Bill Windsor Sold His Publishing and Trade Show Companies in 1981.

In 1981, Don Gandy asked to have dinner with William M. Windsor.  Don was the CEO of a company that was acquiring businesses in the imprinted sportswear industry.

At Alaman’s Mexican restaurant in Dallas, Don wrote something on a little piece of paper and put it in the center of the table.  He told me to take the paper and look at it ONLY if I was interested in selling my imprinted sportswear magazines, trade shows, and conferences.

I had never thought about selling.  I had never considered what the business might be worth.  We were doing $6 million in revenues at the time.

I asked how many zeros were after the range of numbers written on the paper.  I decided I was interested in selling.

Rather than sell to Don Gandy, I hired a publishing consultant, Mark Schrimpf, to do a valuation and seek buyers.  Three large U.S. publishing companies were interested, and I sold to Gralla Publications in October 1981.

I retired.  That lasted for less than a year.

 

Bill Windsor Launched the Imprinted Sportswear Show in New Orleans, Louisiana in March 1980

In March 1980, Bill Windsor launched the Imprinted Sportswear Show in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The staff had grown to over 80 people by 1980.

The businesses moved to a new office on Dallas North Parkway in Dallas, Texas.