Lenny started in the exhibit industry at age 19 as a custom fabricator and installer, and quickly displayed an aptitude for leadership. Almost immediately, he became the supervisor of a team of 30+ members. Later experiences as Production Foreman, Estimator, Purchaser, and Production Manager prepared him for his leadership role at Exhibit Network.
The reputation that Exhibit Network holds throughout the trade show industry is the direct result of Lenny’s passion for quality workmanship, innovation, and creative problem-solving. He holds himself and the employees to high standards of integrity and excellence.
Lenny is an avid outdoorsman who can be found fishing in Alaska, and hunting in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Namibia.
“Whatever you are, be a good one.” (attributed to Abraham Lincoln)
Kathleen Maartens, Co-founder and President, is responsible for running the day-to-day business side of Exhibit Network and for its fiscal integrity and accountability.
Kathleen has a lifelong desire for learning, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, followed by countless classes in Business, Accounting, and Real Estate. Kathleen is a 2012 graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, and she is close to completing a degree in Organizational Leadership at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston.
Kathleen’s focus at Exhibit Network is to integrate the functions of Sales, Operations, and Finance, to make sure everyone stays on the same page.
Kathleen loves to read. Her favorite book is “How Christianity Changed the World” by Alvin J. Schmidt.
“There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
– Bruce Lee
Joann Salazar, Operations Director, is a seasoned exhibit professional. Respected and admired by clients, show contractors, and the entire Exhibit Network team, Joann focuses on results and won’t quit until a problem is solved.
Joann’s professional experience includes purchasing, inside sales, office management, accounting, payroll, profit analysis, finance, supervision, customer service, estimating, and trade show project management. Joann has by far the greatest number of commendation letters from clients and five star google reviews.
Joann’s talents are at the heart of Exhibit Network’s sales, design, and production teams, making sure our booths exceed clients’ expectations, while keeping an eye on our company’s efficiency and profitability.
Most importantly, Joann always has a smile on her face and inspires all those around her to excel and follow their dreams.
In her spare time, Joann can be found at the gym or spending time with her family.
“Never let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your dreams. You are destined for greatness. No one can take that away from you. YOU ARE ENOUGH! Be you, embrace it. Be amazing!”
– Ciara Espree, my daughter
One-of-a-kind, compassionate, and determined are authentic descriptions of Chante’ Timmons, our longest tenured Project Manager. Her unique personality, big heart, and professional expertise make Chante’ someone you want on your side.
When you talk, Chante’ listens. Chante’ is a problem-solver, a solutions-finder, and someone you can rely on to make sure your job is done right, on time, and within budget. Chante’s thoughtfulness and follow-up provide you the best client experience possible throughout the entire process.
Outside the office, you will often find Chante’ in church. She also likes to read, spend time with family and friends, and enjoys an occasional nap.
“I think I can, I think I can. “
– The Little Engine That Could
Kathryn Salazar, one of our Project Managers, has been in the exhibit industry since the first time she misbehaved and her Mom took Kat to work with her. Nobody remembers how long ago that really was.
Kat has an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and recently earned a Certification of Completion for Lean Introduction (Six Sigma). Kat’s clients love the fact that Kat advises them on the best use of their exhibit properties. Kat spends a lot of time inspecting the fine print on show service forms to be sure her clients receive the exact services they need at the lowest prices possible. In addition to project management, Kat is skilled at sourcing, campaigning, and closing new deals.
Kat loves spending time with her family, watching movies, and shopping. When Exhibit Network announces company fishing trips at Hackberry Rod and Gun, Kat is always one of the first to sign up.
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. “
– Oscar Wilde
Gary Maartens, our Process Manager, has been with Exhibit Network almost 15 years, beginning in his high school work/study program. (He’s been here longer if you count the times Mom and Dad brought him to work and to various trade shows across the country.) Gary has a natural knack for streamlining tasks and activities for better efficiency.
Gary has proven experience in all areas of operations: fabrication, warehousing, delivery, installation, engineering, estimating, purchasing, scheduling, CNC operations, and maintenance. Two particular clients who rely on Gary’s attention to detail insist that Gary is present at all their installations.
In Gary’s spare time, he logs miles on his mountain bike, plays beach volleyball, works out at the gym, and vacations in exciting places. Gary also enjoys logging miles on his motorcycle on weekend adventures.
