BUILDING PERSONAL CONNECTIONS

Our Mission: Helping People Perform at a Higher Level

Founded on a business method that makes life easier for exhibitors, organizers and planners, The Expo Group is committed to extreme personal service. Our teams are empowered to develop customized solutions to specifically address your challenges.

Our vision is to be the undisputed service leader creating trusted partnerships fueled by personal, emotional connections.

CORE VALUES

INTEGRITY​
Always do the right thing.​ Be a good steward of our resources.​ Set a positive example.​

COMPASSION​
Honor God in all we do.​ Care for work family like our own family.​ Appreciate others’ talents and perspectives.

EXCELLENCE​
Pay attention to details.​ Work hard.​ Practice daily discipline.​ Be passionate.​

ExpoCares

ExpoCares is a collection of programs designed to reach out to our employees and to enable them to reach out into their communities and the world around us. We are committed to being respectful of all faiths & traditions and having a culture of respect, diversity and inclusion.

We give to charitable organizations where The Expo Group employees or clients are very directly involved and have developed a relationship of trust and accountability with the organization helping people. We also give to industry funds and have donated almost $100,000 as part of The Expo group Show Manager of the Year Awards.

Leave Share is an ExpoCares program that helps employees show compassion to coworkers who may be struggling with illness, family issues or personal catastrophe. Employees may donate vacation time then be eligible to apply and, if approved, receive PTO hours from the fund.

We help employees get involved. Volunteer Time Off and Mission Trip Funding programs are intended to support volunteer activities that enhance local communities as well as serve communities that are impacted by disasters or where issues that impact quality of life can be addressed.

MEET THE TEAM

  • Leadership
  • Board of Directors

RAY PEKOWSKI

Chairman of the Board & CEO

EXPERIENCE

Years of experience: 47
Area of expertise: Visionary
Industries: Trade shows, Corporate Events, Exhibits
Skill used most often: Creative Solutions
New area of knowledge: Web3
Industry affiliations: PCMA, IAEE, ESCA
Certifications: PhD

PERSONAL

Superhero: Jesus
Favorite color: Turquoise
Sports team: TCU
Vacation spot: Mediterranean
Hobbies: Golf
Film: The Great Escape
Food: Pasta
Admire: Tony Evans

RANDY PEKOWSKI

President & COO

EXPERIENCE

Years of experience: 27
Area of expertise: Leadership, Operations, Finance
Industries: Events, Airlines
Skill used most often: Navigation
Superpower skill: X-Ray Vision
New area of knowledge: At-Home COVID Rapid Tests
Boards: ESCA, Young President Organization - Mid-Atlantic
Acknowledgements: 2006- 40 Under 40, ESCA President's Award

PERSONAL

Superhero: Aquaman
Favorite color: Blue
Vacation spot: Someplace on the Water
Hobbies: Boating, Golf, Exercise, Hiking
Film/Show: Succession
Food: Pizza
Admire: Abraham Lincoln

TOBY PURDY

Chief Sales Officer

EXPERIENCE

Years of experience: 30
Area of expertise: Sales & Marketing
Industries: Events, CPG, & Transportation
Skill used most often: Communication
Superpower skill: Photographic Memory
New area of knowledge: Artificial Intelligence
Industry affiliations: PCMA, IAEE, ESCA & CEIR
Certifications: Financial Management

PERSONAL

Superhero: Black Panther
Favorite color: Crimson
Sports team: Las Vegas Raiders
Vacation spot: Africa
Hobbies: Golf & Reading
Film: CIVIL
Food: Steak
Admire: Martin Luther King

MARK ROBICHAUD

Chief of Staff

EXPERIENCE

Years of experience: 30
Area of expertise: Human Resources, Leadership, Operations
Industries: Healthcare, Legal, Waste, Trade shows/Events
Skill used most often: Problem Solving
Superpower skill: Mind Reading
New area of knowledge: Social Media
Industry affiliations: SHRM

PERSONAL

Superhero: Superman
Favorite colors: Blue & Orange
Sports team: Denver Broncos
Vacation spot: Italy
Hobbies: Collecting Art
Film: Top Gun
Food: Mexican – Who doesn't love tacos?
Admire: Titian

SHANNON McDANIEL

SVP, Business Development

EXPERIENCE

Years of experience: 32
Area of expertise: Finance & Operational Strategy
Industries: Trade Show General Contracting
Skill used most often: Multitasking
Superpower skill: Staying focused on the end game and creating a win-win for parties
Industry affiliations: PCMA, IAEE

PERSONAL

Superhero: Wonder Woman
Favorite color: Black
Vacation spot: Skiing Resorts
Hobbies: Skiing, Beaching, Boating
Food: Love all kinds!
Admire: Oprah Winfrey

COREY KELLEY

Chief Technology & Experience Officer

EXPERIENCE

Years of experience: 23
Area of expertise: Technology & Experience
Industries: Trade shows, Events, Technology, Software, Professional Services, CPG, Sports
Skill used most often: Listening
Superpower skill: Logical Reasoning
New area of knowledge: Cyber AI, Hyperautomation
Industry affiliations: IAEE, Technology Leaders of DFW
Coding: Fluent in 10 Programming Langauges

