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Gold 100 Grand Awards Presented to Biggest and Best Trade Shows of 2016

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
September 29, 2017
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Half Moon Bay, Calif. — Reed Exhibitions was named the top show organizer, and The NAMM Show hit all the right notes to earn the Greatest Trade Show of 2016 Grand Award at the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Awards & Summit.

David Loechner, President and CEO of Emerald Expositions, received Trade Show Executive’s first Gold Standard in Excellence Award. The Grand Awards presentations on Sept. 28 capped another memorable Gold 100 at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay outside San Francisco.

“David’s outstanding leadership and ability to lead Emerald to become the first publicly traded U.S.-based trade show organizer company has truly set a new standard in our industry. It was our honor to award David with our first ever TSE Gold Standard in Excellence Award,” said Richard "Rick" Simon, Chairman and President of TSE and President & CEO of United Service Companies. “It was a great privilege to share the awards stage with David, as well as with other top winners such as Reed, The NAMM Show, CES and the rest of the honorees and guests.”

Loechner was also in the Gold 100 spotlight as the guest of honor at the Legends & Leaders Power Lunch Interview, which highlighted the program of content-filled sessions, unique networking opportunities and, of course, the Gold Grand Awards.

Reed received the Grand Award for Top Show Organizer, with seven shows on the Gold 100 roster accounting for 7 percent of the entire Gold 100 market. Jenn Heinold, Senior Vice President of Events at Access Intelligence, LLC, received the Marketing Genius Award.

CES took home the most gold at the end of the night, capturing three Grand Awards, including Largest Trade Show of 2016, Best VIP Program and Most Commendable Green Initiative.

The NAMM Show culminated with two awards; the Do-Gooder Award for its community contributions, and the coveted Greatest Trade Show of 2016 Award for its overall size, strategy and execution.

“Congratulations to all of the honorees and to every show that earned its membership in the Gold 100 list,” TSE Publisher/Editor Gabrielle Weiss said. “These events set the pace for the industry’s overall growth last year and will continue to lead both by example and concrete results in the year ahead.”

The entire roster of Grand Awards recipients includes:

  • Trade Show Executive Gold Standard in Excellence: David Loechner, President and CEO of Emerald Expositions
  • Greatest Trade Show of 2016: The NAMM Show
  • Top Show Organizer with Most Gold 100 Shows: Reed Exhibitions
  • Largest Trade Show of 2016: CES
  • Largest Semi-Annual Trade Show of 2016: MAGIC-August
  • Largest Biennial Trade Show of 2016: International Manufacturing Technology Show
  • Fastest Growing Show by Blended Growth in 2016: International Woodworking Fair
  • Slam Dunk Award for Best New Idea: Cosmoprof North America
  • Greatest Corporate Event of 2016: Arbonne Global Training Conference
  • Marketing Genius Award: Jenn Heinold, Senior Vice President, Events, Access Intelligence
  • Best Turnaround: Firehouse Expo
  • Best Program to Help Exhibitors Maximize their ROI: AAOS Annual Meeting
  • Most Extreme Results from Social Media: Electronic Entertainment Expo
  • Best 24/7/365 Show Brand: WasteExpo
  • Best Use of Technology: Solar Power International
  • Best Mobile App: AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience
  • Super Sticky Show Floor: National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show
  • Show with the Most Commendable Green Initiatives: CES
  • Best VIP Program: CES
  • The Do-Gooder Award: The NAMM Show

The leading trade shows taking place this year will be honored next year at the TSE Gold 100 and the Fastest 50 Awards & Summits. Next year’s Gold 100 will take place at the luxurious Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point California from October 10-12.

Reach Gabrielle Weiss at (312) 493-7753 or; TSE Vice President of Events Diane Bjorklund at (630) 312-8915 or

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