Emerald Expositions

Sports & Apparel

The Sports and Apparel sector services a wide range of outdoor, cycling, water sports, sportswear and related industries via tradeshows, conferences, websites, magazines and media events.  Trade shows produced in this sector are the largest in the United States and among largest in the world and include iconic brands such as Outdoor Retailer, Interbike, Surf Expo and Imprinted Sportswear shows.  Segments served include the surf, skate, wakeboard, water ski, stand up paddle, resort and souvenir, swim boutique, adventure travel, backpacking, camping, climbing, hiking, mountaineering, road cycling, mountain biking, e-biking, yoga, screen printing and embroidery industries, among others.


Darrell Denny
Executive Vice President

Marisa Nicholson
Vice President, Group Show Director, Outdoor Retailer

Roy Turner
Senior Vice President, Group Show Director, Surf Expo, Collective

Pat Hus
Vice President, Group Show Director, Interbike

Jeff Brown
Show Director, Imprinted Sportswear Shows

Our Brands

Outdoor Retailer serves the worldwide active outdoor recreation business community. Core exhibitors are manufacturers and retailers that produce/sell gear, apparel, footwear, accessories, and services for pursuits in the natural environment.
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Surf Expo is the largest and longest running board sports and beach/resort lifestyle trade show in the world.
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The Swim Collective, held semi-annually in Huntington Beach, CA, presents more than 500 juried swimwear and resort collections to an audience of swimwear specialty, better boutiques, luxury resorts, cruise retailers, gift stores, online stores, surf specialty and department stores.
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The Active Collective, held semi-annually in Huntington Beach, CA & New York, NY, presents more than 300 juried activewear collections to an audience of active athleisure sport specialty, contemporary boutiques, luxury resorts, cruise retailers, gift stores, online stores, swim & surf specialty and department stores.
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Interbike is the largest bicycle trade event in North America, bringing together manufacturers, retailers, industry advocates and media to conduct the business of cycling. Established in 1982, the show gathers more than 1,200 cycling-related brands annually and is considered one of the most important global trade events for the bicycle industry.
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Fall CycloFest is the ultimate cycling festival for both bicycle retailers and consumers seeking to learn, ride and experience the latest innovations from the bicycle industry. This four-day event takes place at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC, and is split to include 2 private-access days for bicycle retailers, and 2 public days for consumers.
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The IBD Summit is the leading high-level, industry-specific networking and educational event for the bicycle industry in North America. Many of the top, forward-thinking domestic retailers attend each year to learn from professional speakers & industry experts, network with executives from key brands & suppliers, and ride on the roads and trails in Tempe, Arizona.
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The Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS) is the largest trade show dedicated to the decorated apparel industry. With 5 annual shows across the country, attendees that primarily screen print or embroider on t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, baby apparel and bags will find the best selection of vendors for supplies and screen printing equipment. The various locations in Long Beach, Atlantic City, Nashville, Orlando and Fort Worth allow easy driving access to many of the independent t-shirt companies.
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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.
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Impressions magazine is the one-stop source for authoritative business and technical information crucial to building and sustaining a profitable decorated apparel business including screen printing, embroidery, heat-applied graphics, and digital decorating.
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Outdoor Retailer Magazine is an idea about outdoor specialty retail. We believe that engaging thoughtful, complex conversations about the business of retail and the outdoor experience will contribute to the vibrancy and growth of the outdoor industry. A bi-annual publication, Outdoor Retailer Magazine delivers timely and timeless editorial about the business of retail as the outdoor buying windows open. 
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