Press Release


International Cannabis Association Enters Into Strategic Partnership with H.A. Bruno, LLC

Top Trade Show Producer to Manage Burgeoning B2B Events for the Legalized Marijuana Industry

(Paramus, NJ, January 2015) The International Cannabis Association (ICA) has entered into a strategic partnership with H.A. Bruno, LLC, a leading global B2B event producer for more than 40 years, to form Leading Edge Expositions, LLC. Leading Edge Expositions will now oversee the management and business development of the ICA’s tradeshows and conferences that are at the forefront of one of the fastest growing industries in the United States.

In 2015, the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition will again take place in the epicenter for business and media, New York City, June 17-19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Spokesperson for Leading Edge Expositions, Don Berey, said, “All of the industry’s varied interests are coming into perfect alignment for this event. Exhibitors, buyers, legislators, and ICA trade association members have all been polled and everyone is in agreement that it’s go, go, go to New York’s Javits Center next June.”

The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition Fall will take place September 16-18, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in Los Angeles, CA. The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition will be the leading forums for dispensary owners, growers, suppliers, investors, medical professionals, government regulators, legal counsel, and entrepreneurs looking to achieve business success and identify new areas of growth in this dynamic industry.

“As an event organizer that specializes in producing the leading educational and business forums for high growth and disruptive market sectors, partnering with ICA was a logical move,” added Mr. Berey. “We have been researching and closely monitoring the legalized marijuana industry and found that of all the partnering opportunities we were investigating, ICA had the strongest foothold in the market.”

The legalized marijuana industry is among the fastest growing businesses in America, with 23 states passing “marijuana” compassionate care laws. In the recent November elections, Washington, DC, Alaska, and Oregon have joined Colorado and Washington in allowing the legalization of recreational marijuana for adult use. The ICA estimates the legal market for marijuana sales will exceed $2.5 billion in 2014.

The first ICA Cannabis Business Conferences in Las Vegas and New York were huge successes, with New York nearly doubling the size of the previous show. The events brought together experts and lawmakers to demystify the legalities and regulations surrounding the industry. Attendees walked away with the right information, tools, and resources to prosper in the legalized marijuana industry.

“We look forward to working with H.A. Bruno and Leading Edge Expositions in educating and growing the legalized marijuana industry,” said founding member of the ICA, Dan Humiston. “The Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions are poised to become the must attend and most talked about events for any business and government entity seeking to enter, support or expand in this industry.”

For more information on the 2015 Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, June 17-19, in New York and Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition Fall, September 16-18, in Los Angeles, visit www.cwcbexpo.com. For exhibitor and sponsorship information contact Don Berey at dberey@leexpos.com.

###

About International Cannabis Association
The International Cannabis Association (ICA) provides the resources necessary for professionals to succeed in the cannabis industry. Whether considering starting a cannabis business, taking an existing cannabis business to the next level or expanding service to support the cannabis industry, the ICA is here to help.

By offering educational conferences and networking events, the International Cannabis Association brings together experts from across the cannabis industry as well as individuals simply interested in getting started. As the cannabis industry’s business-to-business association, the ICA is the professional’s source for timely, entrepreneurial and high-quality information. For more information visit www.internationalcannabisassociation.com

About H.A. Bruno, LLC (HAB)
H.A. Bruno, LLC was founded in 1923, and since 1970s, the owners of the business have been leaders in the trade show industry on a global level, including their major interest in Blenheim Group, Plc.

In early 1980s, with the introduction of the microcomputer for business, HAB had the foresight to launch PC EXPO in New York, as the first B2B event for volume buyers of PCs and technology providers. PC EXPO quickly became the launching pad for some of the most important technological advancements of the time and generated billions of dollars in sales for hardware and software companies.

Blenheim Group Plc. the world’s largest public company whose sole activities were tradeshows, conferences and related magazines and public events, Blenheim produced market leading events including PC Expo in New York City, Equiatana Horse Show in Essen, Germany and the world’s largest trade show for the building industry, Batimat in France. At its height, the company produced over 300 expositions and conferences covering 40 industries in 14 countries. The company was sold in 1997 to United Business Media.

Today HAB, including the Leading Edge Expositions, LLC, produces eight events in four countries, covering six industries, with offices in Paramus, NJ; Mexico City; and London.