Mr. Larry Kulchawik has served
the exhibit industry for the past 43 years. His tenure in the exhibit industry
included 26 years at, then the world largest exhibit marketing company,
Exhibitgroup-Giltspur, then 8 years served at Derse Exhibits, and then 9 years
at 3D Exhibits, Inc.
Over the past 30 years, between
his real work duties, Kulchawik has also served as President of EDPA- tradeshow
suppliers in the USA, and then President of IFES- a world federation
representing tradeshow suppliers from over 40 countries.
Today, he is now consulting,
but remains active with IFES and EDPA and several universities to continue to
pushing to unite world harmony within the tradeshow marketing industry.
Presently writing a book entitled “Doing Tradeshows from One Country to the
Next”. Design, regulations, and cultural differences for tradeshows.
Kulchawik’s achievements in
the exhibit marketing industry include:
- President of EDPA (Exhibit Designer
& Producers Association) in USA
- President of IFES (International
Federation of Exposition Services)- 42 countries
- First EDPA International Chapter
Chairman -Directed to EDPA members interested in international
business and partnerships.
He promoted the first EDPA participation at Euroshop in Dusseldorf,
- First American president of IFES-(International
Federation of Exhibition Services).
During his term at IFES he
assisted to create new membership qualifications to include all
country companies and associations in the tradeshow world. IFES now represents
41 different countries.
- He assisted to create a plan to
build an education program to share tradeshow industry knowledge and
training centers to unify world tradeshow practices as well as
building cultural awareness for doing business outside of your
- Assisted to draft the IFES Code of
Conduct for international collaborations.
- Still serves on the board as
Chairman- IFES Past Presidents Council.
Other Tradeshow Industry
initiatives by Larry Kulchawik…..
- Exhibits Standards for Safety
Committee Chairman- In conjunction with EDPA member experts and
Underwriters Laboratory, EDPA drafted the first legal document on
exhibit building standards for fabrication and safety. The document
is registered as UL2305 with Underwriters Laboratory.
- Exhibit Designer Degree Program -.
Kulchawik has worked with FIT University (Fashion Institute of
Technology) –a part of NYU, to develop a Masters Degree Program in
Exhibit Design. This program is now in its 9th year graduating 62
students to date. EDPA continues to support FIT as well as working
with Bemidji state University in Minnesota with their undergraduate
degree in exhibit design.
- Served on the OSPI Board of
Directors- a group of select Octanorm users with international
Served on the CEIR (Center for Exhibit Industry Research) Foundation
Board for 4 years
- Presently serves on the
International board at the Chicago Chamber of Commerce
- Assisted to organize the IFES Annual
meeting for – London 2004, Madrid 2005, Milan 2008, Paris 2008,
Exporama in Athens 2007, Shanghai 2010, Oxford 2011, Moscow 2012,
South Africa 2013, Delhi, India 2014.
- Guest speaker on exhibit marketing
in London, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Athens, Vienna, Brussels, Milan,
Duesseldorf, Paris, Cancun, and Monterrey, Mexico.
- Taught college level tradeshow
marketing classes at FIT/NYC, Bemidji State, MN, and Southern
- Created a professional working group
in 2008 for the World Trade Center Chicago to provide marketing
services for international companies looking to establish a presence
in the USA.
- Selected as the first winner of the
EDPA Ambassador Award in 2000
- Winner of the IFES Roger Taurant
Award in 2007
- Winner of the EDPA Hazel Hayes Award
|“Giving back to an
industry I discovered and still love is a great honor and pleasure for
me,” says Kulchawik. Larry’s commitment, to exhibit design and his
global leadership has led the way for the entire US and World exhibit
industry to connect internationally. US exhibit companies now interface
with international exhibit companies through IFES as a cohesive group to
jointly provide marketing services for our mutual customers on a world
scale. “Connecting the world with face to face communications through
tradeshows and marketing will grow our business opportunities to higher
City News 2013