Industry News 10/9/2013

EVENT: American International Motorcycle Expo Opens with High-Energy Turning Point Kick Off

American International Motorcycle Expo Opens with High-Energy Turning Point Kick Off
Press Release from AIM

IRVINE, Calif. (October 8, 2013) – Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group has announced that the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) will launch on the morning of Wednesday, October 16, with Turning Point. The fast-paced, up-tempo perspective of the motorcycle and greater powersports industry will set the tone for the most groundbreaking motorcycle event to come to the North American marketplace.

“Turning Point refers to how AIMExpo has become an agent of change for the industry by bringing a long overdue energy to the marketplace,” said Kerry Graeber, Marketing Director Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group. “As powersports’ first combined trade, consumer, and media event in the United States, AIMExpo has literally changed the conversation in our industry. Mirroring the model of successful European supershows like EICMA, AIMExpo very much fills a void in the event landscape and offers an all new direction to the powersports business.”

Launching at 9 a.m. EST Wednesday in the Orange County Convention Center’s Chapin Theater, Turning Point is the ‘don’t miss’ kick-off for everyone – dealers, exhibitors and media - attending AIMExpo. Hosted by veteran motorcycle television personality Greg White, the program will celebrate the history of motorcycling while also looking ahead to a brighter future, with AIMExpo serving as a driver of that success.

The multimedia event will also feature an appearance from special guest and American International Motorcycle Champion Kenny Roberts, while AIMExpo’s own Larry Little will deliver a brief keynote message for the fast-paced 30 minute program that concludes with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the expo hall’s grand entrance.

“From the earliest moments, we spoke of returning energy, excitement, efficiency and effectiveness to the industry in a combined B2B and B2C setting, and now we get to deliver.  Turning Point will seize the moment and open AIMExpo in a powerful way that speaks to the passion we all associate with motorcycling and powersports,” said Little, Vice President and General Manager of the Motorcycle Group. “This is a new chapter that is only possible because the marketplace embraced our vision of ‘one place, one time, right place, right time’, for which we are so very grateful.”

The inaugural AIMExpo will revolutionize the Powersports industry as North America’s first combined consumer, trade and media event. It will be held on October 16-20, 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

For more information, visit the web site, and keep up to date on the continued progress by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook by visiting the AIMExpo page, and “Follow” on Twitter: @AIMExpo.

About American International Motorcycle Expo
The American International Motorcycle Expo’s ( purpose is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling in the U.S. and North America, and delivers an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the motorcycle industry. AIMExpo is the single most important show of its type in the North American market and will have international impact within the motorcycling community.

About Marketplace Events
Marketplace Events creates vibrant expositions connecting enthusiasts with experts, products and services in dynamic face-to-face environments.  The company produces 34 consumer shows in the home and garden category – 24 in the US and 10 in Canada – as well as the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), a new trade and consumer show for the motorcycle industry.  AIMExpo is the first event to be produced by the company’s new Trade Show Division.  The 35 combined events attract 15,000 exhibitors, 1.5 million attendees and another 1.7 million unique web visitors annually. From 15 offices, the 120-person staff produces some of the most successful and longest-running shows in North America, including market-leading home shows in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Orlando and Minneapolis–some of which have thrived in their markets for more than 75 years. (