Systemwide Media assists in the sale of Exhibitor Media Group

New York, NY, July 01, 2022 –(– Systemwide Media today announced the sale of Exhibitor Media Group of Rochester, MN to Mark Johnson, President and CEO of The STAR Group, Minneapolis, MN. Exhibitor Media Group publishes EXHIBITOR magazine, produces EXHIBITORLIVE, the national conference and expo for trade show and corporate event marketing, and operates the university-affiliated Certified Trade Show Marketer (CTSM) program.

“We’ve accomplished a lot over the past 40 years and now that our industry is in a post-pandemic transition, it’s time for Exhibitor Media Group to transition into new leadership as well,” said Lee Knight, Founder and CEO of the organization. “We have created a tremendous foundation with publishing, online programming, EXHIBITORLIVE, CTSM and our EXHIBITORFastTrak accelerated learning conferences. Mark is able to run at full speed and now take it to the next level.

“Magazines and conference programs are a unique business and help build great communities. Exhibitor Media Group was looking for the right organization to take this community to the next level, and with the help of Scott Kargman and Systemwide Media, we were able to find the right partner. His attorney made this transition possible,” Knight said.

“Over the past 40 years, EXHIBITOR programs and publications have become the gold standard in marketer education. The CTSM program, which has 4,000 candidates and graduates, has transformed ‘exhibition management’ work into real professional careers, bringing a whole new breed of marketing managers to tens of thousands of companies around the world. , said Scott Kargman, CEO of Systemwide Media. “As an event organizer myself, it’s great to work with CTSM candidates and graduates who understand the parameters of events, audience development, and the many facets of event operations. EXHIBITOR will forever be the foundation for this high quality training and education, and professionalism. »

The STAR Group also owns Star Exhibits and Environments, established by Mark Johnson in 1993. According to a statement released by Johnson, “As the new owner of the business, my first priority is to ensure that the EXHIBITOR team is well support during the transition,” Johnson said, noting his initial focus on people, benefits and culture. “Due to the unique role EXHIBITOR plays in our industry, I intend to run it as a separate business and will not have any ongoing operational responsibilities.”

About the Exhibitor Media Group
A leader in trade show and corporate event marketing education, Exhibitor Media Group publishes EXHIBITOR magazine, an award-winning publication showcasing the best practices in trade show marketing. EXHIBITOR’s learning events include: EXHIBITORLIVE, the national conference and expo for marketing trade shows and corporate events; EXHIBITORFastTrak Accelerated Learning Conferences; and EXHIBITOR eTrak, online professional learning. Exhibitor Media Group is also the founder and sponsor of CTSM (Certified Trade Show Marketer), the industry’s only university-affiliated professional certification program. Learn more at

EXHIBITOR is a registered trademark and EXHIBITORLIVE, EXHIBITORFastTrak and EXHIBITOR eTrak are trademarks of Exhibitor Publications, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated.

Contact: Scott Kargman [email protected]

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