2016 Gold 100 Awards & Summit

Dates: September 21 - 23, 2016
Location: Park Hyatt Aviara Resort (Carlsbad, CA)

Relive TSE’s Gold 100 Awards & Summit on Video

Oceanside, CA - The Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Awards & Summit was a memorable event, and those who participated, as well as those who couldn’t make it to Santa Barbara September 30-October 2, can now get a look at the Gold 100 Highlight Videos

Show organizers and sponsors also showed off their musical talents — or lack thereof — in the destined-to-be-a-classic musical rendition of “No Business Like Show Business.” This event will be adapted and tweaked in the next Gold Gala with new lyrics, new singers and a surprise guest.

More than 200 top show organizers and other industry leaders spent a productive week at the Bacara Resort, Golf Club and Spa to network, celebrate, and take in a full schedule of thought-provoking sessions. The big celebration came during the Gold 100 Awards Gala night when 19 Gold Grand Awards were presented to the shows that set the bar in 2014 for size and professionalism, from the “Largest Show” to the “Marketing Genius Award” to the “Greatest Show on Earth.”

Full editorial coverage of the winners, the sessions, and the networking events will be published in a special 12-page feature in the December issue of TSE.

Gold 100 Week Was a Santa Barbara Sensation
for Nearly 200 Guests; Who Took Top Honors?

Santa Barbara, CA – A winning combination of the perfect crowd and the perfect setting set the stage for a glittering salute to the top trade shows of 2014 at the annual Trade Show Executive Awards & Summit.

Trade Show Executive and its sponsor partners, led by title sponsor Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, welcomed 183 show organizers and other industry leaders at the seaside Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, CA on September 29 - October 2. The annual event, now in its 8th year, provided a hard-to-beat venue for networking, socializing and the unveiling of the annual Grand Gold Awards for the largest trade shows of the year and the exhibitions that excelled in 15 other categories including marketing, execution, sustainability, public service and technology.


Who’s Coming to TSE’s Gold 100?

Oceanside, CA – Trade Show Executive’s Gold 100 Awards & Summit in Santa Barbara next month will salute the executives who have guided their shows into the elite ranking of the 100 largest shows in the nation. This top-tier group includes CEOs, show organizers, vice presidents, group show managers and others who have set the Gold Standard for the trade show industry. Take a look at who’s participating in the festivities. All show organizers will be entered in a drawing for a special gift which will be presented on Awards night — but you have to be present to win. Register today!


Gold 100 Advisory Board

  • William Albaugh, General Manager Sales, Association for Iron & Steel Technology
  • Chris Brown, Executive VP, Conventions & Business Operations, National Association of Broadcasters
  • John Catalano, Group Manager, Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Tom Cindric, VP, Informa Exhibitions U.S.
  • Randy Field, VP, Customer Experience, Reed Exhibitions
  • Karen Gebhart, VP of Business Development, Helicopter Association International
  • Mary Larkin, Executive VP, Diversified Communications
  • Peter MacGillivray, VP, Events & Communications, Specialty Equipment Market Association
  • William Sell, Managing Partner, Advisor Communications
  • Megan Tanel, VP, Exhibitions & Events, Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Gold 100 Keynote Speaker Jack Uldrich
Will Get Gold 100 Delegates Fit for the Future

Oceanside, CA – No one can predict the future accurately but Jack Uldrich can help you prepare for it. Uldrich will kick off this year’s Trade Show Executive (TSE) Gold 100 Awards & Summit with a keynote address focused on the principles of unlearning — or freeing yourself from obsolete knowledge and assumptions — as a strategy to survive and thrive in this era of constant transition.

Uldrich, a prolific author and former Navy intelligence officer, has consulted with Fortune 1000 companies on the value and techniques of avoiding the assumptions and intellectual ruts that can cloud one’s vision of the future. Among the seemingly innocent examples he uses of widespread but outdated knowledge include the seemingly familiar roadside Yield sign, [quick — what color is it? Look again!] and the No. IV (or is it IIII?) on a watch with Roman numerals.


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.


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.







Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Experient, Inc.
Georgia World Congress Center
Global Experience Specialists (GES)
Map Your Show
MGM Resorts International/
Mandalay Bay Resort
New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
New Orleans Ernest
Memorial Convention Center
Orange County Convention Center
Sands Expo & Convention Center |
The Venetian |
The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino
Shownets, LLC
Visit Orlando


A2Z Inc.
AFR Tradeshow Furnishings
Anaheim/Orange County Convention
Convention Data Services
Fern Exposition & Event Services
Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Metropolitan Exposition Services, Inc.
Oscar & Associates
Ungerboeck Software International


Center for Exhibition
Industry Research (CEIR)
Exhibition Services &
Contractors Association (ESCA)
International Association of
Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)
Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO)