"Why attend EDPA ACCESS2019?" by Stephen Ross, VP / Executive Creative Director, Access TCA

Disclaimer: I am directing this to the “Ds” in EDPA. Yes, you. “D” as in designers. My tribe. The people who face the same challenges I do. Every. Single. Day.

What challenges, you ask?  Well, let’s take the usual ones like budgets. Undisclosed budgets. Insufficient budgets. Unclear budgets. (That budget includes WHAT?) Shifting budgets, usually shifting downward. Or timelines. Impossible deadlines. How about RFPs that come from procurement?  Do we respond to procurement—or do we craft our responses for marketers? How can we let procurement people know that our products are not commodities? Then there’s the challenge of the exhibit managers who want to impress their bosses by report how many scanned bodies visited the exhibit as opposed to reporting what type of experience those visitors had?

"Cultivating Exhibit Designers" by Dana Esposito

Although Exhibit Designers can come from many backgrounds; Industrial design, Architecture, Fine Art and other majors, we are fortunate within the EDPA, that the University Affiliations Committee (UAC) has been building strong relationships with Bemidji State University (BSU) and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), for well over ten years. Although some other colleges may offer a few exhibit design classes, BSU and FIT are currently the only two colleges within the US that offer degrees specific to exhibition design…

International Collaboration: Bray Leino and Hamilton support Baxter Healthcare in Frankfurt

by Jamie Zavoral Brown and Jim Obermeyer

We all know more and more of our US-based clients are venturing into international waters in the trade show world, and we all talk about it at our industry conferences and events.  But when your client asks you to actually do it, it’s time to step up and make it happen.  And that requires trusted partners around the globe.  This is the story of one such adventure…

Sustainability

Sustainability is often achieved through modifying our behavior and natural resource usage in a way that maintains ecological balance. I say behavior, because without adopting consistent action that favors the environment, we risk a future that is simply unsustainable. As members of an estimated $44.8 billion dollar exhibition industry, our contribution to production and program activity plays a huge role in both revenue and impact. So, some might say that we have an obligation to deliberately support sustainable practices that can make a difference…

I’ll say it up front! Join us in Chicago on June 27th for EDPA ENGAGE

It’s Spring here in the Northeast, and members of the EDPA in this area of the country are emerging from winter darkness to gain a peek at business results from the first quarter of 2019. We are all better off if collective results are favorable, and I know I speak for all of us when I say that we would like our industry to continue to prosper. Which is reason enough to make a commitment, finalize those plans and head to the windy city to connect with each other again…

Less Than 60 Days Until Exhibitions Day 2019! / EDPA Members Advocate for Trade Show Industry at 5th Annual Exhibitions Day in DC (Part 2)

In the morning, shuttle buses delivered us to Capitol Hill armed with our message. We were instructed numerous times that comfortable shoes were essential, and that was great advice. The halls of Congress occupy multiple buildings sprawled over a massive campus. Appointment times were preset with our respective state representatives, and many of us were surprised at the warm receptions we received from our elected officials.

60 Days Until Exhibitions Day 2019! / EDPA Members Advocate for Trade Show Industry at 5th Annual Exhibitions Day in DC (Part 1)

There are less than five events per year that I consider “must attend events” if you are a trade show and event professional.   And a new one just made my list:   EXHIBITIONS DAY --- the one day a year that leaders in our industry travel to Washington D.C. and kibitz with our elected officials and leaders to talk about the important issues facing the meetings and convention industry. ..

EDPA ACCESS, Four Years Later... by Amy Sondrup, President, Access TCA, Inc.

In 2014, I gave a presentation at EDPA ACCESS for the first time. The subject? Millennials in the Workplace. As a Millennial myself, I was curious to understand how my generation was perceived. But even more than that, I wanted to know how generations could not only work together but also learn from one another. I believed then—and still do—that we all have our strengths and that our industry gives us many amazing opportunities to share what we know with others. For me, intergenerational learning is one of the unique advantages associated with being an active participant in EDPA…

My First EDPA ACCESS Annual Conference Experience By Sarah McGill, Controller, Hill & Partners

Last December, I had the opportunity to go to EDPA ACCESS, an industry conference held annually in Carlsbad, CA, where I collided with some of our industry’s leading financial professionals. As Controller at Hill & Partners, I followed the Management track at ACCESS and attended sessions with CFOs, controllers, directors of finance, presidents and owners alike, meeting people from around the world and discussing the challenges and concerns we face within our organizations…

EDPA Story: ACCESS Networking by Jim Obermeyer

I have been attending EDPA’s ACCESS Conference since 2006.  While I have been in the industry much longer, I could never quite justify the cost to go.  When I started a new company in 2001, justification was even tougher.  But by 2006, I was feeling like I needed to be more connected with the whole industry, not just the few local suppliers and competitors I talked with on a regular basis…

My EDPA “University Affiliations Program" Experience by Mike Vallone, Assistant Creative Director & Senior Exhibit Designer, Hill & Partners

For the past three years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Bemidji State University students through the EDPA University Affiliations program. Its been well invested time, regularly connecting with students to discuss their work, professional skills, and transition from student into career creative…