NXT Events Media Group, LLC is a boutique organization focused on serving industry needs to deliver experiences beyond expectations through face-to-face and media platforms.
Born from a passion for creating inspired, uplifting events that more than serve market needs, NXT Events Media Group feeds the aspirations and imagination of industry leaders. Far from static, traditional exhibitions, NXT seeks to bring industries together with dynamic and avant-garde staging that elevates businesses to higher levels of interaction with new prospects and customer engagement.
NXT Events Media Group has compelling content that convenes high levels of targeted attendance and elicits quality audience participating. Thought provoking environments lead industries and their constituents forward and propel future growth for their businesses.
Unsurpassed customer service and value generating innovation are the hallmarks of all NXT Events Media Group properties. NXT Events Media Group curates industry celebrations that market leaders seek because they are meaningful, fulfilling, productive, energizing and fun.
Britton Jones, Chairman and CEO, NXT Events Media Group
Britton Jones was Co-Owner, President and CEO of BJI, a fourth-generation, family owned and managed integrated media company. After 18 years as Publisher, Britton became the driving force in building the BJI Fashion Group, the Trade Show Division of Business Journals Inc. into one of the world’s leading trade show organizers. Starting with the turnaround of one failing show in 1998, under Britton’s leadership, BJI grew explosively to six brands running 27 events annually by 2015.
With Britton at the helm, the BJI Fashion Group became one of the largest users of the Javits Center in NYC (21 events per year) and was an important anchor to the Las Vegas Fashion Week by running three market leading shows (6 events per year) at the Sands Expo Center. BJI was sold to UBM in April 2016.
In 2014, Britton teamed with Greg Topalian, Sharon Enright and Mac Brighton to form LeftfField Media, a company specializing in consumer facing, enthusiast events. LeftField quickly achieved great success and more than doubled in size in just two years and since sold to Clarion in June 2016.
Key to Britton’s notable achievements is his persisted push for innovation to transform the show experience. Unsurpassed customer service, the utmost in convenience and compelling show floors became the hallmarks of his shows and proved to be so well received that Britton’s shows won 18 coveted Trade Show Executive magazine awards for being one of the 50 fastest growing shows in the world.
In 2015, Britton was awarded the Trade Show News Network Industry Icon Award for industry innovation and service. In 2016, Britton also received the industry’s top award, the Robert L. Krakoff Leadership Award which honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the events industry throughout their careers and who established themselves as innovators and deal makers while maintaining high ethical standards.
Britton has consistently worked to give back to the industry and for its betterment. Britton is currently the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of CEIR, as well as serving on NYC & Co's Trade Show Council and the Javits Center's Customer Advisory Board. Britton was Chairman of the Board of Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) from 2008 – 2010 and served on the SISO Board from 2001 -2010. Previously, Britton served three terms on the Board of American Business Media (ABM) where he was twice Chairman of ABM’s Trade Show Council.
PRESIDENT & COO
SHARON ENRIGHT, PRESIDENT & COO,NXT EVENTS MEDIA GROUP
Sharon landed a part-time job at Reed Expositions to keep up with college costs and little did she know it was the precursor to a lifelong career. From there she joined CMC, which produced 35 shows annually across 15 industries. It was an incubator for launching shows and building events from conferences to expositions. Sharon’s 12-year span at CMC, followed by rejoining Reed Expositions as Director of Operations, was immensely rewarding and educational in producing events in a variety of markets across an array of partnership structures.
With a desire to further her role in trade show management, Sharon joined Business Journals, Inc. (BJI) to build out their trade show division. This was a unique opportunity to start with a company from the onset. It was a prudent decision as Sharon was with BJI for 18 years, and quickly became an asset to the development and growth of the portfolio as she rose to the rank of EVP of the trade show division. In an extremely competitive industry and challenging environments, BJI grew from 3 to 27 events annually. Strive for excellence in customer service and create marketplaces that help customers achieve their goals was the philosophy that guided her efforts and team. Together it was a powerful combination that propelled the company’s growth and success.
It is evident that launching and producing events is in Sharon’s DNA. She will tell you that nothing compares to the immense satisfaction gained from creating meaningful engagement for customers with the support and collaboration of talented people. As President and COO of NXT Events Media Group, Sharon aims to create the same culture and continue her trend of successful events.
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Industry Innovator, Sharon Enright Joins
NXT Events Media Group As President & COO
Norwalk, CT (Monday, May 22, 2017) Sharon Enright, a mastermind in building the Business Journals Fashion Group portfolio from three to 27 events per year, has joined NXT Events Media Group as President and COO.
After serving in top operations management positions at Conference Management Corporation and Reed Exhibitions, Sharon moved to Business Journals Inc., (BJI) in 1997 as Director of Operations and rose to the rank of EVP of the company’s Trade Show Division. She was only the second person in BJI’s 90-year history to earn the title of EVP.
As EVP of the BJI Fashion Group she managed virtually all facets of the company’s 27-event portfolio. Her specific areas of expertise included operations, marketing and audience development.
“I am thrilled to be reunited with Sharon Enright. She has a truly special blend of talents as she is just as facile with detailed budgets and finance as she is with design and creative concepts,” stated Britton Jones, Chairman & CEO of NXT Events Media Group.
