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Mike Cooke

CEO, dmg world media

Chairman, GLM

“Creating vibrant marketplaces and satisfied

customers—it’s what we do best.”

Mike became involved in the publishing and

exhibition industry more than 25 years ago

when he helped launch Trinity Publishing,

which together with Angex (Associated

Newspaper Group Exhibitions), formed the

nucleus of what is known today as dmg world

media, one of the largest producers of trade

and consumer exhibitions in the world.

Mike brings a customer-centric focus and

clear strategic thinking to dmg world media,

with more than 25 years of experience in

exhibition management and publishing. He

started his career in advertising and exhibition

space sales and went on to be involved in the

launch of many magazines and exhibitions.

In 1997, Mike was appointed Chief Executive

Officer of dmg world media and has since been

responsible for leading the growth of the

company from a UK-based publishing and

exhibition company to the worldwide business

it is today. In that time, dmg world media has

acquired more than 60 companies, extended its

reach to more than 40 countries, and grown its

revenue from US$ 70 million to more than US$

400 million.

Mike is the current Chair of the Exhibition

Industry Foundation (EIF). He also sits on the

Board of the Society of Independent Show

Organizers (SISO) and the International

Association of Exhibition Events (IAEE) in the

US. He was equally active in the UK as a

Council Member of the Association of

Exhibition Organizers (AEO).

In order to continue the company’s growth

and development, in 2002, Mike relocated from

the UK to the United States. Mike now resides

just north of San Francisco in Marin County

with his wife, Kay and their three children;

where he is actively involved with his children’s

school and sports teams. In his free time, Mike

pursues personal interests and challenges

including mountain biking, sailing, kayaking

and skiing. His latest passion is backcountry

ski touring so on the off chance he can find

time away, one would most likely find him on

the remote slopes of Europe and Alaska.

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Jerome Greer


Contributing Editor,

Business Travel


Jerome Greer Chandler, a long-time

aviation journalist, is a contributing editor for

Business Travel Executive magazine. The

author of over 2,000 articles dealing with

commercial aviation, Chandler is a two-time

recipient of the Aviation Journalist of the Year

awards Best Maintenance Submission.

Chandler's best-selling book Fire & Rain,

later made into a movie, chronicles the wind

shear crash Delta Flight 191. He's appeared

on the National Geographic Channel, CNN,

MSNBC, Good Morning America, PBS' Nova

and NPR.

Joel A. Davis

Founder & CEO,

JD Events LLC

Joel began his event management career as

an exhibit sales executive in 1986 with Reed

Exhibition Companies in Boston, MA. He

spent his first eight years with Reed primarily

in the consumer show division. He was made

Group Show Director of the Home Show

Group in 1991 and in 1994 he was relocated

to Reed’s Connecticut headquarters in the

position of Industry Vice President,

responsible for the Food service Show Group,

the Buildings Show Group, The American

Booksellers Association Show and The SHOT


After ten years at Reed, Joel spent over

three years as President of Cowles/Primedia

Intertec Exhibitions (now part of Penton

Media), where he grew profitability by 300%

in his first year following a reorganization of

the staff and the event portfolio. Responsible

for a group of events, mostly serving the

media, marketing, communications and

entertainment sectors, he was actively

involved in expanding the business via

acquisitions, most notably WASTE Expo. In

1999 he left to become President and COO of

eMarketWorld, where he implemented rapid

expansion plans and grew revenues from

$7M in 1999 to $24M in 2000. As part of an

acquisition of the ADTECH events by Imark

Communications in March 2001, he was

named Vice President and General Manager

of Imark’s Fairfield, CT office. In January

2002, he launched JD Events.

JD Events is now in its 8th year of

operation. Its business mission is to launch

and acquire events in high growth markets,

develop and build them into healthy profitable

stand alone businesses and successfully

transition them into larger organizations,

media companies, associations or other

appropriate owners. To date JDE has

launched five new show titles, acquired six

existing properties and divested two show

franchises, ADTECH to dmg world media and

TravelCom Expo to the Travel Industry

Association (TIA). JDE’s current portfolio

includes the Healthcare Facilities Symposium,

School Building Expo, KioskCom Self Service

Expo, The Digital Signage Show and Content

& Communications World (CCW), which

includes SATCON, HD World and IP Media

Expo. The company has also been managing

the Saint Louis Auto Show for the Saint Louis

Auto Dealers Association since 2003. JDE is

based in Trumbull, CT and employs 12 fulltime


Joel has a great passion for the events

business and a deeply held belief in the value

of face-to-face marketing. He has been a

member of SISO since 1996 and has served

on the SISO Executive Committee. He

received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The

University of Vermont in 1984 and he has

lived in Trumbull, CT since 1994 with his wife

of 21 years, Cynthia, his son Benjamin (18)

and daughter Stephanie (15).

Douglas L. Ducate

President & CEO, Center

for Exhibition Industry

Research (CEIR)

He joined CEIR in April 1998 after serving

for three years as President of PGI Exhibitions

and Senior Vice President of PGI, a global

business communications, meetings and

exhibitions, and multimedia production

company headquartered in Arlington,


Prior to his tenure at PGI, Mr. Ducate

served with distinction for 26 years as the

Associate Executive Director of the Society of

Petroleum Engineers (SPE). At SPE, an

international association with 53,000

members in 126 countries, he was

responsible for all the income-producing

activities including all meetings and

exhibitions. SPE produces some 30

conferences and 15 exhibitions a year in most

of the oil producing provinces in the world. It

was under his direction that the first U.S.-

based private exhibition was held in Beijing,

China in March of 1982.

SPE is particularly well known for their

production of the annual Offshore Technology

Conference held in Houston, Texas. Mr.

