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Live Events Industry Launches Coalition in Fight Against COVID-19

Today, over 80 once-competing
live event production companies have banded together to launch Live for Life, a coalition offering engineering and support service solutions
in response to front line needs in the fight against COVID-19. Together, the
companies are applying their world class fabrication capabilities, logistics
expertise, significant raw materials inventories and labor to building
essential support systems, including temporary hospital rooms, testing centers,
emergency treatment patient rooms, PPE and more across the United States.

“Navigating COVID-19
healthcare is in part a logistical challenge – from the need for additional hospital/ICU
beds and drive-through testing centers, to aspects as simple as time and space,”
shared CEO Chris Meyer of George P. Johnson, a founding member of Live for
Life. “Together, the companies involved in the Live for Life coalition
recognized that our industry can make a difference. Event producers specialize
in planning complex logistics – in 2019 alone, we fueled the creation,
production, setup, and breakdown of 6,000 events in the U.S. We are highly organized
and efficient, very familiar with operating at scale, and we know how to build
the impossible quickly. Most importantly, we want to help.”

The live events industry
impacts over six million people – many of whom are now without income due to
COVID-19 restrictions. Dependent on in-person experiences, the damage to the
industry was swift and significant, and this new alliance channels its defining
grit and commitment by coming together to make a real difference. These people
are not just rolling over, they’re mobilizing.

“The idea to convert empty
convention centers to temporary hospitals came to life in a matter of days.
Every leader we contacted agreed to join this coalition without hesitation,”
stated Dave Walens, CEO of founding member, Exploring. “Competitors came
together as partners to meet this extraordinary need. This industry is united
and is making it happen.”

As a united force, Live for
Life has the volume and capacity to meet the temporary structure demand facing
the U.S. The coalition’s production and labor crews can be deployed regionally and
can have field hospitals operational within 72 hours of notification.

“We recognize that this
challenge is larger than any one organization. We are truly collaborating and
learning from each other as an industry,” added Nick Simonette, VP of Sales at
founding member Czarnowski. “Our gratitude and respect for our contemporaries
has exponentially expanded and we cannot wait to come together in a live
environment to talk, shake hands and even hug.”

Live for Life calls for
lawmakers, municipalities, government contractors and more to reach out to
or visit to learn


Live for Life

Live for Life is a nationwide alliance of over 80 event production companies
that have joined together to help fight COVID-19. The coalition offers
fabrication capabilities, logistics expertise, significant raw materials and
labor to build essential support systems, including temporary hospitals,
testing centers, emergency treatment patient rooms, PPE and more across the
United States. Participating live event experts include: Czarnowski, Exploring,
George P. Johnson, Exhibitor Media Group, Freeman, 3D Exhibits, Jackson &
Coker, Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association, Experiential Developer and
Producers Association, ProExhibits, Exhibit Recruiter, Derse, ExpoDisplays, Gem
Exhibits, Classic Exhibits, CorpComm Exhibits & Events, Elevation 3D, STAR,
RENTEX, DS&L Group, Blue Sky Exhibits, CORT, OCTANORM, Exhibit Options, Choura,
CreativeHire, ATN Event Staffing, HighMark Tech Systems, 4Wall, Straight Up Technologies,
NParallel, beMatrix, BrandStand, AIM Meetings and Events, Techtonics, Impact XM,
Gilbert, GES, Gateway, stevensE3, Evo Exhibits, Shepard, Creatacor, Hill and
Partners, DZine International Furniture Hire, Apogee Exhibits and Environments,
Acer Exhibits and Events, Aluvision, Skye Agency, Dimension Design, Aggreko,
Productions Plus, Lighthouse Exhibits Inc, Apple Rock, Skyline Exhibits, GWF
Associates, LLC, Centerpoint Marketing, Brumark Total Flooring Solutions, IPME,
GraphicsNow, Ion Exhibits, EEI Global, Marquis Exhibits, City Graphics
Solutions, Exhibitus, Showbench North America, Evolve, Katherine Frank
Creative, Valley Expo Displays, Vector Five, 616GC, ABComRents, SmartSource, Sparks,
Fern, Synergy Design Group, ITC, AGAM, Moss, TrussWorks, and growing.

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Brumark Partners with EXHIBITOR Magazine Again to Demonstrate the Power and Potential of Innovative Trade Show Flooring

Don’t forget
to look down! Brumark, the Total Flooring Solutions specialist, is pleased to
partner with EXHIBITOR Magazine again to turn EXHIBITORLIVE 2020 conference
flooring into an engaging marketing medium through the use of custom flooring
graphics and other flooring solutions. 

which is raising the bar on trade show flooring with the launch of an
innovative new product during EXHIBITORLIVE, will provide flooring graphics for
the Connection Zone and The Square networking areas and the entrance to the
Exhibit Hall, plus additional flooring graphics for the Awards Ceremony during
the conference. The conference will be held from March 29 through April 2,
2020, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

“Trade show
flooring provides a tremendous marketing and branding opportunity, and we’re
excited to partner with EXHIBITOR again on flooring solutions that demonstrate
that potential,” says James Zacharias, Vice President of Sales at Brumark. “The
entire Brumark team is dedicated to leading the industry through innovative
flooring solutions and world-class client service. Providing eye-catching
flooring for key areas of the EXHIBITORLIVE 2020 gives us the opportunity to
support a vital industry conference while allowing attendees to experience our
quality and latest innovations first-hand.”

