Gilbert Family On Display: Meredith Posner

Meredith Posner has been with the Gilbert Family for the past two and a half years as a Junior Designer. It was a big adjustment coming from her previous job as a visual merchandising coordinator for Tiffany and Co. Rather than focusing on execution and production, her job here at Gilbert allows her to be more behind the scenes.

As a designer, Meredith controls the first step in a project’s process. Her position mainly involves conceptualization. Her designs go back and forth between her and the client a few times until the client feels that the design is right for them. She will then draw up an estimate package that our Estimators will use to come up with the projected cost of fabrication. Finally, her renderings go to the Detailers and Project Managers who prepare the project for fabrication! When talking about her process she shared, “It is an incredible resource to be able to just walk right into the shop and see how they are implementing the designs we create.”

 When asked about what inspires her, Meredith spoke of installation art and its similarity to what she likes about exhibit design. To her, an exhibit involves storytelling and creating an experience. Similar to most stories, there’s an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.


“The way you design your booth kind of tells that story. What kind of story are you going to tell?


Meredith also mentioned how intriguing she finds the nature of certain marketing environments. There is a space that feels so solid and permanent, yet after a certain amount of time, it is taken down, never to be experienced again. Giving people that type of exclusive “experience” is what keeps her motivated and inspired. She enjoys working with her teammates and bouncing ideas off of one another, and the excitement of seeing their creativity unfold and occur. Meredith then shared, “It’s a unique thing to be in an environment where you can feel comfortable to throw out ideas without being judged.” She truly appreciates the fact that everyone’s ideas are taken into account. Even if the contribution is a small piece of a puzzle, it’s rewarding to be included in the projects.


 In the two and a half years Meredith has been here, she has made a great impact and we look forward to what she will bring to Gilbert in the future. When asked what she would like our clients to know, as Gilbert celebrates its 30th birthday, she responded, “We have high standards here. We build things the right way, and we demonstrate efficiency. We don’t push anything out that we don’t see as being high quality – we always put the best of the best out the door.”

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Gilbert Goes Green

Here at Gilbert, we are strong advocates for the betterment of our planet, and take our role in this cause very seriously. Whether it is our sustainable resources, our environmentally friendly technology, or the education we provide for our team members, we are proud to say that Gilbert continues to GO GREEN!

The RRR policy, or reduce, reuse and recycle, is at the very core of what helps us in becoming a more sustainable company. By recycling our materials like metal scraps, plexi glass, and cardboard packaging, we have eliminated approximately 85% of our manufacturing waste! This is extremely important as this lowers our need for landfills, reducing harmful gases in the air. In addition to reducing our waste, we also make it a priority to use ecofriendly materials in our manufacturing. For example, all of our Formica laminate comes from contractors who fulfill all of the FSC regulations. We are also committed to using formaldehyde free wood and adhesives that give off less VOC emissions, or toxic gases! In addition, we are big enthusiasts and users of Light Emitting Diode, or L.E.D., illumination. With its crisp effects and small physical footprint, it leads against its competitors with its energy efficiency.

We’ve taken action to made our building itself greener. To heat our facilities, which total 200,000 sq. ft., we use natural gas, as opposed to oil – natural gas gives off about 30% less carbon dioxide, 64% fewer nitrogen oxides, and no sulfur dioxide or mercury. We also reuse our ink and toner cartridges, recycle our electronic devices, and always purchase partially reused printer and copier paper. In addition, we have implemented a policy that our office will be cleaned solely with all natural, chemical free, and sustainably made and packaged products that smell great!

We’re not only committing ourselves to green action, we are dedicated to green education as well. We support team members to become well-versed in the LEED and USGBC construction standards. In turn, those individuals inform the rest of the staff in the hopes of reducing the impact of our work on the environment. Keep calm and green on!

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Gilbert Family on Display: A Day with Dean

Hello readers!  My name is Emily, and I have been working with the Marketing Department as their summer intern.  The Gilbert family has been incredibly welcoming throughout my first few weeks!  It’s been so wonderful getting to know everybody and I want to share my experience.  Every other Monday, I will release a new story from the “Gilbert Family on Display” series, highlighting a different team member each time.

To kick off the series, I’d like to start off with Dean Lambros, as he was one of the first people I was introduced to and served as a friendly face from the very beginning!  Dean is the Graphics Manager here at Gilbert and has been working here for almost 11 years.  When he first started he said, “It was humbling!  This building is intimidating, and the projects are intense.” Dean started off doing vinyl work with some knowledge of Photoshop.  He quickly moved on to become a graphic specialist, doing production, for four years before being offered his manager position.  Dean’s often said that being at Gilbert was the best education he could have ever received.

“I’ve learned more here than I ever would’ve at college and they gave me a career…something when I was younger I never thought I’d have.”

