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  • SMG has been acquired by private equity firm Onex Corporation for an undisclosed sum. Onex says its acquisition of
  • SMG Holdings Inc. will close in early 2018. SMG manages 240 venues, including many of the major convention centers in the U.S.
  • Halifax Convention Centre in Nova Scotia, Canada, to debut Dec. 15 with first client event scheduled for Jan. 20, 2018. …
  • Three other events — Brides 2018, the Halifax Business Awards and the Franchise Expo —
  • also are booked for early 2018. … In all, the new facility already has 90 events on the books for 2018
  • Dan Lincoln will retire as President and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau at the end of the year. He spent 11 years on
  • the job. COO Mike Laatsch will be interim CEO while a nationwide search for Lincoln’s successor takes place.
  • Shepard has acquired McCune Audio-Video-Lighting in a move to bolster Shepard’s presence in the western U.S. market. McCune has California
  • operations in Anaheim, Monterey and San Francisco and will be absorbed by Shepard’s AV department.
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January 2016
January 21, 2016

New Management Takes the Reins of High-Performing Savannah Convention Center

Savannah, GA – Sherrie Spinks became General Manager of the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center (SITCC) on January 13 after Bob Coffey, General Manager for 14 years, announced his new role as a consultant.  She had been the Chief Financial Officer of the Geo…
January 15, 2016

Freeman Acquires, Developer of Second-Screen Engagement Technology

Dallas, TX – Freeman’s new Digital Ventures Initiative got off to a fast start in 2016 with the acquisition of, a developer of audience engagement technology revolving around presentation management. is the second tech firm to join the Digital Ventures pr…
January 15, 2016

TSE Welcomes Joel Davis to Exposition Forecasting Board

Oceanside, CA – Joel Davis, Founder & CEO of JD Events, and who also served on the executive committee of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO), is the latest addition to the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Exposition Forecasting Board. Davis will join the elite p…
January 8, 2016

Ski Jump: Snow Show Shifts to Pre-Holiday Dates in 2017

Denver, CO – A blizzard of data and some serious contemplation went into the decision to move the SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show from late January to early December. The shift creates the odd situation of the Snow Show taking place twice in a calendar year, bo…
January 8, 2016

ExpoDevCo Begins New Year with Management of SISO

Atlanta, GA – David Audrain and his team at Exposition Development Company (ExpoDevCo) formally assumed the management of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) on January 1. Audrain, CEO and Partner at ExpoDevCo, was named executive director of SISO last year, re…
January 8, 2016

New York’s Javits Center to Undergo $1 Billion Expansion

New York, NY – Construction will begin later this year on an ambitious expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which will include the addition of 500,000 square feet (sf) of contiguous prime exhibit space. When completed, Javits will offer 1.3 million sf of prime…
January 8, 2016

Expo Logic Acquires Registration Firm EPIC

East Norriton, PA – Expo Logic has acquired EPIC, a rival registration firm serving the association and not-for-profit sector. The Charlotte-based staff of EPIC will join Expo Logic, headquartered in Pennsylvania. “This acquisition provides additional talent and knowledge th…
January 8, 2016

Questex Adds Two Vice Presidents to Business Development Team

Newton, MA – Industry veteran Michael Driscoll joined Questex Events as Vice President of Business Development.  Driscoll was Vice President of Business Development and Sales as well as Event Director for the National Association of Broadcasters’ Content & Communications…
January 8, 2016

Mecklermedia Sells Two Shows; Expects to Liquidate Remaining Portfolio

New York, NY – A buyer moved quickly to snap up a piece of the trade show portfolio of Mecklermedia, which announced in late December that it was closing up shop. Rising Media LLC, which organizes conferences in the U.S. and Europe, acquired two U.S. events in the emerging 3…
January 8, 2016

Penton Acquires Connected-Car Show Portfolio

New York, NY – TU-Automotive, organizers of niche trade shows for the connected vehicle industry, was acquired by Penton at the start of the New Year. The acquisition from Britain’s FC Business Intelligence Ltd. is part of Penton’s plans to advance its presence in the Intern…