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by Loren G. Edelstein | August 8, 2017

Loren G. Edelstein, editor in chief of Meetings & Conventions magazineWhile so many media companies are contracting, it's exciting to work for one in aggressive growth mode. Among the latest acquisitions by our parent firm, Northstar Travel Group, is Schneider Publishing, which brings new branded products and events into the Meetings Group fold. Our family has welcomed the SportsTravel and Association News media brands, along with the TEAMS Conference + Expo and Meetings Quest conferences.

Association News, founded in 1976 and read by more than 80,000 association executives and meeting planners, is now a dedicated section of M&C -- a perfect fit for our shared missions.

"Our strategy to serve the widest variety of meeting planners, and the suppliers who serve them, is further enhanced with the addition of Association News and the Meetings Quest conferences," noted David Blansfield, executive vice president and group publisher of Northstar's Meetings Group. "Schneider Publishing's extensive databases and relationships complement and expand our capabilities in the corporate, association and specialty meetings markets, as well as provide an immediate leadership position in sports."

Along with SportsTravel, Northstar welcomes TEAMS, the world's leading conference and expo for the sporting-events industry. The 19th annual TEAMS conference will be held Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2017, in Orlando (visit teamsconference.com for details).

On a personal note, I joined M&C 24 years ago this month. At that time, M&C was a monthly print magazine -- period. It has been gratifying to watch the family tree branch out into digital, events and specialized niches of this vibrant industry. Please join me in welcoming our newest members of the Northstar family.