Ducate served as General Manager of the

event for its first 26 years. Under his

leadership, OTC became the largest annual

conference and exhibition in the United

States. At its zenith, OTC attracted some

120,000 registrants from 96 countries. The

exhibition included some 2500 companies

and spanned 1.5 million square feet of exhibit

space at the Astrodomain complex, now

Reliant Park.

Mr. Ducate is a partner and President of The

Augusta Group (TAG), a consulting firm that

specializes in advising on convention center

development, destination marketing, meeting

and exhibition planning, and other matters

related to the meetings and exhibition

industry. TAG has provided services to

numerous cities in the United States, Canada,

and abroad.

A recognized leader and innovator within

the meetings and exhibitions industry, Mr.

Ducate has achieved both the Certified

Meeting Professionals (CMP) and Certified

Exposition Manager (CEM) designations. His

memberships in industry associations and

organizations have put him on the forefront of

industry innovation and have been recognized

with senior positions.

Mr. Ducate served as Chairman of the

Convention Liaison Council, was President of

the Trade Show Bureau (now CEIR) and was

President of the International Association for

Exhibition Management. Mr. Ducate has been

a frequent author and presenter for the

American Society of Association Executives

and the Professional Convention Management

Association where he served on their Board of

Directors for three years. He also served as a

Trustee on the PCMA Foundation Board of


Mr. Ducate received the International

Association for Exhibition Management

Distinguished Service award and their highest

honor, the William Hunt Eisenman Award. He

was inducted into the Convention Liaison

Council Hall of Leaders in 1994. Most recently

he received the Distinguished Service Award

from the Trade Show Exhibitors Association in

2003 and the Exhibit Designers and

Producers Associations highest honor, the

Hazel Hayes award in 2007.

Mr. Ducate is a member of the Union Des

Fiores Internationales (UFI), a Paris-based

non-political association that studies

problems concerning the organization and

efficient methods for developing international

trade fairs and exhibitions. He served on the

Committee de Direction from 1989 to 1991.

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Chris Elwell


Third Door Media, Inc.

Chris Elwell is President of Third Door

Media, which provides marketing solutions to

search industry participants. Third Door

Media is the producer of Search Marketing

Expo – SMX conference series, and publisher

of Search Engine Land, Sphinn.com and

Search Marketing Now.

From 1997 to 2006, Chris was Vice

President & General Manager of JupiterWeb,

the online publishing division of what is now

Jupitermedia Corporation (NASDAQ: JUPM).

In that role, he was responsible for sales,

marketing, editorial and production of

JupiterWeb's more than 100 web sites. He

also directed the launch of Jupitermedia's

Events division in 1999, the year

Jupitermedia teamed with Danny Sullivan to

produce the original search marketing


Prior to Jupitermedia, Chris served in

management, marketing and product

development capacities at business research

and publishing firm Simba Information. He

began his career in business journalism at

Knowledge Industry Publications and Digital

Information Group, and was in new business

development department at Covidea, a

pioneering online banking joint venture of

AT&T, Time Inc. and Chemical Bank.

Jimé Essink


Jimé Essink studied private and

commercial law in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

He started his career with NV Databank,

where he was responsible for different

projects in the fields of international trade

promotion, business information and


Subsequently, Jimé joined Miller Freeman

(at that time called Expoconsult) as Managing

Director of the Dutch office in Maarssen, a

position he held for seven years. This office

was responsible for the very successful

international food ingredients and

pharmaceutical ingredients shows in Europe,

Asia, and South and North America, as well as

other international shows in Eastern Europe,

Scandinavia and the Netherlands.

Jimé’s next job was as Managing Director

of OgilvyOne connections, part of Ogilvy &

Mather, a company with 300 employees

involved in telemarketing, call centres,

database management and e-commerce.

Jimé joined Royal Dutch Jaarbeurs/VNU

Exhibitions in 1998 and was appointed as

CEO of VNU Exhibitions Europe and President

of VNU Exhibitions Asia in 2006. The

company organized more than 50 businessto-business

and business-to-consumer

events in the Netherlands, Belgium, Russia,

Turkey and Thailand, while its joint venture in

China organized around 20 projects in

Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong


CMP Asia appointed Jimé as CEO on

November 1, 2007. CMP Asia is the market

leader in Asia among the commercial

exhibition organizers and is headquartered in

Hong Kong, with branch offices in Shanghai,

Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Tokyo, Seoul,

Taipei, Bangkok, Singapore, Mumbai, New

Delhi, Bangalore and New York. CMP Asia

organizes 110 business-to-business

exhibitions, publishes 22 magazines and

owns five business-to-business vertical

portals. The company employs a total of 600


Martin C. “Skip” Farber

Principal, Carlin Capital


Carlin Capital Partners is an equity

investment firm focusing on opportunities in

the micro- lower middle markets of several

industries including trade shows. Skip Farber

has nearly thirty years of operating and

business development experience in the

business-to-business media markets with

emphasis on trade shows, publishing and

data base marketing. During his career as

Chief Executive Officer of WSA Global

Holdings, owner of The WSA Show (World

Shoe Association), Executive VP of Advanstar

Holdings and VP for Business Development

for Reed Publishing USA (Reed Exhibition

Companies and Cahners Publishing) he has

consummated more than fifty material

transactions on four continents (with a total

value over two billion dollars), plus countless

other strategic alliances and joint ventures.

After the sales of WSA, to ENK International

and previously of Advanstar to DLJ Merchant

Banking Partners, Mr. Farber established MCF

& Associates, a media investment and

consulting firm specializing in business

development, strategy, mergers, acquisitions

and valuations for the trade show, publishing

and related businesses. Earlier Mr. Farber was

SVP/Division Manager at Reed Exhibition

Companies, the owner/president of a major

supplier to the trade show industry and

served as a board member of Gainshare

Media, a private equity fund with operating

assets in the tradeshow industry. Mr. Farber

has been an active member of American

Business Media (ABM), the Society of

Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and the

International Association of Exposition &

Events (IAEE), organizations where he has

been a frequent speaker.

