Freeman Leadership Team Recognized

June 27, 2013

DALLAS – June 27, 2013 –Freeman, the world’s leading partner for integrated marketing solutions for live engagements, today announced that Don Freeman, Chairman; Carrie Freeman Parsons, Vice Chair; and Joe Popolo, CEO, were jointly selected as winners of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Award for Southwest Area North.

The executives were among an elite group of regional business leaders honored Saturday night, June 22, at a gala event at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the business and local community by creating products and services that facilitate innovation and economic development.

The Freeman leadership team is closing out a significant year of growth for the company, marked by major announcements including expansion into the European market, the launch of an experiential marketing agency, FreemanXP , and the award of the Consumer Electronics Association general services contract.

“We are humbled and honored to be recognized with this award especially since this was such an important year in our company’s history,” said Popolo. “This award represents the tremendous commitment by all of our employee-owners to deliver superior service and to create a meaningful and rewarding experience for our customers – and our customers’ customers – time after time. That commitment is at the core of everything we do and it’s what has made our business successful. We are extremely grateful for the customers and employees who have made that possible.”

As regional award winner, Freeman, Freeman Parsons and Popolo will go on to compete at the national level in Palm Springs, California, this November.

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About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year®

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

About Freeman

Since 1927, Freeman has been the premier provider of integrated experiential marketing solutions for live engagements including expositions, conventions, corporate events and exhibits. Headquartered in Dallas, with more than 70 offices in North America and the UK, Freeman produces more than 4,300 expositions annually, including 135 of the 250 largest U.S. trade shows, and 11,000 other events worldwide. Customer-driven, Freeman offers a total package of solutions, with a scope of products and services unmatched by the competition. An employee-owned company, Freeman places an emphasis on respect for people and providing unparalleled customer service. Freeman has received numerous trade show industry awards for excellence in leadership, creative design, community service, innovation and customer-driven partnerships. For more information, visit

Media Relations Contact: Allison Francis Edelman on behalf of Freeman 214.443.7599 [email protected]

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