He is extremely dedicated and proves to be immensely passionate about not just the production of his work, but the quality of any project he works on.  Dean talked of the high standard set by Gilbert Displays and the employees’ unwillingness to break that standard.  He said, “Never, ever accept mediocrity. Never settle for less.”  He also discussed that the most rewarding part about his position and working at Gilbert is the sense of accomplishment.  When asked about the most rewarding part about being a member of the Gilbert team, he responded, “The friendships.  I’ve made some really good friends in this place. A lot of the people in this place have been there for me.  I lost my father while working here, and received so much support from my Gilbert family.  I’ve been through a lot and they’re always there for me.”

Dean is one of the many incredible employees we have here at Gilbert.  When asked what he would like our clients to know, as we are celebrating our 30-year anniversary, he responded:

“I would want them to know that at the core of the company is a personal investment in the well-being of our clients.  We genuinely care about the projects we work on. I’m proud to say I’m part of the Gilbert team.  We do amazing work!  There are some pretty amazing people here.  Not only do we work on top-notch products for top-notch clients, but we do it with a top notch-team.”

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Gilbert Serves Up Custom Culinary Environment for Tanger Outlets’ Taste & Style Event

_4JR4541In spring 2013, Tanger Outlets approached Gilbert to create a professional and polished culinary environment for their Taste & Style event starring Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone. Gilbert has worked with Tanger many times prior, however this time, Gilbert had only 10 days to make the live event a savory success.

Since the Taste & Style event paid homage to both food and fashion, Gilbert created a set and backdrop that satiated both palettes. Gilbert designed and composed a casual kitchen stage similar to a television cooking set for celebrity chef, author and television personality, Curtis Stone. Black fabrics and linens were used throughout the kitchen set not only as a classic style element but also as a strategic measure to make everything in the foreground, including Chef Stone, vibrantly pop. Food and appliances alike were both functional and fashionable and were utilized for both dinner and décor.

For the flawless execution of live cooking demonstrations by both Chef Stone and national kitchenware and gourmet foods retailer Le Gourmet Chef, Gilbert’s live events team collaborated with a local executive chef who offered his extensive food and kitchen knowledge. Together they prepped food backstage, prepared and arranged Chef Stone’s demonstration ingredients and aesthetically selected and logically arranged colorful kitchen appliances. Gilbert’s event services team also set up the A/V and lighting, provided electrical equipment such as overhead cameras and television monitors and procured the talents of event host MC ECHO, NYC’s DJ Gio and a professional photographer and videographer to capture it all.


Despite the limited time constraints, Gilbert’s event production efforts made for an extremely rewarding experience for hundreds of entertained attendees, Tanger Outlets and for special guest Chef Curtis Stone. Tanger received rave reviews from its corporate office and gave a rave review to Gilbert for a job exceptionally well done. Chef Stone and his assistant commented that in the year they’ve been on this tour, they’ve never experienced such “perfect execution.” Gilbert Displays has produced multiple events for Tanger Outlets, and the success of each one, including the Taste & Style event, only further solidifies the highly successful and convivial relationship.

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Gilbert Displays Announces New Environmental Green Team

Gilbert Displays has announced the assembly of its new “Green Team” as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to expand its eco-conscious practices. The Green Team, spearheaded by creative staff members Mathew Ballen and Brittany Harold is a cross-functional, self-directed group of dedicated employee volunteers who are passionate about finding creative new ways for Gilbert to actively work toward reducing its overall environmental impact.


In a statement about the new eco-friendly initiative, Mr. Ballen commented, “Our decision to form the Gilbert Green Team was pretty simple really. All of us at Gilbert are tremendously passionate about helping the environment and offsetting our carbon footprints the best we can. We feel each one of us has a responsibility to keep our environment clean and sustainable for future generations, and businesses are no exception. We see this as the beginning of a major change toward a much greener future, and everyone at Gilbert is excited to see what we can do.”

Gilbert Displays has implemented green behavior into the culture of its office for the past decade. From an open concept office that utilizes natural light to material recycling on the production floor, Gilbert has made consistent ecological efforts toward leaving a low energy footprint. The Green Team strives to continue Gilbert’s eco-friendly efforts and to find even more ways to support sustainable living in the workplace. Monthly brainstorm sessions are currently being held, and exciting new initiatives are already under evaluation for future implementation. Stay tuned!

For a more detailed list of Gilbert Displays’ current green initiatives, visit

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There’s No Place Like Gilbert: A Copywriter’s View of a Gilbert Trade Show Exhibition Installation

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore                                                                                                 If I had my dog Autumn with me while walking through the Javits Center during the Vision Expo East installation, I would have looked at her and said, “I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more.”

But I knew I wasn’t in Kansas. I knew exactly where I was, yet still couldn’t find my way, as the entire arena was overflowing with construction materials. I found myself squeezing in between shipping cases, dodging moving forklifts and trying to stay out of everyone’s way as I wandered about observing what seemed to be controlled chaos.


An Industrial Exoskeleton                                                                                                   There was an endless sea of details that seemed impossible to complete, or so I thought. But to my surprise, progress was being made at a rapid pace. Just a few minutes ago, this was just a bunch of crates and cables, and now it’s an industrial exoskeleton of sorts. Each lap I traveled from the main rooms to the basement and back showed more evolution than just moments prior.

