About ESCA


Mission Statement

ESCA is dedicated to the advancement of the exhibition, meeting, and special events industries. Through the education, information exchange and level of professionalism shared by members and their customers, ESCA promotes cooperation among all areas of the exhibition industry.

Ethics Statement

As members of ESCA we recognize the need for standards of professionalism in the relationship between contractor and customer and within the industry as a whole. We recognize that our customers come from every aspect of the exhibition, meeting, and special events industry, ranging from the organizer to the attendee. All ESCA members pledge to conduct their business activities with integrity. ESCA members understand that they are responsible for the professional conduct of persons in their employ. Consequently, they undertake, through exemplary conduct at all times to secure observance by their employees of this code of ethics.

ESCA members pledge to act in accordance with the following principles of the ESCA code of ethics.

Member Responsibilities

  • Accuracy
    ESCA members will provide factual and accurate information about their services and the services of any firm they represent. They will not use deceptive practices.

  • Disclosure
    ESCA members will provide complete details about terms and conditions of any services, including cancellation and service fee policies, before accepting deposits.

  • Delivery
    ESCA members will provide all services as stated in their agreement or written confirmation, or provide alternate services of equal or greater value, or provide appropriate compensation.

  • Cooperation
    ESCA members will serve in a spirit of partnership with show management, other contractors, facilities management and exhibitors.

  • Responsiveness
    ESCA members will offer prompt, reliable and courteous service at all times.

  • Compliance
    ESCA ESCA members shall abide by all federal, state and local laws and regulations.

  • Regulations
    ESCA members will comply with all codes and standards regarding safety, performance, show rules and regulations.

  • Confidentiality
    ESCA members will treat every customer transaction confidentially and not disclose any information without permission of the customer, unless required by law.

  • Conflict of Interest
    ESCA members will not allow any preferred relationships with suppliers and sub-contractors to interfere with the interests of their clients.

  • Disputes
    ESCA members will work with their customers to resolve disputes quickly and fairly, and, if necessary, through mediation or then through arbitration.

Code of Conduct

History of ESCA

Since 1970 ESCA has provided a unified voice for service contractors and their partners in the exhibition industry. ESCA now has more than 175 member companies throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and maintains alliances with IAEE, IAVM, SISO, EDPA, and CEIR to promote the exhibition industry.

Past Presidents

2019 Chris Schimek Freeman
2018 Rich Curran EXPO Convention Contractors, Inc.
2017 Julia Smith Global Experience Specialists
2016 Lenny Servedio Freeman
2015 Jay Atherton Freeman
2013-2014 Bruce Nable SER Exposition Services
2011-2012 Chuck Grouzard Global Experience Specialists
2009-2010 Steve Hagstette Freeman
2007-2008  Aaron Bludworth  George Fern Company 
2006 Tom Drullinger George Fern Company
2004-2005 Kim Methe Freeman
2002-2003 Carl Mitchell Shepard Exposition Services
2001 Barry Rappaport Freeman
2000 Tom Blaine, Jr. Blaine Convention Services
1999 Todd Iverson GES Exposition Services
1998 Barbara Lane GES Exposition Services
1997 Larry Arnaudet Freeman
1996 Jim Reese Champion Exposition Services
1995 Bill Polke Freeman
1994 Jim Thompson GES Exposition Services
1993 Elden Almquist ATTCO Exposition, Inc.
1992 Craig Smith Andrews-Bartlett
1991 Dale Van Ort Freeman
1990 Hugh MacLean GES Exposition Services
1988 – 1989 Ralph Iverson Brede Exposition Services
1986 – 1987 Jim Caplin United Exposition Service
1984 – 1985 Jim Moore Moore Displays, Inc.
1982 – 1983 Norm Seeger Badger Exposition Service
1980 – 1981 Sol Tolkin Exposervice Standard, Inc.
1978 – 1979 John Reibold Brede Exposition Services
1976 – 1977 Don Vaughn Freeman
1975 Jim Howe GES Exposition Services
1973 – 1974 Toby Aaron The Aaron Group
1971 – 1972 Leon Manne Manncraft/Greyhound
1970 Sam Katz United Exposition Service

Strategic Plan

ESCA’s Strategic Plan is a direct outgrowth of the ESCA Board of Director’s desire to position the organization for a sustainable competitive advantage. This approach improves the chances of organizational alignment and makes the best use of ESCA’s resources (time, money and effort). This Strategic Plan is designed to be a working plan with the flexibility to evolve as ESCA’s members needs and the competitive landscape changes.