Meet the Team

Designers, strategists, technologists, builders, tellers-of-stories, and sticklers-for-details. Our team itself is designed to engage.

Ben Guy Managing Partner

Ben’s reputation as one of the industry’s most respected designers was earned through years of dedication and hard work on his craft. Ben has grown Motif with passion and a process for delivering custom-designed properties at an affordable price.

Dave Hibel Partner

Dave is a dimensional branding and face-to-face marketing lifer who is laser-focused on saving the event marketing industry from mundane design, watered down brand experiences, plodding overhead structures and lackluster service.

Charles Lynch Shop Foreman

A member of Motif’s leadership committee, Chuck is responsible for everything in our production and warehousing process. His dedication to both his people and his mission has earned him the highest respect from clients and team members alike.

Pauleene Paule Office/Accounting/HR Manager

Pauleene handles both accounting and human resources. She’s got a lot on her plate but handles every task with expertise and ease.

Michael Fidkowski VP of Sales

Delivering high energy and tangible value, Michael has a passion for building long-term client relationships. He says that’s an easy job at Motif because he can just share what we do and how we do it.

Allison Ross Account Executive

Allison combines excellent communication skills and a sweet disposition in an approach to client service that gets things done. Versatile, talented, and unshakable, she can always be counted on to grow relationships and deliver results.

James Mischke Senior Account Director

We call Jim the Client Solutions Champion because he’s always providing innovative ideas that are right on-brand for our clients. His “hands-on, team-first” approach has proven to be a winning strategy on and off the show floor.

Darius Lalas Project Manager

Darius brings our unique, and often complex, design concepts into reality. Producing drawings, sourcing materials, managing vendors, programming the CNC router, and solving fabrication issues, Darius does whatever it takes to make success happen.

Lena Alexandersson Graphic Production Designer

Lena oversees our graphics team with calm, control, and creativity. Collaborating with our structural designers, project managers, and production personnel, she brings life to our spaces with vivid imagery and meaningful content.

Carlo Guy Graphics Production

Carlo oversees the quality, fit and finish of all printed materials and maintains our state-of-the-art HP Latex Printers and CNC routers. To ensure a perfect on-site installation, Carlo and his team do a test installation of all graphics before shipment.

Gabriella Serrano Account Manager

Gaby handles the logistics and marketing tactics for her team’s projects. With a diligent and friendly communication style, she keeps everyone on the same page and continually exceeds client and vendor expectations.

Maria Guy Account Manager

Maria loves being the bridge between our clients and our team. By coordinating vendors, providing show service documentation and supporting clients onsite, she ensures their trade show experience will be as seamless as possible.

Dave Pedersen I & D Supervisor

Dave is our expert on the installation and dismantling process. Obsessive about high quality in every detail, he can always be found in an exhibit — cleaning, straightening and improving the space — long after the union labor has gone home.

Chuckie Stein National Labor Coordinator/Supervisor

Chuckie is one of the most recognizable talents in the event marketing industry. He’s a tradeshow lifer. And, as your main point-of-contact at delivery, his mere presence will give you confidence in a smooth transition from the shop to the show site.

Mark Nicosia Carpenter and Lead Machinist

Mark is Motif’s Maestro of Machines. His creative work with the CNC router adds a special flair to every one of our custom projects. And for Mark, creativity includes finding ways to increase precision and reduce waste.

Charles Dreiling Carpenter

With so many Charles and Chucks here, we call Mr. Dreiling “Chuckles.” It’s fitting for a man who is always in a good mood while bringing the craftsmanship and quality required for the great work that makes our clients happy.

Grant Carlson Carpenter

Grant is a woodworking genius who also happens to be good with people. He was the lead carpenter on our work for Soraa that included a 9,000 lb. architectural lighting canopy and resulted in an Exhibitor Magazine Design Award in 2018

John Bartoszewski Carpenter

John was born to create with his hands. He never needs more than a good set of drawings, the right tools, and some peace and quiet to build you a masterpiece.

Stephen Paule Apprentice

Perhaps our friendliest teammate, Stephen can always be found whistling, singing, and building great things. And, while he’s a newcomer to the world of carpentry, Stephen has proven to be an incredibly quick learner and damn fine craftsman.

Eric Schuette AV Technician

Eric oversees the technology that turns our architectural designs into interactive experiences. More than just our tech guru, he is also someone you can count on for big-picture strategic thinking that puts your A/V installation over the top.

Guillermo Gomez Warehouse

Known as “Willy G.” or “Nonoy the Ninja,” Guillermo possesses almost as many nicknames as he does talents. A former off-shore oil rig repairman, he is our “McGyver” — able to accomplish whatever it takes for 100% satisfaction.

Antonio Alberto Crate Builder

Antonio’s craftsmanship and expert-level Jenga skills ensure the safe shipping and storage of our clients’ valuable assets. His care and concern add efficiency to the process and years of life to your exhibits.  

Jorge Martinez Warehouse

As the leader of our warehouse team, Jorge manages our inbound and outbound handling procedures. He keeps it all moving — always with a smile. He’s our “Norm Peterson.” Everybody knows his name and they’re always glad to see him.   

Robert Vargas Warehouse

Robert has been with Motif from the beginning and is one of our most valuable teammates. His attention to detail on prep-to-ship work and inbound inventory are part of the behind-the-scenes excellence Motif is known for.

Nixie Rueda Account Inventory Specialist

Nixie oversees Motif’s rental inventory and all the valuable assets our clients entrust to us. Known as a champion of details, she keeps our records accurate through daily and weekly counts ensuring we always have what we need to keep production moving.

Pamela Gibas AR/AP Specialist

Pam keeps payables and receivables on track with a friendly disposition while handling lots of tasks behind the scenes to keep the business turning.

Winnie Puppy in Charge

Creating exhibits, environments, and experiences can be stressful work. But Winnie never loses her cool, and her positive attitude keeps the rest of the team inspired and productive.