November / 1 / 2017

Simultaneous Events Wow Live Audiences



Irving, Texas – Nov. 1, 2017 –  The Expo Group simultaneously launched two major campaigns with live events designed to capture the hearts and minds of attendees.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“These two events underscore our ability to do unique things, to create boldly audacious events that are new and different and have tremendous impact,” says EVP, Creative for The Expo Group Michael McCauley.

No one has the passion for live audience experiences like The Expo Group Level5, an experienced team of strategists, designers and execution specialists who help corporate, association and higher education clients engage and inspire. The Expo Group is investing in growth-focused experience design and enabling affordable innovation for clients.

Level5 alludes to the fifth era of human society, that of Imagination. We are moving beyond the information age. The Expo Group Level5 works with clients on live events from general sessions to sales meetings to global launches like these two university examples. The two university fundraising campaigns involved global production teams crafting unforgettable experiences including bits of strategic message development, projection mapping, script writing, speaker and volunteer management, look and feel and audience interaction.

University of Florida

University of Florida and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were the hosts of these unrelated but simultaneous events to launch fundraising campaigns totaling more than $5 billion. The word out of UF: “From the initial conversation all the way through the actual kickoff, our experience with Level5 was Level 6! When we say Go Gators, Go Greater, Level 5 helped us Go Greater.”

 
 

 

About The Expo Group
The Expo Group is a trusted exhibition and events partner that helps organizations grow their attendance, exhibitor and sponsorship revenue through the design and execution of unique, compelling and memorable experiences. The company has headquarters near Dallas with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Orlando, Las Vegas, Chicago, Austin/San Antonio and Washington D.C. Learn more at www.theexpogroup.com or contact Dana Freker Doody directly at 972.580.9000 x1644 or ddoody@theexpogroup.com.

 

July / 14 / 2017

Lessons of an Entrepreneur Book Released


Lessons of an Entrepreneur Book Released

July 14, 2017 – Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Expo Group Ray Pekowski announced today he has just published his first book, Lessons of an Entrepreneur. The book, published through Outskirts Press, is available from major retailers.

"In the book I share stories about being an entrepreneur, taking risks and growing the corporate culture at The Expo Group," Pekowski says. "It’s a short read, a collection of stories, and I’m hoping people learn something that will help them in their own lives and careers."

Pekowski became an entrepreneur in the 1980s, and has grown The Expo Group over the past 26 years into a powerhouse of innovation that excels in personalized service for events and exhibitions clientele. Stories about taking risks, overcoming adversity and building a positive corporate culture are shared in Lessons of an Entrepreneur.

Pekowski recently became Chairman of The Expo Group as Randy Pekowski was promoted to President in February 2016. The book is available in several formats here https://outskirtspress.com/LessonsofanEntrepreneur. All proceeds benefit Communities Foundation of Texas.

January / 27 / 2017

April Hurley Continues Service to EACA


Irving, Texas – January 27, 2017 – April Hurley, Vice President of Strategic Sales at The Expo Group, has been named to the board of directors of the renewed Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association. This is her second term in the general contractor director seat.

“April is a consummate industry professional who understands and values the spirit of cooperation and collaboration that is so important to the EACA mission,“ says Jim Wurm, Executive Director of the EACA.

Hurley has been with The Expo Group more than 20 years working in sales, service, account management and operations in both general contracting and custom exhibit work for both association and corporate clients.

“I am looking forward to continuing my service on the EACA Board of Directors,” Hurley says. “Communication and collaboration among all the stakeholders within an event are vital to improving the process for all.  EACA helps make that happen.”

 

About EACA

The Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association is the tradeshow industry association that is solely dedicated to “raising the level of service excellence on the show floor.” The EACA represents and supports the interests of those exhibitor appointed contractors and other exhibit services organizations that service customers on the tradeshow floor. The association is currently comprised of more than 200 member companies representing more than 12,500 full time trade show professionals, and more than 50,000 part-time trade show workers. The association is headquartered in Bend, Oregon.

