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  • Trade Show Executive won three prestigious ASBPE “Azbee” Awards in Chicago. TSE is also a national finalist for Magazine of the Year Award.
  • Informa PLC launched Informa Ventures offering capital, access to markets, mentorship, and expertise to knowledge and information start-ups.
  • Early registration for TSE’s Fastest 50 Awards & Summit has been extended to May 1. Register today at
  • Freeman Vice Chair Carrie Freeman Parsons promoted to Chair replacing Don Freeman, who will become Chairman Emeritus in July.
  • Marketplace Events (MPE), producer of 66 consumer shows in North America, acquired the Arizona Bridal Shows from Townsquare Live Events LLC.
  • Nominations for 2019 Trailblazers Opens for Trade Show Executive’s Trailblazers program which recognizes the industry’s up-and-comers.
  • Informa Exhibitions reported a 6.7% jump in underlying revenues for 2018 even as it absorbed the blockbuster acquisition of UBM.
  • Reed Exhibitions acquires India BIG7 one of India’s largest trade events for gifts, office supplies, and home décor categories.
  • Reed Exhibitions acquires India BIG7 one of India’s largest trade events for gifts, office supplies, and home décor categories.
  • LVCVA selects Elon Musk’s The Boring Company to collaborate on the creation and operation of a high-speed, underground people mover.
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February 2019
February 14, 2019

Informa Sells UBM Life Sciences Media brands

A year after it acquired UBM Life Sciences media brands, Informa PLC has sold the assets to MJH Associates Inc. for just over $100 million and does not include the CBI events business. The deal will form a new business unit within MJH called MultiMedia Healthcare, LLC. With …
February 9, 2019

Once Competitors, Now Friends: Connections Housing Acquires Par Avion

Connections Housing announced this week that it has acquired Par Avion. Connections Housing serve many top trade shows, and manage more than 350 events each year.  The two women-owned companies have both been in business for 30-plus years.
February 9, 2019

After One-Year Hiatus, Former Gold 100 Show Set to Re-launch With Sold-Out Exhibit Space

After shuttering its 2018 National RV Trade Show, the RV Industry Association—a trade group for the $50 billion industry—reported it sold out space for the March 12-14 launch of its dealer-focused event called RVX: The RV Experience in Salt Lake City. 
February 9, 2019

Diversified Communications Promotes Mary Larkin

Mary Larkin has been promoted to President of Diversified Communications’ US Operating Division. She has been integral in growing Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Expo North America. Larkin is also currently serving as the incoming President of UFI.
February 7, 2019

AEG Facilities and SMG Merge, Form New Global Company

A major merger announced Thursday will create a giant, new global facility management and venue services company. AEG Facilities, the venue management subsidiary of AEG, and SMG, an Onex (ONEX) portfolio company, have agreed to merge and form a new standalone company, ASM Gl…
February 2, 2019

Feathr, Trade Show Ready Announce Partnership

After working together for two years, Feathr and Trade Show Ready have made their partnership formal. Feathr, a technology that makes it easy to generate a personalized digital media kit for each exhibitor, and Trade Show Ready, a team that specializes in engaging exhibitors…
February 2, 2019

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman Helps Break Ground on Downtown Exhibit Space

With the Las Vegas Winter Market in full swing last week, International Market Centers (IMC), owned by New York-based investment firm The Blackstone Group, broke ground on a new 315,000-square-foot (SF) exhibition center. The Expo at World Market Center (WMC) Las Vegas, whic…
January 2019
January 26, 2019

TSE Dashboard: November Numbers Up Slightly

The Trade Show Executive (TSE) Dashboard of Monthly Trade Show Metrics for November showed exhibit space jumped 1.4%, exhibitors rose 0.3%, and attendance was up 0.2%. While the numbers weren’t as robust as October’s, they still mark an uptick in a slow-starting quarter. Nov…
January 26, 2019

MHI Brings in Show Veteran Daniel McKinnon

The association that runs two key trade shows in the supply-chain industry brought in veteran exhibitions executive Daniel McKinnon to take over the portfolio later this year. McKinnon joins MHI as Executive Vice President of Exhibitions and Events where he will work alongsi…
January 26, 2019

New CEIR Board to Look at Trade Show Sponsorships

The new board of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) took their seats in January, officially launching an agenda for 2019 that includes an in-depth exploration of finding and maintaining show sponsorships. A new project underway is a review of current sponsors…