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.

Message from UFI President Mary Larkin – May 2020

UFI President Mary Larkin Dear colleagues and friends, The value of Pre-Competitive Collaboration is as important as ever and is visible more and more every day in our industry. Even in normal times, we in the exhibition and events industry are unique in how much information we share with each other. In these turbulent times, the collaboration among companies has risen to a new level, which is truly inspirational. Sharing information on best practices on how to reopen the doors to events, from [...]

By | 2020-05-12T07:20:27+00:00 May 11th, 2020|All|0 Comments

Message from UFI President Mary Larkin – April 2020

UFI President Mary Larkin Dear colleagues and friends, We are all in this together! We have heard that statement many times over the past months as our industry faces the unprecedented challenge posed by COVID-19 and its impact on our events and businesses. Times of crisis are when associations are needed most. Such times call for flexibility, adaptation where needed. Industry associations need to understand the industries they serve and prove the values they promise to bring to their members, [...]

By | 2020-05-11T15:53:44+00:00 April 8th, 2020|All|1 Comment

UFI President Mary Larkin: “Exhibition Industry committed to providing meeting places around the world”

UFI President Mary Larkin The outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 is impacting the global exhibitions and events industry, as events of all kinds are being postponed or cancelled. As the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, UFI is actively working with its members around the world in responding to this situation. UFI President Mary Larkin today issued the following statement: “We stand in sympathy and support of everyone affected by the current COVID-19 outbreak, whether direc [...]

By | 2020-02-13T15:18:07+00:00 February 13th, 2020|All|0 Comments

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