- Random Facts
- Currently near last place in Fantasy Baseball League
- Favorite Convention City: Las Vegas (for the restaurants/food)
- Vanilla or Chocolate: Vanilla
- If you could magically change one thing about trade shows, what would it be? All set-up and tear-down schedules would be weekdays, no overtime hours for the client!
Chief Cook and Bottlewasher / Founder / President
If you’re reading this bio, then chances are you are considering using Lindsay Exhibit Group as a source for trade show exhibits and/or event services. The most pertinent thing I can tell you about myself is that I’ve worked hard to assemble a terrific staff that I am proud of, and that I have every confidence can and will step up to the plate and exceed your expectations. Everyone in our organization has a “can-do” attitude, and we truly enjoy working together as a team. But enough about them…; let’s talk about me!
I’ve been involved in the Exhibit industry since 1988, and founded Lindsay Exhibit Group in 2002; yes, I’m that old. With a degree from CMU (Fire Up Chips!) in Journalism and Marketing, I found a really nice fit for my skill set assisting companies with their trade-show marketing programs. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with great companies like Ford Motor, FTD Florists, Ally Bank and University of Michigan, along with a host of others from almost every industry imaginable. What I’ve learned from my 28-year journey is that I’m still learning. Every client and every event seems to be unique. Listen well, do what you say you’re gonna do, and treat every client as if they were your only client. I’ve built a great staff of resourceful and productive people, and am grateful for every opportunity to earn business that our clients offer us.
When not working, I’m likely to be found hanging out with the family (wife, 2 boys, 2 dogs), at a Tiger game, fishing, dreaming of fishing, hunting or dreaming of hunting. Favorite Band? Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. What I’m really terrible at? Golf. Job I wish I had? Middle-innings relief for the Detroit Tigers; I would be terrible at that, too; but I wouldn’t have to pay to get into the games.
- Random Facts
- Oakland University alum. Go Grizzlies!
- Last thing you took a picture of: The beautiful snow hanging off the trees. Michigan ROCKS!
- Her 1st car: ’69 Cadillac Eldorado. Her name was Racine.
- If you found a $100 bill on the sidewalk, what would you do with it? Salvation Army.
- If you could magically change one thing about trade shows, what would it be? I hate it when freight gets lost in material-handling/drayage!
Position: Business Development / “Display Diva”
Tracy co-founded Lindsay Exhibit Group with husband, Scott. A trade-show industry veteran of almost 15 years, Tracy has leveraged her creativity and organizational skills to assist our clients in polishing their trade show presence. Her background is diverse, including stints as a Bartender, Teacher (both elementary and adult education), Corporate Trainer, and most importantly, Mom. So where does the creativity kick in? Well, let’s just say you want her on your team if you’re playing Pictionary! If you’re looking for fresh ideas, you’ve come to the right person. Just bring a notepad and strap yourself in.
Tracy’s favorite place to relax? On a boat, usually the Pinckney chain-of-lakes. Her favorite client moment? “I once had a client give approval to a new exhibit design while he was bear hunting in Russia!”. Her favorite time of the workday? “The possibilities of the morning.” Song that best sums up Tracy? Tom Petty’s “I won’t back down”.
- Random Facts
- BSBA Accounting, Lawrence Tech University
- Hidden Talent: Rockin’ on the Piano!
- 1st car: 1977 Ford LTD
- Vanilla or Chocolate? Vanilla all the way
- TV show she never misses: The Walking Dead
Position: Accountant / Executive Administrator / Manager of Event Details / Office Mom
The quintessential planner and organizer, Lisa is the keeper-of-the-details, and keeps the trains running on time. With over 20 years experience in the trade show biz, Lisa blends her accounting background and trade show expertise into a neat little package that allows Lindsay Exhibit Group to offer a full host of trade show services to our clients, always with an eye towards saving our clients valuable budget dollars. Nobody does it better.
Asked what song would sum her up, Lisa quotes the Rolling Stones, You Can’t Always Get What You Want. “At least MY interpretation of the lyrics anyway. My kids, of course, hate it because when they whine about something they WANT vs NEED, or when things don’t go their way, I sing this little ditty and they get mad at me!”
What Lisa most enjoys about the exhibit business? “The people I work with and an outlet for my mad organizational skills, and that I get to do something new every day”.
So what is Lisa really like, outside of the “office” cocoon? Married with 2 awesome kids (husband is awesome too!), dog-lover, resident of Brighton. Her favorite place to relax: snuggling with her dog and a good TV show. Best Michigan vacation? “Saugatuck! But only in the summer. Beautiful, artsy, good food, free music, cool people with lots of cute dogs and the sunset cruise on Lake Michigan.”
- Random Facts
- Has best memory of anybody on our staff. Can pack up an entire 30’x30’ exhibit into 5 crates, and recite from memory what is in each and every crate.
