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ATLANTA (August 26, 2015) - Urban Expositions announces its acquisition of the Womenswear in Nevada (WWIN) trade show from Specialty Trade Shows, Inc. The ownership transition began immediately following the August 17-20, 2015 edition of the semi-annual womenswear apparel trade show held at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. The acquisition now adds a solid apparel representation to Atlanta-based Urban Expositions’ growing portfolio of trade shows. 

As part of a seamless transition strategy, WWIN show founder Roland Timney and his son Chad Timney will remain involved in the day-to-day management of the show.  Chad Timney has been named Show Director and Roland Timney will oversee the back end and other business elements of the show.  In addition, Dirk von Gal, Urban’s current Vice President of Gift, expands his responsibilities to assume the new role of Vice President of WWIN.

“We’ve known Roland Timney and the Specialty Trade Show team for many years and have long admired their customer service focus and management style,” said Doug Miller, president and CEO, Urban Expositions.  “The opportunity to continue working with Roland and Chad in this new capacity is especially exciting – allowing us to call upon our shared strengths and different areas of expertise  -- to build upon WWIN’s strong foundation and expand new business opportunities for attendees and exhibitors alike.”

“The Urban acquisition offers the best of both worlds for WWIN,” adds Roland Timney, who founded the show in 1998 with Jeff Yunis. “Chad and I will remain actively involved in the show, while entrusting ownership to a company with a hands-on management style, commitment to customer service and overall way of doing business that very much mirrors our own.  I can assure all of our customers that Urban Expositions is the perfect company to help us take WWIN to the next level.” 

Urban now assumes all management duties for WWIN, including sales, marketing, operations and other day-to-day duties for the February 15-18, 2016 edition and all future shows.

Held semi-annually at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, WWIN attracts nearly 7,000 womenswear buyers from around the country and internationally. These retailers  come to explore the offerings from 500+ exhibiting companies showcasing a  full selection of traditional, contemporary, missy, petite, plus and tall resources, as well as   hundreds of accessory lines with everything from shoes to hats, purses, jewelry, belts and scarves.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to take over the reins of such a successful, well-respected show as WWIN,” added Dirk von Gal, vice president, Urban Expositions.  “Like Roland and Chad, we view our relationship with our trade show customers as a true partnership.  We are looking forward to meeting with, and gathering feedback from, WWIN’s many loyal exhibitors and attendees to ensure that we continue to improve their show experience for years to come.”

Based in Kennesaw, GA, and founded in 1995, Urban Expositions produces and manages a portfolio of 40 events serving  nine industry sectors, including Gift, Souvenir, Apparel, Halloween, Art, Aviation, Foodservice, Pet and Gaming.  Urban also produces Airport Revenue News, a publication focused on the airport concession industry. In addition to its Kennesaw headquarters, Urban also has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, and is represented by employees in California, Colorado and Illinois. 

Based in Coconut Grove, FL, Specialty Trade Shows is a small boutique type company that specializes in trade shows for unique segments of the apparel industry. For 30 years the company has  built a strong reputation for producing customer-oriented, “writing” shows backed by a quality and service commitment, including  KIDShow Las Vegas, KIDShow Miami, Las Vegas Halloween Show, and Las Vegas International Lingerie Show