2015 Gold 100 Awards & Summit

Dates: September 30 - October 2, 2015
Location: Bacara Resort and Spa (Santa Barbara, CA)

Trade Show Executive Unveils Gold 100 Class of 2014

Oceanside, CA – The roster of trade shows that make up this year’s Trade Show Executive (TSE) Gold 100 has been finalized, and all eyes are now on Santa Barbara, where the biggest and the best will be feted at the upcoming TSE Gold 100 Awards & Summit, September 30-October 2 at the Bacara Resort and Spa on California’s golden Pacific Coast.

Many familiar names are once again Gold 100 shows by virtue of the sheer size of their exhibit floors. Venerable events such as the International CES, International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), MAGIC – August, the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, PACK EXPO and SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) top the list with at least 1 million net square feet of exhibit space apiece. TSE will also honor the biggest of them all – the triennial CONEXPO-CON/AGG and its record exhibit floor which could easily pass for a subdivision of Las Vegas.

Many other giants will be honored, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, International Vision Expo East, the Nightclub & Bar Convention &Trade Show, The Rental Show, Surfaces and more.

Their accomplishments will be the focus of the awards dinner and summit, which brings together CEOs, group vice presidents, group show managers, and leading show organizers — not only from the Gold 100 shows, but also from the so-called “Winners Circle” which includes leaders of the Fastest 50 shows and top brass from numerous other show organizations and associations.


Idyllic Santa Barbara Awaits Gold 100 Class of 2014

Santa Barbara, CA – The 2015 Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Awards & Summit takes place once again on the scenic California coast, and this year’s venue is one of the most special in the event’s history.

Known as the “American Riviera,” Santa Barbara has long been a favorite getaway spot for travelers and an idyllic retreat for celebrities. The elite of the trade show industry will get a heady taste of the lifestyle on September 30-October 2 at the famed Bacara Resort and Spa located a few short miles north of the city on the shore of the Pacific Ocean.

The Bacara is rated one of the “Top 5 Resorts in Southern California” by Conde Nast Traveler, and has been recognized in three separate categories by the Forbes Travel Guide. The Bacara embodies the romance of the California Hacienda style and will be a fitting locale for the annual salute to the biggest and best trade shows of 2014.

“The Gold 100 Awards & Summit will once again offer CEOs, show organizers and their industry partners a golden opportunity to celebrate their success as they start winding down the year and begin planning for 2016 in a productive and beckoning setting,” said Darlene Gudea, president of Trade Show Executive Media Group. The largest shows of the year will be honored, and top sponsors and staff will present crystal trophies in 12 categories such as the “Top Brand,” the “Marketing Genius” and “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The event will feature a fast-paced summit that will provoke new ideas and new ways of doing things. For networking, delegates will enjoy the TSE Gold Golf Classic at the Sandpiper Golf Club, lunch at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, a clam bake on the sandy shores of the Pacific, and more.