Cleveland, Ohio Nov. 14-16, 2014

Celebrating Trade Show Excellence


Categories for 2014 TSNN Awards: Celebrating Trade Show Excellence

Fastest-Growing Net Square Footage Shows

  • Trade Show
  • Association Show
  • Top Overall

Based on net-square foot growth during a three-year period. Calculations will be based on a combination of actual growth and percentage growth.

Fastest-Growing Attendance

  • Trade Show
  • Association Show
  • Top Overall

Based on paid or qualified attendee growth during a three-year period.  Calculations will be based on a combination of actual growth and percentage growth.

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“Best of Show” Award

For the “Best of Show” award we leave it up to YOU to tell us which show is the BEST.

LIGHTFAIR International WON in 2013 - CONGRATS!!!!

The top FIVE entries were voted on through an extensive social media and PR campaign to discover which one deserved to be named “Best of Show”.

View the 2013 finalists HERE. 

The Expo Group’s Show Manager of the Year Awards

Five innovative show managers are honored at the gala dinner which takes part in the weekend-long TSNN industry celebration. In addition to industry-wide recognition, SMOTY honorees received a $500 donation to the charity of their choice courtesy of The Expo Group.

Click HERE to view the 2013 winners! 

“We started this award program over 12 years ago to bring attention to show managers in our industry who were really making a difference,” says Ray Pekowski, President and CEO of The Expo Group. “Over the years we have been able to donate over $65,000 to charity but more importantly we have shined the spotlight on people who might otherwise be toiling behind the scenes. SMOTY winners have been from all industries and included show managers just starting out with small shows to those in the twilight of their career.”

Criteria for the SMOTY awards include innovative practices, customer service, commitment to success and the ability to overcome obstacles. All nominees are judged by an independent panel of industry notables. This award is open to any show manager in the industry and there is no cost to nominate someone.

The Power of Events Award: Abilities Expo - the 2013 winner! 

The Power of Events Award honors the raw power and influence of the marketplace created by a truly great tradeshow. Criteria for selection include serving a previously underserved market, truly changing the course of life for attendees and exhibitors (whether business or personal), and a relentless passion by the organizers for serving the chosen market.

The inaugural Power of Events Award was presented to Abilities Expos in 2013. Organized and operated by industry leaders and veterans Lew Shomer and David Korse, Abilities Expos has expanded to eight cities – including Singapore, and has transformed the lives of thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors and healthcare professionals. Because of Lew and David’s passion and innovative thinking, their shows have brought those with special needs and their families from broken-hearted isolation to a place of acceptance, empowerment, and the ability to thrive in life.

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Watch 2013 TSNN Awards Gala