Trade Show Industry Set to Shine at Gold 100 Awards & Summit

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Oceanside, CA – In a city known for elegant events, Trade Show Executive aims to set Washington, DC on its heels as the industry’s most influential organizers gather October 3-5 at the 5-star Ritz-Carlton for TSE’s Fifth Annual Gold 100 Awards & Summit. The event will honor the biggest and best shows in the nation ranging from the triennial CONEXPO-CON/AGG, which willclaim the title as the largest of the mega-shows, to the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers Fair, which edged out other contenders to rank No. 100. The organizers of these and other Gold 100 shows are expected to be among the 200 exhibition industry stars at the event. [Scroll down below for a list of show organizers registered for the Gold 100 event as of September 21.]

Fifteen show organizers will take home a crystal trophy next week as Trade Show Executive also honors those who rose above the “best of the best” in key categories including “The Greatest Show on Earth,” “The Marketing Genius Award,” “The Best Use of Social Media,” “The Greenest Show,” and more. The winners will be announced next Thursday during a black tie awards dinner, the most anticipated and festive part of TSE’s Fifth Annual Gold 100 Awards & Summit.

“The 100 trade shows that make up the ‘Gold 100 Class of 2012’ made notable gains in exhibit space, exhibitors and attendees over the previous year, and outperformed TSE’s Composite Index of Trade Shows as well,” said Darlene Gudea, president of Trade Show Executive Media Group. “It is important to celebrate their victories not only in size and growth but also their remarkable achievements in innovation, social media practices, green initiatives, global participation and economic impact.”

Diane Bjorklund,Vice President of Events for Trade Show Executive Media Group, noted that registration for the Gold 100 Awards & Summit is tracking 18% higher than last year and nearing capacity. Only 10 registrations remain, she noted, and late registrants will be wait-listed. “The Gold 100 Gala is drawing many participants who never had the opportunity to attend before due to conflicts with the timing of their show or location. We are also very pleased that some new faces will be joining the event — the new leaders that have moved into executive roles with some Gold 100 shows and associations. We are looking forward to presenting the most dynamic Gold 100 event ever.”

The Gold 100 Summit
Keynote speaker Scott McKain, author, commentator and former CBS anchor, will get the creative juices flowing at the Gold 100 Summit with tips about how to develop differentiation and distinction in your marketplace — regardless of the economic climate. “In today’s Facebook/Twitter/social media world, a dissatisfied customer has a platform to broadcast his or her opinions about your show instantaneously to the world,” McKain said. “In this environment, it is even more important to create customer experiences that are so compelling, your customers’ loyalty is assured.”

Gary Shapiro, President & CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, will slice and dice the burning issues of the day with panelists Peter MacGillivray, VP of Events & Communications for SEMA; Roger Dow, President & CEO of the U.S. Travel Association; Kerry Gumas, President & CEO of Questex Media Group; and Britton Jones, President & CEO of Business Journals, Inc.  With an outspoken audience of organizers in sectors such as automotive, medical, retail, food, technology and sports, this interactive session is sure to generate a variety of opinions about taxes and government regulations, travel policies, labor issues, the inadequate technology infrastructure at convention centers, and more.

What ideas can you adapt from leading consumer show organizers? Dynamic duo Rod Alberts, Executive Director of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), and Greg Topalian, Senior VP of Reed Exhibitions, and producer of NY Comic Con, will share their strategies for creating a continuous cycle of excitement and surprise to keep attendees coming back year after year.

David Ingemie, President of SnowSports Industries America (SIA), will be the guest of honor at Power Lunch, the live version of TSE Columnist Bob Dallmeyer’s monthly magazine feature of leaders and legends. Ingemie will trace his steps and core strategies for building the annual SIA Snow Show into a premier event in the snow sports sector.