Now my house didn’t get swept up in a tornado and just land there. I was there for a reason – to observe an intricate process. As the copywriter for Gilbert Displays, and as I’m sure any writer would agree, I know how invaluable experiences are…and this was a good one, as I had absolutely no clue what to expect in a trade show exhibition installation. And honestly, I wouldn’t have believed half of what transpired had I not seen it with my own eyes.

A Strangely Beautiful Metropolis                                                                                       Yet in all the commotion of setup, my mentor, the great and powerful Lead Supervisor Ruben, whom I was shadowing, was oddly collected. Armed with a walkie-talkie in one hand and cell phone in the other, he calmly drifted from one area to the next checking on progress, answering questions and assessing situations. He walked with purposeful determination, and I stumbled and lagged behind him, distracted by everything. It was clear why I was following him and not the other way around. He was making it happen. With every direction he gave and every call he made, structures that Gilbert had designed and built were extracted from their cases and erected like skyscrapers. Exhibits were appearing out of thin air, and many were as big as houses.

Three days later, the unimaginable became a reality. The once empty lot became a buzzing metropolis, and it was strangely beautiful. It was almost like seeing NYC’s Times Square for the first time – lights, colors, and an atmospheric energy that was exciting and inspiring. The transformation was truly amazing. I had stepped out of black and white and entered a Technicolor land.


There’s No Place Like Gilbert                                                                                                    I discovered first hand that the team at Gilbert Displays is extraordinary. What they were able to do in such a limited amount of time was nothing short of astonishing. It was clear that they’d been doing this forever and that they’d mastered the craft. With Gilbert’s exhibits taking up the majority of the main floor, as well as being scattered throughout the rest of the center, it was as though they’d built a small world…and they did.

I must admit: the trade show installation and exhibition process was much more than I thought it would be. I’ve been with Gilbert for less than a year, and I was truly impressed. I knew what they were capable of, but seeing it for myself made it all real. I felt proud to be a part of such artistry and expertise. A million intricate details flawlessly came together, making for another successful Vision Expo East. It was a good feeling. And as I made my last lap around the Javits Center and headed toward the exit, I shook my head in wonder and thought to myself, “There’s no place like Gilbert.”


Tina Pellicone, Copywriter, Gilbert Displays

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Gilbert Creates Vibrant Custom Exhibit for Catherine Malandrino Clothing Line Launch

Premiering at the MAGIC expo in Las Vegas, fashion designer Catherine Malandrino needed a trade show exhibit for the launch of her new diffusion brand “Catherine.” Malandrino representatives approached Gilbert Displays to design and build a custom exhibit that reflected the playful new fashion line, which targets the young, ultra-feminine workingwoman, while still encompassing the elegance of Catherine Malandrino’s more exclusive brands.

To create Catherine Malandrino’s modest yet striking 20×20 custom exhibit, Gilbert’s designers found inspiration in all three of Malandrino’s fashion brands: the contemporary Catherine Malandrino line, the runway line Malandrino and the latest misses diffusion line Catherine. While the brands are distinctly different, they all share a timeless approach to fashion.


For a refined and polished look, Gilbert chose white gloss laminate panels for the exhibit walls. Not only is white a classic fashion staple, it also creates the illusion of space and eliminates distractions, allowing the colorful clothing to pop off the racks. To channel visitors’ inner girl, Gilbert’s team painted several accent panels in Barbie® pink, which did much more than pop off the white walls – they practically exploded with spirited enthusiasm. To further emphasize the youthful, animated visuals, Gilbert’s graphics team produced multiple laser-cut acrylic brand logos, which were then handed off to the finishing department to be painted Malandrino’s signature citrine. The fun and flirty color combination was in perfect agreement with the cosmopolitan clothing line, and the uncomplicated color palate was not only indicative of Catherine Malandrino’s brands, it also helped the space look illusively large. Lastly, because no fashion exhibit would be complete without models, Gilbert created several white gloss, square platforms to support mannequins that showed off Catherine’s chic fashions.

Gilbert Displays’ custom Catherine exhibit was a fun and sophisticated manifestation of Catherine Malandrino’s new fashion brand. Through targeted design choices, Gilbert was able to evoke a classy yet spirited atmosphere, which was apparent by the diverse visitors it drew. Impossible to miss despite its modest size, the Catherine exhibit commanded attention and attracted several leading fashion media outlets including fashion magazine royalty “InStyle.” Representatives from the Catherine brand were thrilled with their new exhibit and went as far as referring to it as “perfection.” Shannon Bouthillette, President of Sales, CATHERINE MALANDRINO stated, “Gilbert is so passionate about what they do. They make sure everything is timely, perfect and that all parties are happy. As always, I love working with Gilbert Displays!”

Like a classic string of pearls, Gilbert’s Catherine exhibit symbolized the simplicity and timelessness of a must-have fashion item that is always in style.

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