Studio + Shop

Studio + Shop

Studio + Shop

Studio + Shop

We Transform Environments Into Immersive Experiences

CEI’s heritage of superior craftsmanship and desire to deliver outstanding products and services offers our clients a unique advantage in the world of immersive experiences across trade show, environment, and event services. We believe that cohesive physical and digital experiences built through strategic insight, leading-edge technology, and creative space fabrication deliver real-world results for brands.


From value engineering to graphic production to interactive technologies, we’re an integrated group of experiential storytellers and technical artists. We design unique customer experiences that inspire, educate, and engage audiences to create lasting impressions and accelerate sustainable growth.


We’ve built a team of artisan carpenters, metal fabricators, and project managers that allow us to further push the boundaries of exhibit design. Our full-service fabrication facility creates an agile environment, resulting in quality assurance, one-of-a-kind structures, and speed to delivery.

How We Do It


Strategize + Design

During the initial consultation, we determine why you are attending the trade show, who the target audience is, what your goals are, and how to measure success. Then, we’ll create a strategy, design concept, and interactive solution that incorporates your brand.

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Build + Deliver

With a wide range of disciplines all under one roof, our team produces true side-by-side, design-build integrated digital environments. Our skilled craftsmen have practically endless capabilities to create unique custom exhibits. We also provide warehouse storage, nationwide delivery, onsite I&D (installation and dismantling) and quality assurance.

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Connect + Manage

Our software provides the tools you need to close deals, increase customer fulfillment, and improve collaboration. Easily accessible from any mobile device, you can interact with customers, collect contact information, share marketing materials, and more!

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Who We Are

We’re a third generation business with the mindset of a startup in the heart of the Midwest – bringing passion and creativity as well as a gritty, do it right attitude to every single engagement.

No matter whether your audience is in store, on the floor, at the office or on the curb our goal is to captivate, engage, educate & convert. From designers and developers to welders and carpenters, our eclectic team brings strategic and creative expertise to not just transform, but also transcend any space.

  • Leadership
  • Sales + Marketing
  • Designers
  • Craftsmen
  • Developers
  • Office Staff
  • Warehouse
  • All

Scott McLaughlin

Co-Chief Executive Officer

George Buzzy

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Zeiger

Chief Operating Officer

Brian Walters

Chief Creative Officer

Brett Marriner

Chief Experiential Officer

Erik McLaughlin

Chief Financial Officer

Ann Conkle

Executive Vice President of Business Development

Amy Freed Humbert

Vice President of Sales

Melissa Fogel

Senior Account Executive

Abbie Nicholson

Senior Account Executive

Debra Pierpont

Senior Account Executive

Kristine Beltz

Account Executive

Dana M. Morris

Account Executive

Connor Earley

Account Manager

Jessica Farris

Account Manager

Kayli Faust

Account Manager

Krista Stone

Account Manager

Tina Haight

Account Manager

Courtney James

Account Manager

Tina Metcalf

Sales Operations Coordinator

Jenny Harbaugh

New Business Development

Kristie Bryant Fitzgerald

Marketing Coordinator

Mark Emigh

Graphics Services Manager

Ernest Gotschall

Senior Designer

Richard Berkheimer

Senior Designer

Scott E.E. White

Senior Designer

Ed Shuman

Senior Designer

Monica Pritchard

Senior Graphic Designer/Team Lead

Rae Hamilton

Graphic Designer

Eric McConahay

Graphic Designer

Jim Poling

Operations Manager

Steve Combs

Project Manager/Facilities Manager

Steve Schalmo

Project Manager/Estimator

Matt Lukens

Project Manager/Estimator

Duane Gregis

Project Manager/Estimator

Dave Decker

Detail Designer/Estimator

Matt Maier

Detail Designer/Estimator

Mike Day

Detail Designer/Estimator

Jack Hardie

I&D Supervisor

David Ayers

I&D Supervisor

Brian Hull

I&D Supervisor

Duane Gribble

Shop Carpenter

John Shanklin

Shop Carpenter

Zach Medure

Shop Carpenter

Eric Smith

Shop Carpenter

Paul Williford

Shop Carpenter

Cody Decker

Metal Shop Welder

Dave Day

Metal Shop Painter

Mike Hill

CNC Operator

Shawn Dorr

Set Up and Crate Co-Supervisor

Doug Scott

Set Up and Crate Co-Supervisor

Steve Books

Delivery Driver

Steve Gwinn


Mike Greathouse

Graphics Production

Bo Tinlin

Graphics Production

Shawn Hassig

Interactive Department Manager

Ryan Zickefoose

Product Manager

Rudy Solomon III

3D Artist

Marty Hudzik

Motion Graphics Producer/Cinematographer

Jim Young

Senior Developer

Art Payne

Senior Developer

Jess Heichel

Senior Developer

Steven Glassner

Senior Developer

Jim Lamitina

Software Systems Administrator

Sherri Anderson

HR Manager

Wendy McLaughlin

Accounts Receivable

Beth Lane

Receptionist/Accounts Receivable

Ryan Owens

Network Administrator

Rhonda Cossick


Dora Sinley

Billing/Accounts Receivable

Cindy Wasley

Accounts Payable

Jody Hixenbaugh

Accounts Payable

Dan Meadows

Purchasing Manager

Owen Lane

Warehouse Foreman

Aaron Lane

Warehouse Team Leader

Robert “Cob” Forrer

Warehouse Team Leader

Kevin Provchy

Warehouse Representative

Greg Farrance

Warehouse Representative

Jeff Repp

Warehouse Foreman

Danny Herold

Warehouse Team Leader

Greg Fye

Warehouse Team Leader

Fritz Lombardi

Warehouse Foreman

Bill Weaver

Warehouse Team Leader


VR is changing the way brands are communicating with their audiences at trade shows. But do you have a plan for how to tell the best stories with this new medium? Find out how to comfortably navigate the potentially overwhelming process of implementing a VR program and get the most out of your investment for your next trade show.

Whether your ultimate goal is lead generation, brand awareness, sales or PR, this webinar will help you to achieve that goal and win big this year with customers and your boss.

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