Marketing, media and events company Connect Meetings has acquired BizBash, a trade media publisher focusing on the events industry.


Financial terms of the acquisition weren’t publicly disclosed.

BizBash publishes an online news and resource center for event and business entertaining professionals, as well as its BizBash print magazine. The company relaunched that publication last year after initially shuttering it in 2016.

BizBash also hosts a series of events for professionals in the events and meeting industry, namely, its annual BizBash Live conferences in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

It previously published BizBash EventStyle Reporter, a tabloid-size quarterly newspaper for event planners, and a directory, the BizBash Goodie Bag Book of Offers.

The company was founded in 2000 by PR pro David Adler, who spent 15 years as VP of corporate communications at Primedia and Macmillan.

The acquisition adds four signature events to Connect Meetings’ portfolio of more than 30 annual conferences, trade shows and buyer events around the U.S. In cities where those events overlap, the combined entity will merge its efforts.

Connect Meetings provides marketing solutions and programs and hosts business events for professionals working in the meetings and travel and tourism industries. It also publishes four print magazines dedicated to the global events and travel and tourism marketing sectors.

Magazine-media news site Folio reported that BizBash CEO and founder David Adler will remain onboard in light of the acquisition, transitioning to the role of chairman and maintaining a 20 percent stake in the combined entity.

Atlanta-based Connect Meetings, which was formerly known as Collinson Media and Events, was founded in 1974. The company is a unit of UK-based Tarsus Group.