Emerald Expositions

About Us

1985
United News and Media acquires Miller Freeman Publications, a producer of tradeshows, trade books and business magazines

1991
Miller Freeman Publication merges with Gralla Publications (owner of Outdoor Retailer) to create Miller Freeman, Inc.

1994
Verenigde Nederlandse Uitgeverijen (“VNU”) acquires Bill Communications, which includes the Military and Hospitality Design tradeshows

1995
Miller Freeman, Inc. acquires the Interbike tradeshow business and related publication

1995
Miller Freeman, Inc. acquires (ASD/AMD) tradeshows owned by Walter Fletcher Inc.

1998
VNU acquires Medtrade and Shore Varrone, which includes GlobalShop as well as Display and Design magazine

2000
VNU acquires Miller Freeman’s U.S. portfolio, including Sports, Apparel, General Merchandise, Jewelry, and Kitchen and Bath Business

2006
VNU is acquired by a consortium of private equity firms and rebranded The Nielsen Company

2010
Nielsen Expositions acquires the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) tradeshow and related publication and digital products

2012
Nielsen Expositions acquires the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show

2013
Onex Corporation (“Onex”) acquires Nielsen Expositions from its parent, an affiliate of Nielsen Holdings N.V. to create Emerald Expositions

2014
Emerald Expositions acquires GLM, a company with 15 leading expositions, from Providence Equity Partners, making it the largest trade show operator in the U.S.

2015
Emerald Expositions completes 4 acquisitions: Healthcare Design Conference (HCD), Pizza Expo, HOW Design Live and Fastener Expo.