Your Trade Show Partner

Trade show and Exhibition Planning, Design & Production

Our Mission, Purpose and Core Values

Mission

Deliver extraordinary exhibition experiences through simple, user-friendly services and best-in-class execution.

Purpose

Connecting people to experiences, innovation, and one another.

Providing Award-Winning Service & Hassle-Free Exhibitor Experience

We simplify all aspects of trade show planning with comprehensive services!

Core Values

T

RUST:

Trust each other to always be honest and do what is right.

R

ESPONSIBILITY:

Be responsible for our actions and deliver on our commitments.

U

NDERSTANDING:

People come first. Be understanding and compassionate.

E

XCELLENCE:

Provide excellent service and execution.

GES Timeline

At GES, our purpose is simple - to create memorable experiences. Whether you are an exhibitor or organizer, an event planner, one of our valued partners, or an attendee, creating extraordinary events is in our DNA.

1926 - 1930

1926 - Motor Transit Corporation is incorporated

1930 - Motor Transit Corporation is renamed The Greyhound Corporation "Greyhound"

1939 - 1970

1939 - Manncraft, a sign, window, and small exhibit company, was founded in Kansas City

1950's - Manncraft created an Exhibitor Service Division and expanded to Omaha, Miami, Tampa, Atlanta & New Orleans

1969 - The Greyhound Corporation purchased Manncraft and changed the name to Greyhound Exhibition Services = GES

1970 - The Greyhound Corporation acquired Armour & Company (Armour-Dial)

1973 - 1987

1973 - Purchased Las Vegas Convention Service Company

1974 - Purchased Stuart-Sauter Company in San Francisco

1975 - Purchased Wernecke Studios in Chicago

1979 - Manncraft changed its name to Greyhound Exposition Services

1987 - Electrical Division serviced companywide both Show Organizer and Exhibitors

1990 - 1993

1990 - Purchased Rowan Northwestern Decorators and Northwest Exhibit Drayage Company (NEDCO) in Seattle

1990 - Purchased Decorators West, Classic Decorating, and Pacific Exposition Drayage Company (PEDCO) in Portland

1992 - Headquarters moved to Las Vegas – offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Portland, Reno, Palm Springs – over 500 full-time staff

1993 - Purchased United Exposition Service Company to expand nationwide. Changed name from Greyhound Exposition Services to GES Exposition Services to reflect the “new GES.” Also upgraded equipment across the company

1993 - Purchased Andrews, Bartlett & Associates, a significant contractor based in Hudson, Ohio, expanded GES back into the East & Central USA

1993 - Purchased Gelco Convention Services based in Miami with offices also in Orlando

1994 - 1999

1994 - Enhanced electrical services by acquiring Expo-Tech Electrical and Plumbing renamed division Tradeshow Electrical (TSE)

1995 - Expanded into Canada with purchase of Panex Show Services and Stampede Display and Convention Services – offices in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton

1995 - Purchased Concept Convention Services with offices in Phoenix, Tucson, and Albuquerque

1996 - Purchased Canada Exposervice and Clarkson-Conway in Montreal.

1998 - Purchased Canada Ainsworth’s Show Services Electrical – now known as SHOWTECH Power & Lighting

1998 - Purchased ESR in New York/New Jersey

1999 - Purchased Tradeshow and Convention Services in Seattle

2004 - 2008

2004 - Added to Canada Divisions Pro Show Services in Alberta & Saskatchewan

2007 - The Canadian team expanded by purchasing Poitras Exposition Services in Quebec City

2007 - Viad acquired in the United Kingdom Melville Exhibitions and Event Services Limited

2006 - Melville expanded to Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC)

2008 - Viad acquires Becker Group Ltd. – an Experiential Marketing Company

2008 - Melville became a full-service provider in Abu Dhabi

2010 - 2016

2010 - Merged Exhibitgroup/Giltspur (EG), Becker Group, and GES Exposition Services. The name changed to “Global Experience Specialists” to reflect our new global team after GES merged with our sister company Exhibitgroup/Giltspur. The spirograph was introduced to our logo.

2014 - Blitz Communications – Audio Visual Services United Kingdom

2014 - onPeak and Travel Planners – United States Accommodations provider for events

2014 - Visit by GES - European leader in event registration and data services

2016 - ON Events Services – US Event & AV provider – new name ON Services – a GES company

2017 - 2022

2017 - Poken – Europe-based company that provides a cloud-based visitor engagement and measurement platform.

2018 - Global Experience Specialists is shorted to GES

2020 - Global Pandemic

2022 - Spiro is created from the spirograph and with a nod to Exhibitgroup/Giltspur (EG), the acquired company that brought the spirograph and the corporate accounts division to GES.

Our Service area

Providing services across the globe

GES is dedicated to helping you provide the best exhibitor experience. Our offices located around the world can partner with any size show.

GES CAREERS

We foster an innovative and supportive environment for those who like to think, create and work

North America

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Europe

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spiro

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industry involvement

GES is proud to support and actively participate in industry organizations, associations and events around the world.

AEO
Association of Event Organisers Ltd
CEIR
center for exhibition industry research
ESCA
eXHIBITION SERVICES & CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
ESSA
Event supplier and services association
IAEE
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS
PCMA
professional convention management association
SISO
SOCIETY OF INDEPENDENT SHOW ORGANIZERS
WE
Women in exhibitions