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Nomadic Display® Celebrates 40 Years of Trade Show Displays

by Gwen Parsons 22. April 2015 09:32

Like many small business ventures, it all started with one man’s imagination and an entrepreneurial spirit. Theodore “Ted” Zeigler invented Instand®, the first self-locking pop up display. Then he founded Nomadic Display in 1975 to manufacture and market his invention. Who knew then that it would become an internationally recognized exhibit brand?

Theodore “Ted” Zeigler

Instand pop up displays revolutionized the exhibit industry. Here’s why. For the first time exhibitors could have a professional looking trade show display AND do-it-yourself freedom. Instand collapsed down to a compact, lightweight bundle that packed with graphics into a cylindrical shipping case. The case could be stored in a closet and be shipped by UPS, FedEx or checked as airline luggage. Exhibitors could carry Instand onto the show floor and set it up without drayage costs or union labor. Exhibitors could have a 10’ billboard with gorgeous graphics that was/is easy to use and cost effective, too. No wonder it become the most popular portable display in the world.

Zeigler has been recognized as a pioneer in the exhibit industry. To commemorate his ground-breaking contribution to the industry, Zeigler is a recipient of the Exhibit Designer and Producers Association Hazel Hayes Award. Exhibitor Magazine established The Zeigler Award as the top honor in their annual portable/modular display design competition because he “launched the portable/modular industry.”

Since 1975 Nomadic exhibit solutions have expanded from portables to include a wide range of modular and custom trade show booths, exhibit rentals, graphics and program services. Over the past four decades, Nomadic has delivered more than a quarter million trade show exhibits to companies around the world and earned more than 20 awards for design excellence.

Nomadic’s dramatic trade show exhibit incorporated our newest innovation
the DesignLine® Wall System

We kicked off our ruby anniversary by celebrating at ExhibitorLive last month in Las Vegas.

Back row: Doug Turpin, Jim Casper, Gwen Parsons. Middle row: Stacy Barnes, Pat Goeke, Dave Evensen, Mike Rill. Front row: Eric Hedge

“The inspiration we get from our customers has fueled our creativity for four decades,” said Pat Goeke, President and CEO. “In addition, we are fortunate to have built trusted relationships with international distribution partners who are leaders in their respective markets.”

Celebrate with us by taking a quick trip down memory lane. View our 5 min timeline

is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Nomadic Display. She is a regular contributor to the Nomadic Display Blog and can be found at Google + and LinkedIn.



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