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2016 Show Manager of the Year Winners Revealed! (SMOTY)

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The trade show community was tasked to “Show Some Love” for outstanding show managers with a nomination for The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Award, and the five honorees have been chosen!

This year’s SMOTY Awards will be presented Oct. 29 in Atlantic City at the TSNN Awards to the following outstanding show managers.

2016 Honorees

Tier I – 1 to 150 booths

Leslie Wiernik, Executive Director, National Association of Subrogation Professionals
Charity: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Tier II – 151 to 300 booths

David Heilbrunn, Show Manager, Coffee Fest. Charity: Café Femenino Foundation

Tier III – 301 to 700 booths

Amy Schwandt, Show Manager, AC Business Media
Charity: Annie’s Locker

Tier IV – 701 to 1,500 booths

Lisa Allen, Senior Show Manager, Informa Exhibitions
Charity: National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Tier V – 1,501+ booths

Jo Ann Miller Marshall, Executive Vice President, AmericasMart Atlanta
Charity: St. James United Methodist Church, Atlanta

“We continue to be amazed at the quality of work presented by all the nominees presented for the SMOTY Awards,” says Randy Pekowski, president and COO of The Expo Group.  “This group continues the long-standing tradition of excellence and innovation that all honorees since 2000 have shared.”

The Expo Group began this awards program to give back to the community by honoring those amazing behind-the-scenes people without requiring association membership or overall show growth. The unsung heroes are honored with a donation in their name to the charity of their choice as well as the iconic SMOTY obelisk trophy.

The official presentation of the 2016 SMOTY Awards will take place Oct. 29 at the TSNN Awards, an annual gala that celebrates success in our industry as a whole.

SMOTY awards are judged by an independent panel and are open to anyone responsible for the production of an event with exhibition space, regardless of any affiliation with The Expo Group. Nominations are accepted year-round at www.theexpogroup.com.

Visit http://bit.ly/SMOTYAWARDS to meet previous award winners and learn more about the program.

Here are 2015’s winners:

Tier I, 150 booths or less: Linda Trummel, Manager, Event Services, SmithBucklin

Tier II, 151-300 booths: Wayneston Harbeson, VP of Operations and Event Services, National Association of Television Program Executives

Tier III, 301-700 booths: Scott Craighead, CEM, VP of Exhibitions and Events, International Association of Exhibitions and Events

Tier IV, 701-1,500 booths: Eric Z Horn, CMP, Associate Executive Director for Business Development and Show Director for North American Beauty Events LLC, Professional Beauty Association

Tier V, More than 1,500 booths: Bill Lynch, Chief Operations Officer, Specialty Food Association

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"The dedication, innovation and downright determination of the people in this business continually impresses me and the judging panel, as well," says Ray Pekowski, President and CEO of The Expo Group. "We began this program to give back to the community by honoring unsung heroes, and I am proud the SMOTYs continue to honor people doing some amazing things with their show.”

Each SMOTY winner received the iconic SMOTY obelisk trophy and was honored with a donation made in their name to the charity or educational institution of their choice.

Anyone responsible for the production of an event with exhibition space is eligible for the awards, regardless of any affiliation with The Expo Group. 

Visit http://theexpogroup.com/e/AboutUs/SMOTY.aspx to meet previous award winners and learn more about the program.

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