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NSSF Names Las Vegas-based ConvExx as SHOT Show Management Partner
Published on Tue, Jul 9, 2013 (9:17 a.m.)June 9, 2013
LAS VEGAS -- After an extensive national search involving the trade show industry's top management companies, the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) has selected ConvExx as its new SHOT Show® management partner. ConvExx replaces longtime NSSF partner Reed Exhibitions.
Based in Las Vegas, ConvExx is privately held and has produced more than 200 shows and events, working with more than a million exhibitors and attendees. ConvExx produces the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, which at nearly 1 million net square feet and 135,000 attendees is ranked as the fourth largest trade show in America by Trade Show Executive magazine (SHOT Show is ranked 16th).
"We're excited to have ConvExx on board as our new management partner," said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "ConvExx offers a unique combination of extensive large-show and Las Vegas experience, which will serve our exhibitors and attendees well."
By taking on the SHOT Show, ConvExx will now manage two of the top five trade shows in Las Vegas -- SHOT and the SEMA Show.
"We're thrilled to be selected to help NSSF manage the SHOT Show," said ConvExx Chairman Chuck Schwartz. "The SHOT Show is one of the premier trade show events, and we are proud to be associated with NSSF and the shooting sports industry."
The SHOT Show -- the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show -- is owned and sponsored by NSSF. It is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries.
The 2013 SHOT Show, held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, set new attendance records and marked the 35th anniversary of the event. It attracted a record overall attendance of 62,371, including a new high for buyers and more than 2,000 media representatives. More than 1,600 exhibitors filled booth space covering 630,000 net square feet. The show, which is a trade-only event, attracted industry professionals from all 50 states and 100 countries.
The 2014 SHOT Show will be held Jan. 14-17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 8,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.
ConvExx, an independent show management company, is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., and has produced shows all over the United States and around the world. The team has five CEMs (Certified in Exhibition Management) and the executive team has over 60 years of combined show, event and meetings experience. ConvExx produces both trade shows and consumer events, including one of the top 10 U.S.