NEW IN 2022
Investing in Our Hometown
New offices in downtown Louisville highlight commitment to the city.
The OPEI Board of Directors and OPEI President Kris Kiser, joined by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; Secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet Michael Berry; and Louisville Tourism CEO Cleo Battle cut the ribbon on new Equip Exposition offices on Main Street in 2021.
Equip Exposition—the trade show formerly known as GIE+EXPO—has called Louisville home since it began in 1983. As the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute took full ownership of the show late last year, it moved show operations into a new headquarters building on Main Street in downtown Louisville, illustrating the association’s ongoing commitment to the city and investment in the show. Concurrent with the launch of Equip Exposition, the OPEI Board of Directors and association President, joined by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; Secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet Michael Berry; Louisville Tourism CEO
Cleo Battle, and other invited guests, cut the ribbon on new show offices on Main Street in 2021. Equip Exposition brought on veteran show management staff and added Karen Williams, longtime head of Louisville Tourism, as Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Development. “We’re excited to announce this evolution of our industry-leading trade show,” says Kiser. “The opening of our new office shows the investment our industry has in the event and in its long-standing location of Louisville. With OPEI bringing the management of the show wholly under the association’s umbrella, it was time to re-envision the event while honoring its long history.”
OPEI Board Chair Brian Melka (right foreground), Group President—Power, Kohler Co. talks with Vice Chair Robert McCutcheon, President, Husqvarna North America, at the Equip Exposition headquarters opening.
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