American Wind Energy Association Appoints GES® as its Official Services Provider

The five-year agreement includes WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition and the Small & Community WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition.

“AWEA is pleased to partner with GES,” said AWEA Senior Vice President of Conference, Membership and Business Development Stephen Miner. ”We know they will present our member exhibitors with the best packages available and work to help them save money, thereby producing the best ROI possible. In this current economic climate, we all need to support our exhibitors, and we feel that this partnership with GES will add value to our exhibitors’ experience and will enhance our professional look and style.”

During the term of the agreement, WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, AWEA’s signature show will be held in Atlanta in 2012, Chicago in 2013, Las Vegas in 2014, Orlando in 2015 and New Orleans in 2016.

“We look forward to partnering with AWEA to enhance the exhibitor experience and further drive their ROI,” commented GES President Steve Moster. “Our team recognizes the importance of consulting with AWEA’s exhibitors to provide the tools and training necessary to make the most of their exhibiting investment.”

AWEA exhibitors will benefit from Expresso, GES’ exhibit planning, ordering and management tool, which will allow them to effortlessly place orders, track assets and manage budgets. In addition, AWEA will benefit from GES ConnectSM, a fully integrated, web-based collaboration tool that allows show organizers to easily plan and manage their exhibition needs and from GES Interactive VenueSM to sell sponsorships online, access venue details specific to their show and upload and sell non-signage components.

Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES), a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, is a leading marketing agency that produces exhibitions, events, exhibits and retail environments. GES provides a wide range of services, including turn-key official show services, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services—all with an unrivaled global reach. GES partners with leading shows and brands, including the International CES, Spring Fair Birmingham, International Woodworking Fair, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, Bell Helicopter, Genzyme, L’Oreal, Warner Bros., and Simon Property Group. The GES National Servicenter℠ has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Program℠ for the past three years, and Ad Age has twice named GES a “World’s Top 50 Agency Company.”

AWEA is the national trade association of America’s wind industry, with more than 2,500 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers, and the world’s largest wind power trade show, the WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, which takes place next in Atlanta, June 2-6, 2012. AWEA is the voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger America.