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Three GREAT Articles and One Video: Word on the Street — Feb. 20th thru Feb. 24th

February 25th, 2012 COMMENTS
EXHIBITOR 2012 Teaser Video, Part Two

Word on the Street by Kevin Carty

Good Reads. One Silly Video.

With EXHIBITOR 2012 looming, this has been a hectic week. Not only are we working on the final touches for our EXHIBITOR booth, but we are also processing a TON of orders! Not sure if you found yourself on the Peek-A-Booth cams this week, but if you did, you know what I mean.

A new Account Exec. from Bay Area Exhibits visited us this week for training. At about 3 pm he said while looking at very full setup floor, “So this is all stuff that has to ship this week?” To which I replied, “No, those are all orders that go out tomorrow. This morning there were 15 more that already shipped.”

Suffice to say…we are very busy (and happy and thankful). 🙂

As busy as we are, Mel and I both try to find time to read blogs, newsgroups, and industry articles. There were some great ones this past week, so I wanted to share a few with you.

Trade Show Drayage The first is a blog post by Lowell Nickens from Shopforexhibits. Lowell is an industry veteran with experience as a general contractor, a display manufacturer, and a distributor. Lowell addresses “Material Handling or Drayage” from a different perspective. Check it out. It’s thoughtful and well done. Great job Lowell!

A Definitive Guide to Understanding Trade Show Material Handling

Next is Chris Griffin who owns Trade Show Supply. Many of you know Chris. He’s another industry veteran with experience as a trainer, distributor, and show labor contractor. He writes about the “30 Things that Conspire to Destroy Your Beautiful Trade Show Experience.” Very sage advice.

30 Things that Conspire to Destroy Your Beautiful Trade Show Experience

Last, is an article from Inc. — “8 Qualities of Remarkable Employees” written by Jeff Haden. You may be surprised by what he considers remarkable employees.

8 Qualities of Remarkable Employees

I love this article, mostly because I see all of the qualities in our team at Classic Exhibits Inc. #1 and #4 happened on Friday when Charlie Shivel (Project Manager) come to my office singing the praises of our Milling Department Lead, Igor Yakovenko. Charlie wanted me to know how great Igor is because he clearly wants to do what’s best, and in this situation it meant taking off his “Milling Lead” hat and helping out in a situation that clearly had nothing to do with his day-to-day job duties.

Great stuff!

In closing, if you have not seen Part Two of our teaser videos for EXHIBITOR, check it out. I have a sneaking suspicion that my EPIC idea of edible graphics has been nixed. I’d blame Mel, but his ideas got nixed as well. Expect Part Three later this week.

Looking forward to seeing you at EXHIBITOR 2012.

Almost forgot . . . Be sure to check out the MOD-211 iPad Insert video on the EXHIBITOR New Product Showcase page (scroll to the very bottom).  Or you can see it on Exhibit Design Search.

–Kevin Carty

p.s. If you scrolled down this far, I’m adding one more article as a bonus. This is a much longer read (41 pages): Reading about the Financial Crisis: A 21-Book Review. It’s a fascinating review of 21 academic and journalistic books about the financial crisis. As the author Andrew W. Lo states, “No single narrative emerges from this broad and often contradictory collection of interpretations, but the sheer variety of conclusions is informative . . . .”