SMOTY

The Expo Group
Show Manager of
the Year Awards

Recognize Greatness

The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards were created in 2000 to honor show organizers who weren’t getting recognition from industry associations but were doing some amazing, creative things with their exhibition and in their marketplace community. The SMOTY Awards honor those who have great new ideas and carry them through, those who demonstrate creativity in problem solving or even decorating, those who pay attention to the little details that make shows a success, and those who practice The Expo Group’s own philosophy of providing premier customer service. ​

Anyone responsible for the production of a trade show is eligible regardless of any affiliation with The Expo Group.​

Show managers who have demonstrated their ability to be committed, innovative and focused on customer service will find themselves receiving this special recognition. Past nominees have been suggested by co-workers, exhibitors, vendors, board members, supervisors and themselves. So don't wait... ​

Awards are presented in four categories:​

  • Tier I: 1 to 200 booths
  • Tier II: 201 to 500 booths
  • Tier III: 501 to 1500 booths
  • Tier IV: 1501 or more booths

Past Winners

2016
Tier I – 1 to 150 booths

Leslie Wiernik with National Association of Subrogation Professionals

Charity: St. Jude’s

2016
Tier II – 151 to 300 booths

David Heilbrunn with Coffee Fest

Charity: Café Femenino Foundation

2016
Tier III – 301 to 700 booths

Amy Schwandt with AC Business Media

Charity: Annie’s Locker

2016
Tier IV – 701 to 1,500 booths

Lisa Allen with Informa Exhibitions

Charity: National Multiple Sclerosis Society

2016
Tier V – 1,501+ booths

Jo Ann Miller Marshall – AmericasMart Atlanta

Charity: St. James United Methodist Church

2015

2015
Tier I – 1 to 150 booths

Linda Trummel of SmithBucklin

Charity:: A To Z Literacy Movement

2015
Tier II – 151 to 300 booths

Wayneston Harbeson of National Association of Television Program Executives

Charity:: Nevada SPCA

2015
Tier III – 301 to 700 booths

Scott Craighead of International Association of Exhibitions and Events

Charity:: Austin Street Center

2015
Tier IV – 701 to 1,500 booths

Eric Z Horn of North American Beauty Events LLC

Charity:: Q U Scholarship Fund

2015
Tier V – 1,501+ booths

Bill Lynch of Specialty Food Association

Charity:: The Specialty Food Foundation

2014

2014
Tier I – 1 to 150 booths

Katie Herritage, CMM, CMP, CSEP of Amazon Web Services, Inc.

Charity:: Wounded Warrior Project

2014
Tier II – 151 to 300 booths

Katie Stern of UBM Tech

Charity:: University of Central Florida – Rosen College of Hospitality Management

2014
Tier III – 301 to 700 booths

David Grindle of United States Institute for Theatre Technology

Charity:: 1) United States Institute for Theatre Technology 2) Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

2014
Tier IV – 701 to 1,500 booths

Jeffrey T. Ley of United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

Charity:: Wounded Warrior Project

2014
Tier V – 1,501+ booths

Susan Newman of National Retail Federation

Charity:: 1) So Others May Eat 2) Susan G. Komen

2013

2013
Tier I – 1 to 150 booths

Cheretta Clerkley, MBA, CASE, Director of Marketing and Corporate Relations, The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Charity:: Children’s Hospital Foundation

2013
Tier II – 151 to 300 booths

Shannon Burke, CMP, Director of Conference and Meetings, National Association for College Admission Counseling

Charity:: American Cancer Society

2013
Tier III – 301 to 700 booths

Christy Jacobs, Vice President of Sales International Association of Venue Managers

Charity:: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

2013
Tier IV – 701 to 1,500 booths

Colette Fairchild, CEM, CMP Trade Show Director H.H. Backer Associates

Charity:: Wounded Warrior

2013
Tier V – 1,501+ booths

Patricia Whitaker, Exhibits Manager American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Charity:: Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis

2012

2012
Tier I – 1 to 150 booths

Molly Mérez, Executive Director, Ticket Summit, Inc.

Charity:: Runaway Grrrl Foundation

2012
Tier II – 151 to 300 booths

Margery Palonis, CEM, Exhibits Manager, Academy of General Dentistry

Charity:: American Diabetes Association

2012
Tier III – 301 to 700 booths

Nancy Johnson, Event Director, Brewers Association

Charity:: CARE

2012
Tier IV – 701 to 1,500 booths

Deborah Swift, Owner and President, Swift Solutions

Charity:: Muscular Dystrophy Association of Austin

2012
Tier V – 1,501+ booths

Gene Sanders, Sr. Vice President of Trade Shows, Society of the Plastics Industries

Charity:: Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

2009

2009
Tier I – 1 to 150 booths

Michelle Roddie, Vice President of Operations, Mid-America Events & Expos, Inc. and Kocina Marketing

Charity:: Just One More Day

2009
Tier II – 151 to 300 booths

Jenn Kampmeier, Founder, Indy Baby Expo and Bebe Paluzza Productions

Charity:: Autism Society of America – Indiana Chapter

2009
Tier III – 301 to 700 booths

Crystal Lucas, Director, Event Operations & Services, UBM

Charity:: Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter

2009
Tier IV – 701 to 1,500 booths

Tyrone Curtis, Exhibits Manager, AARP

Charity:: American Cancer Society

2009
Tier V – 1,501+ booths

Gene Sanders, Sr. Vice President of Trade Shows, Society of the Plastics Industries

Charity:: St. James Catholic Church, CYO Program

2008

2008
Tier I – 1 to 150 booths

Kendra Nicastro, Co-Owner, KC's Creative Events LLC

Charity:: March of Dimes, Central Ohio Chapter

2008
Tier II – 151 to 300 booths

Paul Kent, Vice President and General Manager, IDG World Expo

Charity:: Scholarship fund of Archbishop Mitty High School

2008
Tier III – 301 to 700 booths

Sandra Toms LaPedis, Area Vice President and General Manager,RSA Conferences

Charity:: Humane Society of America

2008
Tier IV – 701 to 1,500 booths

Robert Brice, Vice President, Cygnus Business Media

Charity:: Mary Queen of Peace Church

2008
Tier V – 1,501+ booths

Larry Schur, President and Show Manager, All Baby & Child Inc.