Joseph J. Flynn

Vice President of Sport

Group, Nielsen Business


Joseph J. Flynn has over 18 years of

experience in selling, managing and operating

trade shows both in the US and abroad as well

as managing technology start-up companies.

Joe is currently the Vice President of the

Sports Group at Nielsen Business Media

where he is responsible for a $35 million

portfolio of events including Outdoor Retailer,

Interbike and ASR all of which have

consistently been Trade Show 200 events.

From 1992-1998, Joe worked at EJ Krause &

Associates in Washington DC, where he led

the expansion of the world famous Expo

Comm and Comdex brands into Latin America

and Spain as a Vice President. Joe joined

Advanstar Communications from 1998-2003

as Group Show Director for the

Telecommunications & e-Learning group

where he led the growth of Telexpo, Latin

America’s largest technology event and was

involved in several acquisitions to expand the

group business including Tech Learn, the

largest learning and training event at that time.

Most recently, Joe was CEO and founder of

Auxilio Inc. an Orange County, CA based,

publicly traded healthcare technology services

firm, which he started in 2003 and is still an

active member of the Board of Directors of

Auxilio, Inc. and a major shareholder. He

earned his BA in Political Science from the

Catholic University of America in Washington

DC in 1987 and his MAT in Foreign Language

Education from the University of Rhode

Island. He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese

and French. Joe lives in San Clemente, CA

with his wife of 14 years, Valerie, and his

daughters Julia, 14, and Ruth, 11.

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Marco Giberti

CEO, Reed Exhibitions,

Latin America

Marco Giberti is a successful entrepreneur

with more than 15 years of intensive

experience in marketing and communications

with focus on the media and events industry.

After receiving a degree in marketing and

advertising, when he was 23 years old he

joined Apple Computers, becoming the Latin-

American Marketing Manager for the

company and the youngest Marketing

Manager for Apple worldwide.

After several years in a successful career as

a corporate executive, Mr. Giberti decided to

give free rein to his entrepreneurial spirit and


• Co-founder and Board Member of Mind

Opener, a leading publishing group in Latin

America that was later sold to British Pearson

Media Group, and

• Co-founder and Board Member of e-mind,

an internet and media communications

company that was sold to Liberty Media.

• President, CEO and co-founder of Mind

Trainer, a firm specializing in the organization

of major regional trade shows and events.

After a very successful growth, regional

expansion and partnerships, including a longterm

relationship with E.J.Krause, Reed

Elsevier bought a controlling position in the

business in the year 2005, and Mr. Giberti

became its president and regional partner for

the events and trade show division in Latin

America, a role he has been performing since


Under Mr. Giberti’s leadership, Reed

Exhibitions Latin America became the leading

company in the region, organizing more than

50 events annually in different markets in

Latin America including Brazil, Mexico and


Over the course of his business career, Mr.

Giberti has been awarded a number of

distinctions in his field, including, among

others, the 1999 Entrepreneur of the year

Award and was named one of the top 100

most influential people in the global

convention and exhibition business by the

Trade Show Week magazine.

He is a regular guest speaker at

conferences and business schools in Latin

America, USA and Europe, and is considered

a referential figure in the media, marketing

and events industry for Latin America.

He is a Harvard Business School Graduate

on the OPM program among other several

executive education courses in Europe with

special emphasis on strategic management

and entrepreneurial skills.

Marco has both Argentinean and Italian

nationalities and lives in Key Biscayne,

Florida, with his wife Paula and three kids,

Luca, Micaela and Francesca.

Jeff Giesea


FierceMarkets Inc.

Jeff Giesea is a digital media entrepreneur

and the founder of FierceMarkets Inc., a

leading digital B2B media company based in

Washington, DC. He successfully sold the

company to Questex Media in January 2008

and left the company in January 2009 to

travel and pursue other ventures. Previously,

Jeff worked in strategic planning for Enews

(later acquired by Barnes & Noble) and

helped manage a hedge fund in Menlo Park,

California. Jeff was recently named a “Top

Innovator in Business Publishing” by Media

Business Magazine and a member of the

“Digital Hot List” by Min’s Magazine. He is a

graduate of Stanford.

Hal R. Greenberg

Partner, VSS Structured

Capital Funds

Mr. Greenberg is a Partner of the VSS

Structured Capital Funds. He is responsible

for the origination, underwriting, structuring

and management of portfolio investments for

the VSS Structured Capital Funds and for the

private equity funds. As a member of the

Board, Mr. Greenberg has been particularly

active with Red 7 Media, Contexo Media,

Access Intelligence, Loewy, Sandow and

Avatar International. He was formerly on the

Board of Canon Communications, a VSS II

portfolio company. Mr. Greenberg joined

Veronis Suhler Stevenson in 1988 from his

position as Director of Planning and

Acquisitions at McGraw-Hill Book Company.

He has also held various positions at CBS,

successively as Manager of Strategic

Planning for the CBS Broadcast Group,

Director of Market Analysis for the CBS

Television Network and Director of

Acquisitions for CBS, Inc.

Mr. Greenberg earned a BA in economics

from Lake Forest College and holds a JD from

the New England School of Law and an MBA

from New York University.

Sean Guerre

President, TradeFair Group

Sean Guerre, President of the TradeFair

Group, an Access Intelligence Company, has

18 years experience in the tradeshow and

conference management field. At PennWell

Corporation he served in roles as diverse as

exhibit sales, conference and project

management, marketing and conference

programming, including overall management

of events. His responsibilities have included

overall profit and loss responsibility, as well as

marketing and forecasting. He currently

directs strategic activities and business

development for the TradeFair Group.

The TradeFair Group produces 12 events

and performs show management contracts

for 3 associations and user groups in the

energy industry. The TradeFair Group also is

home to publications, newsletters and e-

media divisions to provide clients with turnkey

information products.

