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 Nov. 16 during the TSNN Awards Gala Celebration in Dallas!
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.
In 2018, the winners were:
- 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!