Atlanta Ep. 226 – Dave Walens & Zach Wojohn – CEOs of Exploring, Inc. & Executive Parking Systems
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Dave Walens / Exploring, Inc.

Dave Walens is President of Exploring, Inc., the parent company of several unique, trailblazing Atlanta-based companies supporting the event, tradeshow, experiential, entertainment and flooring industries.

Exploring, Inc employs almost 200 employees and operates in 3 locations including a 150,000 square-foot fabrication facility providing a uniquely wide scope of capabilities and supported by a highly experienced, versatile and talented team of metal fabricators, sculptors, artists, carpenters, painters and printers. The rapidly growing company was founded in 1999 and includes ID3 Group, Chisel 3D, Atlantis Waterjet, Brumark, Shelmarc Carpets, and GCI Graphics. Exploring has been named to the Inc. 500 / 5000, Inc. magazine’s annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in America 6 times – in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Dave has over 30 years of experience in developing and growing businesses. His ability to think creatively yet strategically and his unwavering commitment to customer service are a true differentiator. He has extensive experience in exhibit design and construction, event fabrication, graphic production, flooring production and project management.

This experience, combined with in-depth industry knowledge and expertise, enables Dave to assist companies in reaching their strategic marketing objectives as efficiently and effectively as possible.

David is also a strong advocate within the industry through membership and involvement with associations and local and national charities such as:

  • Experiential Designers and Producers Association Foundation Chair
  • Experiential Designers and Producers Association (EDPA) Executive Board Member for seven years
  • EDPA Board Member from 2004 – 2013
  • EDPA Ambassador of the Year – 2007
  • Exhibit 4 Smiles Executive Committee Member
  • Exhibition Services & Contractors Association Member
  • Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association (EACA) Member
  • International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE) Member
  • Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau Member
  • KSU Entrepreneurship Center Executive Advisory Council Chairman
  • KSU Foundation – Trustee
  • Cobb Chamber
  • CEO Netweavers Board Member
  • HBN Foundation – Board member
  • Fashion Institute of Technology Advisory Board

 

Exploring, Inc Projects:

Hamilton the Exhibition

Great Wolf Lodge – MN, IL, GA

Pirates Show – Pigeon Forge (currently in Dollywood and in Branson, MO)

Lumberjack Show – Pigeon Forge (Dollywood)

Disney Play Areas

Sotheby’s Exhibition

Headline News

Super Bowl

Cartoon Network – Rick and Morty

 

Dave is also hosting an upcoming fundraiser on June 27th, 2020 from 6 PM-9 PM in Marietta, GA. All proceeds will be going to help the Academics, Arts, and Athletics departments at KSU. For more information, check out the following links below. Dave hopes to see you there!

KSU Event Flyer

KSU Invitation

 


 

Zach Wojohn / Executive Parking Systems

Zach Wojohn of Executive Parking Systems was raised in the valet parking world of Buckhead Life Restaurants. He began his company at the age of 21 while driving back and forth to Atlanta from Georgia Southern University attempting to get a degree in Criminal Justice. (As a side note, he somewhat achieved his “dream degree” by marrying a career criminal prosecutor.)

Raised in Gwinnett County Georgia, Zach observed the importance of honesty, integrity and dedication to work through his mentor, Dr. William Hardcastle, his mother, an OR nurse of 40 years, and watching the fruits of his labors in the joy of people’s experiences in such simple ideologies. These three guiding points form the very backbone of what Executive Parking Systems has been built on and continues to grow on. Now 21 years later, Zach is still “running cars in Buckhead” and all over the city with his wife, 2 amazing children and 3 Rottweilers. He considers himself “WD-40 and a fire extinguisher all in one” – constantly greasing the wheels and putting out fires.

 

 

 

Ted Jenkin / Oxygen Financial
(Host)

Lee Heisman / Savant CTS
(Co-Host)

Dave Walens / Exploring, Inc.
(Guest)

Zach Wojohn / Executive Parking Systems
(Guest)