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Camping World acquires five trade shows

Camping World acquires five trade shows

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. — Camping World Holdings, which owns and operates more than 25 recreation-focused consumer shows throughout the United States through its Good Sam Enterprises media and events division, announced it has acquired five consumer shows dedicated to the outdoor enthusiasts.

Acquired from Odyssey Management, an Ohio marketer and consumer show organizer of RV, boat and sport shows, the acquired events are in the Dayton, Ohio; Milwaukee, Wis.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Columbus, Ohio and Chattanooga, Tenn., markets.

Good Sam’s media and events divisions is a producer of outdoor shows and this acquisition will bolster Good Sam’s marketing segments and expand its current portfolio of shows into new markets, the release noted.

“This acquisition, when fully integrated by our highly experienced management team, further positions Good Sam as the leading producer of trade shows and related media serving the nation’s vibrant outdoor and RV sector,” said Good Sam and Camping World Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis. “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to strategically incorporate these events into our highly successful operating platform.”

Odyssey has been very successful producing mid-size events in Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin and has been running events for over 15 years while steadily growing its portfolio of shows, he explained.

“We will continue to look closely at other acquisitions or development of new shows in unserved or underserved markets and leverage the talent of our highly experienced management team,” said Lemonis.

Rob Lynch, the owner of Odyssey Management, has joined Good Sam as vice president and general manager of its media and events division, bringing 30 years of experience to its already highly experienced management team, and should be instrumental to the continued growth and expansion into new markets as the leading outdoor show promoter and producer in the country, he added.

“This acquisition will provide the opportunities that Odyssey did not have access to as an independent promoter, and I look forward to the continued growth of this division with a team that has unmatched vision and resources,” said Lynch.

SOURCE: Camping World press release

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  1. So let’s see dealers in those cities will have to pay Camping World to be in their show? According to law in our state all local dealers must be given an opportunity to display in an off sight show how many will want to pay a competitor to be in a show and how fair will space allocations and pricing be? Sounds like Camping World will be having shows featuring only them, sweet.
    Nice way for Odyssey to stab it’s loyal displaying dealers in the back but to quote Gordon Gecko “greed is good”.

  2. Good move to increase their “database” since that is what Lemonis cares about.

  3. Every time I read about another Camping World acquisition, I get spontaneous images of The Blob — this huge mass swallowing up everything in its path.

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