Focused on bringing buyers and sellers together, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) has a rich history of partnering with leading community organizations and industry associations which improves relationships for our tenants, partners and their clients.

Tenants & Exhibitors

Partnership marketing lies at the heart of MMPI's management philosophy. We construct our marketing programs as platforms on which our partner showrooms and exhibitors can build their own events, because our success is based on their success. Additionally, MMPI staff members are recruited with specialized industry experience, bringing not only their recognized talents, but also contacts and relationships with key industry leaders.

Industry Associations

MMPI is committed to developing collaborative partnerships across all of its properties and industries in order to further its mission of bringing buyers and sellers together. We are proud to have built partnerships with more than one hundred industry associations. For example, MMPI produces The International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market™, which is the only show in North America that is exclusively endorsed by the International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA). The NeoCon series garners support from International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the Unites States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Governmental Entities

More recently, MMPI has been engaged by governmental entities such as New York City Economic Development Corporation and Cuyahoga County (Ohio) to develop and manage facilities on their behalf. By combining the distinctive strengths of New York and Cleveland with MMPI’s unique management expertise, we are proud to help these civic organizations deliver economic activity and commerce to their communities.

International Organizations

MMPI buildings are filled with an international roster of the world’s most respected manufacturers and we are proud to work with leading interior designers, architects, product developers, artists, galleries and fashion designers from around the world. We collaborate with international entities such as consulates, trade commissions and embassies to encourage international manufacturers to exhibit or lease space in our market buildings. We work with these same groups to welcome international attendees to our buildings and shows to ensure their stay in our communities is comfortable and convenient.

Many of our shows feature international or “World-style” pavilions, or we market an “international” day where we specifically reach out to international buyers. The Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair, for example, showcases dealers from the Netherlands, Great Britain, Turkey, France, Japan, Canada, Italy and Africa. NeoCon features showrooms and exhibitors from almost two dozen countries including Canada, Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and Great Britain. The Armory Show reaches the edges of the globe, attracting galleries and collectors from South Africa, Romania, India, Scotland, Sweden, Austrailia, Korea, Ireland, Turkey, Greece and China.

Partnering with an industry association
for a seminar at 7W New York

Maintaining exhibitor relationships at a recent trade show

Rug making demonstration in the Kentia pavilion
at California Gift Show