In the first 5 years of operation, the team at

TFG grew the business an impressive 177%,

achieving the rank of #57 on the Houston 100

Fastest Growing Private Firms List. TradeFair

Group is also the proud past recipient of the

TradeShow Week Fastest 50 Award,"Best

Places to Work" by EXPO magazine, Best New

Show Launch by Expo magazine and Show

Manager of the Year by The Expo Group.

Sean is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin

State University, where he received a BBA in

Marketing. He is a member of BMA, SISO,

IAEE, Greater Houston Partnership, Greater

Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, and

serves on the SISO Board of Directors and

Executive Committee, and Board of Southeast

Media Inc.; he serves as the 2008-2009 SISO

Treasurer and serves on the Strategic

Planning Committee for St. Cecilia Catholic

Church. Sean enjoys spending time with his

wife Katy and two daughters, Erin and Mary

Kate, and lives in Houston, Texas.

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Kerry C. Gumas

President & CEO, Questex

Media Group, Inc.

Kerry C. Gumas is President & Chief

Executive Officer of Questex Media Group,

Inc., a leading integrated business-tobusiness

media company that produces trade

magazines, websites and interactive media

products and exhibitions, conferences and

events in North America, Europe, South

America and Asia/Pacific. Mr. Gumas led the

formation of Questex Media Group in May

2005 via a management buyout of several

operating divisions of Advanstar

Communications. The transaction was ranked

one of the top B2B media deals of 2005. A

leader for over 28 years in the B2B media and

tradeshow industry, Mr. Gumas held senior

executive positions at Advanstar

Communications, IDG World Expo and Reed

Exhibition Companies and has been

responsible for managing, launching and

acquiring standalone and integrated B2B

tradeshow and publishing businesses in the

U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia, serving

over 35 distinct industries. He led the

formation and management of the

Asia/Pacific region’s largest air show, Asian

Aerospace and the effort to fund, develop,

construct and manage the 250,000 sq. ft.

Changi International Exhibition Center in

Singapore as part of an innovative industrygovernment

joint venture.

Mr. Gumas began his career as an

International Trade Specialist at the United

States Department of Commerce where he

was a key member of the team that produced

the first U.S. National Trade Exhibitions in

China and lead over 20 U.S. trade missions

throughout China. He is a board member of

the Society of Independent Show Organizers

(SISO); member of the American Business

Media Association; served as president and

vice president of the Singapore Association of

Convention and Exhibition Organisers and

Suppliers and is a member of numerous

industry and trade groups and associations.

Mr. Gumas received his degree in Political

Science and Business Administration from

Widener University.

David Korse

President & CEO,

5Net4 Productions

David is an experienced event industry

executive with nearly 25 years of international

conference and exhibition experience.

David first joined the industry with Reed

Exhibitions (then Cahners Exposition Group)

as a Group Vice President in 1984. During his

9 years with Reed he was the VP/GM of their

Chicago division and spent 4 years living in

Singapore with responsibility for their

business in the Asia/Pacific region (except


Since then he has had senior positions with

the Institute for International Research (IIR),

IIR Exhibitions, with Imark Communications,

a company he co-founded with E.M. Warburg

Pincus & Co., with IDG World Expo and with

Nielsen Business Media. Today, David is the

President/CEO of 5Net4 Productions, the

owners and organizers of the Abilities Expo

series of events.

David has also been active in leading

industry associations and he has served in

various capacities on the boards of directors



Cristopher Levy

Managing Partner,

Encore Media Partners

Since starting his career in the late 80s with

COMDEX, which became the world's largest

trade show, Cris has worked with hundreds of

local, national and international events and

directed the investment of millions of dollars

in event marketing campaigns. Cris is

currently managing partner of Encore Media

Partners, an audience strategy, marketing and

media buying agency, which specializes in

trade shows, consumer exhibitions,

conferences and marketing events for a

diverse mix of clients from entrepreneurs to

leading event organizers and integrated media


David Loechner

Senior Vice President,

Neilsen Business Media

David Loechner has been a senior vice

president at Nielsen Business Media since


He has 26 years experience in the trade

show and publishing business.

He was group president at VNU Expositions

(2000 – 2006) and VP group director at Miller

Freeman Inc (1990 – 2000).

Bob Macgregor

Managing Director, Canada

Diversified Business


Bob Macgregor is responsible for the

management and growth of Diversified

Business Communications Canada, a

partnership formed between Macgregor

Communications and Diversified Business

Communications in 2002. In 1998, Mr.

Macgregor, who has been in the trade show

industry for over 20 years, formed the trade

show company Macgregor Communications.

He also established AR Systems, a technology

and registration company, in 1982, that is now

known as ShowCare Solutions. Before the

formation of Macgregor Communications, Mr.

Macgregor was the President of Reed

Exhibitions Canada, a division of Reed

Exhibitions. He also has a technology

background as a systems engineer with IBM

prior to his tradeshow career.

Charles G. McCurdy

Chairman & CEO,

Apprise Media LLC

Charles G. McCurdy is Chairman and CEO of

Apprise Media LLC, which he founded in

January 2004, and Chairman and CEO of its

Canon Communications LLC unit.

McCurdy has more than 25 years of

experience in managing and investing in niche

media, information and education companies.

Under the Apprise umbrella, he has led the

acquisition and development of three platform

companies. Canon Communications is a

leading B-to-B company active in trade shows,

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magazines, and digital media. The Beckett

Media LP and Action Pursuit Group LLC units,

which together form Apprise Enthusiast

Media, cover various special interest

consumer niches through magazines, live

events and digital media.

