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Maritz Acquires Convention Data Services From Freeman

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Meetings and event management leader Maritz acquired Convention Data Services (CDS), a registration, onsite and lead services partner for tradeshows and association events, from Freeman July 1, bringing together two organizations with a long history and shared commitment to the events industry.  

David Peckinpaugh
David Peckinpaugh

Following the move, Maritz now serves a significant percentage of top Trade Show Executive’s (TSE) Gold tradeshows in the U.S.

“By adding this new portfolio of clients from CDS, Maritz significantly increases our share of the market and positions us well for the future,” said David Peckinpaugh, president and CEO of Maritz, in a press release announcing the move. “This acquisition exemplifies our commitment to supporting association and tradeshow events through this era of shifting attendee expectations and behaviors.”

Over the last 15 years, Maritz has continued to strengthen its commitment to the events industry, starting with the acquisition of Experient. With the addition of CDS to its portfolio, Maritz will bring expanded talent and services to help further accelerate innovation and bring new products to market.  

“The industry will continue to receive the outstanding experience they’ve come to expect from both organizations,” said Darren Phalen, president of CDS, in a press release. “We’re excited to share more about how our combined expertise will benefit association and tradeshow organizers. With so much talent in one organization, we will lead industry innovation to help solve some of the biggest challenges facing the events industry.”

Maritz has advised clients they will not see any immediate changes as the company begins the integration process and can expect to receive the same quality service from the Maritz team. 

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