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Matt Kelly Promoted to President of Exploring

new logo_with inc.Matt Kelly, COO of Exploring, Inc., was promoted to president of Exploring, Inc., the parent company of a several fast-growing, Atlanta-based businesses. Since joining the company in 2015, Kelly has brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and leadership to Exploring.

“I am extremely excited  for this new chapter in the journey we started years ago, the team we have assembled is just amazing, the talent, dedication and focus will propel Exploring to new heights,” says Kelly. “I am grateful to Dave Walens for the opportunity to join him in defining and growing what is now Exploring, a rare company, with truly exceptional talent and expertise. In a short time we have created an organization that has and will continue to lead the way in the experiential, entertainment, tradeshow and event markets. I couldn’t be more honored to be part and lead the company into 2021 and beyond.”

Kelly began his career in 1997 at Exhibitgroup/Giltspur working as vice president operations/manufacturing/Graphics Depot, GES and Exposervices and spent 18 years there before heading to Exploring in 2015. He attended Loyola University in Chicago as well as University of Arizona.

Dave_Walens EDPAF“I couldn’t be more excited and proud for Matt,” says CEO Dave Walens (pictured left). “With his extensive 20+ years experience and incredible talent, he is the right person to lead Exploring, Inc., into the future. He lives our core principle that ‘the customer is the center of our universe’ and has an unparalleled commitment to our employees. Matt has been the COO and my partner for over six years and he is ready for this opportunity and I can’t wait to see all he accomplishes.”

Walens will begin to focus more of his time and energy on community and industry organizations leveraging the diverse resources at Exploring, creating a greater opportunity for the team.

Exploring, Inc. is the parent company of several rapidly growing Atlanta-based companies, including Brumark, Shelmarc Carpets, ID3 Group, Chisel 3D, Atlantis WaterJet and GCI Graphics. Its companies span a range of industries from the exhibit and event industry to hospitality, commercial, retail, architectural, automotive, museum and other retail markets. For more info, visit

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