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  • Messe Frankfurt acquired the Thailand Lighting Fair and Thailand Building Fair. Messe has been with the shows since they launched in 2015.
  • JW Marriott will open the 4,000-room Drew Las Vegas in 2020 at the site of the stalled Fontainebleau hotel project on Las Vegas Blvd.
  • Denver OK’d contracts for a $233-million expansion featuring an 80,000-sf rooftop ballroom and terrace at the Colorado Convention Center.
  • The latest numbers rank NAMM’s 2018 show the largest in its 117-year history with more than 115,000 attendees and nearly 2,000 exhibitors.
  • The deadline for nominations for Trade Show Executive’s Trailblazers Awards has been extended to March 16. Got to TSE Events for info.
  • International Assoc. of Amusement Parks and Attractions President and CEO Paul Noland has resigned. CFO Hal McEvoy steps in temporarily.
  • The Aria Resort & Casino $170-million expansion in Las Vegas adds 200,000 sf of flex meeting space, raising total space to 500,000 sf.
  • Gary Musich announced his retirement as Vice President of Sales for Meet AC effective March 2 after 25 years representing Atlantic City.
  • The San Diego Convention Center named ON Site, a GES company, its exclusive sound and rigging vendor and preferred audio visual provider.
  • Board members of UK-based UBM have accepted an offer from Informa for a reported 3.8 billion pounds ($5.3 billion).

Trade Show Executive Launches Program to Shine a Light on Industry Up-and-Comers

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
November 14, 2017

Chicago -- The rising stars of the next generation of show managers will be a at the among the honored guests at the next Trade Show Executive (TSE) Fastest 50 Awards & Summit in Chicago.

The newly launched TSE Trailblazers program showcases the trade show industry’s up-and-comers. The best of the nominees will be selected for the inaugural Trailblazers class and will be invited as guests at the Fastest 50 Awards & Summit in June. To qualify, candidates must report to senior level show management staff and have demonstrated ingenuity and/or distinguishing qualities that set them apart in making a show successful.

TSE Publisher/Editor Gabrielle Weiss said the Trailblazers initiative would be an exciting addition to the Fastest 50 program. “It is fitting that the event honoring the industry’s fastest-growing trade shows should also spotlight the individuals who are on the fast track to success and may become the future leaders of the industry,” she said.

The chosen few will also share their insights and perspectives during a panel session. More information on this exciting new program will be available at the TSE booth at Expo! Expo! in San Antonio November 28-30. Or, nominate a candidate today at https://www.tsefastest50.com/tse-trailblazers-nomination/

“We recognized an opportunity to celebrate the trailblazing ideas that these up-and-comers are contributing to the exhibitions industry and saw the value in including them in the educational sessions and rich networking opportunities the Fastest 50 event offers,” said Vice President of Events Diane Bjorklund.

Nominations for the TSE Trailblazers will be accepted from senior show management beginning November 14. The deadline for submissions is February 20, 2018.

Meanwhile, the deadline to nominate the shows that will make up the next Fastest 50 class is December 31, 2017. The form can be found on the Fastest 50 website https://www.tsefastest50.com/fastest-50-entry-form/and returned to Carri Jensen, TSE Directories Manager, by email at cjensen@tradeshowexecutive.com, or by fax at (541) 286-4009.

The Grand Awards for the fastest-growing shows of 2017 will be revealed at the Fastest 50 Awards & Summit June 13-15 at the downtown Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Reach Gabrielle Weiss at (312) 493-7753 or gweiss@tradeshowexecutive.com; Diane Bjorklund at (630) 312-8915 or dbjorklund@tradeshowexecutive.com