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Jamie joins the EDPA Exec Board

We are delighted to announce that Jamie Zavoral-Brown, our Director of Business Development for North America has been chosen to join the EDPA’s Executive Board as a Vice President. We caught up with Jamie to find out a bit more about the EDPA and what her new role involves…

Tell us a bit about the EDPA…

The EDPA stands for the Experiential Designers and Producers Association and it serves hundreds of international members from across the events industry. EDPA’s purpose is to champion the success of member businesses engaged in the design, production and service of exhibits, events and experiential environments. Through the EDPA the success and integrity of our industry is advanced through education, networking and advocacy.

How long have you been involved with the EDPA?

Bray Leino Events first joined the EDPA back in 2013 in order to achieve more collaboration with North America and other international organisations within the events and experiential industry. Although our Head Office is in the UK we work internationally with offices in the USA and Singapore, so it made sense for us to be part of an association like EDPA to help us better serve our global client base.

I’ve been a member of the EDPA Board of Directors for two years, and this is my first year on the Executive Board.

Tell us a bit about your role on the Executive Board…

My role involves developing the community of the international EDPA members through encouraging collaboration, sharing best practice, and educating the wider community on the importance and relevance of international events.

I was selected for this role due to my background working in events both inside the US and globally (around half of my events career has been spent working in Europe, and a half in the US). I am therefore looking forward to helping advise our members on global events and to help create a community for discussions and information-sharing to take place.

What are the main benefits of working with EDPA as a member?

I think for most organisations looking for support with their events and exhibit programmes, it’s important to work with people you have built a personal relationship with and have met face to face. It gives you a real sense of security and trust. Even more so when these events take place overseas.

The quality of EDPA members is very high, and it’s a very collaborative organisation with members covering the entire industry, so we benefit from lots of insights and perspectives. EDPA members gain value from having a strong and inclusive network, with regular opportunities for education and information sharing. Put simply, EDPA members are better placed to do a good job for their clients and are very passionate about what they do.

Anything else we should know?

There is a lot happening within the EDPA and our members are very active. Alongside regular regional events and meetings, we have four main events per year including ‘Engage’ in Chicago, and our annual meeting ACCESS – the only industry association meeting and event of its kind. Both events provide a platform for members to share and engage in programmes, collaborate, network and share best practice. The EDPA take a booth and sponsored cocktail reception at Exhibitor Live which is another great event for our industry and there is also an EDPA Advocacy Group who head to Washington D.C each year to represent our industry.

Find out more about the EDPA here.