Entrepreneurial Spirit

The world of trade publishing turned out to be the perfect training ground and launching pad for trade-show entrepreneur Howard Hauben. Hauben, 49, is the president and chief operating officer of H2 Events, a trade-show consulting firm he launched in 2000, based in Merrick, N.Y. H2 Events manages the Centurion Tucson Show, an invitation-only event geared to luxury retail jewelers it launched in 2002, and the Prestige Jewelers Inventory Clearance Shows in Orlando, Fla., which H2 debuted in 2004. The company also has partnered with the California Jewelers Association to launch the West Coast Jewelry Show in Los Angeles in August. Hauben's expertise in developing and managing trade shows was honed during a 23-year career with Miller Freeman Inc. (now VNU), publisher of National Jeweler magazine. Starting as an editorial trainee at National Jeweler in 1977, Hauben soon switched over to sal
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