 

As the head of IMTS, Mr. Eelman is the key liaison with the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, McCormick Place and the various vendors, service providers and trade unions involved in the trade show process. He participated in the recent negotiation that led to historic labor and management reform in Chicago. In addition to IMTS, he is also prominently involved in international shows that take place in Asia, Europe, South America and elsewhere.