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After 30 Years in the Exhibit Industry — Kevin Carty

July 15th, 2024 1 COMMENT
Kevin Carty, Classic Exhibits Inc.
Kevin Carty, Classic Exhibits Inc.

On July 8, 1994, 30 years ago, I was offered a job by a friend (now my brother-in-law) to work for his father’s new business. At the time, I was working overnight shifts at a supermarket from 11 pm to 7 am. Then I’d head to college until about 3 pm. It was summer break from college, but I jumped at the chance for a normal work schedule and shift to evening classes in the fall.

Aside from the schedule, joining the small (5 people) team at Classic Exhibits was super intriguing to me. I knew it would likely grow and that I could be a part of that growth. What I didn’t know at the time was that the decision to “get off the night shift” would have a meaningful impact on my life, both professionally and personally.

Accepting the offer from Lowell Nickens at Classic was a real tipping point for me. Not only did Lowell become my first professional mentor, to whom I still lean on at times, but he also became my father-in-law in 1999. Accepting this job set off a course of life events that 30 years later includes having met my wife, having an amazing set of 17-year-old twins, and developing many friendships in this industry.

We all often muse about wanting to work with friends in a family environment with like-minded people. I have been truly blessed when it comes to ALL of that! 

I was asked recently by my mother what my favorite part has been. The answer was/is simple — the people. 

  • All of you (you know who you are) who have impacted my life professionally and personally. 
  • All of you who have not been afraid to tell me what I need to hear… even when I don’t want to hear it.
  • All of you who have spoken into my personal life along the way.

Sincerely grateful,

Kevin Carty
kevin@classicexhibits.com


For 30 years, Classic Exhibits has been designing and building creative custom solutions for our Distributor Partners and their clients. As North America’s largest private-label exhibit manufacturer, we have the unmatched capability, capacity, and creativity to create 3D projects ranging from 10 x 10 inline displays to 60 x 80 double-deck islands. 

Find success on the trade show floor with an exhibit that reflects your marketing message. For more information, see www.classicexhibits.com and explore Exhibit Design Search or request a meeting with a Classic Distributor Partner.

Join Us at Connect Marketplace in Milwaukee, WI

July 10th, 2024 COMMENTS

Are you headed to Connect Marketplace 2024 in Milwaukee, WI? We’ll be there too! Look for Classic Exhibits in the show hall. We’ll be featuring a Symphony Portable Display, along with messaging about our private-label services to exhibit and event companies.

To schedule an appointment, contact Mel White, VP of Marketing and Business Development (mel@classicexhibits.com). Or stop by the booth from August 27-29.

Connect Marketplace 2024

For 30 years, Classic Exhibits has been designing and building creative custom solutions for our Distributor Partners and their clients. As North America’s largest private-label exhibit manufacturer, we have the unmatched capability, capacity, and creativity to create 3D projects ranging from 10 x 10 inline displays to 60 x 80 double-deck islands. 

Find success on the trade show floor with an exhibit that reflects your marketing message. For more information, see www.classicexhibits.com and explore Exhibit Design Search or request a meeting with a Classic Distributor Partner.