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Emerald Expositions Overview

San Juan Capistrano, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Public (EEX)
Advertising & Marketing
$1 to $5 million (USD) per year

Company Updates

  • Emerald Expositions Events, Inc. announced the pricing of its initial public offering . Stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “EEX” on April 28, 2017.

  • Under the new ownership of Emerald Expositions, the January SIA Snow Show will merge with Outdoor Retailer to become the Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show endorsed and sponsored by SnowSports Industries America and Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), and will be the largest outdoor and winter sports industry gathering in North America. SIA will remain an active partner in support of the event. OIA will be the co-title sponsor of all Outdoor Retailer winter shows and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer summer shows. It’s anticipated that the first combined Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show trade show will stage January 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

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Emerald Expositions – Why Work For Us?


At Emerald Expositions, we create experiences and events that delight and inspire. Our clients and visitors are executives, professionals, creatives, entrepreneurs, and businesspeople who attend our events to learn, educate, source products, meet suppliers, make new contacts, reconnect with old friends, identify industry trends, generate sales, introduce new products, and build brands.  In an increasingly isolated and algorithmic world, our events create opportunity for face-to face human interaction, discovery, insight, and creativity.

Emerald is a leading operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States with a presence in multiple diversified industry sectors including sports, jewelry, photography, general merchandise, food, and hospitality & retail design. Our trade shows are complemented by industry analysis and market intelligence from our award-winning publications and websites. We currently operate more than 55 trade shows, as well as numerous other face-to-face events. In 2018, Emerald’s events connected over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupied more than 7.0 million NSF of exhibition space.


Emerald Expositions is a NYSE-listed company trading under the ticker EEX. We have 500 employees located in San Juan Capistrano, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, and other offices throughout the country. 



  • Gift, Home & General Merchandise
  • Sports 
  • Design & Construction
  • Jewelry
  • Technology
  • Photography
  • Food
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial
  • Military



We currently operate 13 trade shows within the Gift, Home & General Merchandise sector, which includes a broad range of consumer goods that are mostly utilized in and around the home. Our shows are particularly important to participants in these industries, as each provides a many-to-many environment that enables a diverse group of highly fragmented attendees and exhibitors from all over the world to buy and sell a variety of products in a short period of time.


Shows include: ASD; SOURCEDIRECT; NY NOW; The National Stationary Show; The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies & Super Souvenir Show; SURTEX; ICGG NYC; American Handcrafted; The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show




Our 18 trade shows in the Sports sector are among the most iconic shows in the markets they serve. Our shows focus on outdoor sporting goods and related apparel and accessories for a wide range of pursuits including camping, hiking, climbing, skiing, bicycling and paddle sports. In general, the sports enthusiast clientele is well-served by independent specialized retailers. Our shows offer a many-to-many environment where thousands of specialty sports retailers from across the country have the opportunity to interact with hundreds of specialty equipment and apparel manufacturers.


Shows include: Surf Expo; Outdoor Retailer; The Sports & Licensing Tailgate Show; The Swim Collective; The Active Collective; The Imprinted Sportswear Show



Our seven trade shows in the Design & Construction sector serve interior designers, architects, owners/operators, developers, specifiers and purchasers who work within a wide range of industries including hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars, spas, retail stores and healthcare facilities. The Design & Construction sector is particularly well-suited to trade shows due to the emphasis on visual and tactile processes which require significant in-person interaction.

Shows include: BD|NY; HD Expo; HX: The Hotel Experience; GlobalShop; Healthcare Design Expo & Conference; National Pavement Expo; Environments for Aging Expo & Conference



We currently operate six trade shows in the Technology sector. Our trade shows bring together exhibitors who provide, and attendees who need, eCommerce and technology-related products, solutions and services. Our exhibitors represent a broad range of industries including analytic and data service providers, digital marketers, eCommerce consultants, online marketplaces, payment processors and supply chain solutions providers, among others.

Shows include: CEDIA Expo; The Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition; InterDrone; Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition; RFID Journal LIVE!



Our six trade shows in the Jewelry sector span the jewelry market, including the premier event for luxury, branded jewelry and timepieces, and several shows for the mid-price unbranded segment of the jewelry markets, as well as the leading trade show for antique, vintage and estate jewelry and watches.

