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Downing Displays – GBQ Member of the Week: 07.31.2017

Each year there are tens of thousands of trade shows and conferences around the world – some small and some very large that attract anywhere between a few hundred to hundreds of thousands of attendees.

At many of these shows, companies use a trade show exhibit to create brand awareness and show their products and solutions to attendees.

For many companies, Downing Displays is the agency that designs, builds and installs their exhibit on the show floor– including the overall environment, messaging, graphics, booth activities, and lead capture.

We originally began by pioneering portable displays, lightweight trade show displays that could be set-up by one person and transported by car. This concept of light, simple and durable building techniques guided us as we moved to building bigger and more complex trade show booths that are now constructed out of modular aluminum and wood structures.

Today we are a full-service exhibit designer and producer that creates custom, modular and portable exhibits, kiosks, and permanent museum installations for thousands of clients worldwide.

 

How long have you been in business and what do you do?

I’m President of Downing Displays – a designer and builder of custom trade show exhibits, retail fixtures, museums and corporate environments. Over 50 years ago we pioneered the portable display industry by creating trade show displays that could be set up by one person and transported in a car.

We’ve been headquartered in Milford, Ohio since 1995. Being a trusted exhibit partner for thousands of clients has helped us expand with warehouse and sales offices throughout the US to serve clients worldwide. As part of our continued growth, just last year we acquired Positive Productions, a Clermont County exhibit builder.

Being part of the Downing team for over 40 years has been one of my life’s blessings!

 

What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time?

Keep listening and learning. You’ve been promoted because you’re successful at what you do.

But being asked to lead, coach and mentor requires shifting your focus to your team and finding ways to help them succeed at what they do too. And achieving success means different things for different people. To understand what success means for each of your employees, ask questions, and listen and learn so you can help them focus on their success path.

 

Where would we find you on a typical Saturday?

There’s no better way to spend a Saturday in the summer than boating on the Ohio River.

 

Mike Scherer, President – Downing Displays

 

(Pictured:  Mike Scherer – Downing Displays, Bob Kling – GBQ Partners)

Member of the Week is sponsored by GBQ Partners: GBQ is a top 200 tax, accounting and consulting firm with 175+ associates serving clients throughout the region.

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