April 30, 2017
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  • Emerald Expositions Events Inc. stock is set to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange April 28, 2017.
  • The offering will trade under the symbol EEX and is expected to close May 3.
  • The initial public offering price on 15.5 million shares of common stock will be $17 per share.
  • The architect for Messe Frankfurt’s new Hall 5 has been selected. Gruber + Kleine-Kraneburg will design the building, which opens in 2022.
  • The design will mirror the current two-story Hall 5, but with a column-free first level. Work begins when the Hall 6 renovation is finished.
  • The American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) signed with SmithBucklin to provide full-service association management services.
  • Abigail Lynn will serve as Executive Director for AAST, which will move its headquarters to SmithBucklin’s Chicago office on July 1.
  • The Albany Capital Center in upstate New York opened in March with 60+ events on the books for 2017. The overall project cost $78 million.
  • The new center, which is managed by SMG, has approximately 31,700 sf of meeting/exhibit space that can accommodate up to 5,000 people.
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San Juan Capistrano, Calif.  Emerald Expositions Events Inc.’s stock is set to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange April 28, 2017. The offering will trade under the symbol EEX and is expected to close May 3. The initial public offering price on 15.5 million shares of common stock is $17 per share. The 15.5 million shares include 10,333,333 to be sold by the company plus 5,166,667 shares to be sold by stockholders affiliated with Onex Corp. The company will not receive proceeds from the sale of shares by the selling stockholders. ...
Chicago – In April, more than 120 show organizers turned Chicago into the center of the exhibitions industry as the Windy City hosted the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Fastest 50 Awards & Summit – the annual event that honors the fastest-growing trade shows of the previous year. And the winners are ...
Tulsa, Okla – A one-day conference focused on the way light affects the mind and body will be launched this summer in Newport Beach, CA. Presented by LEDs Magazine, which is owned by PennWell Corp. and is part of the PennWell LED & Lighting Network, the conference will explore advances in the human-centric lighting market. ...
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Albany, NY – The Albany Capital Center in upstate New York opened in March with 60 events on the books for 2017. The new center in downtown Albany has 31,700 sf of meeting/exhibit space that can accommodate up to 5,000 people. The Center is managed by SMG and is part of the Capital Complex that also includes the adjacent Times Union Center and Empire State Plaza. ...
San Diego, Calif. – The San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) announced its designation as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) GOLD facility at a public ceremony April 19. The designation was awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of ongoing efforts to become one of the country’s greenest convention centers. ...
Boston – A $550 million full-service hotel with 1,054 guest rooms and 120,000 sf of meeting and event space is officially in the works. Dallas-based Omni Hotels & Resorts last week finalized a deal with the Massachusetts Port Authority to build the full-service hotel on a 2-acre parcel across the street from the Boston Convention & Exposition Center (BCEC). Construction is expected to begin next year and be completed by early 2021.  ...
New York – Emerald Expositions plans to raise $295 million when its upcoming IPO takes place on the New York Stock Exchange. The announcement was made April 17. Renaissance Capital said 15.5 million shares of Emerald Expositions would be offered on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EEX. The share price was pegged at $18 to $20 with official pricing taking place the week of April 24. ...
Chicago – Prequalification is now open for Trade Show Executive’s Global Direct™ - “Where U.S. Exhibition Organizers Meet One-On-One with Leading Global Venues,” scheduled for July 12-14, 2017 at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. This hosted buyer event unites managers of major exhibition centers from across the globe with U.S. organizers eyeing international expansion. ...
New York – Reed Exhibitions is bringing a version of Germany’s Bar Convent Berlin to the U.S. with a new show that will launch next year in trendy Brooklyn. The show is being organized jointly by Reed staff in the U.S. and Germany. It will bring Bar Convent’s worldwide beverage brands to the owners and key employees of influential restaurants and bars in the New York region.  ...
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – The latest plan for the expansion of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center calls for adding 400,000 square feet (sf) of new space, including 68,000 sf of indoor exhibit space. The proposal, which must still be turned into a formal development agreement between Broward County and the development team, puts the construction timeline at groundbreaking next year and completion pegged for 2021.  ...
Reston, Va. – Jim Pittas was promoted to COO of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, in April and was also named the successor to President and CEO Charles Yuska when Yuska retires in 2018. Pittas, who was most recently Senior Vice President of PMMI, has been with the association for 17 years and is the longtime leader of its PACK EXPO portfolio. ...
Secaucus, N.J. – Northstar Travel Group acquired Meetings Quest and other assets from Schneider Publishing and will add them to its Meetings Group portfolio, which is led by both the Meetings & Conventions and the Successful Meetings brands. The deal also includes the TEAMS Conference + Expo, which will form the foundation of Northstar’s new Sports Division to be led by Schneider President and CEO Timothy Schneider. The new division will be part of the Northstar Meetings Group. Northstar will also acquire Schneider’s databases of contacts in both the meetings and sporting event industries. ...
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