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.

The most pressing issues and opportunities to take advantage of in 2020

Mary Larkin, UFI President 2019-2020 When Corrado Perraboni spoke with me about joining the Trio, I was first of all honoured at the many firsts: first female, first American, first Irish woman. Right away I wanted to ensure that these firsts really make an impact on our industry which I have been a part of for almost my entire career. 2020 brings a new decade and opportunities to develop and shape the future of our industry. So what are the most pressing issues, what are the most pressing opp [...]

By | 2019-12-20T12:57:30+00:00 December 20th, 2019|All|0 Comments

UFI serves the industry on all fronts

Corrado Peraboni, UFI President 2018. UFI has been present in Latin America for quite some time now – our first member from the region, Corferias, joined us back in 1956 and hosted the Global Congress in Bogota in 1975, and then again in 2014. We now have 42 members in the region from eight different countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador and Mexico. While this covers the most important exhibition markets, there are still several countries missing, and we hop [...]

#GED18 celebrations are just around the corner!

  Corrado Peraboni, UFI President It was wonderful to see so many of you earlier this month in Verona at our annual European Conference, especially as it took place in my home country Italy. Thank you again to my friends and colleagues at Veronafiere for hosting us so graciously, and to all our speakers for sharing your insights! During one of the breaks, I took a moment to watch the UFI team’s video showcasing some of the highlights and activities from last year’s Global Exhibition Day ( [...]

Next Generation Leadership Grant

During the last month, one activity stood out to me while carrying out my role as our association’s president: the day we selected the recipients of this year’s Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Grant. The UFI NGL Grant programme promotes next-generation leadership, by rewarding professionals who demonstrate clear initiative in driving change and innovation in their area of activity. We launched this programme in 2016 to help young leaders to connect, engage and exchange ideas with experienced pr [...]

By | 2018-04-19T15:01:50+00:00 April 19th, 2018|All, Exhibition Industry, UFI News, UFI Updates|0 Comments

UFI Global Exhibition Barometer

The UFI Global Exhibition Barometer is a survey answered by almost 300 companies from 53 countries, painting a genuinely global picture. The results detail development for 17 geographical zones, including 14 major national markets, and in broad terms reveal positive trends for the exhibition industry. The good news is 2017 appears to have been a generally profitable year, although fewer than half (44%) of the companies we approached said their operating profits were actually growing. Exhibition [...]

Global reach and UFI membership development

It is my sincere pleasure to address you all here for the first time as your UFI president. Thanks to all of you for placing your trust in me. I will do my best to represent all of you and UFI as a whole, and to work for our wonderful industry in this special and unique role over the next twelve months. During the past year, as incoming president, I took the time to look very closely at our association. I worked with Sergey and Andreas, as well as with Kai and the entire UFI team, on the priorit [...]

By | 2018-01-22T17:22:21+00:00 November 30th, 2017|All, Exhibition Industry, Topics, UFI Updates|0 Comments

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