Shows include: JA New York; COUTURE; Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show



We currently operate nine leading trade shows across five sectors encompassing Photography, Food, Healthcare, Industrial and Military.

Shows include: PDN PhotoPlus International Conference; Wedding & Portrait Photographers International; International Pizza Expo; Pizza & Pasta Northeast; International Fastener Expo; Medtrade; Modern Day Marine



We operate more than 70 additional events across a wide variety of forums including B2B conferences, B2C events, summits, awards and luxury private sales. Through our HD Expo, ICFF, HCD and GlobalShop brands, we host close to 20 annual networking sessions called CityScenes, which bring together both up-and-coming and seasoned industry professionals from a variety of fields. We also hold luxury private sales through our Soiffer Haskin brand event.

Events include: Hospitality Match; HOW Design Live; The Original Miami Beach Antique Show; The New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show; Senior Living Design Match; Soiffer Haskin; The Hospitality Design Summit; The Construction SuperConference; Connecting Point Marketing Group; Total Tech



Our Marketing Services consist of print publications and digital media products that complement our trade show portfolio. These print and digital media products are closely aligned with several of our most prominent events allowing us to remain in close contact with our event industry audiences throughout the year.

Products include: Boutique Design; Campus Safety; CE Pro; Commercial Integrator; Contract magazine; Dealer magazine; design:retail magazine; Environments for Aging magazine; Healthcare Design magazine; Hospitality Design magazine; Impressions magazine; KBB magazine; TechDecisions; Outdoor Retailer magazine; Photo District News; Pizza Today; Rangefinder; Security Sales & Integration


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Emerald Expositions’ held its first National Volunteer Initiative, “Emerald Cares!” Taking place during the first 2 weeks of September, 2015.  Every Emerald associate in each of our locations had the opportunity to engage in volunteer activities and made a positive impact in their local community. This initiative reflected our goal as an organization to be socially responsible and serve the neighborhoods in which we live and work. Additionally, it aimed to foster a sense of solidarity among Emerald employees, uniting us in our efforts to lend a helping hand to organizations in need of support. We look forward to 2016 volunteer opportunities.



Join Us

Our team is comprised of over 500 innovators, creators, and influencers. We offer competitive rewards including a full suite of health and wellness benefits, flexible time off, and a generous parental leave policy. In addition, we have created an engaging, collaborative, and empowering work environment in each of our offices throughout the US.

If you want to be challenged in an invigorating and dynamic environment where you can have a direct impact on the audience you support, you belong at Emerald. Apply to one of our current opportunities today.

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    Great company with great leadership


    Unclear company wide goals. Company struggles to keep solid brand across events

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    Focus on experience and monetizing exposure, and less about NSF

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Emerald Expositions Photos

Emerald Expositions photo of: Interbike
Emerald Expositions photo of: NY Now
Emerald Expositions photo of: Line outside of The Original Miami Beach Antique Show on opening day in 2016.
Emerald Expositions photo of: Med Trade Spring - Attendees view Pride Mobility power chairs and scooters
Emerald Expositions photo of: JA New York - Spring
Emerald Expositions photo of: ASD Gift Show - ASD Market Week means business! Busy aisles and big smiles from attendees and exhibitors on Opening Day!
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Emerald Expositions Interviews



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    New Business Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
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    I applied through other source. I interviewed at Emerald Expositions (Chicago, IL) in August 2018.


    The interview process with Emerald was very smooth and transparent. As I was interviewing for a job with the company that was out of state, I had numerous phone and skype interviews - as well as an in-person interview with the local HR team. I felt like the company was being very realistic in their needs and everyone took their time to ask questions that not just evaluated me as a candidate, but also whether or not I would be happy in the position I was interviewing for. I was impressed with how open and honest the entire staff was and feel like I was able to get a good grasp for what the company is all about.

    Interview Questions

    • What was the biggest sacrifice you made for your career.   1 Answer
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Emerald Expositions Awards & Accolades

  • Best In Show, TSNN, 2016
  • TSNN Industry Icon, TSNN, 2016
  • Fastest 50 Awards and Summit, Trade Show Executive, 2015
  • Growth Leader in Attendance (Percentage Growth) KBIS, Tradeshow Executive, 2015
  • Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Nominee - 7 Tradeshows, Tradeshow Executive, 2014
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