MALEKKO, the creator of Xzibitware for designers and detailers, acknowledged the loss of its one-of-a-kind business consultant who sadly passed away this past July.
Alex Shtylman was an engineer, designer, detailer, software developer, CAD trainer, department head, consultant and entrepreneur who in his early 50s tragically died from a rare form of liver cancer.
He was also one of the key people at Global Experience Specialists (GES) in 1995 along with Stephen Parker, a designer at Derse, and Tom Perritt, a retired industry veteran. Shtylman played a big part in helping conceive how Xzibitware should work.
The somewhat crude early version of the program wasn’t known as Xzibitware. Back then, personnel at GES referred to the program as “the Extract.” This actually made sense since the program does, in fact, extract information from each exhibit part symbol it finds in a drawing. That early program was completely revised back in 2003, and it was then named “Xzibitware.”
After that, Shtylman was still involved with the software. He continued to offer suggestions to MALEKKO for new tools to add and ways to make the program faster, better and even easier to use. He created advertising materials for MALEKKO, designed its booth for more than one tradeshow, demonstrated the program to potential users and tested new tools for Xzbitware as they became available. Shtylman supported the concept of Xzibitware being a collection of different CAD software tools — thus the name “Xzibitware Tool Kit.”
There are a lot of designers and detailers (and executives) out there who learned so much from Shtylman while they worked with him — things they use every day. His standards were high, his techniques inventive and inspiring. His clients will greatly miss him.
As expected, Shtylman started his own company some years ago. And, no one else could match ALVIRO Consulting, LLC for the combination of solid, creative design work, accurate cost estimates, fantastic renderings, sophisticated detail drawings, and an incredibly quick turnaround for his clients once Shtylman took on a project.
Shtylman was a hard-working, extremely intelligent man who was always trying to learn new things. As many in the exhibit industry could attest, he would always try to make time to help others as well. All you had to do was ask.
Please join MALEKKO in saying farewell to a true one-of-a-kind genius who had such a huge heart. He will be greatly missed.