GRAPHICS PRO EXPO Names New Leadership

Cahaba Media Group hires Russ Turner as director of events for GPX

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Director of Events Russ Turner

Cahaba Media Group announces it has hired Russ Turner as director of events. The position is a newly created one brought about by the publisher’s recent acquisition of GRAPHICS PRO media and GRAPHICS PRO EXPO (GPX), which also marks the company’s entrance into the B2B events market.

Turner has spent his entire career producing trade shows and events in some capacity, most recently as a show director. He noted that what he enjoys most about event production is the energy and networking they provide to the industries they serve.

GRAPHICS PRO combines awards and personalization, apparel decorating, and sign and digital graphics into one source for the graphics industry and professional. GPX (formerly the NBM Show) hosts events for buyers in these end markets to see in person and purchase the newest technology, materials, and supplies to power their business forward.

GPX has been hosting world-class, in-person events and expositions across the United States since 1989. In 2024, GPX will host five industry trade shows in several major metropolitan areas around the country, including Irving, Texas; Long Beach, California; Greater Philadelphia (Oaks), Pennsylvania; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Charlotte, North Carolina.

“I am looking forward to continuing to grow the markets that we serve while providing an opportunity for attendees and exhibitors alike to grow and succeed,” says Turner.

In his new role with Cahaba Media, Turner will be focusing on delivering the best experience to expo attendees and exhibitors, evaluating future growth opportunities for the company in the events space, and integrating live events into the business.

Turner elaborates, “My biggest focus at GPX and Cahaba Media will be focusing on our team’s success and the career growth of employees in the events division — and growing our existing GPX brand as well as acquiring and launching new brands will help our team accomplish that goal.”

Matthew Conroy, president & CEO of Cahaba Media Group, remarks, “We are excited that Russ has joined the Cahaba Media team to lead our events division and beginning with our acquisition of GRAPHICS PRO EXPO. GPX hosted approximately 10,000 attendees in 2023 and 350 exhibitors, and we are excited about the Expo’s ability to grow both attendance and exhibitors in 2024. Russ and his leadership of the events team including Katie Ditallo (account executive), Jackie Ramsier (operations), and Joie Martin (operations), will be great for GPX and other events brands that we acquire or launch in the coming years at CMG.”

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Marie Fennema

Marie Fennema is the managing editor of GRAPHICS PRO, including GRAPHICS PRO Today, covering news and guidance in apparel decoration, awards and engraving, and sign and digital printing.

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