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Anthony (Tony) Calanca

Anthony (Tony) Calanca

Krakoff Award Winner: 2020
Calanca & Associates, LLC
United States
Tony Calanca joined Advanstar in 2006 and is responsible for the continued growth and direction for the company’s trade exhibitions in the Fashion, Licensing, Life Sciences, and Powersports and Automotive industries. The most comprehensive, largest and widely recognized apparel trade show in the world is the semi-annual MAGIC Marketplace. At 1.2 million net square feet, MAGIC Marketplace encompasses over 4,000 exhibitors showcasing 5,000 brand names to over 90,000 attendees from 80 countries. Dealer Expo is the largest U.S. trade show in the powersports aftermarket sector, and the International Motorcycle Show Tour reaches a consumer audience of nearly 500,000 enthusiasts each year. Taking place each June, Licensing International is the world’s only U.S.-based event that brings together more than 525 leading licensors and agents with more than 23,000 key decision-makers across all consumer product categories. The Life Sciences Group’s market encompasses the healthcare, dental and veterinary fields, and the group serves these markets through three trade shows and over 120 conferences. Tony has over 30 years experience with large-scale domestic and international trade and consumer exhibitions and conferences. Prior to joining Advanstar, he was Senior Vice President at Reed Exhibitions running a $90 million division. Tony also co-founded a small entrepreneurial trade show firm, Infinity Expo Group, which, combined with his Reed and Advanstar tenures, has given him proven experience with large profile events as well as new launch initiatives. Tony is an active member of the exhibition community as a member of SISO and IAEE, and is a frequent speaker at industry events. An Illinois native, Tony now makes his home in Connecticut (New Canaan) with his wife of 30 years, Pat Dolson (who is the retired President of Reed North America), and their two sons. Tony graduated with a degree in Business from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, where he was a member of the Bradley Braves basketball team. Tony’s other interests include community service (past President of the New Canaan Sports Council, elected member of the Town’s Board of Assessment Appeals), the avid reading of military histories, and enthusiastic support for the Mets, Jets, and Bears.


  • “Without a doubt the most valuable three days of the year for networking, learning, and meeting colleagues.”
    Tony Calanca, Calanca & Associates LLC
  • “Two of the best acquisitions Access Intelligence had executed came directly from contacts and discussions held at the SISO CEO Summit. Beyond that important networking for transactions, I learn best practices from the best in the industry. The ROI for membership is immeasurable.”
    Don Pazour, CEO, Access Intelligence
  • “The impact of SISO is so much bigger than its size. It feels more like a global council of important tribes than a traditional trade association.”
    David Adler, CEO & Founder, Bizbash Media
  • “Our industry thrives on the personal relationships that face-to-face builds, and the CEO Summit is the ultimate place to build YOUR network!”
    Tom Mitchell, President, Messe Dusseldorf North America
  • “As busy, independent, for-profit organizer, SISO keeps our company connected to all the key players working in this industry and allows great relationships and ongoing learning of best practices from the best in the business. All invaluable assets to help move our business forward."
    Howard Hauben, CEO, H2 Events
  • “The SISO membership represents the entire for-profit tradeshow community and the annual SISO conferences are must-attend events for their educational and networking value.”
    Joel A. Davis, Founder & CEO, JD Events
  • Being a member of SISO has allowed me to navigate the dynamic landscape of our industry in the most effective way possible. Personally, it’s been a journey of continuous learning, networking, and collaboration that fosters deep relationships with industry leaders. Professionally, the insights I’ve gained, the resources I have accessed, and the collaborative initiatives and advocacy work have helped to take my organization to new heights. SISO, to me, is an indispensable asset for my career and business.
    Liz Irving, President, Clarion Events