- Gingers have no soul
- Favorite Super-Hero? “Spider-Man; he has the best costume!”
Position: Warehouse / Logistics Manager
What he really does: Sets it up – Tears it Down – Packs it up – Ships it out.
Our customers love this guy. Need to know where something is? Ask Joey. He’s always there, always on time, always ready for the next show; he makes a difficult job look easy. Where does this work ethic come from? Maybe it’s his personal hero, Steve Yzerman. Says Joey: “… He was good at what he did, and led his team quietly but with authority; everyone respected him.” You’ve earned our respect, young man.
He’s a classic Michigan outdoorsman. We don’t really know what color his truck is; only that it is covered in mud. And we are impressed that he keeps his svelte appearance despite the red-bull and hostess fruit pie diet he keeps. His favorite TV shows? “American Pickers,” “Duck Dynasty,” and “Storage Wars.”
Recent trade show miracle that Joey has pulled off? “Nothing in particular; we pull off miracles every day…”
When people ask us what we have that nobody else has? Well, we’ve got a Joey.
- Random Facts
- Has a cat that will fetch things
- Golf nut (and still married)
- Musical choices would surprise you
- Favorite child-hood memory: Learning to Water Ski; “… Took forever, but once I got up it was awesome!”
Position: Fabrication Specialist / Handy with tools, glues, fasteners, etc…
Much of what we do here at Lindsay Exhibit Group involves building unique, odd, and very custom structures. Kelly is integral to all we do. Possessing a mixed bag of fabrication skills, he always finds a way to get it done and make it cool. If it needs to be glued, screwed, Velcro’d, painted, drilled; he’s been there, done that. Many years of building, flying (and crashing) his own radio-controlled planes helped him develop his varied skill-sets.
So what does he like most about his job? “I get to work on something different every day”. If he has only $3 to spend inside a convenience store, what does he get? Ho Ho’s. Favorite TV show? ESPN SportsCenter. How would he spend his first $100 if he just won the lottery? “I’d buy a round of beers for my pals”. As Kelly himself would say, Nice!
He’s a simple man, when not building groovy stuff for our clients, Kelly can be found fishing, golfing, flying his RC planes, or just hanging out with his wife (Amy)—but not necessarily in that order!
- Random Facts
- Vanilla or Chocolate: Chocolate, all day long!
- 1st car: Easy; 1968 Triumph Spitfire. Midnight Blue with removable hard-top; twas Cherry, man.
- Last thing he took a picture of: Had to show my family how beautiful and green my neighborhood is; they live in the desert and have completely forgotten what color green is.
- What he would devote more time to, given the opportunity: Horse-back riding…if only I had a horse.
Position: Senior Designer
Russ is the guy that takes the “wish list” given by our client(s) and translates it into a dynamic and functional exhibit. Early in his career he honed his skills as an architectural illustrator/designer with Hisata Design in Palo Alto, CA, before moving on to an exhibit career with companies including Exponents San Diego, Grondorf-Feld-and-Black, i.e. Design, Exponents NY, Exhibit Resources and Exhibitus.
Working with client lists that have included Caterpillar, Glaxo Smith Kline, Johnson & Johnson, Nintendo, Siemens and Volvo Truck, Mr. Pryor has learned to surf the delicate balance of design, functionality, and of course budget. What he enjoys most about his job is “…virtually every day is an opportunity to be creative and no two projects are alike.” What motivates Russ to get started on a difficult/challenging project? “I once was employed as a trucker; so I think to myself, I could be driving an 18 wheeler to New Jersey….tonight!” Trade Show he’s always wanted to attend? “I did a lot of work for Caterpillar Marine…. I understand the shows in Florida were pretty cool.”
When not working, Russ can be found riding his chrome two-wheeler, mountain biking, walking his 2 pet schnauzers, sketching humorous every-day characters, watching “Last Man Standing”, or paddling his kayak through local waterways; all the while, dreaming up cool ideas for our clients’ latest exhibit and event projects.
- Random Facts
- Has pet chickens; they come when he whistles! (and he brings eggs to the office…)
- You find a $100 bill on sidewalk; what do you spend it on? Lagavulin 16
- Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate; dark
Position: Project Manager / Chaser of Details
The task of coordinating the million details that seem to come with every project most often falls to Mr. Pless. A true renaissance man, he is always up for the task. Alex has been a Sous Chef, white-water rafting guide, competitive cyclist, guitar player, farmer, and electrical engineer (that’s just the first third of the list!). This multi-faceted background has trained him to be the resourceful Project Manager that our clients need. In the trade show world, Murphy’s law applies, and this colorful background allows Alex to approach every project with no fear, and just the right amount of confidence. When you see your gorgeous new exhibit in the show hall, understand that this guy has put his fingerprints on most of it at some point.
