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  • Freeman Vice Chair Carrie Freeman Parsons promoted to Chair replacing Don Freeman, who will become Chairman Emeritus in July.
  • Nominations for 2019 Trailblazers Opens for Trade Show Executive’s Trailblazers program which recognizes the industry’s up-and-comers.
  • Marketplace Events (MPE), producer of 66 consumer shows in North America, acquired the Arizona Bridal Shows from Townsquare Live Events LLC.
  • ASBPE names Trade Show Executive as finalist for Magazine of the Year. In addtion, TSE was named as a finalist for three regional awards.
  • 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.
  • LVCVA selects Elon Musk’s The Boring Company to collaborate on the creation and operation of a high-speed, underground people mover.
  • MCI launched Investment & Management Partnership, which provides capital & management resources fueling growth of assoc. event portfolios.
  • TSE’s Fastest 50 Class of 2018 Unveiled! These top growth leaders will be celebrated June 18-20, 2019 at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City.
  • Endeavor Business Media acquired multiple PennWell events & media properties from Clarion. They included three trade shows.
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Some of the venerable names at Freeman have switched boardroom chairs, and a fresh face from outside the trade show industry was installed as President of the rapidly evolving company, it was announced March 21. The rearranging of the executive suite included the promotion of Vice Chair Carrie Freeman Parsons to Chair, replacing her father and industry legend Don Freeman, who will become Chairman Emeritus this summer. Phil Molyneux, former President and COO of Sony Electronics, joins the Freeman Company as its new President. Joe Popolo will be stepping back from the day-to-day business and focusing on his role with the company's board.  ...
The nominating period is open for the next class of the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Trailblazers, which salutes the best of the rising talent in the exhibitions industry. Nominations may be submitted to TSE between March 25 and May 5, 2019. The online registration form is available at https://www.tsefastest50.com/tse-trailblazers-nomination/. Nominations for 2019 will be accepted from senior show management. The nominees must have demonstrated ingenuity and/or distinguishing qualities that set them apart in making their shows successful. ...
Marketplace Events (MPE), producer of 66 consumer shows in North America, acquired the Arizona Bridal Shows from Townsquare Live Events LLC. The two shows, which run annually in January and June at the Phoenix Convention Center, represent MPE’s first foray into bridal shows and into the Phoenix market. With events in 31 markets, MPE attracts 20,000 exhibitors, 1.8 million attendees and another 3 million unique web visitors annually. Corporate Solutions advised Townsquare in the transaction, but terms of the deal were not disclosed. ...
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The nominating period for the next TSE Trailblazers honorees will open soon! These up-and-comers will be invited to attend the Fastest 50 Summit to take part in the discussion, networking and overall celebration. Trailblazers are recognized for bringing new ideas and methods to their shows while also delivering the goods in terms of making them successful. Candidates must have demonstrated ingenuity or distinguishing qualities that set them apart in making a show successful. Nominations for 2019 will be accepted from senior show managers. Information on the nomination process will be available soon on the Fastest 50 website: https://www.tsefastest50.com. ...
Starting next year, the International Housewares Association (IHA) said it will change the name of its premier home and housewares show to The Inspired Home Show, IHA’s Global Home + Housewares Market. The move follows IHA’s decision to expand their The Inspired Home consumer platform and follow the shifting consumer trend from functional home design to lifestyle development. The updated positioning will converge product suppliers, retailers and consumers through lifestyle branding. The International Home + Housewares Show has had its name for the past 15 years. Prior to that, until 2003, it was known as the “International Housewares Show.” ...
Reed Exhibitions (RX) is launching eight U.S. events in 2019 and one in 2020. The new B2B and B2C shows include collaborations with media brands and associations, geo-clones of RX global brands and value-chain extensions of existing RX events. The new 2019 events include: Racquet & Paddle, Outside Experience, ComplexCon Chicago, Independent Home Improvement Show, JIS West Coast and Salon du Chocolat. In 2020, Reed is launching Equitana USA, a geo-clone of EQUITANA in Essen, Germany. Reed also launched eight events in 2018. ...
To accelerate the growth of U.S. association event portfolios, MCI has introduced a new Investment & Management Partnership which combines capital and management resources, providing a combination of financial, strategic planning and event management expertise. This initiative, launched in February, is in partnership with a prominent U.S. advocacy-based trade association. ...
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) selected Elon Musk’s The Boring Company to collaborate with them on the design, construction and operation of the people mover. The high-speed, electric, underground people mover to major destinations in Las Vegas, including the Las Vegas Convention Center and McCarran International Airport. Following an LVCVA board vote March 12, The Boring Company will begin working on plans and negotiating a contract. It’s expected to be up for LVCVA board approval in June. ...
Reed Exhibitions continues to grow its global gift shows portfolio, acquiring India BIG7, India’s largest trade event for gifts, stationery, writing instruments, office supplies, gadgets, houseware, kitchenware and home décor. Now in its 27th year, this year’s India BIG7 will be held Aug. 21-24 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. ...
Informa Exhibitions reported a 6.7% jump in underlying revenues for 2018 even as it absorbed the blockbuster acquisition of UBM during the second half of the year. Their Accelerated Integration Plan, a two-phase strategy completed in November, aimed at integrating UBM into Informa and establishing new leadership team while placing a strong emphasis on open lines of communication. Informa noted that the integration proceeded seamlessly and included around 100 executive appointments. The London-based show organizer was a driving force behind an overall 3.7% increase in underlying revenues for parent company Informa PLC. ...
Trade Show Executive (TSE) is one of the honored finalists for the Magazine of the Year Award announced on March 7 by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). The prestigious award is one of four ASBPE “Azbee” awards for which TSE was named a finalist. In addition, the panel of judges selected three TSE articles published in 2018 for regional awards. An incredible accolade as TSE gears up to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Trade Show Executive won seven Azbee awards for journalism last year. ...
The new Trade Show Executive (TSE) Fastest 50 list has now been unveiled and includes 90 exhibitions that posted the highest growth rates in three key metric categories last year. Shows ranging from established mega-events to feisty start-ups were ranked by their growth rates in three different metrics. The top gainers will all be represented at the Trade Show Executive Fastest 50 Awards & Summit June 18-20, 2019 at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. ...
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