As a co-founder, President and Director of

PRIMEDIA Inc. (NYSE: PRM), he oversaw the

acquisition, development and build-up of

more than 20 platform niche media

companies. He engineered the company's

entrance into a broad range of niche media

businesses, including enthusiast and

business-to-business magazines, consumer

guides, specialty video, supplemental

educational publishing and their related online

and digital media activities. McCurdy

pioneered the practice of the leveraged buildup

in the niche media and information sector

through the 1990's. He developed and helped

implement the strategy of growing niche

media businesses by surrounding their

markets with print, live events and digital

products. He successfully led the raising of

more than $9 billion in debt and equity


Prior to launching PRIMEDIA, McCurdy

was the top finance and development

executive at Macmillan Inc., the educational

and professional book publisher and

business-to-business information services

provider. He started his publishing career as

an editor.

McCurdy is a member of the Board of

American Business Media and the Chair of its

Marketing Committee. He is also on the Board

of Directors of the Society of Independent

Show Organizers. He received an MBA from

Columbia and his BA from Yale, Magna Cum


Philip McKay

Senior Vice President,

World Market Center

Philip McKay has a proven track record as a

successful senior executive with many of the

leading trade show companies, including

Gartner Vision Events, Penton Media and

Key3Media. In 2004, Mr. McKay was awarded

the Lifetime Achievement Award from

Tradeshow Week magazine for his

outstanding contributions to the global events

industry. Mr. McKay served as Group Vice

President and General Manager of Gartner

Vision Events, a recognized leader in hosted

events for technology industries. He

conceived, developed and led the team that

introduced the CeBIT brand to the U.S.

marketplace. Mr. McKay also served as

Senior Vice President of International for

Key3Media Group, overseeing the company's

portfolio of 20 plus events in Latin America,

Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

Previously, he also served as Group

Managing Director of Penton Media's

extensive family of global trade shows. Mr.

McKay has served on the board of SISO

(Society of Independent Show Organizers), is

actively involved in IAEE (International

Association of Exhibits and Events), sat on

the CEIR Strategic Planning Board and is on

the Editorial Advisory Council for Tradeshow

Executive Magazine. McKay previously

was the President and CEO of PPM Media, a

company he found with other industry

professionals to produce hosted executivelevel

summits and other specialized businessto-business

conferences in IT and other highgrowth

industries. Currently he is the Senior

Vice President of The World Market Center in

Las Vegas and is responsible for growing

their portfolio of events in the furniture, gift

and accessories industries.

Philip has been married for 30 years to his

wife Kate and is the proud father of two sons,

Kyle and Connor.

Richard Mead

Managing Director, The

Jordan, Edmiston

Group, Inc.

Richard Mead, a Managing Director with

JEGI, represents B2B media, exhibitions and

conferences, and information companies in

an M&A advisory capacity. He has overseen

the successful completion of many JEGI

signature transactions, including both M&A

and financing assignments, playing an

instrumental role in helping the firm become

the leading investment bank in the

marketplace. Recent notable transactions


• The sale of BZ Media’s ST&P business to

Redwood Collaborative Media;

• Forrester’s acquisition of JupiterResearch

from MCG Capital;

• The sale of dmg world media’s North

American Consumer Home Shows to

Marketplace Events (Stephens Capital);

• The sale of United Health Publishing Group

to MediZine (a VSS portfolio company);

• The sale of Gartner’s Vision Events to

United Business Media;

• The sale of FierceMarkets to Questex


• The $155 million acquisition of the

remaining 51% of George Little Management

by dmg world media;

• The sale of Reed’s US and Canadian

industrial and manufacturing shows and New

Product Division;

• And many others.

Educated and trained as a Chartered

Accountant in the UK, Mr. Mead offers clients

a broad cross-section of experience as buyer,

seller and advisor to public and private

companies. He has participated in more than

300 transactions since moving to the US in


Previously, Mr. Mead served as Senior Vice

President at Dow Jones/Teleres, a

commercial real estate database business.

His publishing and financial industry

experience includes serving as President and

CEO of Black’s Guide, Vice President of

Finance of Advanstar Communications and an

international M&A partner at Ernst & Young in

New York and KPMG in New York and


Bob Mikulas

President, Controlled

Marketing Conferences, Inc.

Bob has been in the show management

business since 1995 and started in a rather

unusual way. He owned a manufacturing

company in the Lawn & Garden Industry and

attended the myriad of booth style shows

within the industry. After several years of

attending these events his frustration level

with the randomness and uncertainty of

meeting the correct buyers was at its peak. He

thought there has to be a better way to get in

front of his potential audience. He attended an

event in another industry which had pre-set

scheduled appointments between buyers and

sellers based on mutual interests between the

two parties. This organization has been doing

this format since the early 1970’s, so he

thought, “why isn’t anyone doing this in our

industry?” He polled his exhibitor friends and

buyers he was doing business with to see if

there was interest. The overwhelming

response was positive and thus The first

National Lawn & Garden Controlled Marketing

Conference was held in 1995 and continues

to operate annually. The company developed

its own proprietary software in 1996 and is

available by license to show managers in the

association and for-profit sectors.

Bob received his Bachelor of Science

Degree in Biology and Chemistry from West

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Virginia Wesleyan College and a Master’s of

Public Administration from the University of


Born and raised in New Jersey, he has made

Colorado his home for over 25 years. He is

married and has 4 children.

Scott Mozarsky

EVP and Chief Strategy &

Development Officer, PR

Newswire, A Division of

United Business Media

Scott Mozarsky has worked in the UBM

Group since June 2000. In his current

positions as Executive Vice President – Chief

Strategy & Development Officer, Mozarsky is

responsible for Strategy, Corporate

Development and M&A for PRNewswire. In

this role, Mozarsky works to identify,

evaluate, negotiate, structure and complete

mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures,

investments and strategic alliances

throughout the world. Mozarsky is also

responsible for managing PRN’s Vintage

Filiings, Small Business, Trade Show and

PRN China Divisions as well as PRN’s Legal


Prior to assuming this role, Mozarsky was

EVP and Chief Operating Officer of UBM LLC

(formerly CMP), responsible for working with

each of UBM's technology divisions

(Everything Channel, TechInsights, TechWeb

and Think Services) to achieve profitable

growth. Mozarsky remains on the Board of

Directors of TechWeb.

