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Happy Milestone Birthday to Rick Simon


Chicago – As security detail to Mayor Richard J. Daley in the ‘70s, Richard Simon’s job was to keep the Mayor out of harm’s way and his schedule confidential. He excelled at keeping confidences for the Mayor, but for himself?  Not so much.  It took a lot of digging by the Trade Show Executive investigative staff, but we recently learned that today, November 27,  is his milestone birthday and we decided to blow his cover.  Check the masthead on Monday to see if we still have jobs.

He is a former U.S. Marine Sergeant and Chicago police officer. He started his career at United Service Companies during high school as a part-time employee of the small janitorial firm. He rose to fame and fortune as president and CEO, with a continuingly expanding client base including most trade shows, United Airlines, major hotels, convention centers, hospitals, newspapers and food processing plants. He is a past Chairman of the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau and the Secretary-Treasurer for many years. He founded  Trade Show Executive Media Group in 2000. Read more at

From a childhood in fabulous 50s, through the tumultuous Vietnam era, and on to the 21st Century and the TSE Gold Gala, Rick has seen it all, except for his beloved Cubs in the World Series. Please join all of us in razzing him on his birthday.

Reach Rick Simon at (800) 248-8558 or

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