SME Names Steve Prahalis Director of Canadian Operations and launches SME Studios

DEARBORN, Mich., March 11, 2016 /CNW/ -- Steve Prahalis has been introduced as the director of Canadian Operations for SME, an organization serving the manufacturing industry by promoting advanced manufacturing technology and developing a skilled workforce. Prahalis will assume responsibility for the growth, strategic direction and financial performance of SME's Canadian business and develop new Canadian opportunities for all SME business units.

"We're committed to serving the Canadian manufacturing industry," said Jeffrey Krause, SME chief executive officer. "And our important Canadian team is getting a terrific leader and colleague in Steve. His expertise and experience will be critically important going forward."

In addition, Prahalis will assume leadership of SME Studios, a new program producing one-of-a-kind customer initiatives and special projects. These high engagement initiatives will recognize and celebrate manufacturing innovation and excellence and further demonstrate SME's commitment to this industry.

Prahalis joined SME in 2003 and has been responsible for the introduction of several key strategic initiatives, including the creation and launch of imX — the Interactive Manufacturing Experience as well as providing leadership in other key areas of SME including events and membership.

Before joining SME, he was president of Reed Exhibitions Canada, a leading producer of trade shows and events serving a variety of markets coast to coast. Prahalis also served in various positions at Key3Media, including director of strategic alliances, general manager of Canadian events and vice president of the International division. He is a member of the International Association of Expositions and Events and has served as chair on its Executive Task Force.

About SME
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a non-profit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, governments and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for the industry. Follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or

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For further information: Rick Crooks, SME Public Relations,, O: 313 425 3186, M: 313 268 0534,

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