Founded in 1954, The Experiential Designers and Producers Association (EDPA) is recognized internationally and serves thousands of professional members representing more than 300 corporations across 18 countries. 

Each year, the EDPA drives industry education programs and professional networking events through our regional chapters. We also bring together members and thought-leaders from around the world to ACCESS, the only industry association meeting and event of its kind. ACCESS provides a platform for prospective EDPA members and members alike to share and engage in programs and play at a professional conference unlike any other.

 
 

The mission of the EDPA is to advance the interests of members engaged in the design, production, and service of exhibits, events and experiential environments. The success and integrity of our industry will be enhanced through advocacy, communication, education and good works.

The EDPA is THE network for leaders in the customer experience industry. Its members combine marketing, design and production leadership to help organizations create effective face-to face customer experiences & environments for tradeshows, events, corporate environments, museums, retailers, education and entertainment.

 

2019 Board of Directors
Officers

Dave Flory   President Strategy / Leadership / University Affiliations

Dave Flory
President
Strategy / Leadership / University Affiliations

Dave Flory
Director of National Accounts
& Exhibit House Sales,
Cort Trade Show Furnishings
(A Berkshire Hathaway Company)

Dan Serebin   Vice President Finance / Research

Dan Serebin
Vice President
Finance / Research

Dan Serebin
Chief Financial Officer,
Derse

Chris Griffin  Vice President  Future Workforce / Advocacy

Chris Griffin
Vice President
Future Workforce / Advocacy

Chris Griffin
President,
CREW

Jamie Zavoral-Brown   International / Nominating Training

Jamie Zavoral-Brown
International / Nominating Training

Jamie Zavoral-Brown
Business Development Director
North America,
Bray Leino Events

Amy Sondrup   ACCESS / ENGAGE / Membership

Amy Sondrup
ACCESS / ENGAGE / Membership

Amy Sondrup
President,
Access TCA Inc.

Amanda Helgemoe   Certification / Brand Advisory / Chapters

Amanda Helgemoe
Certification / Brand Advisory / Chapters

Amanda Helgemoe
President,
NuVista Event Services

Dan Cantor   EDPA Foundation Communications / Reporting

Dan Cantor
EDPA Foundation
Communications / Reporting

Dan Cantor
Chief Executive Office,
Hamilton Exhibits

Donna Shultz   President Emeritus   Awards / Nominating / Bylaws

Donna Shultz
President Emeritus
Awards / Nominating / Bylaws

Donna Shultz
President,
Mirror Show Management

 

Designer & Producer Directors

Kevin Carty
Vice President of Sales, Classic Exhibits Inc.

Mark Crane
Owner, Acer Exhibits

Michael McMahon
President and CEO, Hill and Partners

Jim Obermeyer
Vice President, Hamilton Exhibits

Dana Esposito
Vice President, Creative, Elevation3D

Elliot Kohn
COO/Principal, kubik inc.

Brad Falberg
President, Exhibitus

Steve Deckel
Vice President, Deckel and Moneypenny Exhibits

Supplier Directors

Tom Beard
National Sales Manager,
Eco-Systems Sustainable Exhibits

Chris Lake
Director of Manufacturing Operations,
beMatrix USA

Axel von Hagen
CEO & Owner, von Hagen GmbH

April Hurley
Vice President, Strategic Sales, The Expo Group

Vishal Goyal
Director, ABCOMRENTS

Show Services Directors

Scott Bennett
EVP, Sales & Marketing, Nth Degree

 
 

EDPA Staff

Dasher Lowe   Executive Director Marketing / Membership
 

Dasher Lowe
Executive Director
Marketing / Membership
dlowe@edpa.com


Jeff Provost   Managing Director, EDPA   jprovost@edpa.com

Jeff Provost
Managing Director, EDPA
jprovost@edpa.com

Jeff Provost
Founder/Owner, PRO Management
jprovost@ProTeamManagement.com

Danielle Di Vecchio   Member Services Coordinator, EDPA    DDivecchio@edpa.com

Danielle Di Vecchio
Member Services Coordinator, EDPA
DDivecchio@edpa.com

Danielle Di Vecchio
Member / Client Services,
PRO Management

Doug Rawady   Sales Manager, EDPA   drawady@edpa.com

Doug Rawady
Sales Manager, EDPA
drawady@edpa.com

Doug Rawady
Member Development
& Sponsor/Exhibitor Sales,
PRO Management


 

EDPA Past Presidents

2018 - Donna Shultz
2017 - Gwen Hill
2016 - Kelli Glasser
2015 – Robert Campbell
2014 – Jay Burkette
2013 – Justin Hersh
2012 – Cam Stevens
2011 – Rob Cohen
2010 – John Rose
2009 – Dan Cantor
2008 – MaryBeth Gieser
2007 – Derek Gentile
2006 – John Otten
2005 – Mark Johnson
2004 – Gwen Parsons
2003 – Norm Friedrich
2002 – Mark Brauer
2001 – Dalton Jenkins

