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From Engage to Golf, Poker, Baseball & Bowling

by Jeanne Brei

It began with the return of the mid-year Engage conference (pictured above; photo credit Oscar & Associates), which debuted to great success last year and returned this year to the legendary University Club in downtown Chicago on June 27. The one-day event featured two keynote presentations, a networking luncheon with moderated discussion groups around key industry topics and ended with a cocktail reception hosted by the EDPA Midwest chapter.

EDPA Summer Engage speakersDavid Hernandez & Tereasa Surratt (pictured right), husband-and-wife ad execs at Ogilvy by day, and innkeepers of the historic Camp Wandawega in their “spare time,” spoke about how their experience building brands helped them transform a dilapidated, forgotten lakeside resort into a globally acclaimed boutique getaway recognized by Travel & Leisure as one of the “Greatest Hotels in the World” in “The Virtuous Cycle of Creativity: Brand Building Through Experiences & Fueling Your Creative Life.”

Later, Michael Barkin, sales team founder of breakout startup Trunk Club, presented “Disruption and the Importance of an Experience-First Mentality” and discussed how the Trunk Club disrupted an entire old school industry by assessing what was wrong, solving each element and evolving a new form of retail—and what lessons can be applied to the conference, tradeshow and live branded event space.

EDPA Summer LV Aviators Tracey Foote, Wesley Stubblefield, Rebecca Thompson and Josh Wolfe“Say Goodbye To Summer” Baseball Outing with Las Vegas Aviators
Over 50 industry professionals along with their family members showed up at the brand new Las Vegas Ballpark to cheer on the Las Vegas Aviators, minor league affiliate for the Oakland A’s, take on the El Paso Chihuahuas for EDPA Las Vegas chapter’s annual “Say Goodbye to SuEDPA Summer LV Aviators Bill Roman and Alex Nunez, Orbus; Josh Wolfe, beMatrix; and Kevin Nute, Hill and Partnersmmer” baseball outing on July 25. Fun was had by all on the private Third Base Party Deck where food and drinks were provided. A special thanks to HitLights who sponsored the event. (Pictured left, L-R: Tracey Foote, Wesley Stubblefield, Rebecca Thompson and Josh Wolfe; pictured right, L-R: Bill Roman and Alex Nunez, Orbus; Josh Wolfe, beMatrix; and Kevin Nute, Hill and Partners)
EDPA Summer Chicago Randy’s Cathy Kolf, Robert Laarhoven, beMatrix; Nancy Virene, Sho-Link; and Jacqueline Hake, Lighthouse Exhibits

16th annual EDPA Midwest Chicago Randy Charity Golf OutingEDPA Summer Chicago Randy car shot
The 16th annual Midwest EDPA Chicago Randy Charity Golf Outing was held July 29 at Seven Bridges Golf Course in Woodridge, Ill. All proceeds benefit the Randy Smith Memorial Golf Classic charity. (Pictured left, L-R: Cathy Kolf, REDPA Summer NorCal Melinda Stewart and John Peck from CORTobert Laarhoven, beMatrix; Nancy Virene, Sho-Link; and Jacqueline Hake, Lighthouse Exhibits)

EDPA Summer NorCal Blaize WheatonAnnual EDPA NorCal Golf Scramble & Poker Tournament
The annual NorCal EDPA Golf Scramble & Poker Tournament was held August 1 at Crystal Springs Golf Course, just minutes from SFO in Burlingame, Calif. Tee time was 10:30 a.m.; poker time was at 2 p.m. and BBQ dinner and awards was at 4 p.m. Brumark’s Blaize Wheaton (pictured right) was the “card shark” poker winner this year. EDPA NorCal Chapter would like to thank all their wonderful sponsors including beMatrix, Hawaii Expo, CORT, Coastal International, Brumark Total Flooring Solutions, OnSite ExhibitorService, AAA Flag & Banner, ExpandMedia and Exhibit City News magazine. (Pictured left, L-R: OnSite’s Melinda Stewart and John Peck from CORT).

The 50th Annual UMEDPA Golf Tournament at Eagle Valley Golf Course in Woodbury, Minn.
EDPA Summer UMEDPA golf foursomeThe 50th Annual UMEDPA Golf Tournament was held August 5 at Eagle Valley Golf Course in Woodbury, MN. All proceeds went to the chapter scholarship fund. Because of the inclement weather, golfers were only able to complete 9 holes. However, this did not put a damper on the day, which included prize drawings, food and networking with industry colleagues. Through tee sponsorships from our generous members, they were able to award $1,000 scholarships to two Bemidji State University exhibit design students. The recipients will be recognized at their Winter Meeting in February. The next UMEDPA meeting is scheduled for Oct. 15. Members will have the opportunity to tour the new Bell Museum on the St. Paul U of M Campus, followed by networking at Stout’s Pub.

EDPA Summer NE baseballEDPA Northeast 3rd Annual Upstate NY Chapter Event
EDPA Northeast 3rd Annual Upstate NY Chapter event was held at Frontier Field August 22 in Rochester, New York to see the Rochester Red Wings play the Buffalo Bisons.

EDPA Southeast 13th Annual Team Bowling Event
Also on August 22, The EDPA SouthEast chapter held their “Get Out of the Gutter…for a good cause,” at their 13th annual team bowling event to help support the Randy Smith Memorial Golf Classic at Bowlmor Lanes (formerly 300 Atlanta) in Atlanta, Ga. Congratulations to the winners pictured below.

EDPA Summer Atlanta bowling

This story originally appeared in the September/October issue of Exhibit City News, p. 62-63. For original layout, visit https://issuu.com/exhibitcitynews/docs/ecnflipbook_septoct_2019_web

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