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GES exceeds APEX/ASTM Level One certification and achieves Level Two

LAS VEGAS - June 16, 2015 – Global Experience Specialists (GES), a global full-service provider for live events has become the first general service contractor to be certified to an international sustainability standard for the meetings and event industry.  GES exceeded Level One and achieved Level Two certification to the Accepted Practices EXchange/American Society for Testing and Materials (APEX /ASTM) Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards pertaining to the Evaluation and Selection of Exhibits for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences. 

GES has a long and ongoing commitment to sustainable practices. Its operations in the United Kingdom are ISO 20121 certified, a complex and challenging international standard accreditation that takes a management systems approach to running more sustainable events.

Responsible environmental and social practices in the meeting industry are a global concern.  We are delighted that GES has earned this prestigious certification and celebrate their adoption of the industry standard in this sector.
Connie Bergeron

”We are proud to be the first and only general service contractor to be certified to the APEX/ASTM international sustainability standard,” said GES President, Steve Moster.  “GES achieved Level Two certification at every facility across the U.S. that services exhibitions and events, ensuring that no matter what city you hold an event or are exhibiting, GES has a certified location with the best resources and practices to help you achieve your sustainability goals.”

“This is great news for GES and for the event industry,” said David Dubois, president and CEO, of International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE).   “The general services contractor (GSC) is the central player in producing a sustainable event as it touches multiple areas of an event.   We hope the GES certification will encourage others to follow suit.”  

The APEX/ASTM Exhibit Standard delineates the procedural requirements for exhibits and exhibitions for meetings, events, trade shows or conferences.  The standard specifies performance criteria for staff management, communications, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement, and community partners.  The standards were created in partnership with ASTM International, an American National Standards Institute accredited standards development organization.

Connie Bergeron, CMP, president, Green Meeting and Industry Council (GMIC), the non-profit professional meetings association that led the development of the APEX/ASTM Sustainable Meeting Standards, added, “Responsible environmental and social practices in the meeting industry are a global concern.  We are delighted that GES has earned this prestigious certification and celebrate their adoption of the industry standard in this sector.”

iCompli, a division of BPA Worldwide, a non-profit international auditing organization headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut developed the certification protocols for the APEX/ASTM standards and performed the independent third party certification of GES’ compliance with Evaluation and Selection of Exhibits for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences. Glenn Hansen, CEO of BPA Worldwide, commented, “Our certification of the event sustainability standards driven by GMIC and now adopted by GES continues our long-standing partnership with the event industry to promote transparency.” 

GES partnered with the University of San Francisco Department of Hospitality Management to review its sustainable practices and ensure its facilities were operating as sustainable as possible.


About GES

Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES), a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, is a global, full-service provider for live events, producing exhibitions, conferences, congresses, corporate events, exhibits and entertainment experiences. GES provides a wide range of services, including official show services, audio visual, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services, and event accommodations – all with an unrivaled global reach. GES partners with leading shows and brands, including MAGIC, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, Bell Helicopter, and L’Oreal. GES’ National Servicenter® has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Program℠ for the past six years, and for the sixth year in a row Ad Age has named GES as one of the “World’s 50 Largest Agency Companies.” For more information visit www.ges.com.

About the Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council is a) non-profit, membership-based professional organization which provides educational resources to planners, suppliers, and venues seeking to meet the ever-rising standards consumers set for sustainable meetings. www.gmicglobal.org.

About iCompli

iCompli is a division of BPA Worldwide, a not-for-profit auditing organization established in 1931 to audit circulation for publishers, advertisers and their agencies. Today, BPA’s audit services have expanded to include external assurance of government and industry standards and independent verification of companies’ technology and service claims. iCompli provides GRI reporting services (gap analysis, competitor benchmarking and external assurance) and third-party certification of ASTM and ISO event standards. www.bpaww.com.

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Karl Pfalzgraf, Practice Leader

Vice President, Sustainability Services

Karl is the Practice Leader for iCompli Sustainability. He has a broad background in GRI reporting and assurance with more than 20 years of experience developing strategic sustainability communications and executing programs at the international level. Most recently, he served as Director, Business Development with AccountAbility, a leading international corporate responsibility think tank and consultancy. Previously Karl was Director, Global Brand and Communications at PwC, where he was responsible for global sustainability communications. Earlier in his career, Karl was Vice President, Corporate Communications at J.P. Morgan. He is a Member of the ANAB Committee of Experts for Event Sustainability and is a LEED Green Associate. Karl has led the development of the certification program for the ASTM sustainability standards. 

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