Our team members come from both the tradeshow and shipping industries. Many of them have been in the industry for over 20 years. We specialize in domestic and internation exhibit shipping.

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Tradeshow Shipping

Ship with confidence. We've been shipping exhibits to tradeshows for over 25 years.

Exhibit Storage

We can warehouse your exhibit between events.

International Shipping

ELITeXPO offers worldwide shipping for tradeshows. Import & Export.

Shipment Tracking & Status Emails

Available automated shipment status emails and web tracking.

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There's More To Shipping Your Tradeshow Exhibit, Than Just Moving The Freight

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About Us

In the Beginning:

Founded in 1987 by David and Leslie Mihalik, Elite Cargo Systems focused on being a carrier of computer hardware, software and high tech materials. In 1990, a name change to ELITeXPO Cargo Systems, was required when the cargo mix had changed from high tech to trade show and trade show materials. Larger facilities and airport access prompted a move to Bensenville outside of Chicago’s O’Hare airport.

The Growing Years:

As the company grew our services expanded and a local cartage business was created. After a few years it was evident that Trade Show Transportation was going to be the focus and the future of the company. The local cartage operation was sold to further advance the strategy of growing trade show shipping services worldwide. From that point, ELITeXPO immediately experienced rapid growth in shipments between points in North America.

ELITeXPO continued on our path of tradeshow industry innovations and high level shipping services. In 2002, a facility was purchased in South Elgin, Illinois to accommodate future requirements and to assist in the equity growth of the company. The new facility has customized offices, a Freight Operations atrium, a recreation/media room, and state of the art technology wired throughout. In 2007, ELITeXPO began a Green Initiative to reduce energy usage, recycle consumable waste and lower the carbon footprint. A Top Score Partner rating was achieved upon our joining in the EPA's SmartWay Transport Program. ELITeXPO partnered with AMerican Forests and began a program where a new tree is planted for every shipment delivered to a tradeshow on behalf of our customers.

In 2009, ELITeXPO started the Tradeshow Services division, once again expanding its services offerings to meet the growing needs of our clients. Our Tradeshow Services division is a perfect compliment to our core discipline and now offers our customers with full Property Management.

Where we're going:

ELITeXPO remains committed to providing the best value for the dollar in the Trade Show business. We provide 24-7-365 days a year service. There are dedicated account reps to assist you in Same Day, Overnight, 2,3,4,5 Day, Economy, Super Deferred, Nationwide and International, LTL, Trailer Load and Exclusive Use Truck or Aircraft. ELITeXPO can now offer a complete trade show management program that provides industry experienced trade show services from the planning stages, to set up and tear down and storage at all stages of the exhibit planning cycle.

Team XPO:

David Mihalik- David Mihalik | President / CEO:

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Leslie Mihalik- Leslie Mihalik | VP of Finance:



- Jim Hayes | Executive VP / COO:

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- Heidi Maschmann | VP of Information Systems / Inventory:

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- Chuck Michel | VP of Tradeshow Services:

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- Rich Peterson | VP of Business Development - Western Region:

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- Helen Wilkinson | Controller:

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- Scott Coughlin | Trailerload & International Manager:

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- Michelle Kujawski | Domestic Freight Manager:

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We're proud to be the Official Air Carrier for the AAOS Annual Meeting.

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