 

About The Expo Group

The Expo Group is a trusted exhibition and events partner that helps organizations grow their attendance, exhibitor and sponsorship revenue through the design and execution of unique, compelling and memorable experiences. The company has headquarters near Dallas with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Orlando, Las Vegas, Chicago, Austin/San Antonio and Washington D.C. Learn more at www.theexpogroup.com or contact Dana Freker Doody directly at 972.580.9000 x1644, ddoody@theexpogroup.com or on Twitter @theexpogroup.

January / 24 / 2017

April Hurley Named to EDPA Board


Irving, Texas – January 24, 2017 – April Hurley, Vice President of Strategic Sales at The Expo Group, has been named to the board of directors of the Exhibit Designers and Producers Association.

“We’re thrilled to have April join the board. We know her skills and experience will bring terrific value to our organization,” says Donna Shultz, vice president of the EDPA board of directors.

Hurley has been with The Expo Group more than 20 years gaining experience spanning sales, account management and operations in both general contracting and custom exhibit work for both association and corporate clients.

Hurley says, “I look forward to working with so many industry veterans to help further the success and integrity of our industry through advocacy, communication, education and good works.”

 

About EDPA

The Exhibit Designers + Producers Association, founded in 1954, is an internationally recognized national trade association with more than 300 corporate members from 18 countries that are engaged in the design, manufacture, transport, installation and service of displays and exhibits primarily for the exhibition and event industry. 

 

About The Expo Group

The Expo Group is a trusted exhibition and events partner that helps organizations grow their attendance, exhibitor and sponsorship revenue through the design and execution of unique, compelling and memorable experiences. The company has headquarters near Dallas with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Orlando, Las Vegas, Chicago, Austin/San Antonio and Washington D.C. Learn more at www.theexpogroup.com or contact Dana Freker Doody directly at 972.580.9000 x1644, ddoody@theexpogroup.com or on Twitter @theexpogroup.

September / 1 / 2016

Connecting Students To Trade Shows


 

For a group of exhibit design students from Bemidji State University, the recent PWX event in Minneapolis was an ideal opportunity to bring their classroom learning to the trade show floor. The Expo Group's Creative Director Nicole O’Leary served as tour guide and in-the-field visiting professor for more than a dozen students who took a field trip to this redesigned and re-engineered convention at Minneapolis Convention Center.

It was the first time for many students to actually visit a trade show, and for all of them it was an opportunity to understand the design work that goes into the trade show overall, not just exhibitor booths.

“The students loved seeing the bigger picture beyond the exhibit, and I was able to share with them how we design for an entire demographic using research and marketing know-how,” Nicole said.

Nicole shared her personal experiences as a graphics designer and now Creative Director and walked the students through the entire process behind-the-scenes, that resulted in the spaces and structures on-site. Use of materials, spatial layouts, hierarchy of messaging and attendee interaction were four areas discussed.

Thanks for visiting, BSU Department of Technology, Art & Design!

June / 1 / 2016

Exhibitions Mean Business


Exhibitions Mean Business (EMB) - is a campaign that represents the collective voice of the exhibitions and events industry. EMB brings to life the dynamic story of this industry and serves as a central resource for testimonials, information and data that demonstrate its value.

Guided by members of the exhibitions and events space, EMB strives to more effectively educate and inform business and marketing professionals, media and other influencers while promoting the power of face-to-face events.

#ExhibitionsDay

Exhibitions Day (June 8, 2016) was created by IAEE and the Exhibitions Mean Business campaign to foster a stronger relationship with and build awareness among federal legislators and other government influencers.  Our own VP of Corporate Communications Dana Freker Doody will be in Washington D.C. on June 8th to lend her voice to the exhibiton and events industry as we help foster relationships and build awareness with federal legislators and other policy influencers on Capitol Hill.  Addressing the matters that impact our industry is crucial to allowing our industry to continue to do its part for our national economy.

