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“I recently had the pleasure of working with Nick Curci and Corporate Solutions on the disposal of a media brand, DMN. Nick’s professionalism, expertise and overall guidance proved to invaluable. Nick was readily available throughout the process ensuring an outcome that was appreciated and valued by both entities. As a result, the transaction was smooth and seamless for both Haymarket Media Inc., and AC Business Media, the acquiring organization. Nick’s many years of experience in the mergers/acquisitions and sale process make him a reliable source in the arena; moreover, it was a pleasure working with Nick and I would not hesitate to ​utilize his services again. If you are considering divesting or acquiring a business, you should consider Corporate Solutions, and in particular, Nick.”
Lee Maniscalco, CEO Haymarket Media
“For years I had been told by my peers in the industry that my print magazine, SD Times, would be valued at zero by potential buyers, boy were they wrong. We conducted an auction with 36 interested parties and 4 strong bids. We accepted the highest bid, from two members of my management team and Nick helped both sides reach the deal’s conclusion with smooth and expert handling of all the details. While a lot of the action today concerns trade shows, there are still many interested buyers in high quality print magazines and their connected audiences. Nick has relationships with many of these buyers and if you are considering selling a print publication, he is your guy.”
Ted Bahr, CEO of BZ Media LLC
“Nick Curci and Corporate Solutions have been an outstanding partner to DHI on the recent sale of our event conNextions.  I have personally known Nick for a half dozen years as he was diligent in always checking in on our needs.  Frankly, we had never seriously considered selling the show.  Last year Nick approached us with an early offer and helped us to understand the strategic and business parameters of this decision.  The initial offer was not consummated but we were so impressed with Nick and had determined it was the appropriate strategic move for DHI, that we engaged Nick as our broker. Throughout the process Nick was professional and clearly his reputation in this field is why we successfully divested of the DHI Show.  It is great to partner with the best!”
Jerry Heppes, CEO of Door & Hardware Institute
“When I called Nick at Corporate Solutions and introduced myself, Nick responded, “I’ve been waiting for your call”. Selling a 60 year old legacy Trade Show was not an easy decision for our organization, but after speaking with Nick a few times, the decision was clear and the move was the right one for us. Nick and CS were fantastic partners throughout the acquisition and put myself, my staff and our Board at instant ease. Nick did a great job of keeping his eye on the prize and the process moving forward. Nick’s knowledge and experienced was was bar none when trusting him with the sale of our show. If you are considering a sale, do yourself the favor and give Nick a call.”
Nick Sargent, President of Snowsports Industries of America
“I worked with Nick Curci and Corporate Solutions on a variety of different asset sale circumstances. On InterDrone, the fastest growing and largest commercial drone show, Nick quickly identified the hungriest buyer, obtained a superior price and managed us through to the deal’s conclusion in just 7 weeks. His management of the due diligence process and experience in negotiating the final contract were both expertly conducted in a manner which put any worries I had to rest. I look forward to working with Nick on future deals and do not hesitate him to others.”
Ted Bahr, CEO of BZ Media LLC
“Nick did a great job representing us in the sale of EMS World Expo, EMS World Magazine and EMSworld.com website. He found many interested buyers and ran an efficient process to help us select the best fit. Nick did a great job of keeping the process moving along to hit our target closing date and the price ended up being right in the range that he predicted at the outset of the process. It’s great to work with someone who not only knows the industry, but also knows most of the people in the industry! I highly recommend him.”
Chris Ferrell, President SouthComm Business Media
“You can’t beat knowledge and experience when trusting someone with the sale of your business. If you produce trade or consumer shows, you know that the only people who really understand shows are people who have significant experience actually producing them. Nick Curci has that knowledge and experience. He has acquired, launched, sold and produced dozens of trade and consumer shows for his own separate companies over the past two decades… he gets it. He instinctively knows what makes sense when negotiating between buyers and sellers. He’s also responsive, calm, reasonable and easy to work with. If you have shows to sell, then he’s your guy.”
David Zimmerman, President of Southern Shows
“When it came to look for a buyer for RFID Journal and its events, a friend recommended Corporate Solutions because he said Nick Curci was honest, straightforward and diligent. I’m glad I listened to him. Nick is all of these things and more. He helped throughout the negotiations, which was important to me, since this was the first time going through the process. He found a good home four our trade show. I would not hesitate to recommend him.”
