Congratulations to The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Recipients for 2018!

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Four Industry Professionals To Be Honored with The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Award

Irving, Texas – June 28, 2018 – The Expo Group, an exhibitions and events partner that invests in growth, has announced The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year (SMOTY) Awards for 2018. Honorees were nominated by their peers, voted upon by an independent industry judging panel and will be celebrated on Aug. 11 at the TSNN Awards.

“These are top-notch professionals advancing the objectives of not just their organizations but also their trade show community’s attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and partners


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newpodcastlogo (Custom)Welcome to the July 2018 edition of the Exposure Podcast from The Expo Group produced and hosted by Dana Freker Doody and Todd Carruth. 

Thanks for listening to The Exposure Podcast from The Expo Group.

This month, Todd and Dana talk with Jason Falls about digital marketing, influencer campaigns, and some takeaways from Jason's upcoming session at the TSNN Awards in August.  

We also congratulate the 2018 The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Award honorees and discover where in the world Dana Freker Doody is headed to this month.  

Corey Kelley brings another digital


The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards Nominations Due


Irving, Texas – March 21, 2018 – The Expo Group, an exhibitions and events partner that invests in growth, is now accepting nominations from across the industry for The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year (SMOTY) Awards. The awards program annually recognizes great leaders in events and trade shows. 

“Honorees of the SMOTY Awards wow everyone with their commitment, innovation and excellence,” says President and COO of The Expo Group Randy Pekowski. “This awards program is a way for us all to recognize people who don’t always


Congratulations to four outstanding show managers selected to receive The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year (SMOTY) award for 2017 for excellence in serving their attendee and exhibitor communities.

Those honored include: Jennifer Wishart of SmithBucklin, Stuart Ruff-Lyon of RIMS, Christine Salmon of Diversified Communications and Tom Carbott of MHI.

Special thanks to CNTV - Convention News Television for providing this video.

SMOTY awardees are known for their commitment and drive. They pay attention to the details that create an awesome show experience, leading the SMOTY judging panel to


Focusing on your own creativity can lead to greater professional success and more personal fulfillment. The Expo Group Level5's EVP of Creative Michael McCauley presented these stories at the TSNN Awards Executive Conference to help simplify where a soul in search of creativity should focus.

When you reach an optimal creative “flow” state, the ideas come naturally. Here's how McCauley suggests you get in that flow state.

 1. Obey Your Hunches: Learn the power of these hunches, where they come from and how to maximize them. There is great mystery in hunches and more going on than you might


The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year
Awards Honorees Chosen for 2017

Irving, Texas – July 24, 2017 – Four show managers have been selected to receive The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year (SMOTY) award for excellence in serving their attendee and exhibitor communities. Since 2000 The Expo Group has honored unsung heroes committed innovation and service.

“The Expo Group SMOTY awards program is one way we give back to the industry, and we are proud to honor people adopting new ideas and creating change,” says President and COO of The Expo Group Randy Pekowski. “These honorees are not


"two dudes smiling"
Eric Z Horn poses with fellow SMOTY Winner Wayneston Harberson.

What does it mean to win a Show Manager of the Year Award from The Expo Group? According to Eric Z Horn, Show Director for Cosmoprof North America, it means "street cred" and validation on how you do your job.

Here's what Eric had to say: 

"I am still flying over winning the SMOTY Award on Saturday night….I wanted to convey to you how wonderful this event is for associations and for the people who represent them. I am very fortunate and I work for a non-profit that is very generous, thought provoking, forward thinking and above


SMOTY Winner Leslie Wiernik and The Expo Group's Randy Pekowski pose wth a slightly larger than normal sized check.  

We recently asked Leslie Wiernik, Executive Director at NASP, about being named one of The Expo Group's Show Managers of the Year in 2016 and her thoughts on the event and the award.

Did you have good time at the TSNN/SMOTY Awards event in New Jersey last year?
I had a great time at the TSNN/SMOTY award last year. Of course the awards banquet was the highlight. However, the Roaring 20s party was a huge hit as it provided a great networking opportunity for everybody. I met a


Nominate Now for The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards 

Irving, Texas – April 20, 2017 – Nominations are due June 8 for the The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards. All event professionals in associations and corporate entities with authority for bringing attendees and exhibitors together are eligible.

Since 2000, the crystal SMOTY obelisk trophy has been presented to those behind-the-scenes pros creating amazing experiences within their exhibition and convention. Each winner is also honored with a donation to their favorite charity and recognition industrywide. Since 2000,



 Photo courtesy ©The Photo Group

Irving, Texas – October 31, 2016 – The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Award winners for 2016 were honored Saturday at the TSNN Awards in Atlantic City, N.J.

