About CWCBExpo

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Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition
CWCBExpo, 10th Annual
CWCBExpo Floor View, NY 2022

The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) is the premier business-to-business trade show event for the legalized cannabis industry. It is the leading forum for dispensary owners, growers, suppliers, investors, medical professionals, government regulators, legal counsel and entrepreneurs looking to achieve business success and identify new areas of growth in this dynamic  industry.

Exhibitors and sponsors bring cutting-edge solutions to owners and managers of businesses, and a wealth of opportunity and knowledge to those looking to enter the market with potential partners and investors.

CWCBExpo is proud that we have helped shape the cannabis industry from the early days when it emerged as a new economic layer across the business world through many phases of stigma, volatility and legalization. We are equally proud to have an experienced, brave, courageous and committed advisory committee team standing with us, helping to build the industry and marketplace for legalized cannabis.

Meet the Team

CWCBExpo Management

Christine Ianuzzi, CEO, CWCBExpo
Christine Ianuzzi, CEO, CWCBExpo

Christine Ianuzzi, CEO, CWCBExpo

Christine Ianuzzi brings an experienced skillset across several industries including technology, business operations, cannabis and hemp. As an executive she has been a trigger for change and a leader in disruptive and progressive businesses in many blue-chip companies since 1987 including ABC Television, ABC Radio Networks and HBO. In 2015 Christine joined her family of serial entrepreneurs who have owned and operated hundreds of trade shows within various industries over many decades – many in emerging business sectors – and together they brought CWCBExpo to the Javits Center, the Los Angeles Convention Center, and eventually the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Today, Christine is the CEO and Show Director for trade shows that focus on the cannabis and hemp industries: Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpos). 

Affiliations/Recognitions

  • 10 Most Interesting Females in Cannabis, Weed Reader (February 2018)
  • Distinguished Alumna Award, Baruch College (2018)
  • New York University-Polytechnic Board of Trustees (2012 – 2015)
  • Dedicated Alumna Award NYU-Poly Alumni Association 2011
  • Honored with the NYU-Poly i²e Recognition Award 2011 (Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
  • President of the Alumni Association of Polytechnic Institute of NYU (2009-2011)
  • Member of the Polytechnic Institute of NYU International Board of Directors, Polytechnic Alumni Association 2007
  • “35 Most Admired Engineers in Radio,” Radio Ink April 2007 & Radio Ink April 2009
Mary Bender, Show Director
Mary Bender, Show Director

Mary Bender, Show Director, CWCBExpo

With over two decades of experience in the trade show industry, Mary Bender has demonstrated excellence across various roles, including sales and marketing for service providers and show management teams. Recently Mary spearheaded marketing and sponsorship sales initiatives for U.S. Boat Shows, a division of Informa Exhibitions. Her extensive career also encompasses positions at prominent trade show industry organizations such as Smart City, Sands Expo & Convention Center, GES, and Emerald Expositions (formerly GLM).

Mary’s commitment to the industry is evident through her active involvement in professional associations. She is a longstanding member of IAEE, where she currently serves as treasurer and has previously held roles as chair of IAEE’s Public Events Council and IAEE’s Awards Committees. Mary has also contributed her expertise to numerous other trade show industry committees.

As the Show Director for CWCBExpo and the Vice President of Sales at Taffy Events Strategies, Mary continues to bring her wealth of experience and passion to the trade show industry to drive success and innovation in event planning.

CWCBExpo Marketing and Customer Support

Rowena Burcham
Rowena Burcham, Director of Marketing
Kathy O'Discoll, Customer Service Manager
Kathy O'Discoll, Customer Service Manager
Annie Scully
Annie Scully, Chief of Public Relations
Mary Vaccaro
Mary Vaccaro, Marketing Manager

CWCBExpo Sales Team

Rich Del Giorno, Sales Account Executive
Rich Del Giorno, Sales Account Executive
Annmarie Kennick, Sales Account Executive
Annmarie Kennick, Sales Account Executive
Steve Naylor, Sales Account Executive
Steve Naylor, Sales Account Executive
Jamie Saunders, Sales Account Executive
Jamie Saunders, Sales Account Executive
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