PERSONAL

Superhero: Moms
Favorite color: Blue
Sports team: Baylor Bears & Savannah Bananas
Vacation spot: Breckenridge, CO
Hobbies: Running, Cycling, Hiking, SUP
Film: The Sandlot
Food: Yes, a lot.
Admire: Brian Gazer

NICOLE O'LEARY

SVP, Strategy & Creative

EXPERIENCE

Years of experience: 23
Area of expertise: Challenging & Inspiring thinking for the future, Strategy, Creative
Industries: Events, Associations, Corporate
Skill used most often: Storytelling & Strategic Thinking
Superpower skill: Distilling a Million Ideas into 1 Powerpoint Slide
New knowledge: Connection Tech
Brands: Clarion, Money 2020, AWS, SFN, USGIF, AHA, NRF, FDIC, Connectiv, Insurtec, Kehe, Hyve
Certifications: Best in Class Speaker PCMA

PERSONAL

Superhero: Steve Prefontaine
Favorite color: Blue
Sports team: US Snowboard Team
Vacation spot: Bermuda, St. John, Nantucket
Hobbies: Snowboarding, Cooking, Boating
Film: April Fools Day
Food: Pasta Bolognese & Cabernet
Admire: People that balance work & life proudly.

GARY WOKAS

General Manager, Level5 Events

EXPERIENCE

Years of experience: 25
Area of expertise: Creative, Production, Strategy
Industries: Events, Marketing, Trade shows, Consumer Activations
Skill used most often: Production Management
Superpower skill: Flying

PERSONAL

Superhero: Daredevil
Favorite color: Blue
Sports team: Chicago Bears
Vacation spot: Any Golf Resort
Hobbies: Golf
Food: Pizza

MICHAEL GUILLORY

SVP, Marketing & Communications

EXPERIENCE

Years of experience: 30
Area of expertise: Marketing & Communications
Industries: Trade shows, Events, Technology, Software, CPG
Skill used most often: Creativity
Superpower skill: Predicting the future
New area of knowledge: Web3
Industry affiliations: CMO Club, AMA, IAEE
Certifications: Digital Marketing (DMI)

PERSONAL

Superhero: Captain Marvel
Favorite color: Orange
Sports team: Oklahoma State
Vacation spot: Italy
Hobbies: Music/classic cars
Film: Anything Star Trek
Food: Chinese
Admire: Frank Lloyd Wright

MICHAEL PRESTON

SVP, National Accounts, Level5 Events

EXPERIENCE

Years of experience: 24
Area of expertise: Storytelling, Event Production
Industries: Higher Education Fundraising
Skill used most often: Marching Forward
Superpower skill: Consistent Persistence
Industry affiliations: CASE

PERSONAL

Superhero: James Bond
Favorite color: Orange
Sports team: Chicago White Sox
Vacation spot: Israel
Hobbies: Golf
Film: Almost Famous
Food: Anything on the Grill
Admire: My Parents - who achieved so much, personally & professionally

APRIL HURLEY

SVP, Learning & Development

EXPERIENCE

Years of experience: 28
Area of expertise: Sales, Project Management, Relationship Building
Industries: Trade shows, Events, Exhibits
Skill used most often: Listening with Intent
Superpower skill: Solutions Guru
New area of knowledge: Learning & Development
Industry affiliations: EACA, EDPA

PERSONAL

Superhero: My Mom & Dad
Favorite color: Pantone 295
Sports team: Texas Tech
Vacation spot: Anywhere new
Hobbies: Travel & Cooking
Film: Shawshank Redemption
Food: Tapas
Admire: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

DUSTIN SPARKS

SVP, Creative, Level5 Events

EXPERIENCE

Years of experience: 25
Area of expertise: Creative Direction & Experiential Design
Industries: Tech, Healthcare, Arts & Entertainment, Associations, Beauty
Skill used most often: Creativity
Superpower skill: Tenacity
New area of knowledge: AR /VR

PERSONAL

Superhero: Spiderman
Favorite color: Green
Favorite Musical: The Color Purple
Vacation spot: Spain
Hobbies: Theatre & Photography
Film: Memoirs of a Geisha
Food: Japanese
Admire: Anyone living their Authentic Self.

JASON MILLER

SVP, Trade Shows

EXPERIENCE

Years of experience: 25
Area of expertise: Sales, Strategic Account Management
Industries: Trade shows
Skill used most often: Relationship Building
Superpower skill: Teamwork
Industry affiliations: IAEE, PCMA

PERSONAL

Superhero: Han Solo
Favorite color: Blueish
Sports team: Dallas Cowboys
Vacation spot: Snowy Mountains
Hobbies: Mountain Biking
Film: Apollo 13
Food: Mexican or BBQ
Admire: Major Richard Winters

LLOYD VAN METER

SVP, Operations

EXPERIENCE

Years of experience: 22
Area of expertise: Operations & Logistics
Industries: Trade shows, Events, LTL/TL Freight
Skill used most often: Leadership / Team Building
Superpower skill: Smoke Jumping
New area of knowledge: Graphic Production
Industry affiliations: ESCA, IAEE

PERSONAL

Superhero: George S. Patton
Favorite color: Navy Blue
Sports team: Texas Longhorns
Vacation spot: Yellowstone
Hobbies: Woodworking / Shooting
Film: Sands of Iwo Jima
Food: Texas BBQ
Admire: May Amazing Wife