The Expo Group Acquires Brede/Allied
The Expo Group, an Irving, Texas-based exhibitions and events partner that invests in growth, today acquired Orlando-based Allied Convention Service, commonly known as Brede/Allied. The move gives The Expo Group an expanded footprint in the Southeast and deeper operations to better serve its clients, according to company officials.
“This acquisition expands The Expo Group’s service capabilities in an important region and brings together the top personnel in this business,” said Randy Pekowski, president and chief operating officer for the company. “This is an extenuation of our long-term corporate strategy to grow in the right places at the right time with the right people.”
Brede/Allied’s Jon Mills will continue his executive and operational role for The Expo Group in Orlando and report directly to Pekowski. Charlie Premone will also be part of the executive team and support employees and clients.
Brede Exposition Service will continue as before in its other five locations under the Brede name. Both firms have long enjoyed a cooperative business relationship that is expected to continue as The Expo Group integrates Brede/Allied Convention Service Inc. in Orlando.
Allied clients will now have access to The Expo Group’s array of services, including proprietary tools such as Single Source and the ExpoSuite portfolio of technology tools, plus enhanced creative strategy and Level5 Events offerings.
“This expanded North American footprint allows us to elevate experiences for all our clients and all their stakeholders,” Pekowski says.
The Expo Group’s new Orlando location creates an immediate boost in personnel and operational capacity for the growing firm. The integration plan spans six months and includes the acquisition of Allied’s 160,000-square-foot facility and marshalling yard. The former Brede/Allied office and warehouse will serve as Southeast Distribution Center for The Expo Group, which also has distribution centers in Chicago, Irving and Las Vegas.
“This is the next generation,” Pekowski says. “Our company has grown double digits each of the last five years with Randy at the helm. We retain a tight focus on our mission of ‘Helping People Perform at a Higher Level,’ which means continual improvement, enhanced technology capabilities and commitment to servant leadership.”
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