With a B.B.A. in Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management from the Univ. of North Texas and more than 15 years of experience, I have played a vital role in the design, development and execution of trade shows, marketing environments and other various events for dozens of Fortune 500 companies across the world. I specialize in the development of Engagement Strategies, Funding Improvement Initiatives and Measurement Tactics that provide proven ROI results on organizational expenditures. My creativity and solution-driven approach to the services I provide have been acknowledged by multiple achievement and design awards featured in various industry publications such as Exhibitor Magazine and Events Design Magazine.
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Randy Gately has been developing exhibit projects for over 20 years. With a primary focus on strategic marketing, and exceptional service, his goal is to help your brand stand on as big a stage as possible. After starting his career with a small exhibit builder in Cincinnati Ohio, he began to specialize in healthcare, technology and consumer product events, eventually managing exhibit programs for clients including Mercedes, Procter & Gamble, Sanofi, Hobart FEG, and Microsoft Media Player. Randy was brought on by Southwest Displays & Events in 2014, to help develop the Midwest market and continue the tradition of providing excellent service to Southwest Displays & Events clients. His goal for every project is to make sure it’s a total success. It’s all about the quality of the experience. When Randy isn’t working as part of the Southwest Displays & Events team, you’ll find him spending time with his wife, two kids, and dog, playing guitar, or rehabbing a house.
Chace has been in the trade show industry for over a decade. During the first 5 years of his career, he traveled as a supervisor for Southwest Displays where he supervised the setup of exhibits at various trade shows along with being the primary contact for clients on the show floor. During those years, he got the opportunity to work on many different types of booths and gained a lot of knowledge about the trade show industry. From 2013-2016, Chace was the manager of the warehouse at Southwest Displays where he was responsible for all incoming and outgoing inventory, and managed a team of traveling supervisors and warehouse employees. In 2016, he was able to move to sales where he has been ever since. Chace enjoys working with clients to see their creative vision come to life, and his clients love his dedication, customer service, insights and commitment to making sure they have the highest-quality final product.
Jim brings decades of experience and a renewed sense of purpose with him to everything he pursues. As the industry has evolved so has he. His combination of creativity, precise execution, and client partnership, ensures success. Jim works very closely with his clients to assist them with every aspect of the development of their trade show marketing objectives. He effectively executes their programs with measurable results.
Stefan Vann joined Southwest Displays & Events in 2014 to serve the growing Austin, San Antonio and Houston markets, bringing with him over 25 years experience in graphics, events and visual marketing environments. In 1998 following 10 years in the environmental graphics and display printing business, Stefan turned his attention to exhibits and events full time. An extensive production and project management background drives Stefan to reduce client costs, increase revenues and mitigate risk while achieving marketing goals. Stefan and our team maintain close involvement with all aspects of visual marketing environments, technology integration, graphics and asset management including an emphasis on environmentally conscious production and recycling. Stefan has worked with design and engineering teams to deliver unique solutions that include event branding, permanent displays and public art installations, maintaining “If it can be imagined and designed, we can build it”.
I began my career in 1994 in the trade show business, at the age of 21. Through the years I have experienced many aspects of the trade show industry. Many of my clients have commented on my hard work and dedication as an Account Executive. I truly believe that my experiences and knowledge have molded me into a person that is poised to oversee any project I have an opportunity to lead. In this day and age of doing more with less, many clients do not have the luxury of overseeing every aspect of every project. As an account executive I strive to assist clients by managing cost, being dependable, being knowledgeable, and showing loyalty and dedication. I truly care about what I do for my clients and am always motivated to make a positive difference. I motivate myself to work in an ethical manner while doing what it takes to find the right solutions for my customers.
My career at Southwest Displays & Events began in 1992. I started as a Project Manager then moved into the Operations Manager, finally landing in the position I currently hold; Account Executive of Sales. Because of my past experience I am able to give my clients the best service possible. Being your trade show partner verses the standard client/vendor relationship is the reason I have held a strong client base. With over 17 years of proven trade show experience, my team offers an innovative approach to exhibiting by providing solutions that are efficient and cost effective. My team takes great pride in being accessible 24/7 and we respond quickly to our client’s needs. My goal is to work with companies who share our passion and philosophy with regards to service, quality and value.
Richard “Rich” Slack joined Southwest Displays, Inc. in 1992 as an Account Executive. He became President of Southwest Displays & Events in 1998. Rich continues to maintain a strong relationship with clients that he established since 1992. He is currently very active in sales while overseeing daily operations. Rich majored in Marketing and Business and earned his BA from Stephen F. Austin in 1987. His introduction to the Trade Show industry began with an internship at Heritage Display. While working at Heritage Display, Rich gained considerable experience on the production side of the business before moving into Sales. He had a very successful career at Heritage Displays until 1992 when he decided to seize the opportunity to become a Partner at Southwest Displays, Inc.
Brian Cree, Chief Executive Officer, joined Southwest Displays as an Account Executive in June 1991. He was promoted to Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 1997. Brian sought the opportunity to purchase Southwest Displays and did so in August 2001. The following month Southwest Displays became Southwest Displays & Events, specializing in custom tradeshow exhibits, custom retail displays and corporate environments. With the newly created diversification, the company achieved a strong financial base and posted record sales revenues in 2002 and 2003. Brian majored in Marketing Business Administration at the University of Oklahoma and then went on to graduate at the University of North Texas in 1982. Introduced to the Trade Show industry in 1983, Brian began his career as Special Events Coordinator for Lego Systems International. In 1987, a new telecommunications company, International Telecharge, Inc. (ITI), hired Brian as Promotions Manager and Public Relations Director as the company jumped onto the stock market with $47 million in annual sales after three years. As ITI became an international entity, Brian worked in Denmark, Germany, France and Switzerland creating foreign relationships through trade show marketing. Brian received his trade show exhibit sales training at the Admore Companies prior to joining Southwest Displays, Inc.. He was elected to the Operating Council of the International Exhibitors Association (IEA) in 1992 and served as Chairman. He is a member of EDPA and is a board trustee for the EDPA Foundation. His knowledge of the “other side of the business” procures clients and their trust.