The five show managers, nominated by their peers and selected by an independent judging panel, were chosen for making a difference in their buyer-seller communities and for bringing passion to their work. Each received the iconic crystal obelisk trophy and a donation to their favorite charity. They join the ranks of 64 former SMOTY winners honored since The Expo Group began the awards program in


The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Honorees Announced

Irving, Texas – October 3, 2016 – The trade show community was tasked to Show Some Love for outstanding show managers with a nomination for The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Award, and the five honorees have been chosen. This year’s SMOTY Awards will be presented Oct. 29 at the TSNN Awards to the following outstanding show managers.

Tier I – 1 to 150 booths

Leslie Wiernik, Executive Director, National Association of Subrogation Professionals

Charity: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

 

Tier II – 151 to 300 booths


Just a few days left to get those nominations in for the 2016 The Expo Group's Show Manager of the Year Award.  Over the years, we've asked former SMOTY winners for their thoughts on the award and its impact.

Here is a classic post featuring an interview with 2004 SMOTY Winner Jennifer Hoff.

Jennifer Hoff

How did your life change professionally after you won the SMOTY award? It really inspired me to share my experience and mentor others.

Did you enjoy the SMOTY Awards event? Where is your award right now? The event was very special. It was a great way to come together with other show


SMOTY Winners and good friends, Eric Z. Horn and Wayneston Harbeson. 

We recently asked Wayneston Harbeson from NATPE about being named one of The Expo Group's Show Managers of the Year in 2015 and his thoughts on the event and the award.

Did you have good time at the TSNN/SMOTY Awards event in Atlanta?

I have a great time. It was great to reconnect with old peers and new peers and I have actually made some connections where I am using them for my show next year.

What qualities do you think a good show manager should have and why?

I think a good show manager should look at their


Welcome to the August 2016 edition of the Exposure Podcast from The Expo Group produced and hosted by Dana Freker Doody and Todd Carruth. 

This month we visit with one of The Expo Group's Show Managers of the Year for 2015, Wayneston Harbeson, VP of Operations and Events with the National Association for Television Program Executives.

Wayneston shares his thoughts on creative exhibit spaces, baby steps on changes, and why everyone should show some love and nominate a deserving show manager for a SMOTY Award. Dana and Todd talk functionality of community spaces and Corey touches on the


"Show Some Love" and Nominate Now for
The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year (SMOTY) Awards

Irving, Texas – July 18, 2016 – The tradition of recognizing individual show managers across the industry continues, as event professionals are encouraged to “Show Some Love” with a free nomination for the 2016 edition of The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards. Since 2000, the crystal obelisk has been presented to those behind-the-scenes pros creating amazing experiences within their exhibition and convention.

The awards are open to any show manager, not just clients of The Expo Group. Any


The 2015 The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards were handed out as part of a gala celebration in conjunction with the TSNN Awards in early November at the AmericasMart in Atlanta.

Presented on stage by VP of Communication Dana Freker Doody and VP/COO Randy Pekowski, the iconic obelisk crystal trophy was presented to five outstanding show managers in five separate tiers.  Here are some more images from that night courtesy of Les from The Photo Group. 

In Tier 1, featuring shows with 150 booths or less, Linda Trummel, Manager of Events Services from Smith Bucklin accepts her award


The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Award Winners Announced

Irving, Texas – Oct. 15, 2015 – The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards winners for 2015 emerged from a field of hard-working nominees committed to their craft. Created in 2000, the “SMOTY” Awards recognize show organizers who are creating amazing experiences with their exhibition and in their marketplace community.

Congratulations to the 2015 SMOTY winners:

  • Tier I, 150 booths or less: Linda Trummel, Manager, Event Services, SmithBucklin

 

  • Tier II, 151-300 booths: Wayneston Harbeson, VP of Operations and Event

In 2014, Katie Herritage won The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Award in Tier 1. As an Event Manager for Amazon Web Services, she oversees over 100 events a year world wide including the AWS Public Sector Symposium.  We asked her to share her thoughts on the SMOTY awards and why she thinks people should "just do it!" when it comes to nominating a deserving show manager. Nominations for this year are accepted until Sept 30. 

 

Ray and Randy Pekowski from The Expo Group present a $500 check to the Wounded Warrior
Project on behalf of SMOTY winner Katie Herratige.

How did your life change


Irving, Texas – Aug. 7, 2015 – Continuing the tradition of recognizing individual show managers across the industry, nominations are actively being sought for the 2015 edition of The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards. Since 2000, the crystal SMOTY obelisk has been presented to those people creating amazing experiences within their exhibition and convention.

“These awards began in order to honor show managers who make our industry great, who exemplify a can-do spirit,” says Ray Pekowski, President and CEO of The Expo Group. “I cannot stress enough that these awards are about the