Skyline Expands Chicago Trade Show Displays Service Capability with Latest Hire

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Skyline Chicago Service Center announces the hiring of Debra Gerhardt to help exhibitors with their Chicago trade show booth rentals and exhibit installation and dismantle

Skyline has a terrific record of customer service and I intend to follow in that tradition.

Skyline Exhibits Chicago is expanding its ability to increase client effectiveness at trade shows with the addition of Debra Gerhardt as the Chicago Service Center Office Administrator and Chicago I&D (install and dismantle) Project Coordinator. Debbie brings over fifteen years of experience in the trade show industry, primarily in the Chicagoland area, to her new position.

Gerhardt’s primary duties will include serving as liaison between Chicago trade show display clients and the team of Chicago-based, certified Skyline I&D technicians. This position is crucial because some of the biggest headaches for trade show managers often revolve around exhibit installation. Since a successful installation process can be the foundation for a successful Chicago trade show booth appearance, each exhibit must be set up on time, accurately, efficiently and in a professional manner. The Skyline team can handle a complete installation or act as a supervisor with other labor crews.

David Hoover, the General Manager of the Skyline Service Centers in Chicago, Orlando, and Toronto, feels that adding Gerhardt to the Chicago team will provide an immense amount of peace of mind to clients. “Getting ready for a trade show can be a frantic experience,” commented Hoover. “We were immediately attracted to Debbie’s wide range of experience and in particular her knowledge of the Chicago area venues. She knows how to get things done, what is needed to smooth over any rough spots, and has an intense attention to detail that Chicago trade show exhibit clients will really appreciate.”

As North America's leading exhibit system builder, Skyline Exhibits are known for their great design, high quality, innovative functionality and cost-saving portability. Gerhardt’s job will include making sure all of the elements that go into a successful trade show are in place for the client. “Skyline has a terrific record of customer service and I intend to follow in that tradition,” said Gerhardt. “I know the intricacies of the Chicago area venues and I can help clients make sure the electric works properly, the carpeting arrives on time, the exhibit is packaged appropriately and delivered to the correct location, and so many other details that lead up to a seamless installation.”

Skyline's history of innovation, creativity, and performance includes over 100 patents and winning all the major U.S. exhibit industry awards, including Best of Show at TS2 and Exhibitor Show, but Hoover and Gerhardt agree that Skyline’s high level of client service is what really sets them apart. Upcoming Chicago shows that are currently in the planning process include the Society for Human Resource Management show in June and the Institute of Food Technologists show in July.

The Skyline Chicago Service Center is celebrating its first anniversary in Chicago as part of the Skyline global network of nearly 100 Design Centers in North America and representation in 38 countries. The Chicago Service Center is located at 9200 W 55th Street in McCook, IL. Further information can be obtained by calling 312-300-4700, visiting the website at or sending an email to info(at)skylinechicago(dot)com.

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