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Nominations for 2019 Trailblazers Opens

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
March 23, 2019
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CHICAGO – The nominating period is open for the next class of the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Trailblazers, which salutes the best of rising talent in the exhibitions industry.

Nominations may be submitted to TSE between March 25 and May 5, 2019. The annual roster of these trailblazing up-and-comers who are making their marks on their company’s or association’s shows will be revealed shortly after the window closes. The honorees will then pack their bags for Atlantic City and the TSE Fastest 50 Awards & Summit in June.


“The Trailblazers are gathering momentum in their careers and, like the shows that make the Fastest 50, have a promising future ahead,” TSE Publisher and Editor Gabrielle Weiss said. “We are looking forward to seeing the individuals who are making a difference and also making an impression on top show organizers this year.”

The online registration form is available at Nominations for 2019 will be accepted from senior show management. The nominees must have demonstrated ingenuity and/or distinguishing qualities that set them apart in making their shows successful.

The second annual Trailblazers team will be among the honored guests at the Fastest 50 gathering taking place June 18-20 at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. They are invited to join the organizers of the 2018 trade shows that put up the highest percentages of growth for the year in any or all of the categories of exhibit space, number of exhibitors and attendance. Information on registering for the event is available at

Reach Gabrielle Weiss at (312) 493-7753 or

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