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On the Road to Recovery: SWX Global, Showdown Displays & MPI/ELI

(Pictured above: SWX Global Container Conversion)

by H. K. Wilson

As many of 2020’s challenges have rolled over to the new year, we are called upon to remain both confident and courageous. These times recall the Latin proverb: Fortuna audaces iuvat or “fortune favors the bold.” Fortuna, the Roman goddess of good fortune and luck, is often depicted with Rota Fortunae (wheel of fortune), representing life’s alternating states of prosperity and disaster. The lesson: Those with the audacity to dream will make their own good fortune.

SWX Global Pivots with Container Conversions

SWX global logoSWX Global Design & Production, one of the largest independent tradeshow environment producers in the U.S. and a 34-year industry veteran, recently announced the debut of SWX Global Container Conversions.

With the mass slowdown/stoppage of global events, this new endeavor was started to address the national epidemic of homelessness and affordable housing shortages by converting shipping containers into livable spaces.

Although container conversions are not a new idea, SWX Global Container Conversions offers a turnkey, affordable program originally developed to address the needs of those seeking shelter. However, by utilizing the creative team at SWX Global, these environmental units are available for anyone looking for additional living, playing or working spaces.

Brian Cree SWX Global CEOBrian Cree (pictured left), SWX Global’s CEO explains, “To be able to totally convert our tradeshow/events design and production facilities into assembly line manufacturing facilities of these incredible environments using used shipping containers is an exciting venture for us. We clean the environment of eyesores and create beautiful, low-cost environments. For me, that is clearly the best of both worlds.”

SWX Global Container Conversions utilizes repurposed shipping containers to create custom environments for any application. Beginning with a structurally sound base, modular environments are less expensive and require shorter timelines when compared to standard construction. Precision and craftsmanship come from 34 years of experience in global environmental design and production. By utilizing shipping containers, SWX Global is creating sustainable, durable and eco-friendly housing environments that are adaptable based on regional needs and/or applications.

SWX Global builds in the United States and ships globally. Additionally, SWX Global’s container environments fits the needs for work camps, home offices, medical facilities, hunting/camping lodges, apartment complexes and Accessary Dwelling Units.

SWX Global Design & Production (formerly Southwest Displays & Events) is one of the largest independent environmental design and production companies in the U.S. For more than 30 years, SWX Global has been a global leader in environments and the tradeshow industry. Industry umbrella companies include SWXStore.com, Buy/Sell used booths online! BYOB (Build Your Own Booth) at www.buildyourownbooth.com. For more info, contact their corporate offices at (800) 898-8485 or visit www.swx.global or  https://container.swx.global.

Showdown Displays Launches Revolutionary New Virtual Showroom

ShowDown Displays logoShowdown Displays, the global leader in portable lightweight promotional displays, announces the creation and introduction of its exclusive, interactive virtual showroom.

showdown virtual boothThe Showdown Displays Virtual Showroom is an innovative virtual environment that provides an interactive and informative user experience. The showroom uses a web-based platform allowing it to be shared across multiple locations and geographies all while supporting an unlimited number of active users.

Kevin Walsh Showdown DisplaysAccording to Showdown Displays President Kevin Walsh (pictured right), “Showdown’s new Virtual Showroom further demonstrates the company’s innovative approach to evolving market needs. In the current environment where travel and in-person events have become increasingly complicated, our Virtual Showroom enables our products to travel to our customers, as well as our customers’ customer.”

Showdown Displays® is the recognized global leader of wide-format portable, lightweight and temporary promotional signage and displays. This exclusive solution provides a digital platform on which customers can present, educate, demonstrate and inform their teams and their customers of the many use cases and business solutions for signage and displays. For more info, visit www.showdowndisplays.com.

ELI & MPI Launch New Pandemic On-Site Protocol Micro Training Course

ELI logoAs planners begin to train on-site staff for new safety roles, guest management and responsibilities, the Event Leadership Institute, long-time leaders in professional development programs for event & meeting professionals, has developed a new online micro training course in partnership with Meeting Professionals International, the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide.

MPI logoPandemic On-Site Protocol Training is designed to provide all front and back of the house on-site event staff—including volunteers, vendors, suppliers and production crews—with the tactical knowledge necessary to personally stay safe, identify and suppress risks, and handle, mitigate and de-escalate non-compliance issues should they arise. The course fee is $75, with discounts available for ELI and MPI members and groups.

Michael Granek ELIELI President and COO Michael Granek (pictured left) explains, “We designed this micro training course to help organizations train entire teams in the new on-site protocols necessary to ensure a safe environment for both staff and guests. Going beyond surface cleaning and sanitization protocols, this course provides actionable insights for risk mitigation, venue operations and guest logistics—including situational awareness, handling and de-escalation tactics.”

eli graphicPandemic On-Site Protocol training is a separate, targeted segment to the Pandemic Meeting & Event Design certificate course ELI and MPI launched in 2020. Pandemic Meeting & Event Design is a six-week, in-depth online course for meeting and event planners rethinking their overall on-site event strategy and design by developing an elevated experience design strategy.

Registration is now open for the first three course dates: Jan. 20, Feb. 10 and March 3. Participants can complete the three-hour micro training in a single session or over seven days. The course also includes a scheduled, one-hour, Ask Me Anything (AMA) with the instructor Kevin White, CSEP, and an online forum to ask questions. A digital badge and certificate of completion will be awarded upon successfully passing the exam. Additionally, this micro training course is available for three CMP credits.

For more info or to register, visit https://eventleadershipinstitute.com/courses/training/pandemic-on-site-protocol-training.




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