From 2002-2007, Mozarsky headed up

global corporate development & M&A for

United Business Media Limited’s US-based

subsidiaries including UBM LLC (f/k/a CMP

Media), PRNewswire, Commonwealth

Business Media and CMP Medica. Mozarsky

has completed over 60 acquisitions and a

number of divestitures for UBM Limited's

subsidiaries (including PR Newswire) in Asia,

Europe, Latin America and North America.

Prior to joining the UBM Group, Mozarsky

spent eight years at two multinational law

firms representing media, technology,

telecommunications and manufacturing

companies. Mozarsky, who speaks Japanese

and lived in Japan, has advised numerous

companies on business, financial and legal

issues arising out of cross border


Mozarsky earned his Bachelor of Arts

degree in Political Science from Williams

College and his J.D. from Fordham Law


Kristin Petrovich

President, HD Expo

Kristin Petrovich is responsible for the

management and growth of HD EXPO, a DBC

division providing leading entertainment

technology exhibitions and conferences for

content creators. Ms. Petrovich founded HD

Expo in 2001. Prior to HD EXPO, Ms.

Petrovich managed global production at

Spitfire Television in London. Upon her return

to the US, she served concurrently as the

Director of Operations & Marketing for Yeah

Studios and as Production Manager of

Network Programming for TriCrown

Productions. She subsequently joined

documentary shingle ABC Kane. In 1997, Ms.

Petrovich formed KMP & Associates, a

marketing and management team which put

her in direct contact with emerging post

production and production talent and the

major network, studio and production

companies. Her decision to launch HD EXPO

grew from the need she identified for

education and community building in a period

of revolutionary technological change in the

entertainment industry.

Galen A. Poss

President, Hanley-Wood


Galen A. Poss, CEM, is President of Hanley-

Wood Exhibitions, a division of Hanley-Wood,

LLC. With the division since its inception in

January 2000, Poss is responsible for

managing and growing the company's

exhibition activities, which are concentrated

in the building and construction industry.

Prior to joining Hanley-Wood Exhibitions,

Poss spent six years with the Dallas Division

of Miller Freeman, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. As

Group President, he had overall responsibility

for the real estate, design, decorated apparel,

sewn products, building, association

management and equine markets, as well as

the company's South American division and

corporate exhibition central services.

Poss began his career in the tradeshow

industry in 1977 in sales with the Greater New

Orleans Tourist and Convention Commission.

In 1979 he joined the Automotive Service

Association heading up the organization's

convention department. In 1983 he formed

Precision Planning & Sales (PPS), Inc., an

exhibitions management company, providing

exhibition and conference services for

associations. PPS was acquired by Miller

Freeman in 1993. He earned his CEM

(Certified Exhibitions Manager) designation in


Poss is a former board member of the

International Association of Exhibition

Management (IAEM) and the Center for

Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). He is a

Past Chairman of the Society of Independent

Show Organizers (SISO), the IAEM Service

Corporation, the IAEM Foundation and CEIR.

Poss was the 1999 recipient of IAEM's highest

service award, the William Hunt Eisenman

Career Achievement Award and Tradeshow

Week’s 2006 Honoree.

Poss lives with his wife and two daughters

in Southlake, Texas.

Carl Pugh


Radius Events, LLC

Carl Pugh is president of Radius Events,

LLC (www.radiusevents.com) an event

management and consulting company based

in Fairfield County, CT. Carl began his career in

1980 as founding publisher of PDN, the

leading U.S. magazine for professional

photographers. He launched his first trade

show for the same market in 1983. Though

Pugh sold his business in 1985 to a division of

what is now Nielsen, both the magazine and

the show remain market leaders today. Since

then Carl has launched and run countless

events and headed up three major trade show

companies. Among them was an eight-year

stint as president of the technology events

division for Penton Media, which at its peak

generated annual revenues of $80 million via

its 3,000+ booth events in New York and Los


Carl is past chairman and a longstanding

board member of the Society of Independent

Show Organizers, the leading association for

trade show producers. He frequently speaks

on the art and science of successful show


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Denzil Rankine

Founder & CEO, AMR


Denzil Rankine is founder and chief

executive of AMR International. His

experience spans 25 years of advising

companies on strategic development and

acquisition throughout the world.

His early career was in the US assisting

British companies to enter North American

markets. This work took him to 49 States. In

1987 he joined the Seer Group and became

increasingly involved in acquisition programs

as well as strategic development. He then

founded AMR International in 1991; over the

past 18 years he has grown the company and

it now has offices in New York, London and


Denzil has been working consistently with

media groups and exhibition organizers since

1991. Through hundreds of strategic

research assignments, AMR International has

assisted both strategic clients and PE funds

to develop organically and through

acquisition. He has been involved in some of

the major deals in the media and exhibition

sector as well as dozens of smaller

transactions. AMR International’s

combination of strategic analysis and

customer research has given acquirers the

confidence to proceed by validating the

quality of the assets and their market

position. Organic development assignments

have led to the turn-around of failing major

properties as well as successful launches.

Denzil is the author of five M&A related

books: A Practical Guide To Acquisitions

(Wiley), Commercial Due Diligence - A guide

to reducing risk in acquisitions (Financial

Times), Why Acquisitions Fail (FT Prentice

Hall), Due diligence – definitive steps to

successful business combinations (FT

Prentice Hall) and Acquisition Essentials (FT

Prentice Hall).

Sharon Rowlands

CEO, Penton Media, Inc.

Sharon Rowlands is chief executive officer

for Penton Media, Inc. Previous to her new

role at Penton, Sharon was President and

CEO for Thomson Financial until May 2008.

