Dallas, TX, June 26, 2023 – After an unparalleled career spanning over
five decades, Larry Arnaudet, a commanding figure in the meetings and
convention industry has announced his retirement, effective December
Arnaudet’s professional journey, commencing in 1970 with Manncraft
Exhibitors Services in New Orleans has been marked by steady growth and
remarkable resilience. His tenures at GES, Freeman Decorating Company,
and most recently, the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association 
(ESCA), attest to his comprehensive understanding and wide-reaching
influence within the industry.
As the Executive Director of ESCA, Arnaudet’s audacious leadership and
strategic acumen were instrumental in propelling the organization’s
recognition. His indelible mark on ESCA and the wider industry is a
testament to his commitment and visionary approach. Larry was crucial in
establishing the ESCA Badge system, a worker identification system
recognized across the tradeshow industry nationwide.
Known for his assertive leadership and distinct authenticity, Larry is
unafraid to challenge norms and conventions. His candid professional
interactions have helped shape his reputation as a formidable industry
Central to Larry’s life is his enduring companionship with his wife,
Mary Lee Arnaudet. Their relationship spanning over 50 years, has been a
steadfast source of support throughout Larry’s eventful career.
As Larry Arnaudet transitions into retirement, the industry bids
farewell to a leader whose influence will echo in the future. His
unwavering dedication, visionary leadership, and commitment to fostering
robust professional relationships have had a transformative impact on
the organizations he’s been a part of and the wider industry.
We congratulate Larry on his retirement and look forward to the
continuing reverberations of his influence. As he embarks on this new
chapter, his resilient spirit, which has defined his professional
career, is certain to chart his path forward.
The ESCA Executive Board is currently conducting a search for a new
Executive Director and management company for ESCA.
About ESCA – Since 1970, ESCA has provided a unified voice for
service contractors and their partners in the exhibition industry. ESCA
has more than 175 member companies throughout the United States, Canada,
and the United Kingdom and maintains alliances with IAEE, IAVM, EDPA,
and SISO to promote the exhibition industry. ESCA is dedicated to
advancing the industries of exhibitions, meetings, and special events.
Through education, information exchange, and professionalism shared by
members and their customers, ESCA promotes cooperation among all areas
of the exhibition industry.