Mark Roberti, President of RFID Journal
“Having been through the process of trying to sell my business 6 times in 8 years, the 7th time was a charm when I engaged the services of Nick Curci of Corporate Solutions. His knowledge of buying and selling in the events industry is unparalleled.  Nick gave me a realistic view of the market, reasonable expectations and then went to work getting three dozen requests for specifics the Digital Dealer Conference & Expo.  Nick gave great advice and counsel before, during and up through the day of closing, always looking out for my best interests, which was quite refreshing.  I would not hesitate for a moment to strongly recommend Nick Curci and Corporate Solutions to anyone looking to get the maximum value for their enterprise.  Nick did an outstanding job on the sale of the assets of Dealer Communications.”
Michael Roscoe, President of Dealer Communications
“Having been familiar with Nick Curci and Corporate Solutions for many, many years, when the time came for me to retire, my partner and I contacted Corporate Solutions. In speaking to Nick about selling the business, I found him to be honest and straight- forward. Finding people with integrity in today’s world is refreshing – he definitely has that! He also had the knowledge to market our Home Decorating & Remodeling Show to the correct buyer for us. Knowing how very difficult it would be for me to let go of a Consumer Event that I started 33 years ago, he found a buyer that wanted to protect the image that we had created. Nick was available through every step of the process and made sure that I understood the negotiations along the way. He truly understands our unique industry and the nuances of show business, which can only be a benefit for you. He is a true professional. I would recommend him to anyone that is thinking of selling a Trade or Consumer Event.”
Vandy Richards, President of Show Pros International
“Corporate Solutions represented Operation UNITE on the sale of the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit. Once again delivered valuable advice and superb guidance when situations developed that needed a steady-hand. Nick stays the course and works transactions until they are completed. No one has the connections that Nick has developed over the years by being a consummate professional. He understands the markets and consistently provides value to his clients. I highly recommend Nick for any trade show sale representations.”John Kelly, President of Bluegrass Media & Representative for Operation UNITE
“Selling a trade show that you started and grew for 35-years is not an easy thing to do. There is a lot of work and emotion involved. Once my partner and I decided to sell our industry leading event, Nick Curci (Corporate Solutions) quickly found us a motivated buyer, negotiated a great deal, and assisted us throughout the relatively short sale process. Selling a trade show is not something you want to do without experienced, professional, advice. I am satisfied that Nick helped us sell the Expo at the right time, at a favorable price, and to the right buyer.”Jim Bannister, Partner, National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo
“We retained Corporate Solutions to represent the sale of our National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo. Nick was a pleasure to work with and in particular during the negotiation stage of our sale. Whenever we had a question he took the time to respond immediately. Nick was great with handling the details revolving around all aspects of the transaction and this made the whole transaction run very smoothly.”Mike McGuire, President, McGuire Fasteners, Inc.
“Without Nick’s unique skill set, our result would not have been the same. He possesses strong relationships with contacts on both the buy and sell side, with many of them from non-traditional sources. Throughout the process I had full confidence he had our interests at the forefront of all discussions. And though he is a sought-after partner, his responsiveness made me feel as if we were his only focus.”Jim Ogle, Interim Chief Executive Officer, F+W Media
“Nick Curci was crucial in identifying a number of strategic buyers for an asset of ours and then managing the sale to a successful close. The process from start to end was professional and very service oriented. Nick understands his business. Based on my experience with Nick I would highly recommend him.” Ed Gillette, President, Scranton Gillette Communications
“Seeking retirement, I approached Nick Curci. He predicted that my national cadre of fine art fairs were very marketable and he was correct. He 100% delivered on his promises. He had the knowledge and clear vison on whom to contact.   His execution was precise. He patiently and professionally helped to guide us through the process of preparing the documents, which is a daunting and onerous task for a small team running with its head down from show to show. Mr. Curci proceeded with laser beam focus to contact all the potential acquires.  Like casting a fishing line into a lake filled with hungry fish, the float immediately began to bob in the water. He thoughtfully, strategically, and mutually helped to determine the best partner.  I was very impressed with his friendly manner, low key yet effective approach, boundless enthusiasm, street smart advice, sense of humor, and his keen instinct to keep his eye on the ball, all times during the process. He was able to close the deal, through tumultuous hurdle of having the acquirer being acquired (and even that acquirer stymied in its own VC transaction). Nevertheless, If Nick Curci takes you on as a client, and only does with whom he truly believes he can help, you are blessed.” Rick Friedman, Founder/President, Hamptons Expo Group
“Nick Curci at Corporate Solutions was excellent at every point.  After almost 25 years producing the largest bridal expos in America, we were ready for more travel and grandchildren time. Nick helped us format our financial reporting into the structure that buyers expect.  He navigated us step-by-step through the entire acquisition process.  When the time comes to sell our other business, a B-to-B convention, we are calling Nick.” Will Hegarty, President, Bridal Fashion Debut, Inc.
