As the economy is showing significant signs of growth again, it is also reflected in the tradeshow and event industries. Exhibit Designers + Producers Association (EDPA) has been a driving factor and advocate for the industry with a clear goal to advance the interest of members engaged in the design, production and service of exhibits, events and experimental environments.
This has resulted in the formation of three new chapters in Southern California, Florida and New England. Other active chapters throughout the U.S. have also been showing signs of growth.
Boi Smit, president, CEES SMIT Inc., headquartered in Southern California, has taken the initiative to revive the Southern California chapter with the help of Dave Flory of CORT Tradeshow and Event Furnishing, who has been a great leader in the formation of new chapters.
On Sept. 4, the EDPA Southern Cal chapter will have its first official meeting with special guest speaker Mark Watson of MeasureINC, who will share some of his insights learned from working with Fortune 500 companies among the auto, consumer products and medical industries for over 15 years. During this first meeting, board members will also be elected, so attendees can let their voice be heard.
Address: 3510 South Susan Street, Santa Ana, CA 92704
11:30 a.m. – Registration
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
12:30 p.m. – Guest Speaker
1:15 p.m. – Q&A
1:30 p.m. – Conclusion
One of the goals of the revived, refreshed and renewed chapter is to meet, excite and educate professionals across Southern California who are active in tradeshows, events and experimental environments. Being in the entertainment center of the world, a unique blend of combined qualities and knowledge can amount to industry-changing effects.
Another driving force is to unite chapters across the country as steering committees of all chapters are putting great efforts into sharing knowledge and expertise for the benefit of all. In Europe, various associations have been successful in creating nationwide rules and regulations for the industries, including guidelines for hiring and firing employees.