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Hanley Wood agrees to sell exhibitions business to Informa

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 4.17.16 PMWashington, D.C.—Hanley Wood, the premier information, media, event and strategic marketing services company serving the residential, commercial design and construction industries, announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell its Hanley Wood Exhibitions business to Informa PLC, a UK-based publishing and events company that operates in more than 40 countries and is one of the world’s leading knowledge providers. The sale is subject to customary regulatory review and is expected to close by the end of 2014. Upon the closing of the transaction, the exhibitions business will be rebranded Informa Exhibitions US and will maintain its headquarters in Irving, Texas under the continued leadership of Rick McConnell as president, Informa Exhibitions US, construction and real estate.

“Since 2000, Hanley Wood Exhibitions has led the industry as a best-in-class producer of tremendously vital and successful events,” said Peter Goldstone, Hanley Wood’s CEO. “Informa recognized the power and value of the trade show business we’ve built over the years. Informa has an exciting, long-term strategic vision for the exhibitions business and how it fits within its international operations and its existing portfolio of construction and real estate events. It will be a great home for its customers and employees.”

“We are very excited about the addition of such an outstanding trade show business,” said Stephen A. Carter, group chief executive of Informa. “This is a terrific portfolio of leading construction exhibition brands that will become a key component of our Global Exhibitions Division. In combination with other recent acquisitions, we have significantly strengthened our presence in the U.S., demonstrating our commitment to the sector and the region.”

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Hanley Wood releases results of Surfaces recycling initiative

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 10.29.42 AMDallas — Hanley Wood Exhibitions announced the results of its recycling initiative at The International Surface Event (TISE), held Jan. 27-30 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Seventy-five participating exhibitors donated over 100,000 pounds of gently used floor covering, stone and tile product to charitable partners, coordinated by the Mountain Re-Source Center and its subsidiary Tile Partners for Humanity.

In addition, the joint initiative which included support from Freeman Companies, United Services and Mandalay Bay Convention Center, successfully recycled 540,000 pounds of commodity material. Officials from Mandalay Bay Convention Center provided a comprehensive post-show report confirming that as a result of the effort, 80% of the total waste generated from the show was recycled.  Recycled materials included cardboard, carpet, carpet pads, concrete, metal, aluminum, paper, plastics, wood crates and pallets. 

“As a leading organizer of trade shows in the U.S., we are very proud to lead this initiative,” said Dana Teague, vice president, Hanley Wood Exhibitions. “The social responsibility that many of our exhibiting companies and partners are displaying will make a positive impact that is immeasurable. We feel a responsibility to bring light to the many ways recycling efforts can be implemented in business models year-round.”

The International Surface Event features over 700 exhibitors in five exhibit halls, encompassing a total 350,000 sq.ft of space. TISE is considered to be a large event by trade show industry standards, based on the number of exhibitors, attendees and total amount of space.  Additional Hanley Wood shows participating in recycling initiatives through a partnership with the Mountain Re-Source Center include DeckExpo, JLC Live NE, JLC Live NW and the Remodeling Show. The TISE initiative is the largest and most comprehensive effort due in part to the significant size of the show.

Hanley Wood provided a complimentary booth on the show floor to Mountain Re-Source Center to enable representatives to solicit exhibitor donations, answer questions and assist with donor logistics before, during and after the three-day event. The full circle effort involved Hanley Wood’s vendor partners led by Freeman Companies, who provided the necessary equipment and resources to remove donated product from the show floor, as well as the manpower needed to strategically pack and load the trailers. United Services provided material transport and cleaning services and Mandalay Bay Convention Center spearheaded the massive effort to sort and recycle the remaining waste materials left on site.