2000 – Eugene Winther
1999 – Susan Renner
1998 – Robert Laarhoven
1997 – Larry Kulchawik
1996 – Skip Speerschneider
1995 – Ron Malliet
1994 – Jay Barnwell
1993 – Doug Zegel
1992 – Bruce Deckel
1991 – Gary C. Stewart
1990 – Ingrid I. Boyd
1989 – Stephen Berman
1988 – Mark A. Nagle
1987 – Daniel Hartwig
1986 – Donald A. Stacy
1985 – M.A. “Moe” Bell
1984 – Donald A. Stacy
1983 – Donald R. Sparks

1982 – Jan M. Spieczny
1981 – Robert F. Lange
1980 – Thomas E. Knott, Jr
1979 – Donald L. Fairweather
1976 – Jerome J. Lawton
1977-78 – Robert Firks
1974-75 – Charles Manne
1972-73 – Robert Nagle
1970-71 – Syd Berman
1968-69 – Skip Speerschneider
1966-67 – Harold Lightman
1964-65 – Clifford McKay
1962-63 – Clarence E. Murphy
1960-61 – Harold Averick
1957-59 – Harvey Steif
1956 – Norman Hadley

Chapter Pages

Las Vegas Chapter   President: Mike Sunseri  Display Supply & Lighting, Inc .   702.505.2321   msunseri@dslgroup.com     Facebook      Linkedin

Las Vegas Chapter

President: Mike Sunseri
Display Supply & Lighting, Inc.
702.505.2321
msunseri@dslgroup.com

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Upper Midwest Chapter   President: Jennifer Hermanson  CenterPoint  651.578.3637    jhermanson@centpoint.com

Upper Midwest Chapter

President: Jennifer Hermanson
CenterPoint
651.578.3637
jhermanson@centpoint.com

Midwest (Chicago) Chapter    President: Jackie Hake  Lighthouse Exhibits 773.213.2076   Jackie@LighthouseExhibits.com     Linkedin       Twitter

Midwest (Chicago) Chapter

President: Jackie Hake
Lighthouse Exhibits
773.213.2076
Jackie@LighthouseExhibits.com

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Northern California Chapter   President: Melinda Stewart  OnSite Exhibitor Service   707.258.8980  (Office)  415.710.9254  (Cell/Text)  melinda@exhibitorservice.com

Northern California Chapter

President: Melinda Stewart
OnSite Exhibitor Service
707.258.8980 (Office)
415.710.9254 (Cell/Text)
melinda@exhibitorservice.com

Southeast Chapter   President: Sandra Braun  Nth Degree 404.297.5369 sbraun@nthdegree.com    Facebook       Linkedin       Instagram

Southeast Chapter

President: Sandra Braun
Nth Degree
404.297.5369
sbraun@nthdegree.com

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Northeast Chapter    President: Michael Vallone   Hill & Partners Branded Environments  617.471.7990   mvallone@hillpartners.com     Facebook       Linkedin       Twitter

Northeast Chapter

President: Michael Vallone
Hill & Partners Branded Environments
617.471.7990
mvallone@hillpartners.com

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Southern California Chapter    President: Claire Wyckaert  Aluvision 718.612.3312  claire@aluvision.com       Facebook       Linkedin

Southern California Chapter

President: Claire Wyckaert
Aluvision
718.612.3312
claire@aluvision.com

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Great Lakes Chapter   President: Kevin Sacharski  VizCom Media 866.932.2001   kevin@vizcommedia.com

Great Lakes Chapter

President: Kevin Sacharski
VizCom Media
866.932.2001
kevin@vizcommedia.com


 

Each year at the EDPA ACCESS Conference,
awards are given to recognize amazing work in the industry. 


The EDPA Awards
The most prestegious recognition program for experiential designers and producers

The Hazel Hays Award

The Hazel Hays award recognizes an individual for outstanding contribution to the experiential/exhibit industry overall.  The award is the highest honor bestowed by EDPA.

 It was established in 1976 to honor Hazel Hays, an industry pioneer who rendered outstanding service to EDPA and promoted the exhibit industry as a whole. Hays was known as the “first lady of the exhibit industry” and was the first woman to serve on the EDPA board of directors.

The application must be completed and contain information documenting the nominee’s specific contributions and achievements in regards to:

  • Made significant contributions to the knowledge and literature of the industry

  • Made significant contributions the design or invention of material

  • Made significant contributions to equipment-process or technical services

  • Influenced the industry in a significant way

The nominee must be a member of EDPA. The application information will be used by the Awards Committee to determine the finalists. These finalists will be listed on a ballot and voted upon by the Selection Committee.

No fee




2018 Winner:  Amanda Helgemoe

2018 Winner: Amanda Helgemoe

The Ambassador Award

The Ambassador Award acknowledges an individual for outstanding service or contribution to EDPA and the industry.  Specifically, an EDPA member that has gone above and beyond to promote and participate in EDPA’s engagements and good works.

The application must be completed and contain summary information documenting the nominee’s specific contributions and achievements to EDPA.