“If I’m not back in five minutes, just wait longer. “
– Ace Ventura
Shane DeVries, our Lead Installer, has worked in the exhibit industry since 2008 and is responsible for pulling and prepping exhibits in our warehouse, and traveling to show site to set them up professionally and efficiently.
Shane is a natural conversationalist and can contribute an interesting story on almost every topic. His talent to inform (and embellish) energizes our company meetings, parties, and work atmosphere in general. Shane is mischievously imaginative. If someone at Exhibit Network is pranked, Shane is usually the perpetrator.
In Shane’s spare time, he works on his old Volvos, tinkers on multiple projects, and enjoys skateboarding and fishing. He also spends hours researching and learning about anything and everything. Most importantly, Shane enjoys spending time annoying his significant other.
“A smile is a curve that can set a lot of things straight”
Erik Salazar, our Warehouse Supervisor and Lead Installer, brought his contagious energy and wittiness to Exhibit Network in 2017. Not only are we and our clients delighted with Erik’s hilarious sense of humor, but exhibitors in neighboring booths usually get a laugh, too.
Erik is ingrained with an urgency to complete every task on time, on budget, and with a smile from his background in the food service industry. He is always coming up with ways to work better, faster, and smarter. And he’s such a nice guy, too. Hardly anyone can escape Erik’s thoughtfulness, as he has a habit of helping exhibitors on the show floor who are struggling with their booth.
In Erik’s spare time, he enjoys fishing, gaming, and spending time with his niece and his dog, Ferguson. Erik also likes to try out new restaurants and to post pics of interesting entrees on Instagram.
“The way you do anything is the way you do everything!”
Augusto Tzul (he goes by “Tzul”) brought his woodworking skills to the Exhibit Network team in 2017 and we are so glad to have him on board. Tzul has experience in all facets of residential and commercial cabinets as well as trade show exhibits. He understands the superior quality of craftsmanship that Exhibit Network is known for and he always goes above and beyond.
“To hell with the rules, if it sounds right, then it is.”
– Eddie Van Halen
As a former client of Exhibit Network, Larry reached out to Exhibit Network first when searching for a new opportunity. Larry Kalina understands the value of quality exhibits and excellent customer service. His enthusiasm to share his experience, knowledge, and expertise with other exhibitors is evident and contagious.
Larry earned a BFA at the University of Wisconsin in Art/Industrial Design. His contributions to Honeywell, National Presto Industries, Pella Corporation, Ingersoll Rand, and most recently, BPM Microsystems in Houston, include conceptual and product development, competitive research, marketing and advertising, equipment prototypes, project management, emerging technologies, graphic design, branding, and trade show exhibiting. Whether you are a first-time or long-time exhibitor, Larry can offer you a competitive edge to being your best ever on the trade show floor.
Larry feels right at home with Exhibit Network’s “cool culture and talented people” (his exact unsolicited words). When away from the office and convention centers, Larry enjoys listening to classic rock music, likes playing a Fender Stratocaster really loud, surfs a longboard and collects 50’s antiques. Larry likes to tell stories about the 60’s muscle cars that mysteriously followed him home and how he felt compelled to restore them – every one of them.
“Life is like a box of chocolates…”
– adapted from Forrest Gump
We have a member of our team who prefers to remain anonymous – something about Witness Protection, whatever, it’s none of our business. This person, in addition to handling the day-to-day tasks of keeping Exhibit Network operating smoothly, holds the title of Director of Fun. This person arranges and hosts our monthly Birthday Celebrations and strategically implemented a scheme to celebrate Unbirthday months as well.
In our employee break room, you will see Yellow Light Bulbs and Purple Smiley Faces, the brilliant idea of our Director of Fun. Team members nominate themselves for a Yellow Light Bulb by coming up with an ingenious idea to make our work simpler and faster. Team members nominate each other with a Purple Smiley Face when someone goes the extra mile to help the team or a client. Once a month, our Director of Fun collects the nominations and holds a drawing for two $25 gift cards – one for the Yellow Light Bulbs and one for the Purple Smiley Faces.
Check out our dry erase board in the break room. You’re bound to see puzzles or games like Hang Man, or funny caricatures of our team. Our Christmas parties (that are absolutely hysterical, by the way) are planned and executed by our Director of Fun.
You can usually find our Director of Fun, in the office or out, obsessing about chocolate.
We are located in Houston TX, just minutes from the convention centers.