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Carl Pugh

Carl Pugh

President, Radius Events
Carl Pugh has launched and acquired dozens of trade shows, published numerous articles in the trade press and speaks frequently at industry events. As president of Radius Events (, he manages conferences and expositions and consults on trade show acquisitions for some of the industry’s most prominent organizations. At the peak of the Internet boom, Carl’s team attracted a combined attendance of more than 125,000 technology professionals annually and floored a collective 750,000 net square feet in exhibits. In the past 20 years Pugh has been division president at Conference Management Corporation (CMC), Cowles Event Management, Mecklermedia and Penton Media. He is founder of Photo District News, the nation’s leading trade journal for professional photographers and PHOTO EXPO, the largest event of its kind in the world. Carl served as chairman of the Society of Independent Show Organizers and was on SISO's board for ten years.


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    Tony Calanca, Calanca & Associates LLC
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    Don Pazour, CEO, Access Intelligence
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    Howard Hauben, CEO, H2 Events
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    Joel A. Davis, Founder & CEO, JD Events
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