More information about  how you can participate in Exhibitions Day is available here

April / 1 / 2014

Bid Now to Support CEIR


The Expo Group has presented a package for bidding in the online auction to support the Center for Exhibition Research. 

The Game & Golf in Grand Style package includes two Dallas Cowboys tickets, golf at Vaquero Club with industry leaders, two nights at the Four Seasons and $200 in Uber credits. It all adds up to a fantastic weekend in your neighborhood.

 

To view and bid on this package click here: https://www.biddingforgood.com/ceirfsilentauction

Special link for viewing the auction on a mobile device is here: https://bforg.com/ceirfsilentauction

BONUS! -- Uber Dallas has offered a special deal for friends of The Expo Group and CEIR. Visit www.uber.com/go/CEIRDAL or see all the details below. You’re welcome!

 

May / 2 / 2013

Charity Roundup


With a full-size in-house graphics shop, The Expo Group has been honored to provide complimentary graphic services for several local events benefitting a number of  non-profit organizations this past spring including:

  • Family Promise of Irving providing shelters and support for homeless families.
  • New Friends New Life helping women and their children overcome backgrounds of abuse, addiction, poverty and limited opportunities.
  • Real Choices providing compassionate support and free medical services to women affected by unplanned pregnancy.

 

Community matters to The Expo Group with our philanthropic efforts headed up by our Corporate Director, Linda Pekowski.  “We believe that it’s important to give back to the community,” says Linda. And I’m so pleased that as a company, we are fortunate to be in a position to help so many deserving organizations.”

The Expo Group is scheduled to work with several more charities throughout the year including:

  • USO helping troops serving in combat, their families,our wounded warriors and their families, and families of the fallen.
  • The Family Place eliminating family violence through intervention and proactive prevention, extensive community education, advocacy and assistance for victims and their families.
  • Grace Gala an event designed to raise money for assistance to individuals and families in crisis and guidance toward self-sufficiency. 

November / 7 / 2012

SMOTY Winners Honored as Difference-Makers


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 honored with a donation to their favorite charity. Over the years, The Expo Group awards program has resulted in more than $70,000 being contributed to worthy causes.

The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year awards are judged be an independent panel. More information can be found here including nomination information for next year.

October / 4 / 2012

The Expo Group SMOTY Awards Revealed


“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: Deborah Swift, Owner and President, Swift Solutions
  • Tier V – 1,501+ booths: Gene Sanders, Sr. VP of Trade Shows and Conferences, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association

“The dedication of these individuals and the lengths they go to service their attendees and exhibitors are the exact reasons we started the SMOTY awards program — to give credit where it is due,” says Ray Pekowski, president and CEO of The Expo Group. “Over the years we have had the pleasure of honoring some truly amazing people in our industry and contributed thousands of  dollars to charities on their behalf.”

As part of the TSNN T-Awards, each 2012 SMOTY winner will be presented with the iconic SMOTY crystal obelisk trophy and be honored with a donation to their favorite charity.

The 2012 SMOTY judges were Glenda Brungardt, The Expo Group Exhibit Manager of the Year award winner from HP; David DuBois, executive director of the International Association for Exhibitions & Events; Jennifer Hoff, former SMOTY winner now COO of VP International; Sam Lippman, president and founder, Lippmann Connects; and Rachel Wimberly, president of Trade Show News Network.

The Expo Group SMOTY awards are open to anyone in the industry responsible for producing a show, regardless of any affiliation with The Expo Group. This year’s nominees were suggested by co-workers, vendors, exhibitors, bosses and themselves.

The Expo Group a Single Source® general service contractor fulfilling the needs of show organizers, corporate event planners and exhibitors. The Dallas-based company also has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

Interviews with SMOTY winners are available. For more information and/or photos, contact Dana Freker Doody at 972-580-9000 or send an email to ddoody@theexpogroup.com. More info on our awards programs is at www.theexposure.theexpogroup.com.