Who We Are

Urban Expositions produces and manages a portfolio of 35 events covering six sectors.  Based in Kennesaw, GA, the company also has offices in Trumbull, CT, Chicago, IL and Boca Raton, FL, as well as many remote employees based in areas that are rich with customers.

Urban was launched by Partners Doug Miller, President and CEO and Tim vonGal, COO, in 1995 with the Philadelphia Gift Show and focused on the gift, home décor, and souvenir business.  After a number of strategic acquisitions and startups, the company quickly became one of the largest and most successful regional gift and national souvenir trade show organizers in the United States.  

Urban Expositions is well known for its very hands-on approach with customers.  It is not uncommon to see the owners of the company walking around during show set up to talk to the customers and offer a hand.  Doug & Tim have been known to help mop floors, carry heavy objects and always treat employees and customers in the most respectful manner.  It’s fair to say that new business continues to come their way because people just want to work with them.  Urban has a high standard for the kinds of people that work at the company and expects and breeds very sincere and service oriented employees. 

In 2008 Urban began to diversify outside of Gift & Souvenir and now produces events in sectors including Art, Aviation, Foodservice & Restaurant, Jewelry and Gaming.  The company also publishes a monthly magazine, Airport Revenue News, and the Airport Revenue News Fact Book which focus on the airport concession industry. 

Urban has acquired the Halloween & Party Expo in conjunction with the Halloween Industry Association  the WWIN (Women’s Wear in Nevada) apparel event, and HAuNTcon an event for the Haunted Attractions Industry. 

Most recently, Urban Expositions acquired LeftField Media, LLC a boutique events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField Media was formed in 2014 by Greg Topalian (20+ year event veteran and founder of New York Comic Con) and is owned by Topalian and Urban Expositions.

In September of 2015 Urban announced that the majority ownership of the company was purchased by London based Clarion Events. Clarion Events is one of the most respected event organizers in the U.K. and produces 200 events in 35 countries. The partnership of Clarion Events and Urban extended Clarion’s reach into the U.S. market, giving them a strong platform for growth and an expansion of their global footprint.

The Clarion Events portfolio spans a number of product sectors, including ones they share with Urban including Art, Gaming & Retail Trade. Clarion Events also produces a multitude of consumer events, industry conferences and trade events in sectors including power/utilities, oil/gas and more. The company website is www.clarionevents.com.

Urban offers a complete roster of trade show management services, including strategic planning, exhibit sales, marketing including research and customer insights, operations, exhibitor/attendee promotions and services, media relations, conference management, database development and management. Urban is a nimble company that can be called upon to help or take over at any point in a show cycle.

Through a logical, hands-on approach, Urban Expositions has become one of the fastest growing and most successful trade show companies in the United States. 

Team Bios

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Greg Topalian
CEO, Clarion UX and LeftField Media
Douglas A. Miller
Courtney Muller
Chief Corporate Development and Strategy Officer
Jeff Dixon
Chief Financial Officer
Kelly Comboni
President, LeftField Media
Liz Irving
Vice President of Marketing
Mike Carlucci
Senior Vice President, Specialty Shows
Glenn Celentano
Vice President of Operations
Donna Davies
Vice President of Art Group
Christina Bell Davis
Vice President , Gift & Souvenir
Lisa Glosson
Vice President , Gift & Souvenir
Ramon G. Lo III
Publisher of Airport Revenue News
Desiree Hanson
Vice President, Fashion Events
Tom Loughran
Vice President, Foodservice Portfolio