George Varanakis

As EVP of WPPI, (Wedding Portrait Photographers International) George oversaw the largest photography conference and trade show, WPPI. With over 16,000 attendees (a record to this day) and over 400 exhibitors and sponsors, George grew the show over 400% in the eight years he was there. In 2011, WPPI was sold to Nielsen Expositions, where a new opportunity arose to move from the Conference world to the online education world.

As GM of the Photo Channel at CreativeLive, a live online educational network, George helped grow the channel to a multi-million dollar business. By instituting new platforms and strategic alliances, George helped facilitate rapid growth. His creative approach along with a sales mentality, helped CreativeLive grow into the #1 online educational network.