Richard “Rick” Simon is the President and Chief Executive Officer of United Service Companies. United Service Companies is the Chicago-based parent company of United Maintenance Company Inc., United National Maintenance Inc., United Temps Inc., U.S. Aviation Services Corp., United Security Services Inc., and Trade Show Executive Media. He has presided over Trade Show Executive as President & Chairman for 24 years.
He has been with United Service Companies since its founding in 1965. He rose through the ranks to become its President and CEO in 1985. Under his leadership, United Service Companies has blossomed from a few small accounts in Chicago to thousands of accounts from Washington D.C. to Honolulu, Hawaii. In fact, United National Maintenance is now the largest cleaning contractor of conventions and special events in the United States. Richard’s commitment and passion for service have made United Service Companies one of the fastest growing cleaning, staffing and security companies in America
As an active contributor to Chicago’s business and tourism industry, Richard serves on many prestigious boards. He is the current Chairman of the Chicago Police Foundation, the former Chairman of The Magnificent Mile Association, and has also been an active member of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau since 1980, now known as Choose Chicago. In fact, he served as their Chairman and in various board positions throughout the years. Richard serves on the boards of Gateway Green, The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, and The Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association. He is very involved with the International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE), the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) as well as the Exhibition Service Contractors Association (ESCA). Throughout his career, he has been recognized by his industry and peers with numerous awards and was named by Tradeshow Week as one of the most influential people in the trade show industry.