Clarion Events, Inc. - Clarion's North American Headquarters, produces 50 events across 12 sectors including trade, enthusiast events. Clarion Events North America which is the U.S. division of Clarion Events, UK, and backed by The Blackstone Group has become one of the fastest growing event companies in the United States with aggressive growth through acquisition, launch and innovation. Clarion acquired PennWell in early 2018, bringing 4 Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and super-charging the already rapid growth. Clarion Events, Inc. has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tulsa, OK; New York, NY; Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ.
The company is led by CEO Greg Topalian, who famously founded New York Comic Con, and in 2014 founded Leftfield Media after a stellar 17 year career at Reed Exhibitions, where he also created the ReedPop division. Clarion Events, Inc. bought LeftField Media in 2016 and in 2017 named Greg as CEO of Clarion Events North America.
Greg is surrounded by a team of high performing industry veterans including Doug Miller, the Chairman and founder of Urban Expositions, who grew Urban from 1 to 30 shows over a 20 year period; Courtney Muller, former Reed SVP who came to Urban in 2014, brought Urban together with Clarion Events and LeftField Media and who today oversees corporate development and strategy. The balance of the senior team include the best and brightest from Clarion Events North America and many industry executives who have found an exciting new challenge in working for an organization that is nimble, entrepreneurial, rapidly expanding, has formed a strong culture of excellence and is building to become one of the biggest players in the U.S. events industry.