NMMA adds third Chicago area show

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association said it will produce the annual Rosemont Sportfishing, Travel & Outdoors Show, which runs Jan. 25-29, 2012, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

Those are formerly the dates of America's Outdoors Show. The 32-year-old show has seen numerous owners over the years. The most recent one, Californian Jim Sugarman, "turned the decline and improved the show ... but couldn't make it work financially," NMMA executive vice president Ben Wold said.

The NMMA "secured the lease rights to the show," according to Wold.

"Given who we are, the Rosemont convention center and the exhibitor base were delighted that we had an interest in doing this," he said. "The dates were available to us ... and we went through our due diligence and elected to make the move."

With the addition of the Rosemont show, the NMMA will produce three boat and sportfishing shows in the Chicago area, including the Chicago Boat, Sports and RV Show (formerly Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show) and Strictly Sail Chicago.

"The Rosemont Sportfishing, Travel & Outdoors Show has been a dominant fishing, travel and hunting event in the region for more than 30 years and presents NMMA with tremendous opportunities to bring qualified customers and sales to participating companies," Wold added. "NMMA believes in the long-term value of boat and sport shows and that those in major outdoors markets will remain an important part of the industry. We're excited to bring the Rosemont show back to its former glory."

The show will be directed by Keith Ogulnick, current show manager of the Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show. Prior to joining the NMMA in 2006, Ogulnick managed the Rosemont show for 10 years while working for the show's original owner, Professional Exposition Management Co.

With the addition of the Rosemont show, the NMMA now produces 18 U.S. consumer boat and sport shows.

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