In the past year, we have witnessed remarkable growth, both in the number of trade shows we have produced and also with our corporate operations. At our 5th year anniversary a few months ago, we surpassed more than 50 employees with offices in both Boston and San Francisco. And as we close out 2014, we are thrilled to announce the opening of our third office in the Washington, D.C. area.
Leading the charge in D.C. is our newest hire, industry veteran Greg McCormack. Greg has been appointed our Director of National Sales and brings a wealth of industry knowledge and contacts with him to T3. He will be in charge of growing our business nationally, as well as catering specifically to our clients in the mid-Atlantic region, many of which are comprised of our valued association clients.
We are so excited Greg has chosen to join our team, and we welcome him to the T3 family. Here’s a little more background on our first D.C. employee:
1. How did you get started in the expo and trade show industry? Can you provide insight into some of your past experience?
I graduated from Johnson & Wales several years back with an MBA in Event Management. At the time, there weren’t a lot of schools that had a degree in this business, so it was always an interesting topic of conversation when I started. I was fortunate enough to start on the exhibitor services team for Champion Expo where I had the opportunity to learn the business from the ground up (the trade show floor). I’ve had some fantastic mentors along the way that helped me grow into account management and eventually sales. It’s really been an unbelievable journey to this point.
2. What motivated you to join T3 Expo as its National Sales Director?
I felt like I was coming home. T3 has done a fantastic job over the past few years creating a company based on innovation and creativity. Nate Derby, Chris Young and Chris Valentine are three individuals that I looked up to early in my career, so I was very excited about the opportunity to work with them again. The team they have put in place at T3 is stacked with professionals that continue to push the envelope and bring clients’ visions to life. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?
3. How has your first month been at T3 Expo? What do you like most about your job thus far?
It has been absolutely crazy so far! Aside from moving my family from Chicago to D.C., I am also gearing up for several large industry events in the next few weeks. While I have had a few sleepless nights (mostly because I was sleeping on the floor waiting for my furniture to arrive from Chicago), the past month has been fantastic. I’d have to say that the support from the T3 family has really been the best part so far.
4. Aside from your professional career at T3 Expo, you are involved in a number of industry-related groups and organizations. Can you discuss your involvement and some of the recent initiatives?
That’s definitely a loaded answer for me. I have a passion for this industry and love being involved whenever I can. I currently have the honor of sitting on several committees and boards across our industry including the PCMA Emerging Leaders Committee, AMPS Education Committee, IAEE National Education Committee, and the IAEE Board of Directors. It definitely fills up any possible holes I may have in the calendar, but it’s all worth it. Getting involved is very important to me. I get the opportunity to pick the brains of some of our industry leaders and legends which really gives me a deeper respect for this industry and the people who work in it.
5. Ten years from now, where do you see T3 Expo in the general service contracting space?
I see T3 doing exactly what we are doing now, raising the bar for innovation and service in the industry. Our top priorities are to listen to clients’ needs and execute a perfect product for them each and every time. Coming from Chicago, are there any restaurants or attractions in the Washington, D.C area you are most excited to try or visit? My wife is more of the foodie in the house, so I’ll have to defer her to that one. I’m just excited to be back near the ocean again and have the chance to make it back to T3 headquarters from time to time. Growing up in Southern New England, I have really missed the ocean and the seafood!