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The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards

The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards

The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards 

Recognizing Greatness! 

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The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards were created in 2000 to honor show organizers who weren’t getting recognition from industry associations but were doing some amazing, creative things with their exhibition and in their marketplace community. The SMOTY Awards honor those who have great new ideas and carry them through, those who demonstrate creativity in problem solving or even decorating, those who pay attention to the little details that make shows a success, and those who practice The Expo Group’s own philosophy of providing premier customer service. ​

SMOTY awardees are known for their commitment and drive. They pay attention to the details that create an awesome show experience, leading the SMOTY judging panel to select them from among the nominees.

The crystal SMOTY obelisk trophies will be presented Aug. 11 during the TSNN Awards Gala Celebration in Louisville!

In addition, The Expo Group will donate $500 in each honoree’s name to the preferred charity. Since 2000 the SMOTY program has resulted in more than $75,000 donated by The Expo Group and matching funds honoring individual winners.

Show managers who have demonstrated their ability to be committed, innovative and focused on customer service will find themselves receiving this special recognition. Past nominees have been suggested by co-workers, exhibitors, vendors, board members, supervisors and themselves. 

This year, the winners are: 

  • Tier I: 1 to 200 booths: Kim McQueen - American Association of Dental Office Management
  • Tier II: 201 to 500 booths: Liz Miller - JD Events
  • Tier III: 501 to 1500 booths: Manolita B. Moore - North American Veterinary Community
  • Tier IV: 1501 or more booths: Mark Bogdansky - Auto Care Association

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

Visit HERE to meet previous award winners or to learn more about the program!

TSNN Awards Schedule - at a Glance

Saturday, August 11, 2018
  1. There are more than 44,000 registered foals that are born annually and only 20 of these have a shot at age 3 to race in the Kentucky Derby.  The odds of a Justify coming along and winning the Triple C ...
  2. Michael McCauley will begin the education session with an overview and explanation of this year’s theme: Transformation. He will then topline some of the exciting presentations to be experienced this ...
  3. Attracting What You Want and Need through Personal Branding: Everyone has a personal brand, but not everyone uses it strategically to achieve their goals. Smart personal branders decide what qualities ...
  4. Influencer Marketing Manufacturing Word-of-Mouth Recommendations for Your Event or Brand Today’s media landscape is more competitive than ever. Brands are finding it more and more difficult to break t ...
  5. This session will be an actual case study highlighting the success Denise Miller (Vice President, Event and Digital Marketing) of the National Home Builders Association (NAHB), achieved by unlocking t ...
  6. When the Spirit of Transformation Moves – You Need To Move Too! An interactive multimedia experience exploring “What Happens When The Spirit of Transformation begins to change Everything—including how ...
  7. Attention all Boutique Shoppers! Join us for a visit to Butchertown Market, where you can find fabulous accessories, home décor, bourbon spices, locally made bath products, amazing chocolates and most ...

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