Swandby, who founded Exhibit Surveys, Inc. (http://www.exhibitsurveys.com)
“During my early years at Exhibit Surveys, I was uniquely able to observe and learn from Dick as he led the industry to develop measurement and standards, and I feel deeply fortunate to have been there to learn,” said Jonathan “Skip” Cox, CEO and president, Exhibit Surveys, Inc. “The principals that he instilled, like business and data integrity, are still practiced today. Dick clearly deserves this honor, and the entire Exhibit Surveys team joins the industry in offering our heartiest congratulations.”
“I was one of the lucky ones who had the privilege to befriend Dick during his grueling journey toward industry acceptance of research and measurement,”
“Exhibit performance standards didn’t even exist until Dick Swandby invented the measurement criteria that event marketers still use today,” commented Randal Acker, president and COO, Exhibitor Media Group. “He alone led the validation of the entire industry by developing metrics like net buying influences, audience interest factors, traffic density, exhibit efficiency, and cost-per-visitor reached. Dick was the original thought-leader in our industry, and we are all profoundly grateful for his remarkable contributions.”
“Those first few years were a real struggle because many show managers didn’t want me around, nor did they want data about attendees,” commented Swandby. “I had been fired from my job as a chemical engineer because I was also launching Exhibit Surveys, and I had a young family to support. I had no choice but to make this work.”
“Of course, I’m very honored to receive this award, but if I’m a legend, it’s because of the small handful of show managers who took a risk and let me sample their registration cards to get the names and addresses we needed to mail out questionnaires,”
An interview with Swandby will be featured in the April issue of EXHIBITOR magazine (http://EXHIBITOR%
About Exhibit Surveys, Inc.
Exhibit Surveys, Inc. has specialized exclusively in conducting research, measurement and strategic consulting for the exhibition and event marketing industry for 51 years. The company has conducted primary research on more than 5,000 exhibitions and events and over 10,000 individual exhibits in all major segments of commerce on six continents. Its clients represent all segments of the event industry, including exhibition organizers, exhibitors, private event organizers, suppliers, CVBs and convention facilities. For more information, follow Exhibit Surveys on Facebook (http://www2.exhibitsurveys.com/
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