Product donations filled six 53-foot trailers to capacity and one large flatbed stacked high with rolls of carpet. Donations from the show have more than doubled since the program was launched in 2012. The difficulty of recycling carpet results in large quantities ending up in U.S. landfills each year, making the sizable amount of donated carpet even more impactful. The gently used product was delivered to two charitable organizations—Habitat for Humanity (Las Vegas chapter) and River Valley Community Outreach Center (Gridley, Calif.), who plan to utilize the materials to support community improvement efforts currently underway.    

Exhibiting companies of all sizes from the floorcovering, stone and tile industries actively participated in the Hanley Wood recycling initiative.  Major contributors included:

  • Beaulieu America
  • Bedrosians
  • Best Buy Flooring Source
  • IVC US Inc.
  • Mannington Mills
  • Phenix
  • QuickStep
  • Stanton Carpet
  • Tarkett
  • Urban Floor
  • US Floors

In addition to receiving a tax-deductible donation, exhibitors received the benefit of knowing their product would be put to good use after the show.

“Without the strong partnership we’ve built with Hanley Wood, Freeman and the ever-growing list of donating exhibitors over the past several years, this initiative wouldn’t be possible,” said Herb Miller, executive director of Mountain Re-Source Center. “The donations collected support our non-profit partners who work in impoverished communities around the country. This massive effort will enable families in need to build better lives.”

For more information regarding the Mountain Re-Source Center and Tile Partners for Humanity, visit and

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Hanley Wood set to launch International Surface Event East

Tile Expo added to Vegas, Miami Shows

Sept. 16/23 2013; Volume 27/number 11

By Louis Iannaco

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 10.56.52 AMHicksville, N.Y.—Hanley Wood Exhibitions has announced the creation of two events designed to bring the flooring and surfaces industries together. The International Surface Event East, a new trade show designed to bring the impact of Surfaces to the East Coast, will debut in October 2014 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla. The show is a complementary addition to The International Surface Event, which is slated for Jan. 27 to 30, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Additionally, TileExpo, a show focused on the tile industry, will launch in conjunction with Surfaces and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas (formerly S2). Continue reading Hanley Wood set to launch International Surface Event East

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Peake joins SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas conference team

surfaces logoDallas—Hanley Wood Exhibitions is proud to announce the addition of Michele Nebel Peake as part of the SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas conference team as an independent contractor. Peake’s proven background in planning conference programs, developing new programming, and overall trade show experience will ensure SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas will continue to grow and further its leadership position in the flooring, stone and tile industries. As Conference Manager, Peake will be working alongside Jennifer Hughes, recognized Conference Manager of SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, to collaboratively enhance the education program.   Continue reading Peake joins SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas conference team

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Hanley Wood acquires Greenbuild

USGBC to continue to deliver education, events

July 22/29; Volume 27/Number 7

Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 4.18.02 PMWashington—Hanley Wood and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently announced a strategic partnership whereby Hanley Wood has acquired the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Continue reading Hanley Wood acquires Greenbuild

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Teague named vice president of Hanley Wood Exhibitions

Dallas — Hanley Wood Exhibitions is proud to announce the promotion of Dana Teague to vice president. The former group director of Surfaces | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas will continue to have full P&L responsibilities for the two shows and will focus on launch opportunities, integrated initiatives and international development in the flooring sector.

Teague has been integral in developing innovative strategies to retain and attract key flooring manufacturers and grow increasingly successful events. Surfaces | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas is the second largest revenue-product property in the division and is ranked 60th on TSNN’s 2012 Top 250 U.S. Trade Shows List. The combined shows span 341,419 net square feet of exhibit space and grew 4.1% in exhibit sales in 2013.

Teague has more than 20 years in the industry and has been with Hanley Wood for 13 years. She earned her CEM designation in 2012 and was recently named to Expo’s 2013 list of ExpoElite.

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Surfaces to promote health of the flooring industry

In an effort to kick off the promise of a fruitful 2012, the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF), Hanley Wood Exhibitions and the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) have come together to promote a campaign aimed not just at the health of the flooring industry but at the health of its individual members. Continue reading Surfaces to promote health of the flooring industry