So what does Alex love most about his job? “The variety; always something new and unexpected happening.” His favorite client moment? “Can’t name just one; I like when they see the final display up after the mess of install before a show.” Craziest thing that he’s seen at a show? “I saw a crane drop a 10-ton machine from 10’ in the air on the 4th floor of Washington State Convention Center” (fyi, NOT our client!).
When the work day is done, his favorite place to relax is the closest mountain biking trail; evidenced by the fact that his preferred method of commute to work on many days is his bicycle. And first choice for a Michigan travel vacation? “Copper Harbor; they have awesome mountain biking trails!”.
- Random Facts
- Chocolate or Vanilla: French Vanilla (French? Leave it to a Graphic Artist:))
- Trade Show you’ve always wanted to attend, but never have: Salone de Mobile in Milan (Furniture Fair)
- What could you perform in a talent show: maybe Karaoke?
- Last concert you attended: The Lumineers
Position: Graphic Designer / Idea Generator
The key to an effective exhibit is to clearly communicate the messaging, which makes Mr. Haley a critical component in the Lindsay Exhibit Group formula. With a BFA in Graphic Design from Lawrence Tech University and an MFA in 3D Design from Cranbrook Academy, Mike is perfectly suited to bring graphic content to life for our clients. His passion for furniture and architectural design translates well to dimensional trade show exhibits, where we are often tasked with squeezing many objectives into tight booth spaces.
A little about Mike. He’s tall; really tall (to contrast with the otherwise vertically-challenged staff at Lindsay Exhibit Group!). All-around good dude. What Mike most enjoys about the exhibit business? “Communicating with a diverse group of clients allowing me to be exposed to many different industries.” Favorite Michigan vacation destination? “…at a bonfire on the beach along the shore of Lake Michigan”. Favorite place to relax/chill? “At a park with friends.” We understand that Mike plays a mean game of Frisbee-golf, though we have no photo-evidence to support this. Frisbee golf or not, our clients think he’s pretty cool, and more importantly, useful.
If he found money in his couch cushions, who would he donate it to? “The organization is the Friendship Circle of MI. In particular, they have a new organization called the Soul Center. The Soul Center will enable adults with developmental and physical disabilities to express themselves through art and creative practices. My brother is a DD adult, so this is an organization whose priorities hit close to home.”
- Random Facts
- Stupid Pet Trick: Fitz. He’s our dog, not a very good one. His trick is to bark when the kids are trying to sleep.
- Song that sums you up? Don Henley’s “In a New York Minute”. Life is full of drastic and sudden change. Roll with the punches and make the best out of the given circumstance.
- You find a $100 bill on sidewalk; what do you do with it? Are you kidding? Socks!
- Vanilla or Chocolate: Twist, dipped in Chocolate.
- If you could bring back one historic figure, who and why? Mother Theresa; to see how someone can have such a large heart.
Position: Account Executive / Strategic Thinker / Sock Maven
Having forged a life-long career in Sales, Brenden brings to the table the ability to juggle the multitude of activities necessary to assist in our clients’ trade show and event activities. Having worked with clients from a variety of industries, including VLF Automotive, Skipstone, Humantech, Workforce Software and Autoblog, Brenden has developed an innate understanding of what makes for an effective trade show presence.
So what about the socks? Well; lets just say he will always make the Best-Dressed list, at least as long as socks are counted as part of the equation. His socks will always match the shirt. Polka-dots? Yes. Paisley prints? Yes. We’ve seen Tiger stripes, NFL logos, and a few cartoon characters. Don’t know that we’ve ever seen just straight solid color socks. Not sure where he finds them, but they look great.
What Brenden most enjoys about his job? “…it’s the people. I don’t know that I’ve been around a more selfless group of people who will do whatever it takes for the client.”
When he’s not working, Brenden can most often be found on or near the water, on a pontoon boat with his growing family; “I get a weekly weekend vacation by going to the boat; beyond that….Oscoda, Charlevoix, Grand Haven, South Haven, Saugatuck, Holland…”
- Random Facts
- Favorite time of the workday: Lunch, I love food and good people
- If you could help a charity, who and why? Children’s foundation of some sort. They didn’t ask to be put in the situation they are in.
- Favorite Michigan-destination: Aloha State Park; love Mullet Lake!
- Last thing you took a picture of: Was in New York for a client event set-up; took a photo of Times Square
Position: Installation & Dismantle Technician / Show Services Support
A proud graduate of Western Michigan University (Go Broncos!), this made-in-Michigan man is instrumental to the service support provided by Lindsay Exhibit Group. Gage’s talents are put to use setting up, refurbishing, repairing, fabricating, and maintaining a myriad of client displays ranging from the smallest tabletop exhibit to the most sophisticated custom-built island exhibit. His experience has led him to show cities from New York to Little Rock, and Philadelphia to Las Vegas, supervising labor crews to provide our clients with efficient trade show services. Always with a smile on his face, always accommodating. That’s what our clients know, and have come to expect from Mr. Crowley.
