It was an honor to hear from Mr. Ray Pekowski, Chairman and CEO of The Expo Group, a trusted exhibition and events partner that helps organizations grow their attendance, exhibitor and sponsorship revenue through the design and execution of unique, compelling and memorable experiences. Mr. Pekowski is not only a serial entrepreneur, or a trade show maven, but an author. Earlier this year, he wrote and published his first book Lessons of an Entrepreneur. According to a book review from Amazon.com, “Lessons of an Entrepreneur is written for those who want to create a culture of stewardship and servant leadership.”
His company takes pride in delivering discipline, collaboration, accountability, focus and execution. These are all key concepts that each and every entrepreneur should practice. Mr. Pekowski touched upon the importance of organizational culture and how crucial it is for an employee’s position to fit their expertise. The Expo Group’s mission statement states, “Today. Tomorrow. Together.” This Texas based brand specializes in helping people perform at a higher level within their business.
Although his ultimate dream was to become an NFL football coach, instead, he earned the title of being the youngest manager of a publicly traded company. One of his earliest lessons learned as an entrepreneur was that archaic types of programming are unusual. Therefore, keep up with the revolutionizing advancements in modern technology in order to take the lead against competitors. Mr. Pekowski also emphasized the importance of a skilled decision-making process when a company is faced with a threat. He mentioned how vital it is for entrepreneurs to be visionary and to cater to their passions.
According to Mr. Pekowski, “12.5% of being successful is knowledge and 87.5% is networking.” Networking has repeatedly been the number one focus for most of the speakers that present at our Wednesday night sessions. Mr. Pekowski noted that entrepreneurs must make their networking connections personal and long-term. Lastly, he told us to believe in ourselves, even when others may not believe in us.
Written by: Hogan Entrepreneurs Program student, Mailani Faniel
Speaker Session with ray Pekowski 11/15/17