Britton Jones, Founder, 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 is 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 the 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.
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,
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 dealmakers 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.