Dickinson Wright Assists Wind Point Partners Portfolio Company in Recent Acquisition

Dickinson Wright PLLC Assists Active Interest Media, Inc. in Acquisition of Yachting Promotions, Inc.

March 2006
DETROIT, Mich. (March 22, 2006) – Active Interest Media, Inc. (“AIM”) recently announced the acquisition of Yachting Promotions, Inc. (“YPI”). AIM was formed by Wind Point Partners, a private equity investment firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Southfield, Michigan, in partnership with CEO Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III in October 2003. Dickinson Wright PLLC has represented AIM since its inception and was integrally involved in the Yachting Promotions acquistion as well as the refinancing of AIM. YPI produces and manages five major annual boat shows, and is best known as the producer of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the largest in-water boat show in the world. In addition to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, YPI produces and manages the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show, the Palm Beach Boat Show, the St. Petersburg Fall Show and the Suncoast Boat Show. “Yachting Promotions is a premier consumer event business and an excellent strategic fit for Active Interest Media” said Skip Zimbalist, AIM’s CEO. “The acquisition of YPI greatly strengthens our consumer show capabilities, and in addition adds boating as a new AIM industry category for growth and acquisition.” Entry into the boating category also leverages Skip’s previous experience as CEO of Times Mirror Magazines, where he was responsible for Yachting, Saltwater Sportsman and Motorboating magazines, in addition to numerous other titles. “Skip has assembled an excellent team at Active Interest Media since Wind Point’s investment,” said Jim TenBroek, managing director at Wind Point Partners. “The marine industry is huge, healthy and growing, and Wind Point is excited to continue its support of Skip and AIM’s strategy of acquiring companies within the marine industry as well as in other consumer enthusiast areas. Dickinson Wright has worked with Skip and Wind Point Partners on each step in AIM's ongoing strategy of building an unparalleled portfolio in the niche publishing and trade show categories. "We are delighted to support Wind Point Partners and the entire AIM team, who are consummate professionals," said Richard M. Bolton, lead attorney on the transaction. About Dickinson Wright PLLC Dickinson Wright PLLC, founded in 1878, has more than 200 attorneys in offices located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas.
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