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Paco Collazo's Global View
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Paco Collazo’s Global View

Exhibit City News welcomes EDPA Board of Directors member and Happy Projects CEO Paco Collazo to our family of columnists with his new column, The Global View.

Hi, my name is Paco Collazo, a design, travel and food lover. And I want to share with you a little bit about me, my history and the paths that led me to the events world.

I describe myself as a very creative, curious, friendly and detail-oriented man, searching for new experiences and learnings. This driven personality is maybe the reason why I have made my work my passion. It was a natural call since I come from an event production family, a business that started with my grandfather and continues with my father.

My journey began when I was 14 years old, when my dad assigned me to the graphic department of our family’s stand building company, moving me into different areas until eventually, I earned the position of sales director.
During this period, I had the opportunity of traveling a lot and meeting people from all over the world, which gave me a different perspective, not only on life, but as a professional on how to conduct business in my country and bring the good from other partners’ companies into ours.

So, as restless as I was in 2019, I realized it was time to start my new adventure, I already had the knowledge, the experience and maturity to run my own business. I knew the market and was aware of the current needs of the industry, and I had a clear idea of how I could fulfill those areas of opportunity.

Happy Projects was born to offer a comprehensive solution to help our partners and clients develop their event in the best way. Everything they need—we will get it no matter which part of the world they are.

Every project, every challenge has become a lesson. That has encouraged my team and me to do our best every day. For us, the best reward is to see the smile of our clients when they receive their stand, and it surpasses their expectations; this is our greatest motivation.

Hope you enjoy reading my new column!

Paco Collazo is the owner & CEO of Atlanta-based Happy Projects, where their passion is “to collaborate with the planet’s top standbuilders, event production companies, agencies and brands to solve all your face-to-face marketing needs from concept to seamless execution.” He worked 13 years in the family business, ending as a sales and project director at SISTEXPO (Sistemas de Exposicion), a full-exhibit/event house based in Mexico. Contact him at paco@happyprojects.us.

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2021 issue of Exhibit City News, p. 19. For original layout, visit https://issuu.com/exhibitcitynews/docs/ecn_july-august_2021

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