Best tradeshow marketing tips and case studies. Call 800-654-6946.
Best tradeshow marketing tips and case studies. Call 800-654-6946.

About Me

I’m Tim Patterson, known as TradeshowGuy™, a lifelong Oregonian with almost 18 years in the tradeshow industry. Yes, I really did register the trademark.

I’m a husband, father, skier, blogger, author and former long-time radio personality, grounded in the Top 40 music of the 70s in radio stations in northwest Oregon. After spending over 25 years on-air I moved to Interpretive Exhibits where I was VP of Sales and Marketing from 2002 to 2011.

Interpretive Exhibits closed down in  2011 when the owner retired, which is when I started Communication One Exhibits. In 2015 we re-branded the company to TradeshowGuy Exhibits to better match the image and brand. We work with exhibitors who are frustrated by their old exhibits that don’t effectively represent their brand any more, or are old and heavy and are bulky to setup and and heavy (and expensive) to ship, or who don’t have a thorough and comprehensive exhibiting program to get the most return on their investment.

In 2015 I published a paperback called “Tradeshow Marketing: 14 Proven Steps to Take Your Tradeshow Marketing to the Next Level.” Pick up the paperback by clicking on that link, or download a free digital version for a limited time here.

In 2018, I published my second book, Tradeshow Superheroes and Exhibiting Zombies: 66 Lists Making the Most of Your Tradeshow Marketing. It’s a lot of fun and very useful, too.

I’ve given a number of in-person presentations and webinars about tradeshow booth design, tradeshow success and using social media in combination with tradeshows, conferences and events. If you’d like me at your event, head to the contact page and send me a note.

I grew up in Central Oregon about a mile from Hoodoo Ski Bowl, where I started to ski at the age of 7. I’ve skied all over Oregon as well as a few stops in Utah and Montana, but still have a season pass at Hoodoo, which is about 90 miles due east of my home in Salem. Greatest small family-oriented ski resort ever.

Random things about me…

  • Drummer since 5th grade, still bang the skins regularly.
  • Guitarist since 1975 or so (still learning a few things)
  • Grew up on comic books, the National Lampoon magazine and a lot of 60s Science Fiction including authors such as Robert Heinlein, Philip K. Dick, Poul Anderson, Arthur C. Clarke, Harlan Ellison and others; didn’t have TV as a kid which meant I was outside a lot or curled up with a comic book or science fiction novel.
  • I can juggle. Really.
  • Got married to the gorgeous, smart and talented Jenny in Gibraltar in 2013 – the same place as John and Yoko and Sean Connery. Sean liked it so much he got married there twice!
  • I dream of owning a Tesla (one of these days!).

Find me on social media here:

Just launched a new “hub” website for all of the things I do: Check out

Tim Patterson

Tradeshow Marketing Expert & Dynamic Public Speaker/Trainer

  • Tracy Lindsay ,

    Hello Tim! I was so excited to see that you had evaluated my blog. I love feed back, especially if it helps me become better at what I am doing. You caught my blog in a re-vamp period. I am self taught and usually do the major work on Sundays with a cup of coffee in the lazy boy chair and a corny movie on the TV. When I finish I will send you a link and I would love it if you would look at it again. All the social media is so exciting, reminds me of what I read about the industrial age. We have so many opportunities and tools. Now we have to figure out how to make them work for our clients and ourselves.
    Thanks again
    Tracy Lindsay
    Great State of Michigan!

    • James ,

      Hey Tim!

      Great to find a technology evangelist in the events industry! Would love to sit down and discuss your thoughts on my new start up company’s suite of products for show producers, exhibitors, and attendees. We just launched last month and are trying to find resellers and partners all over the country. Swing by and check us out. Thanks!



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        • tradeshow supplier ,

          Tim I love your blog and all the helpful information you offer on tradeshows. I’m a fellow musician and you have inspired me to start our own blog called Tradeshow Supplier to promote our business. Thanks for sharing this excellent business resource.

          • Tim Patterson ,

            Thanks for the note – good luck on your own blog!

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