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The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards

The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards

Deadline to submit was June 21st - stay tuned for winners...

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Nominations are now closed for The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards. Deadline to submit was June 21. Stay tuned for more details on the winners...

All event professionals in associations and corporate entities with authority for bringing attendees and exhibitors together were eligible.

Since 2000, the crystal SMOTY obelisk trophy has been presented to those behind-the-scenes pros creating amazing experiences within their exhibition and convention.

Each winner also is honored with a donation to their favorite charity and recognition industry-wide. Since 2000, over $80,000 has been donated to charity by The Expo Group in honor of SMOTY winners.

Four trophies will be presented this year at the Trade Show News Network Awards, held Aug. 21-23 in conjunction with Connect Expo in New Orleans.

 

Tier I: 1 to 200 booths

Tier II: 201 to 700 booths

Tier IV: 701 to 1500 booths

Tier V: 1501 or more booths

“Rewarding outstanding event professionals regardless of the size of their show or their membership in any organizations is the simple objective of the SMOTY Awards," said The Expo Group President and COO Randy Pekowski.

He added, “I am always impressed by the nominees, whose achievements are examples from which we all can learn.”

SMOTY awards are open to all trade show managers, not just clients of The Expo Group. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.

An independent panel of judges reviews all candidates for their innovative practices, commitment to success, premier customer service and ability to overcome obstacles.

Nominations needed to be submitted by June 21 at SMOTY NOMINATIONS

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 at www.theexpogroup.com.

Visit HERE to meet previous award winners and learn more about the program.

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




 
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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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