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Emerald Expositions to Acquire GLM

Emerald Expositions, Inc. (“Emerald”) and George Little Management LLC (“GLM”) announced today that Emerald has agreed to acquire GLM from Providence Equity Partners (“Providence”) for $335 million, subject to certain adjustments at, and after, closing.

 


GLM creates face-to-face buying, selling and networking platforms for designers, product developers, manufacturers, retailers and operators through more than 20 leading tradeshows including four of the largest 100 trade shows in the U.S. GLM’s tradeshows serve industries as diverse as home furnishings, home textiles, stationery and paper products, giftware, tabletop, gourmet housewares, contemporary furniture and interiors, personal care, art & design, antiques & jewelry, fashion, board sports & resort lifestyle, and e-commerce. GLM has approximately 130 employees and operates out of six U.S. offices.

 


David Loechner, Chief Executive Officer of Emerald, said, “GLM is a truly outstanding tradeshow company with an exciting portfolio and an experienced and talented workforce. This acquisition expands upon our position as a leading tradeshow organizer in the United States. I am excited about the opportunities for customers and employees of both companies that will result from bringing these two high-quality portfolios together.”
Charles McCurdy, Chief Executive Officer of GLM, said, “This transaction demonstrates the strength of GLM’s shows that have grown successfully thanks to the effectiveness of the GLM team and Providence’s support.”

 


Michael Dominguez, a Managing Director at Providence, said “Charlie’s leadership and the dedication of the entire management team were integral to the success of this investment. We’re fortunate to have had the opportunity to partner with GLM to accelerate growth, launch new products and make acquisitions that increased the breadth of its shows. We believe GLM has a bright future as part of Emerald Expositions.”

 


About Emerald Expositions
Emerald is a leading operator of large business-to-business tradeshows in the United States, producing more than 65 tradeshows and conference events per year connecting over 335,000 buyers and sellers across nine diversified end-markets, including general merchandise, sports, hospitality and retail design, jewelry, photography, decorated apparel, building, healthcare and military. Emerald is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, California. The company’s shows are typically the most prominent and important for exhibitors and attendees within their various industries. For more information on Emerald, please visit www.emeraldexpositions.com.

 


About GLM
GLM brings efficiencies and opportunities to the flow of merchandise – from product development/manufacturer to vendor/brand manager to retailer to consumer – through tradeshows, consumer events and digital platforms. GLM events include NY NOW™, International Contemporary Furniture Fair®, Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition, National Stationery Show®, Surf Expo®, SURTEX® and The Original Miami Beach Antique

 

Forum Publishing is proud to be a Media Partner with Emerald on their merchandise shows and knows this new venture will be a benefit for everyone in the industry!