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Trade Show Executive Launches Program to Shine a Light on Industry Up-and-Comers

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
November 14, 2017

Chicago -- The rising stars of the next generation of show managers will be a at the among the honored guests at the next Trade Show Executive (TSE) Fastest 50 Awards & Summit in Chicago.

The newly launched TSE Trailblazers program showcases the trade show industry’s up-and-comers. The best of the nominees will be selected for the inaugural Trailblazers class and will be invited as guests at the Fastest 50 Awards & Summit in June. To qualify, candidates must report to senior level show management staff and have demonstrated ingenuity and/or distinguishing qualities that set them apart in making a show successful.

TSE Publisher/Editor Gabrielle Weiss said the Trailblazers initiative would be an exciting addition to the Fastest 50 program. “It is fitting that the event honoring the industry’s fastest-growing trade shows should also spotlight the individuals who are on the fast track to success and may become the future leaders of the industry,” she said.

The chosen few will also share their insights and perspectives during a panel session. More information on this exciting new program will be available at the TSE booth at Expo! Expo! in San Antonio November 28-30. Or, nominate a candidate today at

“We recognized an opportunity to celebrate the trailblazing ideas that these up-and-comers are contributing to the exhibitions industry and saw the value in including them in the educational sessions and rich networking opportunities the Fastest 50 event offers,” said Vice President of Events Diane Bjorklund.

Nominations for the TSE Trailblazers will be accepted from senior show management beginning November 14. The deadline for submissions is February 20, 2018.

Meanwhile, the deadline to nominate the shows that will make up the next Fastest 50 class is December 31, 2017. The form can be found on the Fastest 50 website returned to Carri Jensen, TSE Directories Manager, by email at, or by fax at (541) 286-4009.

The Grand Awards for the fastest-growing shows of 2017 will be revealed at the Fastest 50 Awards & Summit June 13-15 at the downtown Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Reach Gabrielle Weiss at (312) 493-7753 or; Diane Bjorklund at (630) 312-8915 or