“Back in the fall of 2012, the executive team, board and stakeholders decided the time was right to divest our hugely successful Agricultural events. We knew in the long run that this was the beginning of what would be a prolonged series of divestitures that had been the strategic exit plan for Cygnus Business Media. We decided on Nick Curci because of his expertise in events. The economic conditions at that time were more challenging than today. We charged Nick with finding potential buyers that would come from outside the “snow globe”. Companies that would take a fresh look at our properties; without any baggage from failed acquisitions in our small b2b world or frankly, negative past experiences with Cygnus. Through hard work we had moved from a troubled company emerging from bankruptcy to an industry leader in growth and digital technology. We needed Nick to find those companies who would see the new truth about us. He hit home runs every time! After 30 plus years in this business I thought I knew everybody. He found motivated buyers I’d never heard of who paid fair prices for both sides and strengthened their own companies.  What else could I ask for?  As an added bonus he is a pleasure to work with. After 5 divestitures in a short amount of time, relationships can become strained, ours got stronger. Finally, he always answers your calls himself. Very nice.” John French, CEO - Cygnus Business Media
“Nick was absolutely amazing in helping us to find a new home for our conferences. We had planned for years to eventually turn our conferences over to a company that could make them truly world class events. The initial plan was to find someone on our own to purchase them. Little did we know how much was involved with trying to do something like this on our own. Nick told us early on that the final purchaser would come for somewhere that we least expected. He was absolutely correct, and thru his many contacts, he was able to find the perfect company with a world-wide presence in the conference industry. His considerable experience and knowledge in the conference industry was invaluable to us, and we learned so much from our constant dialog with him over the past few months. He is a true professional, and we would highly recommend him to anyone considering buying or selling any size expo or conference anywhere in the world.”Jack Wiles, President - TheTrainingCo., LLC
“Nick Curci of Corporate Solutions represented E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. with the sale of Border Security Expo. Nick made great use of his vast contacts within the tradeshow industry to find the appropriate potential buyers and was extremely helpful with the negotiation of the deal we ultimately made with the buyer. Further, Nick has a strong knowledge and awareness of the intricacies of the tradeshow industry, which was invaluable to the discussions and negotiations between our company and the buyer. There is no question that Nick’s professionalism, execution of his services, and reputation in the industry was a key contribution to bringing the sale to fruition and EJK would not hesitate to use the services of Corporate Solutions to represent us again in the future.”Ned Krause, President, E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc.
