Plant Based World Conference & Expo Announced Chris Nemchek as General Manager

Veteran Trade Show Executive set to Lead Domestic and International Growth of the Official Trade Show of the Plant-Based Market

NEW YORK, NY July 30, 2019 – Following the hugely successful launch of Plant Based World Conference & Expo this past June, JD Events has named Chris Nemchek the General Manager to oversee the future growth of the event.

Nemchek, who worked on the launch of Plant Based World in 2019 in a consulting capacity, connected with the overall mission behind the business and was eager to join the team in a more official, leadership role. PBW is the only professional trade show in the world dedicated to bringing the plant-based movement to an audience of food industry professionals, healthcare professionals and the general public. Its mission is to grow the plant-based industry to increase the accessibility of plant-based foods and products to make the world a healthier place for all living beings.

Chris Nemchek is a 25-year veteran of the International Exhibition and Global Commerce Industries. He has spent the last 20+ years at the Specialty Food Association (SFA) and is well recognized for his role in developing the Fancy Food Shows into North America’s premiere specialty food marketplace.

At SFA, Nemchek oversaw the departments responsible for the strategic direction of the Fancy Food Shows, revenue generation for the SFA enterprise and member success. His work includes strategy development and execution of sponsorship programs and membership growth and advancement plans. He enjoys building partnerships with domestic and international trade associations, governmental agencies and trade show organizers from around the world.

A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Nemchek’s industry leadership includes Board of Directors of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and their NY Chapter (NYIAEE).  He is also past chairman of IAEE’s MATSO Council advancing the interests of the US’s largest trade shows.

“I’ve had a great run at SFA and I am thrilled to be able to use my experience to grow Plant Based World into the premiere plant-based trade show around the globe. At this point in my career, it was important to me to be working with a great team in an industry I am passionate about with an opportunity to make a real, positive difference in the world. Leading the expansion of PBW is a dream role for me and I very much look forward to a dynamic and robust future for the event and the industry as a whole,” said Chris Nemchek, General Manager of Plant Based World Conference & Expo.

The 2020 Plant Based World Conference & Expo will be held June 5-6, 2020 at the Javits Center in New York City. For information about Plant Based World Conference & Expo, visit

Plant Based World is produced by JD Events, dedicated to the creation of targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results. The company brings together highly qualified buying audiences, education-rich content and high-level networking opportunities — all geared toward increasing collaboration in the markets it serves. Visit for more information.

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