“Sharon works tirelessly to improve customer experiences. For example, she pioneered and was the brainchild of many of the enhanced packages and services that kept the BJI shows on the leading edge of the trade show industry. I cannot think of a better or more qualified person to lead an organization that is dedicated to producing experiences beyond expectations,” Britton continued.
The enthusiasm for building out the NXT Events Media Group is evident as Sharon Enright comments on her appointment.
“I am very excited to join NXT Events Media Group, and be appointed its President and COO. Britton’s status as an industry icon is well deserved and he continues to be an amazing mentor to me, as well as many others in the industry. This is a wonderful opportunity and an honor.
Developing the BJI portfolio over 18 years was a tremendous accomplishment. The philosophy was concise and clear; strive for excellence in customer service and create marketplaces that help customers achieve their goals. This is the same culture that will be at the core of NXT Events Media Group and the journey will be just as rewarding. Either through acquisition, partnership or launches, NXT Events Media Group is in a unique position to scout the industry for events in market segments where we can make a difference.
As the tradeshow industry continues to transform, at NXT Events Media Group we look to embrace and utilize the evolution of this dynamic industry. With the strong leadership of Britton Jones, our continued belief in the customer-first approach, and a culture that welcomes creativity and rapid change, I look forward to building out the NXT Events Media Group portfolio.” Sharon concludes.
NXT Events Media Group, LLC is a boutique organization focused on serving industry needs to deliver experiences beyond expectations through face-to-face and digital media platforms. Born from a passion for creating inspired, uplifting events that more than serve market needs, NXT Events Media Group feeds the aspirations and imagination of industry leaders. Far from static, traditional exhibitions, NXT seeks to bring industries together with dynamic and avant-garde staging that elevates businesses to higher levels of interaction with new prospects and customer engagement.
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Britton Jones Launches NXT Events Media Group
A New, Better Resource for Small to Mid-Size Event Producers
Norwalk, CT (October 26, 2016) Britton Jones, successful entrepreneur and trade show industry icon, launches a new event production and digital content company – NXT Events Media Group. In an industry where opportunities for growth are often dominated by large, publicly-traded companies or private-equity backed entities with short-term commitments, Britton Jones brings his vast resources to the smaller, more entrepreneurial organizers who want to take their business to the next level.
“I have never been more excited about a career opportunity,” stated Britton Jones in announcing the new company. “I look forward to helping to fill a real void in the industry. Up until the launch of NXT Events Media Group, owners of smaller show production companies have primarily had only the industry’s largest organizers as a source of the expertise and resources to take their events to the next levels. However, achieving notable success in one of the world’s most sophisticated, dynamic and competitive marketplaces forced me to hone my skills, expand my contacts and develop the full expertise required to produce world class events. Through acquisitions and potential partnerships, I am now excited to bring these resources to smaller, more entrepreneurial organizers who want to grow their businesses.”
Having successfully launched 14 events and won nearly 20 awards for producing the nation’s fastest growing shows, Britton has been pushing the envelope of traditional show production in order to add more value for customers and enrich face-to-face engagement for both attendees and exhibitors.
“My core charter is to create events that I would value and appreciate if I were the customer. In my companies, customer service always comes before financial gain. Being privately held means that I can put an elevated customer experience over the strict financial restrictions many of today’s organizers face,” Britton avowed.
Being the CEO of a fully integrated media company for 36 years also taught Britton the value of quality content.
“Meaningful content is critical to breaking through the deafening levels of noise in most industries and creating top-of-mind awareness with key exhibitors and attendees. Strong digital and significant social media programs that enlighten, energize and inspire audiences are imperative to the vitality of today’s marketplaces. That’s why expert media programs will be the lifeblood of all NXT Events Media Group events,” Britton stated.
Although Britton had the pleasure of running one of America's top trade show companies, he is an entrepreneur at heart.
"I am a student of the beauty of simplicity. I truly appreciate the importance of being nimble, dynamic and staying close to customers and their ever-changing needs. This will always be a top priority at NXT Events Media Group,”
“Helping customers grow their businesses is what I find to be the most exhilarating aspect of producing events. I am tremendously excited to work with organizers who share my vision and to build a team of passionate professionals who want to take ownership of their jobs and make a difference in their workplace. I am setting out to build a great and enduring company and have always found that the financial success is best earned by answering industry needs with excellence,” Britton concluded
About Britton Jones
Britton Jones was Co-Owner, President and CEO of BJI, a fourth generation, family owned and managed integrated media company. After 18 years as Publisher, Britton became the driving force in building the BJI Fashion Group, the Trade Show Division of Business Journals, Inc. into one of the world’s leading trade show organizers. Starting with the turnaround of one failing show in 1998 under Britton’s leadership, BJI grew explosively to six brands running 27 events annually by 2015. BJI was sold to UBM in April 2016.
In addition, Britton teamed with Greg Topalian, Sharon Enright and Mac Brighton to form LeftField Media, a company specializing in consumer facing, enthusiast events. LeftField quickly achieved great success and more than doubled in size in just two years and since sold to Clarion in June 2016.
Giving back to the industry he loves, Britton consistently works for its betterment. He has serviced on multiple boards – SISO, CIER, ABM, NYC & Co’s Trade Show Council and Javits Center’s Customer Advisory Board. He was awarded the Trade Show News Network Industry Icon Award and the Robert L. Krakoff Leadership Award.
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