LeftField Media and JD Events Agree on Partnership for Audio Expo North America (AXPONA): High-End Audio and Music Technology Event
Norwalk, CT, December 11, 2014: LeftField Media and JD Events have today announced that they have reached an agreement for AXPONA (Audio Expo North America), the nation’s largest showcase of audio manufacturers and retailers. Founded in 2009 by Stephen Davis, AXPONA has quickly become the premier event for audiophiles and music lovers. JDE acquired the show in 2013 with a vision for aggressive growth and expansion. The new partnership with LeftField Media further accelerates the growth plans for this consumer event franchise. Together, the LeftField Media and JDE staffs have many years of combined trade show, conference and publishing experience. LeftField Media will be developing strategy and advising on the content development, marketing and community building initiatives of AXPONA, while JDE will be heading up sales, operations and overall show management duties.
“In the less than four months that LeftField Media has been in operation, it’s great to already have our first deal under our belt,” notes Greg Topalian who is President of LeftField Media and who founded the company in September, 2014. Mr. Topalian was formerly Senior Vice President at Reed Exhibitions (RX) and Founder of New York Comic Con. He further states: “I am thrilled to be partnering with JDE who has such a well established reputation for acquiring, innovating and launching new events. This arrangement with AXPONA is a perfect fit. I am excited to tap into the intense energy fueled by the audio and music fan and I want to help create an experience that takes AXPONA to the next level.”
“I am delighted to be partnering with LeftField Media to help take AXPONA to new heights”, notes Joel Davis, Founder and CEO of JD Events. “This is a unique combination of talent and understanding of the marketplace. We will continue to develop sales and operations while Greg will bring his expertise in content and marketing, in order to grow the Axpona audience well beyond anything we could have achieved on our own. No one has a more prolific track record of creating live events that are rich in experience than Greg and his LeftField team.”
As noted, AXPONA is the largest consumer showcase of audio manufacturers and retailers assembled in one venue. It is an immersive experience for audiophiles and music lovers and its mission is consistent with LeftField Media’s vision to focus on passionate communities and to create unique experiences for fans, attendees and exhibitors. LeftField Media is off to a fast start and the company has other launches and acquisitions that it will be announcing in the near future.
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 Media was formed in partnership in 2014 by Greg Topalian (President, LeftField Media), Britton Jones (President & CEO of Business Journals, Inc), Mac Brighton (Chairman & COO of Business Journals Inc), and Sharon Enright (Vice President of Business Journals Inc). While LeftField Media is a new company, its founders have over 100 years of combined experience in media and event production. With a keen sense of the ever-evolving needs of the industry as well as the new opportunities created by change, LeftField Media takes a clean slate approach to the business.
About JD Events
JD Events is dedicated to the creation of targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results. The company brings together highly qualified buying audiences, education-rich content and high-level networking opportunities — all geared toward increasing business transactions in the markets it serves.