Industry Press Release

TSE Announces the Class of 2012 the Elite Trade Shows that Will Be Celebrated This October as Gold 100 Honorees


By Hil Anderson, senior editor

Oceanside, CA (April 23, 2012) — CONEXPO-CON/AGG grabbed the top honors as the largest trade show in the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 rankings of 2011 shows, announced Darlene Gudea, president of Trade Show Executive Media Group on April 17.  Spanning 2.2 million net square feet (nsf) of exhibit space, CONEXPO/CON-AGG‘s triennial orbit brought the mega show into position to eclipse the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as the largest event of 2011. However, just as noteworthy was CES, which once again weighed in as the largest annual show of the year.

“While it’s no surprise that CONEXPO-CON/AGG and the International CES topped the Gold 100 rankings of 2011 shows, there was plenty of uncertainty over what other shows would make the cut, how they weighed in compared to 2010, and what ideas they implemented to stay ahead of the pack,” said Gudea.

The roster includes several familiar names and some newcomers that have bolstered their exhibit space well into six figures. Edging out several other close contenders was the AWFS Fair, the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers, which came in at No. 100. In between the three events are 97 other powerhouses in the medical, food, construction and retail sectors.  [The full list of honorees appears in a sidebar at the end of this article.]

The rankings were compiled by TSE‘s editorial team led by Carol Andrews, editor-at-large, during a year-long process of gathering data, resolving discrepancies and obtaining certified statements of accuracy from the organizers.

The team from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the Consumer Electronics Association, and theAssociation of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers will be among the 250+ exhibition industry luminaries on hand at the Fifth Annual TSE Gold 100 Awards & Summit  October 3-5 at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC. It is the first East Coast venue for the event. The close proximity of many honorees to the site is expected to dramatically increase participation in the event.

The honorees and select group of delegates at the Gold Gala form a magical community where minds are hyper-stimulated with new ideas; where solutions to challenges are explored; and where new friendships and partnerships are forged in a congenial not competitive atmosphere. 

“The high quality of the conference, the elegant setting, and the unparalleled gathering of industry success stories has made the Gold 100 Awards & Summit the highlight of the year for the trade show industry,” said Diane Bjorklund, TSE‘s vice president of events.  Fifteen of the event’s 30+ sponsors will present TSE’s Grand Awards to the  organizers of the trade shows that set the Gold Standard for the exhibition industry.

Join SIA Snow Show’s Ingemie for Lunch

David Ingemie, the longtime president of SnowSports Industries America (SIA), will make a rare appearance before an exhibition industry audience as the guest of honor at the Power Lunch session. Ingemie has built the SIA’s annual Snow Show into a perennial Gold 100 event and the can’t-miss trade show in the snow sports industry. He will sit down with TSE‘s Bob Dallmeyer for a live version of Bob’s monthly Power Lunch column.

Economic Outlook

The outcome of presidential election that takes place a month after the Gold 100 Awards & Summit will mostly likely hinge on the economy, a topic TSE analyzes every month and will cover in depth at the Gold 100 Summit. The popula