The economy will be front and center in the upcoming presidential election, and TSE’s Exposition Forecasting Board will provide its own take on where the economy is headed in the Trending & Spending Forecast session. Panelists will share the latest economic data, forecasts from the recent CEIR Predict conference, trends with attendee registration and exhibitors, and TSE’s new Blue Chip Index of Trade Show Performance, patterned after the Dow Jones Industrial Index. Speakers include Darlene Gudea, President of Trade Show Executive Media Group; Frank Chow, Chief Economist, Trade Show Executive Media Group; Chris Brown, Executive VP, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Chairman of CEIR; Aaron Bludworth, President & CEO of Fern Exposition & Event Services; and Pat Fallon, VP of Business Development for CompuSystems, Inc.

Jochen Witt, President of JWC in Köln, Germany, and a past Chairman of UFI, will moderate a panel on new business models that will challenge the conventional wisdom on established business practices. Joining him are panelists Nancy Walsh, Executive VP of Reed Exhibitions, and Gene Sanders, Senior VP of Trade Shows & Conferences for SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.

In “Around the World in 45 Minutes,” Cherif Moujabber, President of Creative Expos & Conferences, will channel his “inner Phil Donahue” to facilitate audience interaction and draw out the most interesting strategies for boosting international attendance and exhibitor participation.

And the Winner Is….
During the Gold 100 awards dinner, the Gold 100 sponsors will “open the envelopes” and present the Gold Grand Awards, honoring organizers in 15 categories, including the largest show; the show with the highest global participation; the show generating the highest economic impact; the “Marketing Genius Award;” the “Greatest Show on Earth;” and others.  [Check out the full agenda for the Gold 100 Awards & Summit at www.tradeshowexecutive.com]

Registration is complimentary to Gold 100 honorees. Other attendees that may register include C-level executives, group show managers, show directors and other VIPs from independent organizers and associations. TSE is holding a few discounted hotel rooms for late registrants.

For more information, contact Darlene Gudea at (760) 889-8585 or dgudea@tradeshowexecutive.com or Diane Bjorklund at (630) 312-8915 or dbjorklund@tradeshowexecutive.com

Who’s  Coming to the Gold Gala?  [Note:  this list excludes sponsors and staff]

Rod

Alberts

Executive Director

Detroit Auto Dealers Association

Kim

Althoff

Director of Conventions & Meetings

ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America

David

Audrain

President & CEO

Clarion Events North America Inc.

Charlie

Baisley

Show Director

Nielsen Expositions Military Group

Marian

Bossard

VP Meetings & Events

Toy Industry Association, Inc.

Jim

Bracken

Show Director Emeritus

Nielsen Expositions Military Group

Howard

Britt

President & CEO

Premiere Show Group

Stefanie

Brown

Senior Director, Conferences

American Wind Energy Association

Chris

Brown

Executive VP, Conventions

National Association of Broadcasters

Rochelle

Burt

Vice President

LIGHTFAIR International

Tony

Calanca

Executive VP, Exhibitions

Advanstar Communications Inc.

Lori

Campbell

Senior Director, Sales & Marketing

Solar Energy Trade Shows, LLC

Thomas

Carbott

Senior VP of Exhibitions

Material Handling Industry of America

Margaret

Cassilly

VP, International Programs

National Association of Broadcasters

Karen

Chupka

Senior VP, Events & Conferences

Consumer Electronics Association

Dan

Cole

VP, Sales & Business Development

Consumer Electronics Association

Darel

Cook

Director of Expositions

Promotional Products Assn. Intl.

Andrew

Darmohraj

Senior VP

American Pet Products Assn.

Kara

Dickerson

Senior Director, Events

Consumer Electronics Association

Roger

Dow

President & CEO

U.S. Travel Association

David

DuBois

President

Intl. Assn. of Exhibitions & Events

Doug

Ducate

President & CEO

Center for Exhibition Industry Research

Tara

Dunion

Senior Director, Event Communications

Consumer Electronics Association

Sharon

Enright

VP, Tradeshow Division

Business Journals, Inc.