She was President from 2000 and CEO and

President from 2004. As the head of

Thomson Financial, she transformed the

company from 45 disparate corporate entities

to a global financial information and

technology powerhouse. The company’s

content, technology and services play a vital

role in facilitating decision-making, deal flow,

benchmarking and analysis for the world’s

largest financial participants. In achieving

this, Sharon has changed the financial

technology and information industry by

creating a new business service model for

Wall Street firms.

Prior to her career in the financial industry,

Ms. Rowlands worked for three years as a

high school teacher and one year in trade


Ms. Rowlands serves on the Board of

Directors ADP, a NYSE listed company, Junior

Achievement of New York and the Omgeo

Board of Managers (until May 2008). In 2005,

she received the Women’s Bond Club Merit


Mike Rusbridge

Chairman & CEO,

Reed Exhibitions

Mike Rusbridge is Chairman and CEO of

Reed Exhibitions, the world’s largest

exhibition organizer and a division of the

Reed Elsevier group plc, a world-leading

publisher and information provider.

Mike has over 30 years experience in the

exhibition industry, both at the sharp end,

launching and running successful events, and

in a strategic role, building the world’s most

global exhibition network. He joined the

industry in 1979 becoming Managing

Director of Cahners Exhibitions Ltd (part of

Reed Elsevier) in 1982, Chief Executive for

Reed Exhibitions Europe in 1988, President

for Reed Exhibitions Europe and Asia in 1994,

and Chairman of Reed Exhibitions worldwide

in 1996.

During his career at Reed Exhibitions he

has developed Reed’s global network into one

of unrivalled brand strength, industry

knowledge and organizational expertise. In

doing so, he has negotiated a series of

successful partnerships and acquisitions with

venues, organizers, trade associations and

government bodies.

Today, the company organizes some 470

events in 37 countries and employs over

2700 event specialists in 38 fully staffed

offices worldwide.

Kerry Smith

President & CEO,

Red 7 Media, LLC

Kerry Smith is President and CEO of Red 7

Media, LLC, a diversified media company

headquartered in Norwalk, CT, that produces

magazines, newsletters, conferences and

trade shows in the event and publishing


Kerry started the company in 2002 with a

vision to create and launch magazines and

conferences in niche business categories.

Founded with a single employee, the

company has grown to 100 employees and

was named the fastest-growing private-held

publishing company in the U.S. by Inc.

Magazine in 2007 and 2008.

Prior to founding Red 7 Media, Kerry was

Group Publisher at Primedia, Inc., where he

was responsible for editorial, business

management and brand development for a

group of 8 business magazines, including

American Demographics, Corporate

Meetings & Incentives, and PROMO

Magazine, which he founded in 1987.

Red 7 Media publishes Event Marketer,

EXPO, Event Design, and Agenda in the event

industry; and FOLIO, Circulation Management

in the publishing industry. The company also

produces annual trade shows and

conferences, including The Experiential

Marketing Summit, The Event Design Forum,

The FOLIO Show, The FOLIO Publishing

Summit, The Circulation Management Show,

and Agenda Expos in New York, Boston and

Los Angeles.

Kerry has launched 5 magazines and 5

conferences/shows over the past 18 years. He

has appeared on Good Morning America,

National Public Radio and the Money Radio

Network to discuss marketing and promotion

trends, and has been quoted in The Wall

Street Journal, Investors Business Daily and

numerous other business and news


Kerry is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse

School of Public Communications at

Syracuse University. He resides in New

Canaan, CT, with his wife and 2 children.

When not putting out fires at the office, Kerry

is a Captain in the New Canaan Fire

Department, and a Certified Fire Service

Instructor for the State of Connecticut.

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Paul St. Amour

Director General,

E.J. Krause de Mexico

Paul St. Amour has been involved in the

trade show industry for over 15 years in

Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Currently, he is Director General of E.J.

Krause de Mexico, where he is responsible

for the 60-person subsidiary of E.J. Krause

and Associates. E.J. Krause Mexico is the

largest trade show organizer in Mexico and

organizes annually 10 trade shows and

conferences. His current portfolio includes a

mixture of EJK-owned shows as well as

several JVs with other leading trade show

organizers, including Reed Exhibitions and

Hanley Wood Exhibitions. Their properties

include: EXPO COMM MEXICO, World of

Concrete Mexico, Alimentaria Mexico, Expo

Manufactura and Enviro Pro Mexico. This

year, EJK Mexico also took over the

management of Expo Pack, owned by PMMI

and Plastimagen.

Prior to joining E.J. Krause, Paul was a

member of the Canadian Foreign Service and

served 5 years in Ottawa and the Canadian

Embassy in Mexico where he was

responsible for several areas of business. He

also organized two Canada Expos during his

term at the Embassy.

Paul is an active member of Amprofec

(Mexico’s IAEM) and served as a past Vice

President of the Organizers Section. He is

also involved in IAEM and SISO and has

participated at several of their events in the

US. He has also been on the Board of

Directors of the Canadian Chamber of

Commerce in Mexico.

Paul has lived in Mexico for over 15 years

and is fluent in Spanish and French, as well

as English.

John S. Suhler

Founding General

Partner & President,

Veronis Suhler


John S. Suhler is Founding General

Partner and President of Veronis Suhler

Stevenson. He has been actively involved in

raising the capital of Veronis Suhler

Stevenson’s private capital funds. Mr. Suhler,

for the majority of his operational career, was

a Senior Manager/Publisher/President in

educational (el-hi, college, supplemental

materials) and professional publishing;

consumer publishing; weekly newspapers,

consumer magazines and books,

professional (medical and healthcare)

journals, monographs, and newsletters. Mr.

Suhler was trained early on as a direct

marketing and periodical subscription

marketing manager and was instrumental

later as a circulation director and publisher in

the application of mathematical modeling to

the business of circulation and print order

planning and optimization of customer

acquisition and publishing metrics in general.

