George has 25+ years of experience as an owner, founder, and fast-growth specialist in the publishing, events, and media industries. Over George’s career, he has received numerous awards and recognitions including Gourmet News Top 20 under 40 (2006); InBusiness magazine’s Nevada Entrepreneur Award (2008); UNLV Jerry Valen Award of Distinction (2010); Tradeshow Executive’s Tradeshow Elite (2013) and was featured on the cover of Tradeshow Executive in May 2017. He served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) from 2009 through 2014 and chaired the SISO Executive Conference in 2010, 2011, and 2013.
He built, owned and operated two business media companies with successful exits with the Off-Price Specialist Show and World Tea Media from 1993 through 2012. World Tea Media included World Tea Expo, World Tea East, North American Tea Championship, World Tea News, and World Tea Academy. World Tea Expo was named as a Fastest 50 growing events by Tradeshow Week in 2006, 2008, and 2009.
In 2014, George joined an emerging start-up publisher in the hyper-competitive cannabis markets as President of Marijuana Business Daily. In 3 years, George exponentially grew the businesses revenue, profitability and its flagship event, Marijuana Business Conference and Expo which was named the fastest-growing Tradeshow in the entire U.S. in 2015 and the fastest-growing Semiannual Tradeshow in the U.S. in 2016 by Tradeshow Executive Magazine. The company was named as #304 to Inc.’s 500 fastest growing company list in 2016.
In mid-2017, George joined Dope Media as CEO at the bequest of the investors to recapitalize the business from Dope’s early fast-growth trajectory. Within 6 months, George secured 3 parties to tender offers for the acquisition of the business, and following the completion of a PCAOB-compliance audit, sold the assets of Dope Media to Trans High Corporations (High Times) in October 2018.