Craft & Hobby Association President Steve Berger Departs

The Craft & Hobby Association’s Board of Directors announced Friday that CHA President and CEO Steve Berger has departed the Association.

The CHA Board of Directors will begin the search process immediately for a replacement for Berger. While the search process is completed, CHA Vice President of Meetings & Expositions Tony Lee will serve as Acting President and CEO. No schedule has been set for the completion of the search process.

Steve Berger became Executive Director of HIA in 2003, before the 2004 merger of HIA and the Association of Crafts & Creative Industries (ACCI) that created CHA. He has headed CHA since the merger. In September of 2009, the CHA Board of Directors announced that it was extending Berger’s employment contract for two years, through 2011.

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2 Responses to Craft & Hobby Association President Steve Berger Departs

  1. Judy Webb May 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    It will be very interesting to see how this will affect the industry, the trade shows, the association, etc… I know that a lot of people were not very happy with some of his decisions lately that pertained mostly to the location of the CHA trade shows. Many manufacturers and independent scrapbook store owners have commented, “What was Steve Berger thinking?”

  2. Candy Rosenberg June 2, 2011 at 4:07 am #

    I had the pleasure of sitting down to lunch with Steve Berger along with nine other colleagues in the industry to have a little “sit down” so to speak. I learned alot of behind the scenes information including the burning question of “Why did CHA move to Los Angeles.”

    It amuses me that so many people point the figure at Steve as if he is the one that made the choice, there is a board of directors that include manufacturers, media and others and together they made the decision.

    It came down to the fact that the Anaheim venue was charging more and more money and priced CHA right out of the running, so an alternative had to be found and LA fit the bill in alot of ways, not perfect…but for those that are not in the trade show industry could not understand the logistics that something like this show entails. The association had to make the changes, and hopefully force the hands of the Anaheim venue, and guess what….it worked. They lowered the price so that CHA can go back to Anaheim.

    It is business… is how business can be. Being self employed all my life and the owner of four businesses, I can understand when you have been dealt with such a card. Gotta think fast and have a whole lot of people to satisfy.

    My two cents.

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