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  • 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.
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  • New energy-efficient LED lighting, composting all food scraps and low-flow plumbing in restrooms helped the SDCC achieve the Gold rating.

HMP Communications Acquires Fastest 50’s EMS World Expo

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
February 24, 2017
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Malvern, Penn. – HMP Communications added a new sector to its portfolio of healthcare events in February when it acquired EMS World, including the EMS World Expo, from Southcomm Business Media, LLC.

EMS World Expo was placed on the latest Trade Show Executive Fastest 50 in two metrics categories after the 2016 show in New Orleans increased its exhibitor numbers by 16.1% and attendance by 17.4%. Exhibit space grew 8.9% to 79,200 net square feet.

The deal also sends the established EMS World Magazine and online EMSWorld.com, along with their staff, to HMP. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“The EMS World brand consists of the leading trade show, publication and web portal in the emergency medical services industry,” said Nick Curci, President of Corporate Solutions LLC, which advised SouthComm during the negotiations. “EMS World Expo hosts over 80,000 gross square feet of exhibit space with highly respected educational sessions that attract more than 5,000 professional attendees each year.”

The acquisition expands the HMP menu of medical education events into the niche of paramedics and other first responders. Pennsylvania-based HMP also serves five other specialty fields: psychiatry; podiatry-and-wound care; primary care; cardiovascular and managed markets. Its events include Psych Congress and Symposium on Advanced Wound Care.

"This acquisition broadens our footprint and significantly expands our market reach," said HMP Chairman and CEO Jeff Hennessy. "It adds another strong layer to our multi-channel portfolio. We see tremendous value in these established brands and opportunities to create synergies between this group and our other therapeutic offerings.”

EMS World Group Publisher Scott Cravens said joining HMP would benefit the show by positioning it more squarely in the healthcare conferences arena. “We look forward to working with HMP to continue to provide high quality, relevant content and education for the EMS audience, both within the U.S. and around the world,” he said.

Corporate Solutions of Westport, Connecticut was the exclusive advisor to SouthComm Business Media, LLC in arranging, structuring and negotiating this transaction.

Reach Jeff Hennessy at (610) 560-0500 or jhennessyjr@hmpcommunications.com; Scott Cravens at (920) 563-1759 or scott@emsworld.com; Nick Curci at (203) 226-4040 or ncurci@csmergers.com

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