Mr. Suhler participates in the management

presentations and due diligence reviews of

nearly all portfolio company acquisitions and

significant add-ons, and he has served on the

Board of Directors of many of the Fund’s

portfolio companies and attended Board

meetings as observer for most of the balance.

Prior to co-founding VSS in 1981, Mr.

Suhler was President of CBS Publishing

Group, a $550 million (1980) revenue

multinational operation (educational basal

series and supplemental materials, hard cover

consumer trade, medical text and treatise, and

consumer magazines and paperback books)

and one of the four operating groups of CBS,

Inc., and previously was President of CBS

Publications, the consumer periodical and

mass market trade and paperback book

publishing division of CBS, publishing

Woman’s Day, Family Weekly (now USA

Weekend), Field & Stream, Road & Track and

the consumer special interest magazine titles,

and was VP-Publisher of the Psychology

Today group at Ziff Davis Publishing and

CRM, Inc.

Mr. Suhler has been a past member of the

Board of Directors of the Association of

American Publishers and the Magazine

Publishers of America, and an affiliate

member of the American Newspaper

Publishers and an active participant and

speaker/panel member in ABM, IIA and its

successor SIIA. Mr. Suhler created and has

served as Editor-in-Chief for the VSS

Communications Industry Forecast,

published since 1987, one of the leading

econometric forecasts and historical record of

spending on the broadly-defined media

industries in the United States.

Mr. Suhler received his BS from the

University of Kansas, where he attended the

William Allen White School of Journalism and

was Chairman of The University Daily Kansan

Board. He is currently a Trustee of the William

Allen White Foundation and the recipient of

the University of Kansas Journalism School

Legacy Achievement Award.

Tony Uphoff

CEO, TechWeb

Tony Uphoff is CEO of TechWeb (formerly

CMP Media). TechWeb is one of the United

Business Media companies. He is an

innovative media executive with a unique

track record of building, growing and leading

B2B media businesses in highly competitive


Uphoff has the distinction of having been a

leader of three of the top five B2B brands in

history, all at the peak of their reach, revenues

and profits: InformationWeek, The Hollywood

Reporter and PC Week. He served in several

key management positions at Ziff-Davis Media

during the build out of the company in the late

80's and early 90's. He then joined CMP

Media as publisher of InformationWeek

leading the brand to the # 1 position in its

market and ultimately into one of the largest

brands in B2B. Tony also served as divisional

VP and President during CMP's dramatic

growth in the mid 1990's from a $200 Million

privately owned company, to a $600 Million,

publicly traded, global leader in technology

media. He was the founding CEO of the

internet media company Beliefnet, which was

sold to News Corp in November of 2007, and

has been at the forefront of online and

integrated media for the last 13 years. Named

one of the top 100 business media executives

by B2B Magazine's "Who's Who in Business

Media" in 2006, 2007 and 2008 Uphoff is a

regular speaker and panelist on media and

technology at industry and association

conferences and events. He regularly blogs on

media trends at www.uphoffonmedia.com.

Nancy J. Wilson

Principal, Meeting

Strategies Worldwide

Nancy J. Wilson, CMP, is a leader, innovator,

and entrepreneur in the meeting planning and

events industry. She began her career in the

industry in 1978. Ms. Wilson is a principal with

Meeting Strategies Worldwide, a conference

management and consulting firm specializing in

green meetings. She founded the firm in 1994.

Ms. Wilson and business partner Amy

Spatrisano provide green meeting management

and consulting services for their diverse clients

representing both national and international

organizations. Meeting Strategies Worldwide

won the IMEX Award for Environmentally

Responsible Meetings.

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Internationally recognized as a leader in the

environmentally responsible meeting and event

management field, Nancy served on the Live

Earth Global Green Team and was named one of

"The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings

Industry" by Meeting News Magazine in 2003.

She is cofounder of the Green Meeting Industry

Council and currently serves on the Board’s

Executive Committee. Ms. Wilson is coauthor of

“Simple Steps to Green Meetings and Events.”

Her blog, “Pretentious Musings of a Meet Green

Martyr” shares resources, tips, ideas and funny

stories about the life of a green meeting planner.

Michael Von


Chairman, Messe

Frankfurt GmbH

Michael von Zitzewitz has been Chairman of

the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt

GmbH for ten years. Prior to this, he was

Deputy Director of Deutsche Bank AG

between 1983 and 1992, after which he

served as General Manager of Commerz

Grundbesitz Investmentgesellschaft mbH until


With economist and real estate expert

Michael von Zitzewitz at the helm, Messe

Frankfurt developed into a global corporate

group with 29 subsidiaries and approximately

50 international Sales Partners. Between 1999

and 2008, the Group’s sales increased by

some 60 percent from €275 million to €436

million. Sales attributable to markets outside

Germany have grown to €103 million, more

than quadrupling since 1999. In 2008, a total

of 62 trade fairs were organized outside

Germany—roughly twice the number held ten

years beforehand. Michael von Zitzewitz

systematically developed the Frankfurt

exhibition grounds, leading to the

construction of—to give just a few

examples—the new Hall 3 and the Forum.

Furthermore, the new Hall 11 will be opened

in time for the 2009 IAA International Motor


From 2002 to 2004, Michael von Zitzewitz

was President of the European Major

Exhibition Centres Association (EMECA).

Since 2005, he has been Chairman of the

Society for Voluntary Control of Fair and

Exhibition Statistics (FKM). In October 2006,

he was appointed Senator of the European

Economic Senate (EWS), an independent

body of outstanding individuals from politics,

business and academia. Since December

2007, Michael von Zitzewitz has been on the

Board of the German Chamber of Commerce

in Austria. He is also Honorary Consul of

Bangladesh for the German state of Hesse.

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