thanks to Exploring Inc. and the Brumark team for providing quality graphics in
our high-visibility areas helping attendees find their way as they connect with
their species,” said Randy Acker, President & COO of Exhibitor Media Group.

information about Brumark, the national leader in tradeshow and event flooring
solutions, is available at

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Alec Pierson Joins Brumark as Client Experience Manager in the Northeast

Brumark, the Total Flooring Solutions Specialist, is pleased
to welcome Alec Pierson to the team as Client Experience Manager in the
Northeast region. He serves clients across New England and the Mid-Atlantic
states, consulting with them on their tradeshow and event flooring needs and providing
expert consultation and assistance during each stage of the project.

Pierson brings tradeshow industry and sales experience to
his new role, having served as an Exhibit Consultant at Skyline Exhibits
Chicago. He is a graduate of Illinois State University and has been an Exhibit
4 Smiles volunteer since 2011.

“With his dedication to providing excellent service and his
industry experience, Alec is a strong addition to the nationwide Client
Experience team,” says James Zacharias, Vice President of Sales at Brumark.
“Our entire team is committed to providing world-class service, and Alec’s
insight will help clients receive the best flooring solutions for their
specific projects.”

More information about Brumark, the national leader in
tradeshow and event flooring solutions, is available at or by
calling 800-291-9606.

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Brumark’s Shameka Howell Recognized as Exploring, Inc. Employee of The Year

Exploring, Inc., the parent
company of several rapidly growing Atlanta-based companies, has named Shameka
Howell its 2017 Employee of the Year. This annual recognition is part of
Exploring’s Employee Awards program, which was created to acknowledge and honor
talented employees who go above and beyond in their roles.

Howell serves as Director of Operations in Exploring’s
Brumark Total Flooring Solutions division, which has been supporting the
exhibit and event industry with high-quality flooring for 35 years. Howell
oversees all the different aspects of production and operations for Brumark’s
Atlanta and Dalton facilities, including but not limited to custom fabrication,
estimating, process improvement, inventory control and vendor relations. She
directs the entire Production team as well as the Account Management team to
ensure the highest quality standards from the very initial point of estimating
and bidding to the final point of fabrication and installation.

Howell is a veteran of the United States Army and a natural
proponent for high standards, discipline, structure and compassion, all of
which are a part of her management style. She joined Brumark in 2013 as a
Project Manager and has served as Project Management Team Lead, Client Services
Manager, and Director of Account Management prior to taking on her current role
as Director of Operations in July 2017. Howell has an Associate of Science in
Business Administration from Georgia Perimeter College, courtesy of the EDPA
Foundation Scholarship she was awarded in 2013, and is currently pursuing a
Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice at Georgia State University in
Atlanta, GA.

“Shameka’s commitment to her work and to ensuring that
Brumark serves clients with excellence shines through in everything she does,”
says David Walens, president of Exploring. “Her dedication and strong
leadership skills are integral to the success not only of Brumark, but to the
Exploring family of companies as a whole. This award is well-deserved, and we
sincerely appreciate all that Shameka does for our clients and our company.”

Learn more about Exploring at and Brumark

About Exploring, Inc.

Exploring, Inc. is the parent company of several rapidly
growing Atlanta-based companies, including Brumark, Shelmarc Carpets, ID3
Group, Chisel 3D, Atlantis WaterJet and GCI Graphics. These companies offer
services for exhibits, events and environments — including tradeshow flooring
and full-service custom fabrication — as well as commercial and hospitality
flooring. Exploring’s operations include facilities in Atlanta and Dalton,
Georgia and a distribution facility in Las Vegas. Founded in 1999, Exploring
was named to the Inc. 500|5000, Inc. magazine’s annual list of the
fastest-growing private companies in America, in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014 and
2016. More information is available at

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Brumark to Give EXHIBITORLIVE 2018 Attendees an Extra Advantage

Attendees will get an extra advantage when they visit Booth 1125 during EXHIBITORLIVE 2018, held
February 25 – March 1 in Las Vegas.

Brumark has invested in improved materials and processes to bring clients
the new Advantage XL — superior flooring at unbeatable value. The company will
debut its newest innovative flooring solution during EXHIBITORLIVE, where attendees can experience the benefits of Advantage XL and Brumark’s
full line of Total Flooring Solutions in Booth 1125.

Brumark and its parent company, Exploring, Inc., are also pleased to be
an EXHIBITORLIVE 2018 sponsor. Attendees can
experience Brumark custom-printed flooring at the show entrance, The Connection
Zone, and outside the VIP lounge, as well as for the Buyer’s Choice and Best of
Show awards.

“We are extremely excited to unveil the new Advantage XL at EXHIBITORLIVE because this game-changing flooring truly gives our
customers a huge advantage in quality and value,” says James Zacharias, Vice
President of Sales at Brumark. “Attendees will have multiple opportunities to
experience Brumark’s Total Flooring Solutions, from our booth to Brumark
flooring in use in clients’ exhibits and throughout the show floor. We look
forward to talking with visitors about how Brumark’s flooring solutions can
benefit them. ”

More information about Brumark, the national leader in tradeshow and
event flooring solutions, is available at