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Chuck Michel

Chuck has been with ELITeXPO since 2009 as our VP of Tradeshow Services. He has an extensive background in the trade show industry and is active in several industry associations. He also plays a mean guitar so watch for his performances around the St. Louis area.
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XLIVE Interview Series With Chuck Michel!

Posted by Chuck Michel on Dec 20, 2018 9:00:57 AM

ELITeXPO's Chuck Michel was recently interviewed by CJ with XLIVE at their recent event in Las Vegas! Here's a transcript of their conversation!  

This week on the XLIVE Interview Series, we sat down with Chuck Michel, VP Tradeshow Services for ELITeXPO. ELITeXPO provides products and services to businesses that exhibit at tradeshows worldwide. When it comes to tradeshows and events, one critical component that is somewhat behind the scenes is Freight Logistics.

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Topics: XLive, LiveEventShipping

EXHIBITORLIVE! Why I Keep Coming Back!

Posted by Chuck Michel on Feb 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In a couple days I will be making my annual pilgrimage to EXHIBITORLIVE in Las Vegas, and as always I am very much looking forward to it. While the show has changed considerably since my 1st time participating back at the Bally’s Hotel in 1989, there are some things that haven’t changed one bit. It’s for that very reason that I keep coming back for more.

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Topics: Insider, exhibitorlive

Super Bowl Sunday!

Posted by Chuck Michel on Feb 3, 2018 11:15:27 AM

This weekend is Super Bowl Sunday and I have to say that there is little doubt in my mind that in this great country of ours life pretty much revolves around this annual championship game of the National Football League. It is the highest level of professional football in the U.S., culminating a season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. Super Bowl 1 was played on January 15, 1967, following the 1966 regular season. This Sunday’s game is Super Bowl LII (52), and for many that will be tuned in, nothing else matter in life but what happens on the gridiron. For others it might be how creative the commercials are during the breaks, or how will Justin Timberlake do during this years Pepsi half time show

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Topics: Insider

Location, Location, Location!

Posted by Chuck Michel on Jan 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM


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Topics: Trade Show Exhibits, Trade Show Tips

Pre-Show Know Before You Go!

Posted by Chuck Michel on Jan 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM


I have always been a big proponent of pre-show planning, it’s a topic that I often share with customers and or colleagues when discussing their upcoming face- to-face event. I thought I would share my checklist with you, it’s straight forward and I have found it to be on target when discussing one’s strategic approach to exhibiting. Frankly quite often they find the questions to be somewhat enlightening, and often end up with a much different perspective on how to approach the show after some discussion. I call it ‘Know Before You Go’ Why are you Going? Exhibit for the right reason!

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Topics: Trade Show Tips

The 'Do Nots' of Tradeshow Exhibiting

Posted by Chuck Michel on Jan 4, 2018 9:00:00 AM


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Topics: Trade Show Tips

Asset Management - So Much More Than Exhibit Storage

Posted by Chuck Michel on Aug 17, 2017 9:40:42 AM

Are you tired of trying to find everything around your office or warehouse that you need for your next trade show? Do you have to run down to the local "Your Storage Unit" facility every time your company attends an event? Do your event materials return back from your shows dirty or with damage?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you just may need to think about your Asset Management Program.


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Graphics - Motion vs. Static

Posted by Chuck Michel on Sep 1, 2016 10:41:43 AM

It used to be that when you walked the floor you would occasionally see LCD/LED monitors as an accent to the many static graphics used for messaging within a booth property. Well, like any technology, things change quickly and I think it’s safe to say that in today’s tradeshow environment it has become almost the opposite. LCD/LED High Def technology for imaging is taking over the tradeshow footprint by storm. Now I am not saying that static graphics should be kicked to the curb, at least not yet. However, it would appear that in today’s tradeshow environment when one wants to visually communicate a message, static printed graphics are becoming less and less the predominant means of delivery.

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Topics: Trade Show Exhibits

Portable Exhibit Benefits

Posted by Chuck Michel on Jun 23, 2016 3:28:19 PM

While attending a recent industry tradeshow I came across some industry colleagues engaged in a debate over whether or not portable exhibits can match up and offer a strong presence when up against more elaborate custom inline systems. It was an interesting discussion and I wanted to share some of the common points brought up by many when it comes to the ‘pros’ of these lightweight, portable displays. Below are some thoughts that were shared among the group that you might find helpful to you when debating on portable inline displays vs. the more elaborate custom systems.

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Topics: Trade Show Exhibits, Trade Show Tips

Location! - Location! - Location!

Posted by Chuck Michel on Jun 17, 2016 9:30:00 AM

What comes to mind when you hear that phrase? Well if you are like me you think of the old real estate adage that speaks to the importance of location when one is in search of a new home or rental property. A British real estate tycoon who owned a super expensive estate in one of London’s fashionable districts supposedly first coined the phrase. Some also speculate that the word ‘location’ is repeated three times to call out the tier of priorities: excellent location, a mediocre location or a lousy location.

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Topics: Trade Show Tips

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