THE EXPO GROUP | XXV  1991 - 2016
 
 

The Expo Group celebrates this year the 25th anniversary of its incorporation. Since Feb. 7, 1991, the company, founded by Ray Pekowski has been on a steady growth trajectory, building a foundation on innovation and service.

 

Ray and his Personal Account Managers
Ray and his Personal Account Managers

With humble beginnings working with a handful of employees, the company officially incorporated as The Expo Group in 1991 ushering in a new era of service by managing the supply chain for exhibitors better known now as the patented Single Source Solution®. It was during these first few years that Ray also coined the term “General Service Contractor” to help describe his company.

Easier access through one contact for all event service suppliers proved to be a popular idea and with its focus to “be the premier service company in the trade show industry,” The Expo Group experienced phenomenal growth throughout the 90s including being named an Inc. 500 honoree as the 28th fastest-growing privately held company in the nation in 1996.


Customer service ad from the early 90s
Customer service ad from the early 90s
Introduction of cyberservices
Introduction of cyberservices

In 2000, The Expo Group launched cyberservices, allowing exhibitors to order over the Internet in real time around the clock, leapfrogging competitor ordering methods. Also debuting in 2000, The Expo Group’s Show Manager of the Year Award honoring amazing and often, unheralded, show organizers.

Expansion continued in the new millennium as The Expo Group began to focus on strategic growth. In 2003, the official patents for Single Source® were approved and in 2004, PMMI partnered with The Expo Group to become the first association to serve as its own general service contractor.


Group shot of the first PACK EXPO team
Group shot of the first PACK EXPO team

Current corporate headquarters
Current corporate headquarters

Despite the looming economic crisis of 2008, The Expo Group expanded operations to a new corporate home in Irving, Texas near DFW Airport and a new distribution center in Chicago. Innovative technology rolled out during the latter half of the decade focused on making life easier for the exhibitor and show management including Instant Freight Update™, YourSpace™, ExpoProof and LinkUp.

Innovative products and smart creative continued into the next decade with a solution for big data called EXPOCube, awards for design, PR and marketing roll in all while maintaining a focus on what’s important.


Award-winning booth designs
Award-winning booth design
 

“Every entrepreneur starts with a vision but it is the people of the company who bring it to life, and I am forever grateful to all the wonderful people who have been part of these last 25 years,” says Founder and CEO Ray Pekowski. “And this company would not exist without clients who believe in us and entrust us with their business. To all of them, and to our supportive vendors, we want to say “Thank you!’”

THE EXPO GROUP

The Expo Group is and has been the industry leader in customer service. Accolades and innovations abound, all adding to the rich history that makes the company ready for everything that is coming next.