Further aligning the US B2B and B2C business for growth

TRUMBULL, CT (September 8, 2017) –Clarion Events, has announced the appointment of Greg Topalian as CEO of Clarion UX, formally Urban Expositions, and LeftField Media, LLC.  

Clarion UX, with over 100 employees, operates and delivers 40 events in the B2B and B2C markets in the United States including market leading events SOFA Chicago, Philadelphia Gift Show, Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Show, Airport Revenue News, Women’s Wear in Nevada, The International Restaurant Show of New York, Halloween & Party Expo and the recently acquired Coffee Fest events. 

Topalian has a reputation in the industry for building dynamic cultures in the markets he serves. His people-first approach and ability to attract and retain top talent have propelled growth of his events both organically and through acquisition.  His 20+ year track record for success includes founding New York Comic Con and the 2014 boutique event start-up, LeftField Media, LLC. Greg actively serves on the SISO Executive Board (Society of Independent Show Organizers) and speaks at many industry events. 

Simon Kimble of Clarion Events commented, “We see a great future for the Clarion UX business. Greg’s vision and strategic leadership for growth along with our recent partnership with Blackstone will expand the US business making Clarion UX one of the fastest growing events companies in the market.”

LeftField Media, LLC, the boutique event company acquired by Clarion in 2016, serves a range of passion-based communities, fans and businesses reaching the worlds of comics, movies, television, games, anime manga, science, technology, education and classic automobiles. LeftField Media’s portfolio includes Anime NYC, Awesome Con, The Classic Auto Show, Crunchyroll Expo, AXPONA, Rose City Comic Con and Play Fair. Since its acquisition, LeftField Media has become the fastest growing division of Clarion UX.

“Clarion UX and LeftField Media both have very strong track records of success”, said Topalian.  “As we move forward, we will look to accelerate growth, deliver strategic innovation for our customers and continue with our focus developing and diversifying our portfolios through partnerships. Our culture remains my top priority and focusing on our people here today and the talent we want to attract will set our business apart from the competition.” 

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About Clarion UX
Founded in 1995, Urban Expositions, now operating as Clarion UX and owned by Clarion Events, produces and manages a portfolio of 36 trade and consumer events, serving a range of industry sectors including Gift, Souvenir, Art, Aviation, Foodservice, Specialty Retail, Gaming, Automotive and Enthusiast Lifestyle, with offices in Kennesaw, GA, Chicago, IL, Trumbull, CT, Portland, OR and Boca Raton, FL.

About LeftField Media, LLC
LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField was formed in 2014 by Greg Topalian (CEO, LeftField Media) and is now owned by Topalian and Clarion Events Ltd. With a keen sense of the ever-evolving needs of businesses and their consumers as well as new opportunities created by change, LeftField takes a clean slate approach to business. LeftField’s portfolio includes Play Fair (, a family-focused celebration of toys and play built with the Toy Industry Association; Awesome Con (, Washington DC’s Comic Con; Crunchyroll Expo ( the best of what Japanese animation and pop culture has to offer; Anime NYC (, a Japanese pop culture festival presented by Crunchyroll; AXPONA (, a hi-fi audio convention in partnership with JD Events; Rose City Comic Con (, one of the largest fan conventions in the Northwest, spanning the worlds of comics, toys, games, cosplay, movies, and television;  and The Classic Auto Show (, a classic and vintage auto show launched in Los Angeles. LeftField Media is headquartered in Trumbull, CT. 

About Clarion Events
Clarion Events operates over 180 events in 50 countries from offices in the UK, South Africa, USA, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, UAE, and the Netherlands.  Clarion can trace its roots back to 1947 and takes great pride in being one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK.  More recently the firm has developed an international portfolio of brands and now has interests in a number of global vertical industries. The teams at Clarion create uniquely effective and stimulating environments that can serve as a platform to build businesses, enhance customer relationships and accelerate product awareness. 


For further information, contact: 
Liz Irving, Vice President, Marketing