Year: 2012

Greg McCormack honored with IAEE Chairman’s Award

Greg McCormack honored with IAEE Chairman’s Award
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Congratulations to National Sales Manager Greg McCormack for being honored with the IAEE Chairman’s award at Expo! Expo! in Orlando last week. IAEE chair Doreen Biela presents the Chairman’s Award to Greg McCormack (photo courtesy Oscar Einzeg The Chairman’s Award honors an individual whose assistance to the IAEE chairman has been meritorious. There is no open call or vote for this award, instead recommendations may only be put forward by the IAEE chairman and must be approved by the IAEE board of directors. Recipients are recognized for going above and beyond in their service to the IAEE Chairman by helping...

Congratulations TML on 100 years

Congratulations TML on 100 years
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Congratulations to the Texas Municipal League, which began in 1913 when then Austin Mayor AP Wooldridge convened a conference in Austin for city officials from around the state.  His call was issued to all cities, regardless of size, and 14 cities and 26 delegates responded.  At the conclusion of the 1913 meeting, the assembled delegates made a commitment to meet annually, and since that first meeting the League has held an annual conference each year. This year marked their one hundredth conference and to help celebrate, The Expo Group presented to TML a special 5-foot-tall celebration cake at their exhibition...

SMOTY Winners Honored as Difference-Makers

SMOTY Winners Honored as Difference-Makers
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As part of a TSNN  T-Awards Celebrate Success weekend, The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards were presented to five executives making a difference in their show and all those involved in it. “We all know there is that one person who really makes a difference,” said President and CEO Ray Pekowski during the awards ceremony. “That is why we started these awards, to honor these people.” This 11th iteration of the SMOTY Awards kicked off the awards gala in the Louisville Marriott Ballroom in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.  The winners were presented the iconic SMOTY crystal obelisk trophy and were...

We are victims of our own greed

We are victims of our own greed
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That bombshell was launched at the recent TSNN T-awards conference by David Audrain, representing the Society of Independent Show Organizers on a State of the Industry panel, offering words of wisdom to organizers of the TSNN 50 fastest-growing shows, gathered in Louisville for the celebratory weekend. When asked by TSNN President Rachel Wimberly about response to recent economic troubles, Audrain pointed out how many were rethinking their reliance on exhibitor revenue. Still others are rethinking the service experiences they provide for exhibitors from signing up for booth space through the end of an event.That experience is often fraught with confusion over...

Rob Brice Accepts VP Position at The Expo Group

Rob Brice Accepts VP Position at The Expo Group
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Vice President and COO Randy Pekowski is pleased to announce Rob Brice has returned to The Expo Group family as Vice President, Account Management. Rob began his trade show career working in customer service and as a project manager when the company was first formed over 20 years ago.  He now returns to lead the Project Management team after more than 15 years in show management with companies such as Dallas Market Center Expositions, the Atlanta Market Center and Cygnus Expositions. In fact, he was The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year in 2008 for his work on Cygnus’...

The Expo Group Gains New Creative Director

The Expo Group Gains New Creative Director
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Irving, Texas – Oct. 23, 2012– Nicole O’Leary has joined The Expo Group as Creative Director. A dynamic industry veteran, Nicole brings to the company a fresh approach to structural and experiential design. “Nicole will be involved with many of our team members as she impacts corporate and client creative direction,” says Randy Pekowski, vice president and COO of The Expo Group. “Our company always has been committed to innovation, and Nicole’s perspective will help us exceed client expectations when it comes to marketing and branding their organizations and events.” Nicole, having worked with other contractors in the industry, understands...

The Expo Group SMOTY Awards Revealed

The Expo Group SMOTY Awards Revealed
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“An unprecedented idea.” “Grace under fire.” “Changed the model.” “Incorporates new excitement.” “Epitomizes service, planning and execution.” Those are a few words used to describe The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Award winners for 2012. The  innovative, committed and creative winners as judged by an independent panel are: Tier I – 1 to 150 booths: Molly Mérez, Executive Director, Ticket Summit, Inc. Tier II – 151 to 300 booths: Margery Palonis, CEM, Exhibits Manager, Academy of General Dentistry Tier III – 301 to 700 booths: Nancy Johnson, Event Director, Brewers Association Tier IV – 701 to 1,500 booths:...

Is Your Exhibit Floor Fascinating?

Is Your Exhibit Floor Fascinating?
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Is Your Exhibit Floor Fascinating? Do attendees have an “intense emotional focus” to your exhibition? Fascinating. As people demand more from their experiences, demand to be entertained, demand speed unlike ever before, show organizers and event planners must deliver fascinating experiences in order to   Create positive memories for attendees   Drive emotional connections among your community   Inspire loyalty to your brand   Retain current customers   Attract new followers through word of mouth Dana Freker Doody recently presented this idea at the IAEE Central Texas Chapter and will deliver an expanded encore at 11am Thursday, Dec. 6 for IAEE’s...

Sit Down with Ray Pekowski

Sit Down with Ray Pekowski
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Bill Sell from Portfolio Media Group visits with The Expo Group President and CEO Ray Pekowski about the time and money saved from using The Expo Group’s patented Single Source® business model as well as current industry trends, all from this summer’s E2MA Red Diamond Congress. Special thanks to Portfolio Media Group for this footage.  

Business Processes Leader Joins The Expo Group

Business Processes Leader Joins The Expo Group
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Say hello to The Expo Group’s new Director of Business Process and Development, Corey Kelley. Corey most recently has worked at KAC, where he played key operational roles addressing systems needs such as inventory and asset management.  ”I’m excited to have Corey join our team and assist me in executing on several of our strategic operations initiatives,” says The Expo Group Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Randy Pekowski. “Stronger and scalable inventory controls are a priority as we continue to expand our company to meet both internal and external client needs.”  ”Working with Corey again will be great...