The nominee must be a member of EDPA. The application information will be used by the Awards Committee to determine the finalists. These finalists will be listed on a ballot and voted upon by the Selection Committee.

No fee


2018 Winner:  Rick Pierson

2018 Winner: Rick Pierson

Michael R. Westcott Designer of the Year

The Designer of the Year Award acknowledges a designer who works diligently to enhance the professional standards of experiential/exhibit designers, contributes their talents, creativity and personal time to bring innovation to experiential/exhibit design.

In 2003, EDPA added the “Designer of the Year” award.  Michael Wescott was not only a major supporter of EPDA but a tireless supporter of design in every aspect of exhibiting and life.  He supported the transition of EDPA from a traditional fabrication association to an association that represents creative thinking as well as the doers

The application must be completed and contain information documenting the nominee’s specific contributions and achievements in regards to:

  • Passionate about the experiential/exhibition industry and the role of design within

  • Works diligently to enhance the professional standards of experiential/exhibit designers

  • Contributes their talents and creativity to bring innovation and diversity to experiential/exhibit design

  • Commits personal time and energy to help others to grow in their field

  • Is viewed as a leader or key contributor by their peers

  • Has championed causes or programs to improve the processes, effectiveness or efficiency of experiential/exhibit design

  • Has been generous in their support of EDPA

  • Is admired and respected by the industry for their contributions

The nominee must be a member of EDPA. The application information will be used by the Awards Committee to determine the finalists. These finalists will be listed on a ballot and voted upon by the Selection Committee.

No fee


2018 Winner:  Kate McTammany

2018 Winner: Kate McTammany

EDDIE Awards

The EDDIE Awards recognize outstanding creative achievements for self-promotion within the experiential/event industry across five categories: 

  • Small Exhibits (exhibit space)

  • 20 x 20 or Larger (exhibit space)

  • Print Matter Campaign (advertising, promotional material, direct mail, etc.)

  • Online or Multi-Media (website, video, email, etc.)

  • Best End-to-End Customer Experience (integrated campaign across channels)

Composed entries within the categories should include:

  • Objectives/challenges to address

  • Strategies defined

  • Target audience                     

  • Execution summary and photos

  • Factors the enabled success  

  • Results

The Eddie awards are judged solely on the self-promotion of a company not on the promotion of a client.   The nominee must be a member of EDPA. The application information will be used by the Awards Committee to determine the finalists. These finalists will be listed on a ballot and voted upon by the Selection Committee.

$125 fee per entry (may enter multiple categories)


2018 EDDIE Award Winners

Chapter of the Year

The Chapter of the year award acknowledges an outstanding chapter for their diligence and hard work in promoting EDPA, and its innovative ways in forging ahead as a chapter. EDPA Chapters are evaluated based on the following categories:

  • Membership: entries evaluated on objectives, action plans and results of activities targeted at the recruitment of new members for both local and national programs, and retention of existing members. Evaluation will consider program creativity and percentage of new members versus base membership.

  • Programming:  entries evaluated on regular meetings, programs, events, workshops and seminars. Points will be awarded for creativity of subjects/speakers; diversity of subjects/speakers; relevance to the tradeshow and event marketing industry.

  • Fund-Raising: entries evaluated on objectives, action plans and results of special events or projects. Examples of fund-raisers include golf outings and auctions.

  • Student Assistance: entries evaluated based on activities undertaken to advance awareness and understanding of the experiential/event marketing communications field among college and/or high school students and to assist them in pursuing careers in this field. Examples include scholarship programs, internships, career days, workshops, seminars, guest speaker programs and student chapter involvement.

  • National Programs: entries will be evaluated based on activities undertaken to encourage local members to participate on the national level in the association membership and events.

  • Public Relations: entries will be evaluated on objectives, action plans and results of publicity activities

  • Chapter Web Site: entries will be evaluated on content of local chapter website, ease of use and submission of events to National web site calendar 

  • Enthusiasm and Creativity: This category recognizes the effort and determination that goes into forming a new chapter or reenergizing an existing chapter. 

 

Chapter of the Year is determined by evaluation across categories. The application information will be used by the Awards Committee to determine the winner.


2018 Winner:  Chapter of the Year: Las Vegas Chapter (Large)

2018 Winner: Chapter of the Year: Las Vegas Chapter (Large)

2018 Winner:  Chapter of the Year: Northeast Chapter (Small)

2018 Winner: Chapter of the Year: Northeast Chapter (Small)

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 International Collaboration Award

The International Collaboration award recognizes companies which have, through their membership in the EDPA, formed international partnerships to deliver outstanding work for their clients within an international format. 

Composed entries within the categories should include:

  • Partner companies involved (both must be EDPA member companies)

  • Objective/challenges to address

  • Explanation of collaboration

  • Target audience         

  • Campaign objectives  

  • Execution summary and photos

  • Factors the enabled success  

  • Results

 The nominees must be members of EDPA and at least one of the companies an International EDPA member. The application information will be used by the Awards Committee to determine the finalists. These finalists will be listed on a ballot and voted upon by the Selection Committee.

No fee (EDPA International membership required)