February 21, 2012 | last updated February 21, 2012 1:13 pm

Trade shows put on by Portland co. make top-events list

Two trade shows organized by Portland-based Diversified Business Communications were recently ranked in the top 25 fastest-growing shows of 2011, according to trade magazine EXPO.

EXPO magazine included the International WorkBoat Show and the Pacific Marine Expo on its list of Top Fast-Growth Shows of 2011, according to a press release from Diversified. The WorkBoat show -- North America's largest commercial marine trade show and conference held annually in New Orleans -- was ranked No. 7. Pacific Marine Expo is also a commercial marine tradeshow held in Seattle. It was ranked No. 17.

Diversified was the only company to have two events included in the top 20 of the list. "This success is a tremendous testament to our team and their abilities to produce quality shows that bring together all aspects of the marine industry in a terrific environment," said Mike Lodato, Diversified's group vice president of the Commercial Marine Division.

EXPO magazine uses eight performance metrics to rank conferences by square foot size and growth over the previous year, attendee size and growth, exhibitor size and growth, revenue growth and attendees per square foot. It also includes conferences' new strategies, innovative ways of showcasing exhibitors, and use of new media and IT. Information is submitted by readers.

Diversified Business Communications, a division of Diversified Communications, provides information and market access through more than 90 events and conferences in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. It also offers magazine publishing and online resources for the food, fitness, health care, business management, entertainment technology, building and construction markets.

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