Tributes have been paid to an events industry veteran.
Mark Griffin, chairman and founder of Diversified Midlands, has retired from the company after 20 years at the helm.
Griffin sold the business to Diversified Communications last year and had remained on staff to oversee the merger, but will now focus on charity work.
The industry veteran took to Twitter to share his first day of retirement: “A great first day in retirement having just got the news that Sport England are awarding our Barford project £75k grant, happy days!”
Diversified Communications managing director Carsten Holm said it had been a privilege to work with Griffin.
“Mark is a natural showman and I have always been struck by his ability to create amazing relationships and lasting friendships with colleagues and customers alike, and his ‘good enough is just not good enough’ philosophy, which he applies to everything he does,” Holm said.
“Mark is not just recognised as one of best known personalities in the UK’s bus and coach industry but has also managed to build a fantastic team of true professionals around him who create great magazines and events.
“Just last week, Euro Bus Expo was nominated as finalists for Best UK Tradeshow and its operations team are up for Best Organiser Team of the Year at the prestigious Association of Event Organisers’ Excellence Awards, which is an incredible achievement.
“Mark is a true entrepreneur and ideas man and has lots more to give!”
Griffin has launched numerous publications and events, including Euro Bus Expo and Coach & Bus Live events, as well as RouteONE, Coach Monthly, MiniPLUS, CDC News, and CDC Coach Tourism Yearbook.