Charity:: First Candle/SIDS Alliance

2007

2007
Tier I – 1 to 150 booths

Lori Riggs, CMP, Director of Conferences and Special Events,National Safety Council Greater Omaha Chapter

2007
Tier II – 151 to 300 booths

Nancy Jo Wiggen, Vice President of Sales, JD Events

2007
Tier III – 301 to 700 booths

Melinda Kendall, General Manager, IDG World Expo

2007
Tier IV – 701 to 1,500 booths

Claire Kilcoyne, Vice President of Tradeshows, PSMJ Resources

2007
Tier V – 1,501+ booths

Charles Olentine, Executive Vice President, U.S. Poultry and Egg Association

2006

2006
Tier I – 1 to 150 booths

Joseph Gates, Senior Account Manager, 2Scale

2006
Tier II – 151 to 300 booths

Sean Guerre, President and CEO, TradeFair Group, Inc.

2006
Tier III – 301 to 700 booths

Joyce Mockus, Show Manager, dmg world media

2006
Tier IV – 701 to 1,500 booths

Scott Dominguez, Director, Operations and Event Services, CMP Technology

2006
Tier V – 1,501+ booths

Karen Malone, Vice President of Meeting Services, HIMSS

2005

2005
Tier I – 1 to 150 booths

Andrea Carrick, California Podiatric Association

2005
Tier II – 151 to 300 booths

Peggy Ruh, Full House Productions

2005
Tier III – 301 to 700 booths

Karla Little, KL Communications

2005
Tier IV – 701 to 1,500 booths

Kevin Klipsch, Exposition Management

2005
Tier V – 1,501+ booths

Jim Buckley, Reed Exhibitions

2004

2004
Tier I – 1 to 150 booths

Nancy Hammervick, CMP Media Show: XChange Conferences

2004
Tier II – 151 to 300 booths

Cindy Ferguson, CEM, Association of Progressive Rental Organizations Show: APRO Convention & Buying Show

2004
Tier III – 301 to 700 booths

Jim Cohen, Unicomm Travel Shows Show: Adventure in Travel Expos

2004
Tier IV – 701 to 1,500 booths

Nancy Janssen, Food Processing Machinery Association Show: FPM EXPO

2004
Tier V – 1,501+ booths

Jennifer Hoff, National Trade Productions Show: Coverings

2003

2003
Tier I – 1 to 150 booths

Kelly Wise, The American Society for Nondestructive Testing Show: ASNT Fall Conference and Quality Testing Show

2003
Tier II – 151 to 300 booths

Peter W. Nathan, PWN Exhibicon International LLC Show: U.S. Food & Agribusiness Exhibition

2003
Tier III – 301 to 700 booths

Camille Cimino, TLG, Inc. aka The Laurel Group Show: Museum Retail Conference and Expo

2003
Tier IV – 701 to 1,500 booths

Mark Dineen, Hannover Fairs USA, Inc. Show: CeBIT America

2003
Tier V – 1,501+ booths

Tom Cindric, Hanley-Wood Exhibitions Show: World of Concrete

2002

2002
Tier I – 1 to 150 booths

Todd Davis, Davis Peterson Collaborative Show: Luxury Kitchen and Bath Collection

2002
Tier II – 151 to 300 booths

Ann Reneau, Georgia Nursing Home Association Show: IMAGE

2002
Tier III – 301 to 700 booths

Pamela Quinones, American Chemical Society Show: ACS Fall & Spring Annual Meeting and Expos

2002
Tier IV – 701 to 1,500 booths

Christina Condos, CMP Media Show: PC EXPO/TECHXNY

2002
Tier V – 1,501+ booths

Mary C. Upton, ASI Show Inc. Show: The ASI Show!

2001

2001
Tier II – 151 to 300 booths

David Heilbrunn, Lifestyle Events Show: Coffee Fest

2001
Tier III – 301 to 700 booths

Diane Robinson, SPIE Show: Photonics West

2001
Tier IV – 701 to 1,500 booths

Georgette Smith, American Society of Therapeutic Radiology & Oncology Show: ASTRO Annual Meeting

2001
Tier V – 1,501+ booths

Rita Ugianskis, Primedia Business Exhibitions Show: WASTE EXPO

2000

2000
Tier I – 1 to 150 booths

Libby Morley, AMC Inc.

2000
Tier II – 151 to 300 booths

Gale Luce, GL Meetings & Conventions

2000
Tier III – 301 to 700 booths

Marla Entrikin, International Society for Optical Engineering

2000
Tier IV – 701 to 1,500 booths

Jeanette Winton, MarketPro Computer Shows

2000
Tier V – 1,501+ booths

Joy Miccio, NJ Builders Association

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