The New EDPA Northeast Chapter President Speaks Out

The Exhibit Designers and Producers Association (EDPA)  is comprised of more
than 370 companies worldwide, involved in the design, build and execution
of exhibits and exhibit related products and services.  The Northeast Chapter
was revived in 2014. In September of 2015, a new set of board members was appointed to serve for the 2016 calendar year. We took the opportunity to gain perspective straight from the Hill & Partners Vice President of Accounts on his new role as the EDPA chapter President.

1) What was the turning point that you decided you wanted to be a big part of the trade show industry and the EDPA?

Almost a decade ago, I decided that this was the industry where I wanted to build
my career. As I began to learn more about the trade show world, I was
introduced to the EDPA through Hill & Partners since our organization had an
existing membership.

I attended my first Access Annual meeting in the winter of 2013 and was hooked.
I was drawn to the collaborative idealism that existed within the attendees and
realized this was an outlet for me to be able to make a difference. At that same
time, there were talks about reinvigorating the Northeast Chapter, that had long
since been inactive. I was part of all of the initial talks to establish the chapter
and was subsequently named Treasurer for the first year.

While serving as Treasurer, I developed the desire to continue to press forward
and entrench our chapter as key player in the EDPA. With the talented group of
board members that included Sarah Fantauzzi (former chapter President) and
Dana Esposito (current chapter Vice President) we were able to have a strong
first year. It was my goal to keep that momentum going and commit to further
progression of the chapter.

2) What has been the most exciting part of being on the EDPA Northeast board
in the last year?

There are two major parts that stand out in my mind. One is being able to meet
so many talented and committed people in our industry that work in close
proximity to each other. The Northeast is densely populated with industry
organizations and being able to aid in putting them in the same room to work
towards the betterment of the trade show world is very exciting to me. Secondly, I really enjoyed being part of a group that was able to build a solid foundation for our chapter. My commitment towards the Northeast chapter is very strong and I am excited to have the chance to lead this group in the coming year.

3) What is your biggest lesson learned from being a part of the EDPA?

The single biggest lesson I have learned so far is that there is great power and
opportunity in collaborating with my peers in the industry. There is so much
knowledge and experience in the Northeast that it would be a disservice if we
didn't find a way to share information and work together to improve the industry
we all call home.

4) Why did you want to be the President?

I’ve always had the desire to lead in anything I’ve done and this is no different.
As I mentioned before, it was a wonderful experience to work alongside Sarah
and Dana this past year. Our combined effort gave me the nudge to continue to
pursue building the chapter. It gives me great pride to be chosen to lead our
chapter this year. I am very grateful for this opportunity. I take that very seriously
and won’t let the team down.

5) What do you look forward to in the coming year?

I look forward to continuing our trend of providing informative and interesting
topics for discussion in an atmosphere that promotes collaboration between all
local industry companies. I also look forward to increasing our visibility and
increasing our frequency of meetings. We have lofty goals this year and intend to
achieve them all.

One major fundraising goal will be to host a golf tournament. It will be the biggest
undertaking of the chapter to date but has the full commitment of the board. As
President of the chapter, my focus will be centered around keeping the chapter
on task towards achieving our goals. We had a great first year and my intention
is to keep the momentum going and continue to build upon the strong foundation
that our inaugural president, Sarah Fantauzzi created. I have big shoes to fill, but
I am excited for the challenge.

6) Where do you see the trade show industry going in the next few years?

Great question. Looking at the industry from a project management aspect, I
hope to see the gap between service providers such as exhibit houses and local
unions, close in an effort to provide a better overall product for the exhibitor. It is
one area that I have observed that could use some industry focus. There still
seems to be a disconnect between what the collective goal should be and in the
end, the product suffers. We all need each other in order to keep the industry
alive and well.

As far as trends go, I see technology playing an increased role in the design of
exhibits going forward. The resolution of LED video tiles is getting better by the
day which allows for more versatility in artfully integrating this technology. As
technology in general advances, its integration into exhibit design will have a
profound affect on how we create engagement going forward. That is what gets
me excited!