Working the Outdoor Shows!

With the start of the new year and the freezing temps, the outdoor show season has officially started in the Chicagoland area!!

This past weekend marked my first show of the year and the first show as Hobie Fishing Team member and representing Quest Watersports at the Chicago Boat Show. It was a very fun and interesting experience on several facets.

If you don't already know this - during the week, I spend my time as a Senior Account Executive for a company called RND Exhibits International. We design, build, and install trade show stands all over the country and even the world. I have been in the industry for about 15 years and have done everything there is to do in this business. I've swept floors, cleaned metal, been a carpenter, set stands up at the show, supervised people who set them up at the show, estimated, project managed, and sold them. The one thing that I have NEVER done is be an exhibitor at a big event like this! Usually I am there a couple days before the show opens and then after it ends...not during the show. I have a whole new level of respect for all these exhibitors who are on their feet for multiple long days in a row. My legs are feeling it today...

Another really cool thing was interacting with people who have a million questions about things related to these kayaks that I have never even thought of. I spent about twenty hours this weekend talking about fishing, kayaking, and even sailing. The days absolutely flew by!! I met a ton of cool people who now own a new Hobie kayak and more that I hopefully will have an opportunity to fish with. I will also be getting one of the Hobie Tandem Island sailing machines in the future. Those things look so much fun!! I talked to one guy who's owned one for a number of years and was able to hit 33mph with a good wind and two people peddling. 33!!!!

I have three more shows over the next three weekends that are even more fishing focused!

January 24 and 25 - Illinois Fish and Feather Expo in Bloomington, IL at the Quest and Hobie stand

January 29 - February 1 - Chicagoland Fishing, Travel, and Outdoor Expo at the Quest/Hobie booth and the Lucid Fishing Booth. StankX Bait Company will be there as well so say hi to them as well!!

February 7th and 8th - Tinley Park Fishing and Outdoors Show at the Quest/Hobie booth. There will be a biiiig pool there to do some demos - I might be doing a presentation in the pool as well.

So, if you are going to any of these shows, stop by and say hello!!!

After the shows are done...it's time to fish again!!


  1. Why don't you finagle a trip to Denver next year?

    1. That would definitely be nice but I think the only current sponsor that would send me there is Hobie. However, they have local reps in the area already - Chicagoland is my zone for now. One day though....

  2. I am so into the outdoor shows---lucky you!!! thanks for sharing

    1. They are a great way to cure the wintertime drought of open water fishing for sure!


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