Preview of EDPA ACCESS 2023: Insider Tips from Executive Director Dasher Lowe

November 17, 2023

Are you planning to attend the Experiential Designers and Producers Association (EDPA) Access 2023? 

TSNN has everything you need to know about EDPA Access 2023 — whether you are a first-timer or regular attendee. 

Founded in 1954, EDPA serves the experiential, exhibit and event industry, representing more than 300 corporations across 18 countries. The three-day annual event typically draws about 300 attendees who are C-level executives of large and small companies.

With event registration open and hotel deadlines quickly approaching, we caught up with EDPA Executive Director Dasher Lowe to get a preview of the event. He shared insider tips for making the most of the meeting.

Watch or listen to our full interview here.

Here are excerpts from our conversation with some key highlights for planning purposes.

EDPA Access 2023

EDPA Executive Director Dasher Lowe

When: Nov. 28-30

Where: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla., which is 15 miles from the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, Fla. The resort is located just outside Naples, Fla. 

Who attends: Experiential and exhibit designers and producers, as well as suppliers

What’s the vibe: Intimate, according to Lowe. 

What first-timers need to know: There’s a first-timer’s reception, which will be held immediately before the opening reception on Nov. 28. Lowe recommended seeking out EDPA board members to provide introductions. Last year, there were approximately 20 first-time attendees.

Saltleaf Golf Preserve will host the EDPA ACCESS Annual Golf Scramble on Nov. 28.

What networking activities are planned: The EDPA ACCESS Annual Golf Scramble will be held on Nov. 28 at the Raymond Floyd-designed Saltleaf Golf Preserve. Last year, about 90 golfers participated. For those who don’t want to golf or relax by the resort pool or spa, EDPA is hosting a fishing excursion on the back bay. The event will feature amazing scenery with the chance to catch redfish, snapper, snook and more.

Who is speaking:

American Chopper's Paul Teutul Jr. is the keynote speaker on Day 1. He will also join the golfers.

Paul Teutul Jr., widely recognized as the chief designer and fabricator of some of the world’s most famous motorcycles and known to enthusiasts through his hit television series, American Chopper. Teutul will kick off the event with a keynote on Day 1. Here’s a link to his full bio and video clip.

Jonna Mendez, a former Chief of Disguise for the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, will start the morning on Day 2. During her 27-year career, she earned the CIA’s Intelligence Commendation Medal. As a specialist in clandestine photography, Mendez oversaw operational disguise responsibilities in the most hostile theaters of the Cold War — from Havana and Beijing to Moscow and ultimately into the Oval Office. 

Dr. Tracey Wilen, a researcher and speaker on the impact of technology on society, work and careers, will share her insights on Day 2 to help the audience understand the changing work environment.

Additional speakers include Jeremy Bess, an economist; Han Leenhouts, who will explore the impact of artificial intelligence on the industry; and Jane Gentry, who will provide food for thought and for discussion about the changing workplace. 

What are other program highlights: 

  • Led by Liz Nacron, partner at Live Marketing, the Future Leaders Group will have another influx of young talent. 
  • The agenda will also include the EDPA Compensation and Economic Study, as well as legacy sessions, including CFO Insight, Designer Issues Forum and Management Issues Forum.  
  • The State of the Association will underscore EDPA’s commitment to the future of the industry.
  • Jessica Sibila will report on the work of The Exhibitor Advocate. 
  • New sustainability standards will also be introduced to the entire membership.
For attendees who bring their families, there's a pool and lazy river at the Hyatt.

What to do in the area: During your stay, discover the many local art galleries, museums, shops, restaurants and entertainment venues found only minutes from the Florida family resort. If you are feeling adventurous, you can charter fishing trips and excursions through the Everglades.

Check out a list of things to do Fort Myers, curated by Visit Fort Myers. Or view the Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades Official Visitor's Guide, which features trip ideas, maps, sample itineraries, a comprehensive list of local accommodations and attractions and a variety of local secrets.

For more information, contact Lowe at or (312) 799-9562.

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