Westport, CT – Long-time trade show executive Paul Mackler has announced the launch of a new show management company and its first acquisition. Eagle Eye Expositions, LLC became the new owner of Border Security Expo, which it acquired from E.J. Krause & Associates.
“There were certain dynamics and growth characteristics that really attracted me to Border Security Expo,” said Mackler, the president and CEO of Eagle Eye. “This is a large, growing, global, and sustainable multi-billion dollar marketplace.”
Among the dynamics were an attractive 21% increase in attendance this year; exhibit space growth of 24%; and an exhibitor wait-list. The 2012 show at the Phoenix Convention Center was the sixth edition of the annual event and drew attendees from 40 states and 10 nations.
The show’s target audience is law enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Border Patrol that need new technology to tackle border-related crime.
Krause was represented by Corporate Solutions of Westport, CT; terms of the transaction were not announced. Ned Krause, president & CEO of E.J. Krause, said the proceeds from the sale of Border Security Expo would be put to good use supporting the company’s continuing overseas expansion strategy and potential acquisitions in the U.S.
Krause added that none of his company’s staff would transfer to Eagle Eye as part of the deal.
Mackler is a past chairman of HMP Communications Holdings; president & CEO of Cygnus Business Media; president of Reed Exhibitions Companies, N.A.; and principal and CEO of CMC. He was also a chairman of the Society of Independent Show Organizers.
Most recently, Mackler has been consulting with show organizers in the U.S. and Singapore. His team at Eagle Eye includes John Moriarity, former group show director for Penton Media, as vice president/show director.