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 Anbu Varathan

As we reach the end of 2020 and enter a New Year with renewed hopes and vigours, I am beginning my journey as the President of UFI, the global association of exhibition industry. I look forward to 2021 as a hallmark year for UFI and tap the opportunities that we can avail and move ahead. Year 2020 has been an unprecedented one for businesses worldwide as COVID-19 forced us to realign our goals. There’s a glimmer of hope with the progress made in developing vaccines. Encouragingly, exhibition ind [...]

Message from UFI President Mary Larkin – November 2020

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since I accepted the role of President of UFI during the 2019 Congress in Bangkok.  And what a year it has been!  As I write my final column as President, I marvel at how the industry has come together in a time of crisis and is ensuring that we will come out of this pandemic stronger and better than before. As we entered a new decade, we had no idea what was going to hit our industry.  During the CEO Summit in Rome in February, the discussion around [...]

Message from UFI President Mary Larkin – October 2020

Resilience and People As we enter another month of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s impact on our industry, our businesses and our lifes is still growing. We are all striving within ourselves to be resilient, to plan events in the midst of uncertainty, to “pivot” to other revenue streams and to hang on to the positive news from elsewhere and glimmers of hope that we see around us.  While events are reopening in many countries, there is confusion as to the value they bring to an economy in many others. [...]

Message from UFI President Mary Larkin – July 2020

Dear colleagues and friends, The Power of collaboration and leadership has become very apparent in our industry during the COVID-19 crisis. The industry has aligned itself around one issue – the safe reopening of events! This has put the focus on the importance of advocacy within and for our industry. Let’s face it: For the most part, many players from our industry saw little need for advocacy in recent years. Business was going well, with economies growing simultaneously around the world. Howev [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 ( [...]