Advanstar Global LLC Completes ENK Fashion Tradeshows Acquisition

Property Transfers and Management Changes Instituted
 

NEW YORK (Jan. 10, 2013) – Advanstar Global LLC, a multi-platform events and information services company and owner of Advanstar Communications, announced that it has completed the acquisition of ENK International LLC.  ENK organizes leading fashion events in New York and Las Vegas, featuring properties such as Fashion Coterie, Intermezzo Collections, Accessorie Circuit and ENK Vegas.  Through this acquisition, Advanstar Global will significantly expand its event portfolio, adding ENK’s brands to its MAGIC, PROJECT, FN Platform, Licensing International, and other tradeshows, conferences, and events. 

ENK and Advanstar Communications will continue to be operated separately, and certain properties have been transferred in order to better serve the customers of both businesses, as well as the overall fashion market:

  • Footwear events WSA and Sole Commerce have become part of Advanstar
  • ENKNYC and the men’s and dual brands of ENK Vegas have become part of Advanstar
  • PROJECT Women’s has become part of ENK

“Having ENK, MAGIC and PROJECT within the same family of companies provides the fashion industry a choice of intimate and customized environments that satisfy their market needs.  This allows us to be more responsive to our customers as we work to coordinate dates and venues, which makes the process more valuable for exhibitors and retailers,” said Joe Loggia, Advanstar Global’s CEO.  “Moreover, Advanstar Global has made significant investments in new technology that will enable our company to further drive value, service and solutions across the entire fashion marketplace.” 

Eric Lisman, a 25-year tradeshow industry veteran and Advanstar’s Executive Vice President - Corporate Development, has left his Advanstar position and assumed a new role as Chief Executive Officer of ENK.  Tom Nastos will remain as the President of ENK, responsible for the day-to-day operation of the business.  Scott Chowan, Advanstar’s Corporate Development Director, has become the Chief Financial Officer of ENK.

Sunni Spencer has assumed the role of Vice President, ENK Vegas, and reports to Tom Nastos.  Michael Sampson has assumed the role of VP Sales, PROJECT, and reports to Tommy Fazio, President of PROJECT.  The WSA and Sole Commerce teams, headed by David Kahan, report to Tom Florio, CEO, Advanstar Fashion Group.

About Advanstar Global:
Advanstar Global LLC is the parent company of Advanstar Communications Inc. (www.advanstar.com), a leading marketing, media and events company providing integrated solutions for the Fashion, Licensing, Life Sciences and Powersports industries. The company leverages its portfolio of 141 events, 60 publications, 233 electronic products, as well as educational and direct marketing products to facilitate commerce by connecting buyers and sellers across its vertical markets.