Penton Media Signs Three-Year Agreement with GES®

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Penton expands its agreement with GES to include its full portfolio of shows

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GES is honored to partner with Penton Media and service the full portfolio of U.S. shows.

Global Experience Specialists(GES), a leading provider of exhibition, event and retail marketing services today announced that Penton Media(PM) has selected GES as its official services contractor for Natural Products Expo West, Natural Projects Expo East, SupplyExpo and Natural MarketPlace. In addition, PM has renewed its contract with GES for 12 existing shows including Waste Expo, Club Industry National, International Wireless Communications Expo, and LDI. The new agreement begins in 2011 and runs through 2013.

“Penton Media has been impressed with the GES team and we are pleased to expand our relationship to include our full portfolio of shows,” said Penton Media President of Trade Show and Conference Group Alan Peterson. “GES’ award-winning customer service, technology enhancements and continued investment in green options make GES the right partner for our shows.”

Exhibitors participating in PM shows will benefit from the convenience of the GES National Servicenter® which was recognized by J.D. Power and Associates for the second year in a row for providing an outstanding customer service experience through its Certified Call Center Programsm. The GES National Servicenter exhibitor consultants are available to assist exhibitors Monday through Friday during all North American business hours.

“GES is honored to partner with Penton Media and service the full portfolio of U.S. shows,” said GES Executive Vice President of Global Accounts Sal Infurnari. “GES and Penton share a commitment to provide exhibitors with hassle-free customer service and industry-leading technology, allowing them to focus on a successful show.”

About GES
Las Vegas-based Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES), a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, is a leading provider of exhibition, event and retail marketing services. Given its consolidation with Exhibitgroup/Giltspur and Becker Group, GES provides an even wider range of services, including turn-key official show services, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services – all with an unrivaled global reach. GES partners with leading shows and brands, including the International CES, Spring Fair Birmingham, International Woodworking Fair, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE and WasteExpo, Bell Helicopter, Genzyme, L’Oreal, Warner Bros., and Simon Property Group. For more information, visit ges.com.

About Penton Media, Inc.
As a leading, independent, business-to-business media company, Penton knows business and how to create and disseminate the vital content that moves markets. Penton is where professionals turn to gain the critical insight, expert analysis, and relevant connections needed to compete and succeed. Headquartered in New York City, the privately held company is owned by MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP, and its co-investors. For additional information on the company and its businesses, visit penton.com.

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