THIS IS DERSE

Our vision is to be our clients’ most inspiring, relevant, and results-driven partner.

Experiences Matter
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WHO WE ARE

Derse is a complete face-to-face marketing agency staffed, equipped, and dedicated to ensuring a more purposeful approach to building brand experiences. We specialize in the planning and production of exhibits, events, and marketing environments. Derse has a unique range of integrated capabilities to help our clients tell their brand stories as engagingly as possible.

We approach each project as unique in size and scope and we can effectively manage any size program. What sets us apart is that we never lose sight of why our customers invest in face-to-face marketing: to drive business forward.

THE FACTS

Wisconsin

Headquarters located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Founded

Founded in 1948

Employees

400 employees and growing

Square feet

720,000 sq. ft. of exhibit design, manufacturing, and warehousing facilities

Clients

500+ clients

Events

8,000+ events supported annually

CEO

Current CEO Brett Haney

Award

Recognized by Advertising Age as a top experiential and event agency

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OUR STORY

Derse was founded in 1948 by James F. Derse as a sign painting business in the back of his mother’s garage. Throughout the next several decades, product lines grew to include outdoor advertising, interior and exterior signage, and trade show design and construction services.

In 1989, Jim Derse sold the company to current owners Bill Haney and Bill McNamara. Over the years, Derse added multiple full-service offices across the U.S. Double-digit growth continued into the 21st century and services expanded to customer experience and client strategic service practices.

After 70 years, Derse has evolved into a complete face-to-face marketing company with significant expertise in experiential marketing and measurement. Over the past decade, we have mobilized and integrated these services to help clients generate excitement, brand awareness, and buying interest in their targeted audiences.

BRAND EVOLUTION

As our client offerings evolved, so did our logos.

OUR LOCATIONS

We have six full-service facilities along with multiple satellite sales and creative offices.

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Exhibits

Exhibits

We design, build, and manage trade show exhibits of all sizes.

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Events

Events

 Events create opportunities to make lasting impressions.

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Environments

Environments

Turn your place of business into an immersive experience. 

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