The current owner of Metropolitan Expositions is Frank J. Buono of Binghamton, New York. He purchased the shows from Richard E. Murphy in January 2015.
Mr. Buono established his stamp business in 1966 and has participated in and attended major shows all over the world including being a booth holder at London 1980 and London 1990 and Vienna 1981.
Mr Buono successfully ran the PHIL-EX Canada stamp shows in Toronto and Montreal for twelve years.
The tradition continues.
Established in 1987, Metropolitan Expositions organizes, promotes, and sponsors national level postage stamp shows in or adjacent to major cities on the east coast of the United States.
The show was operated until mid 2006 by Michael Stern of Towaco, New Jersey, at which time it was acquired by John and Elaine Dunn of Merrimack, New Hampshire; John J. Nunes of Scotia, New York; and Murphy, then of Northborough, Massachusetts.
Murphy staged his own First Sunday shows in Dedham, Massachusetts, for more than twenty years.
The Dunns operated the Connecticut Stamp Collecting Festivals, which began in 1972 as the Second Sunday Stamp Shows. Mr. Dunn also produced three-day Connecticut Festivals in the Hartford Civic Center. The Dunns own Stamp News, which publishes Mekeel’s & Stamps weekly and U.S. Stamp News monthly.
Until his death on January 16, 2011, Nunes operated a number of shows in midstate New York, including Cover Mania and Post Card Mania. the RS shows in Rochester, the Capital District Stamp Shows in Albany, as well as the Paper Mania shows in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Nunes also operated a stamp and cover business under the name NunesNook in the United States and Canada.
Richard E. Murphy of Bradenton, Florida, assumed control of the shows following Nunes’ death.