Karin

Fendrich

COO

National Trade Productions, Inc.

Claudia

Flowers

Vice President

ABM

Leslie

Gallin

VP of Footwear, FN PLATFORM [MAGIC]

Advanstar Communications Inc.

Tracy

Garcia

Director of Exhibits

Institute of Food Technologists

Kerry

Gumas

President & CEO

Questex Media Group

Robert

Harar

Chairman & CEO

National Trade Productions, Inc.

Kimberly

Hardcastle

President

Marketing Design Group

Tracy

Harris

VP, Expositions

Advanstar Communications Inc.

Brandon

Hensley

VP, Trade Show & Marketing

International Sign Association

Cindy

Hoag

Senior Director, CES Projects

Consumer Electronics Association

David

Ingemie

President

SnowSports Industries America

Britton

Jones

President & CEO

Business Journals, Inc.

Carter

Keithley

President

Toy Industry Association, Inc.

Edward J.

Krause

President & CEO

E.J. Krause & Associates

Patrick

Langdon

Senior Manager, Exhibit Sales & Marketing

Solar Energy Trade Shows, LLC

Susan

Littleton

VP, Marketing

Consumer Electronics Association

David

Loechner

President

Nielsen Expositions

Laurie

Lutz

VP, CES Operations

Consumer Electronics Association

Robbi

Lycett

VP, Conventions

Biotechnology Industry Organization

Peter

MacGillivray

VP, Events & Communications

Specialty Equipment Market Assn.

Iain

Mackenzie

Director, Meetings & Events

International Sign Association

Tony

Maiorino

VP, Meetings & Conventions

Scherago International

Ken

McAvoy

Senior VP

Reed Exhibitions

Christopher

McCabe

Senior VP

Nielsen Expositions

Rick

McConnell

President

Hanley Wood Exhibitions

Charlie

McCurdy

CEO

GLM

Jason

McGraw

Senior VP of Expositions

InfoComm International

Tim

McGuinness

Staff VP, Global Trade Expositions

Intl. Council of Shopping Centers

Philip

McKay

President & CEO

nGage Events, LLC

Bob

McLean

Executive VP

Promotional Products Assn. Intl.

Meg

Meyer

VP, Marketing

National Assn. of Home Builders

JoAnn

Miller Marshall

Executive VP

LIGHTFAIR International

Gail

Mutnik

Director of Meetings

American Assn. for Clinical Chemistry

Chris

Nemchek

VP, Exhibition Management

Natl. Assn. for the Specialty Food Trade

Stephen

Pitt

VP Conventions & Expositions

National Automobile Dealers Assn.

Jim

Pittas

VP of Trade Shows

PMMI/PACK EXPO

Vinnie

Polito

President

VP International

Jeff

Portman, Sr.

President & COO

AMC, Inc.

Gene

Sanders

Senior VP

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Assn.

David

Seckman

President & CEO

Food Processing Suppliers Assn.

Warren

Sellers

Director

GIE+EXPO

Gary

Shapiro

President & CEO

Consumer Electronics Association

Tom

Shimala

Director of Technical Exhibits

Radiological Soc. of North America

Dennis

Slater

President

Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers

John

Starkey

President

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

Ryan

Strowger

VP, Exhibitions, Conferences & Sales

IAAPA

Megan

Tanel

VP of Exhibitions & Events

Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers

John J.

Toner V.

VP, Convention & Industry Relations

United Fresh Produce Association

Greg

Topalian

Senior VP

Reed Exhibitions

Brian

Tully

Principal

Brian Tully & Associates

Mike

Turnbull

Senior VP, Strategic Relations

LIGHTFAIR International

Sandy

Voss

President of Exhibitions

Penton Media

Nancy

Walsh

Executive VP

Reed Exhibitions

Jochen

Witt

President & CEO

JWC

Jim

Wulfekuhle

Director of Marketing

International Woodworking Fair