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SURTEX® is the leading trade show for sourcing surface and textile designs

Held annually in New York City, SURTEX® is the premier event for sourcing original artwork, prints and patterns. Thousands of retailers, licensees and manufacturers attend SURTEX to find new prints and patterns to use on textiles, home goods, stationery, clothing and more. The show is home to over 200 exhibiting artists looking to sell or license their artwork and designs.

SURTEX is produced by Emerald Expositions. Formerly Nielsen Expositions, Emerald Expositions is a leading operator of business-to-business tradeshows in the United States, producing over 85 tradeshows and conference events per year connecting buyers and sellers across nine diversified markets, including general merchandise, sports, hospitality and retail design, jewelry, photography, decorated apparel, building, healthcare and military.

Other Emerald Expositions licensing and retail events include Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show, NY Now, ASD, Imprinted Sportswear Shows, Interbike, Surf Expo, Internet Retailer Conferences, and the National Stationery Show. This crossover allows Emerald customers to benefit from the synergies between the retail, licensing, gift and general merchandise events.


Liz Crawford
Vice President and Group Show Director, Licensing
Liz is the Show Director for the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show, as well as serving as Senior Marketing Director for Outdoor Retailer and Group Show Director for SURTEX. She has been with Emerald Expositions since the Fall of 2011. Prior to her role at Emerald, she was the Show Director for Advanstar Expositions, as well as Group Show Director for Questex Media. She has been in the trade show and b2b publishing industry for over 27 years and has led shows in various industries including Licensing, Hotel Management, Home Video, Call Center, Telecommunications, among others. She has also acted as the International Business Development Director in her prior roles and has helped launch trade shows or conferences in Macau, Russia and Latin America.

Darrell Denny
EVP, Sports & Apparel, E-Commerce, Licensing and Business Development
Darrell joined Emerald in 2010 from Penton Media where he managed a portfolio of tradeshows that included Natural Products Expos, Engredea, Nutracon, and IT/Dev Connections, and where he was also responsible for business development. Prior to that, he spent much of his 30 year career with Emerald predecessor companies. Darrell has served on the boards of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), and is currently a director of the Outdoor Industry Association. He has a BA in Journalism from Texas State University.

Darrell’s interests include writing and basketball. He is the father of four children and lives in Santa Ana, CA with his wife, Mika.