About UFI President

Mary Larkin is the current UFI President, chairing the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, in an honorary capacity. She also serves on many industry Boards including the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO). She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Grieving Children in Portland, Maine.

It has been an incredibly interesting, exciting and rewarding experience!

Blogger: Dr. Andreas Gruchow, UFI President Dear colleagues, dear friends, They say that time flies when you are working hard and having fun – and I totally agree.  Almost a year has passed since I was handed the President’s gavel in Shanghai at the 83th UFI Global Congress. It has been an incredibly interesting, exciting and rewarding experience and one of the shortest years in my life. These last words of welcome in my presidency provides the opportunity to review the progress we’ve made toget [...]

By | 2017-12-08T09:39:34+00:00 October 4th, 2017|All, Exhibition Industry, UFI Updates|1 Comment

Update from the UFI President

Blogger: Dr Andreas Gruchow, UFI President. We’ve all sensed the excitement of working on an exhibition as part of a diverse professional team. Global Exhibitions Day exceeds expectations When individual skills, enthusiasm and ideas combine to make a whole that is bigger than the sum of its parts. For me, on 7 June 2017 – Global Exhibitions Day – this team energy spread to world level. Motivated people came together from across the  exhibitions industry to show their support. It was a fantastic [...]

There are two main developments in the exhibition industry right now

Blogger: Dr Andreas Gruchow, UFI President. First, we are experiencing general turbulence: Globally, economic growth has slowed down. Politically, protectionism is on the rise. And operationally, digitisation is driving ever-faster change. Meanwhile, despite challenging news and dark clouds on every continent, the second trend we are seeing is optimism in the exhibition industry. Huge venue investments are underway in all parts of the world, with the economic benefits of our industry being seen [...]

UFI President’s update

Blogger: Sergey Alexeev, UFI President In September, I had the pleasure to welcome UFI’s Executive Committee to my home town, St. Petersburg. There, we discussed all the major activities UFI is pursuing, in the area of research, on education programmes and events, on industry advocacy efforts like Global Exhibition Day, and many others. I am proud of the many achievements and activities I have reported to you over recent months. And I want to share one more success with you today: The EEIA, UFI’ [...]

By | 2018-01-16T13:14:16+00:00 October 17th, 2016|All, UFI News, UFI Updates|0 Comments

It is always great to see developing markets in our industry!

Blogger: Sergey Alexeev, UFI President I am just back from Monterrey, Mexico, where I attended the 19th AMPROFEC Conference, and saw the Mexican exhibition industry upbeat about its future. With more and more international attention on Mexico as an exhibition business opportunity, a number of our industry’s global players are working together with national businesses, while established regional players are expanding as well. UFI will help our members to get even better access to Mexico, while al [...]

By | 2017-12-07T11:05:45+00:00 September 12th, 2016|All, Americas|0 Comments

UFI President’s contribution

Blogger: Sergey Alexeev, UFI President The first ever Global Exhibitions Day, held on 8 June 2016, mobilized thousands of industry professionals around the world. With the support of UFI’s unique network of 56 national exhibition associations, Global Exhibitions Day successfully highlighted the exhibition industry’s important contribution to the global economy. I would like to thank each and every one of you who made this success possible, together with all the other industry professionals who j [...]

By | 2017-12-10T13:08:55+00:00 July 10th, 2016|All, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

The Exhibition Industry After The U.K. Referendum

  Blogger: Sergey Alexeev, UFI President and Kai Hattendorf UFI Managing Director The British people, in their referendum on the UK’s membership in the European Union, have spoken out in favour of leaving the Union. The markets have reacted as expected, with sharp losses, signalling question marks over the economic future of both the U.K., and Europe. Uncertainty about the future is rising. What will this mean for our industry? The exhibition industry provides the world’s market places for trade [...]

By | 2017-12-10T13:17:38+00:00 June 24th, 2016|All, Exhibition Industry, UFI News|0 Comments

The next generation of industry leaders has much to share

Blogger: Sergey Alexeev, UFI President New and alternative ideas and different mindsets, with a strong will to drive change and innovation! This is the reason why UFI established the Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Grant, providing an ideal occasion for up to five grantees to join the industry’s global stage at the upcoming 2016 UFI Congress in Shanghai. The response to the first NGL Grant has been overwhelming. We received many great applications – from a total of 16 countries – and we could h [...]

News from the UFI President

Blogger: Sergey Alexeev, UFI President Some weeks ago I was standing in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and I was reminded of just how powerful trade shows can be. The tower was constructed to welcome visitors to the World’s Fair 127 years ago, and it is known today as France’s national symbol. Without the impulse of the World Expo it would not have been built. To me, this shows how the exhibition industry can help to shape whole countries. Exhibitions are everywhere – from the smallest marke [...]

By | 2017-12-08T10:24:40+00:00 May 6th, 2016|All, UFI Updates|0 Comments

News from the UFI President

Blogger: Sergey Alexeev, UFI President This month we are starting to reach out to more of our members through a new initiative we call the Ambassador Programme. It is designed to highlight the value and benefits that UFI offers to all our members, and will be particularly helpful for those who may not yet be aware of the full advantages of the UFI membership. Just think about it: Our association this year alone is organising six industry events – the Shanghai Congress, the Global CEO Summit, Reg [...]