“Nick Curci, of Corporate Solutions, skillfully guided us through the minefield of a multi-expo sale. His knowledge was invaluable every step of the way. He kept us informed all through the process, gave us the advice we needed, the cautionary tips where needed, all of which led to a very successful sale of our business. He was able to provide us with multiple bids from many buyer prospects, many of which we would never have expected to be interested in our events. He has great contacts in the event buyer community. I would highly recommend Corporate Solutions to any trade / consumer show producer that was considering selling their events.”Glenn Helgeland, President, Target Communications
“Nick Curci of Corporate Solutions consulted with me for nearly a year in advance of offering my trade show and trade magazine, Hotrod & Restoration to Bobit Business Media. His preliminary input and pre-offering advice assured the most favorable timing for the offering. His expertise and skillful communications with me and all prospective buyers made for a very smooth transaction. He worked very hard to identify and bring multiple, qualified buyers to the table. This transaction went far smoother than I could ever have imagined and allowed me to continue to run my business day to day. Nick represented one of the most important business transactions I may ever go thru, absolutely seamlessly. I found all prospective buyers I had contact with toward the close of the sale had the same positive comments about working with Nick. Nick brought integrity and professional acumen to the process of selling my business. I highly recommend Nick Curci for trade magazine and trade show transactions… both on the seller or buyer side. He knows the market, he has solid insight , and partners well with his clients for the absolute most favorable outcome.”Debbie Lewis, President, Hotrod & Restoration Trade Magazine & Trade Show
“I have had the opportunity to work with many professionals in the investment banking field over the last 25 years and found that Nick provided the highest level of advice, service and execution. From the very beginning of the process, Nick was able to help my team and me better understand the market opportunity for our company, the potential universe of buyers, and the best way to present our business. In the end, his original instincts and advice proved to be right on target. I would highly recommend Nick and Corporate Solutions to anyone seeking to sell their conference and on-line business.”Barry Libert, Chairman & CEO, Shared Insights
“Nick’s help was invaluable in negotiating our transaction. He reached out to his network, representing the value of our company, and went to bat on our behalf. Nick, worked his magic not only soliciting interest but negotiating major transaction points so I could continue to focus on my number one job – producing successful events. Given the timing of everything – our largest event of the year and the closing of our transaction only weeks later – it’s a credit to Nick that we were able to remain focused, surpassing all revenue forecasts with Nick simultaneously moving the transactional process forward. And yet throughout the process Nick was simply a phone call or email away, providing timely updates and direction where needed.”Christopher V. Sherman, The Game Initiative, Sherman Ventures
“Corporate Solutions listened to my needs and produced a very smooth and successful transaction. By staying involved since my purchase of SpeechTEK and Speech Technology Magazine five years ago, Nick understood what was best for me and delivered results.”John Kelly, President AmComm Holdings, Inc.
“Nick Curci, President of Corporate Solutions represented our company in the sale of our 6 consumer shows in the home and sportsmen’s field to AGI Events. Nick did a great job negotiating the deal for us, in fact he substantially increased the initial offer from the buyer. Nick did a remarkable job representing job presenting the event financials in such way that allowed us to maximize the value of the company. His experience was extremely helpful during the entire process, we sincerely would not have been able to close this deal without him. I would strongly recommend him to any consumer show producer when they are considering selling their events.”Harry Sleight/Shirley Kocman Co-owners, Plus Events
“Nick Curci of Corporate Solutions represented my company in the sale of our Off Road Expo to Advanstar. Nick made the process seamless and was able to negotiate a great deal for us. His experience and in depth knowledge of the trade show business was invaluable. It is not often when you have a firm represent you with such professionalism and consistent quick response time for all communications. Nick was always there throughout the entire sales process and made himself available at all times even with our three hour time difference. If I were to sell another event in the future, I would not hesitate to call upon Corporate Solutions to represent us again.”Guy Petersen, President, Petersen Events Corporation
“Corporate Solutions represented my company in the sale of our 12 consumer shows to Affinity Group. They did a great job in negotiating the deal for us, Nick Curci understands the consumer show business on all levels and has the ability to get things done. I would highly recommend him to other consumer show owners who are considering selling their events.”David Posner, President, Royal Productions
“I believe Nick Curci’s well-positioned services provide a much-needed savvy, fast-afoot,low cost option to the larger, stuffier and more expensive merger consultants..This option works great for an entrepreneur with a smaller project…Nick had the enviable accomplishment of selling the same trade show twice…ShowBiz Expo..2000 and 2004…..His professional contacts,knowledge in the field, flexibility, frankness is refreshing…Nick’s ability to generate a working buyer/seller contact in a matter of hours saves time, money and aggravation…Nick Curci is an entrepreneur’s dream and a pleasure to work with.”Rick Friedman, Pres.,Founder, Mindshare Ventures....former Pres/Founder... SIGS Publications
“Nick Curci and Corporate Solutions were instrumental in the entire process of selling our two tradeshows. With Nick’s expertise and professional contacts throughout the industry, he was able to quickly find four very interested buyer prospects. He took the lead role in communicating and negotiating with each, at the same time keeping us very informed of all proceedings. Nick allowed us the time to carry on the day to day operations of the business, while he structured an agreement with the purchaser that best fit our corporate needs.”Stuart Galloway, President, Contact Exposition Management Inc.
