LRP Conferences, LLC, an affiliate of LRP Publications and producers of national conferences and professional research services, announced April 2 the acquisition of four education technology events from 1105 Media Inc., a California-based multimedia B2B company.
The events guide educators, administrators, district-level leaders, and state and national policy leaders through hands-on exposure to the latest hardware, software and strategies. Familiarizing educators on how to successfully integrate those technologies across their curricula ranges from pre-kindergarten through college.
Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), FETC Virtual Conference, Campus Technology Conference and the Campus Technology Forum attract thousands of attendees seeking to understand the future of education technology. LRP has created a new sector to include the acquired brands, better positioning the company to supply a broader assortment of technology offerings to customers.
FETC, the largest of the four acquired events, hosts more than 9,000 professionals yearly. This event complements LRP Publications’ well-established HR Technology Conference & Exposition — the largest town hall meeting of HR technology experts and two-time recipient of Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 Award.
Announced by Ken Kahn, president, LRP Publications, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“As LRP grows, we continue to seek out innovative products that can help us transform. We know FETC, FETC Virtual, Campus Technology Conference and Campus Technology Forum can help us do that,” said Kahn. “With their addition we saw a great opportunity to reach a wider education audience as well as build on our existing HR Technology market, offering a broader audience to our technology exhibitors.”
1105 Media produces integrated events, information products, and digital and print media in targeted business-to-business markets, with an emphasis on information technology sectors.
“We’re very pleased to transfer ownership of these successful and growing events to LRP,” commented Rajeev Kapur, CEO, 1105 Media. “We’re confident that LRP will continue to build and expand the quality and impact of these market leading education technology shows, which have grown dramatically under 1105’s leadership.”
1105 Media will continue to operate its publishing and digital products in the education marketplace, including Campus Technology and THE Journal, which serve the higher education and K-12 sectors respectively.
“This transaction will strengthen 1105’s balance sheet and allow us to concentrate our resources on growing the other parts of our extensive product portfolio,” Kapur added.
Mike Eason, President of the 1105 Education Events group, will join LRP and continue to oversee the business.
Investment bank Berkery Noyes & Co, LLC represented 1105 Media Inc. in the transaction.