Emerald Expositions


The Licensing Group serves the art, brand, design, lifestyle, and home textiles market, as well as the sports market for both licensed and non licensed products. The sector brings the buyers and licensees, licensors of art for home and commercial textiles, home goods, interior designs for both consumer and commercial use. Artists represent design groups and individual artist who sell and/or license their art.

In addition, the group focuses on the retail buyers of sports merchandise from the major sports leagues and sports segments. The events we deliver are The Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show, Surtex, and Sports Fan Retailer.


Darrell Denny
Executive Vice President

Christopher McCabe
Senior Vice President

Pat Hus
VP, Group Show Director, Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show

Kelly Bristol
Vice President, Group Show Director, Surtex

Our Brands


The Sports Licensing & Tailgate Show is held annually in Las Vegas. It is the only event of its kind for professional leagues, collegiate teams, other sports (team or otherwise) licensees, and service companies to connect with thousands of retailers, concessionaires, and other retailers interested in sports merchandise. Visit the Site ›


SURTEX® is the global B2B marketplace dedicated to the sale and license of original art & design—where artists, agents and licensors connect with manufacturers and retailers to create the next best-selling products in every category imaginable. Markets represented are: decorative fabrics, linens and domestics, contract textiles, wall coverings, floor coverings, apparel textiles, stationery, greeting cards, gift wrap and other paper products, tabletop, giftware, toys, ceramics, packaging, publishing and many more. Visit the Site ›