“Corporate Solutions represented pulver.com in the sale of eight of our IP Communications related events to Key3Media. We were pleased with the services that were provided. Under the leadership of Nick Curci, the negotiations with the buyer went smoothly. Throughout the five month process, Nick was available, by phone, e-mail and personal visits to our office to advise us on various issues and developments. He contributed in all stages of the transaction including negotiating the letter of intent and the asset purchase agreement, managing the communications between us and the buyer, and managing the entire due diligence process. Having not been involved in the sale of an event before, we really did not know how to proceed, or what to expect. It is clear that Corporate Solutions found the right buyer for us, one that also opens up other related future business ventures going forward. I will highly recommend Corporate Solutions for similar M&A services to other event owners.”Jeff Pulver, Founder & CEO, pulver.com
“Corporate Solutions combines professionalism with personalized service. They are always very responsive to their clients’ needs and have the requisite in-depth understanding of the dynamics and economics of the trade show industry.”Ellen Glew, President, EGI Exhibitions, Inc.
“The services of Corporate Solutions was critical to the success of our negotiation and purchase of Fun Expo. Nick Curci knows his business, is cool under pressure and is a man of his word. We couldn’t have done it without him.”Carole Sjolander, Executive Director, International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry
“Corporate Solutions (Nick Curci) provided extraordinary service and invaluable insight to us with our initial investment in the trade show and publishing industries. The continued support from Corporate Solutions enables me to compete effectively in today’s marketplace. They react immediately to my requests and follow through completely on all projects.”John Kelly, President, AmComm Expos and Publishing
“In an effort to sell our event, we found Corporate Solutions to be more than just an agent. They were advisors through the entire sales process and helped us achieve our goals.”Brian Sullivan, President, Great American Exhibition
“Corporate Solutions has been an invaluable resource for Penton Media and Mecklermedia over the years. We have retained them for a number of successful executive searches, and sought their counsel on a variety of acquisition issues.”Carl S. Pugh, President, Internet Events Division, Penton Media, Inc., (Producers of Internet World)
“Corporate Solutions represented my company in the sale of our trade shows with superior results. Not only did I obtain a higher sales price for my events than I anticipated, but they made the process easy for me so I could continue to run my business. It actually only took three months from initial contact to closing. Nick Curci managed all aspects of the sale with a high level of integrity and professionalism.”Brian Vargas, President, PhotoPro Expo, Inc.
“Corporate Solutions represented us in the sale of one of our trade shows and a related trade magazine in the Speech Technology industry. Nick did a great job marketing the two businesses together, and ultimately obtaining our desired sales price. His experience was extremely helpful during the due diligence process. I would strongly recommend him to any trade show or trade magazine company for similar services.”Mark LoGiurato, President & CEO, Comtek Expositions, Inc.
“Nick stepped in at a crucial time to help us get our accounting in order for our trade shows after our CFO left the company. He evaluated the current accounting system and procedures and recommended changes that gave us better reporting and controls. He set up a new profit and loss reporting system and budget process that enabled us to more accurately analyze results and plan for the future.”Dick Moeller, President, GEM Communications, LLC
“I have known Nick Curci for more than 20 years. He has been instrumental in assisting the Export Division’s search for qualified candidates here at Reed Exhibition Companies. Nick has a tremendous understanding of the trade show industry, and maximizes his networking abilities to deliver the best talent we need to grow our business.”Liz Hitchcock, Vice President, Export Division/North America, Reed Exhibition Companies
“IALEI (The International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry) needed a person to help it negotiate a purchase due to unusual circumstances. The association sent out feelers for recommendations and Nick Curci came back with a strong recommendation.

Throughout the entire, difficult, negotiation process Nick Curci was a professional in every respect. Nick worked closely with the Association to plan and execute the negotiations, explained each course of action and reaction and helped guide the Association to a successful conclusion that actually brought the final price lower than we had initially anticipated.

As Past President of IALEI I was elected to act as a go between for the Association and Nick Curci during the entire negotiation process. Although I can’t speak officially for the Association I can for myself and in that capacity can say unequivocally and without any reservations that I would hire Nick Curci in a minute to help me again. Not only that but through the process, although I have never met Nick personally, I feel that I know him well and could count on him again as a friend and as a professional.”Harold D. Skripsky