Four Industry Professionals To Be Honored with The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Award

Irving, Texas – June 28, 2018 – The Expo Group, an exhibitions and events partner that invests in growth, has announced The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year (SMOTY) Awards for 2018. Honorees were nominated by their peers, voted upon by an independent industry judging panel and will be celebrated on Aug. 11 at the TSNN Awards.

“These are top-notch professionals advancing the objectives of not just their organizations but also their trade show community’s attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and partners

Join The Expo Group by helping us celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on April 12, 2018 as leaders from across the meetings and events industry come together to showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities. Meeting professionals across the world participate in the international day of advocacy, with more than 120 events held across 6 continents in 2017.

This year's tagline is "Real results, real impact, all around the world."


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The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards Nominations Due

Irving, Texas – March 21, 2018 – The Expo Group, an exhibitions and events partner that invests in growth, is now accepting nominations from across the industry for The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year (SMOTY) Awards. The awards program annually recognizes great leaders in events and trade shows. 

“Honorees of the SMOTY Awards wow everyone with their commitment, innovation and excellence,” says President and COO of The Expo Group Randy Pekowski. “This awards program is a way for us all to recognize people who don’t always

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,

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

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

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


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

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.


Exhibitions Day (June 8, 2016) was created by IAEE and the Exhibitions Mean

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:

Special link for viewing the auction on a mobile device is here:

BONUS! -- Uber Dallas has offered a

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

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

“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