What you don’t know about Gage (yet)? He plays the guitar. Loves to travel. Can curl his tongue. Last concert he attended was City and Colour (they played with Greyhounds). Is the most likely person in the office to know the score of last night’s game; Wings / Tigers / Lions / Pistons, College; heck, he probably knows the scores of the local high-school games too. Never missed an episode of Breaking Bad. And his favorite place to relax? Any porch with a good view, and perfect weather.
- Random Facts
- B.A. from Depauw University
- Married with three cats; CC, Peekaboo and Elly
- Last concert attended: Great Big Sea
- If she could help a charity, what would it be? …Furry Friends Rescue; we got our Elly from them, and they provide great foster homes for pets in need.
- Vanilla or Chocolate: Vanilla!
Position: Admin / Project Support / Liner-upper of Ducks
When you’re trying to get your ducks in a row, you need Colleen. An integral component to our Project management team, she is called upon to order and coordinate show services, manage logistics, ensure timely delivery of scheduled services, and be an internal whip-cracker on lengthy and detailed exhibit projects. If you think of a trade show as being like a carefully choreographed ballet, then Colleen’s background as a former professional Ballroom Dancer and Dance teacher certainly come in handy. If that surprises you about Colleen, let her tell you about her childhood aspiration of being an offensive lineman for the NY Jets (the dancing worked out; football, not so much).
What does Colleen enjoy most about the exhibit business? “There really is a show for everything! It’s neat to see different companies personalities and specialties shine through their exhibits.” If she could magically change one thing about trade shows, what would it be? “No Discount deadlines! Discount pricing all the way up until show day.” If she could join a music group, living or not, who would it be? “Journey; it’s the iconic American rock band, all the pieces are there, great vocals, great guitars and driving drum beats. Plus, playing in huge arenas would be awesome!”
- Random Facts
- Dream Car: Tesla Model S
- Can’t miss TV: Game of Thrones
- If you could magically change something about trade shows, what would it be? “I would invent a freight hyperloop for flat-rate same-day shipping!
- Pets? “A dog (Elsa); she doesn’t do any tricks, but loves to have her nails painted”
- Chocolate or Vanilla: Vanilla – with sprinkles
Position: Account Executive / Every Day Mom
With an extensive background in sales and marketing in the Hotel/Hospitality industry, Angela has an insiders perspective on events and event management, which has proven to be a valuable asset to her clients. She is driven to assist her clients in every facet of their trade show participation, and is a tireless worker and cheerful presence in the office.
When not working, she is often found day-dreaming about horses. Of course, her favorite city is Lexington, KY, and she promises that she will be attending the Kentucky Derby (again) on the infield in 2018. A family gal (married / 2 children / multiple pets), she accomplishes her busy daily calendar with a steady diet of Dunkin Donuts coffee. Most recent book she has read? “My sons are learning how to read, so we’ve been reading lots of picture books; the most recent book we read was Llama, Llama Red Pajama.” Historical figure she would most want to have dinner with? “I would want to have dinner with Princess Diana; her humanitarian work was very inspirational.” Song she thinks best describes her? “Don’t rain on my Parade from Funny Girl.” Now there’s a positive attitude! We are fortunate to have her on our staff, and if you get the chance to work with her you will understand why.
- Random Facts
- Just married: August 2017!
- Most recent book he has read: Mere Christianity – CS Lewis
- Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla!
- Can’t miss TV: Walker, Texas Ranger
- Dream Car: Ford Super Duty F-350 FX4
Position: Marketing Assistant / Project Management / Swiss Army Knife
A recent graduate of Eastern Michigan University, and the newest member of our staff, Josh is called upon to handle a myriad of important tasks for us. He is handling marketing communication activities, and also assisting our project management team with all phases of managing our clients’ trade show activities. We are fortunate that he has chosen Lindsay Exhibit Group to begin his professional career.
Some interesting things about Josh? He also serves as a Worship Arts Leader at his church, plays a mean guitar and sings (so we’re told; we are still awaiting an impromptu office performance!). The song that Josh says best describes him? “Live it Well by Switchfoot – we’ve got one, short life to live, and I want to live it well.” Historical figure he would most want to have dinner with? “John Newton (Amazing Grace) – I’d love to hear his incredible story first-hand.” If he found $20 on the sidewalk, what would he do with it? “Hunting/fishing gear!” As you can probably guess from the $20 question, Josh is a Michigan outdoorsman through and through. He tells us his favorite vacation destination is anywhere in the middle of nowhere – preferably in the woods.
Welcome to the trade show industry, Mr. Farrand.