A Ray of Sunshine on a Gloomy Day: Gold 100 Winners to be Announced on April 15

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Oceanside, CA – The good news about the dreaded April 15th date is that it will be the day Trade Show Executive (TSE) unveils the honorees for this year’s Trade Show Executive Gold 100.

The annual Gold 100 ranks the largest trade shows held in the U.S. in the previous year, so tax day is a good day to close out 2009 with some cheer. Last year’s Gold 100 show list was topped by CONEXPO-CON/AGG at 2,281,843 net square feet (nsf) and the International Consumer Electronics Show 2008 at 1,853,000 nsf. “There are many twists and turns in the Gold 100 rankings this year,” noted Darlene Gudea, president, Trade Show Executive Media Group. “The economic downturn impacted some shows more than others and pushed them below the cutoff point. At the same time, it created new opportunities for a new breed of shows which have excelled against all odds.”

This year’s honorees will be saluted at the TSE Gold 100 Awards & Summit. The third edition of the annual gala will take place September 22-24 at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel on the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California.

The awards gala will be preceded by a full day of educational sessions. In “Trending and Spending,” TSE President Darlene Gudea and Chief Economist Frank Chow, and five members of TSE’s Exposition Forecasting Board will address the fledgling economic recovery and how it is impacting booth sales and attendance levels. They will discuss which industries are growing and which are still reeling. The forecasting board will also give their growth projections for 2011 in terms of nsf, exhibitors, attendees and revenue.

TSE columnist Bob Dallmeyer brings his monthly cover story to life in the “Power Lunch” session. This year, Bob will interview Chet Burchett, president of Reed Exhibitions Americas, the nation’s largest independent show organizer. And Gary Shapiro, president & CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, will again host “Burning Issues,” the immensely popular and freewheeling wrap-up session in which the panelists tackle timely topics and questions from the audience that were not answered in previous sessions.

Hollywood’s Michael Villani returns to emcee the Gold 100 Awards. Villani, along with TSE editors, will also interview attendees as they arrive on the red carpet for broadcast on the TSE website.

TSE will announce further updates as they occur in TSE and on the event’s website at www.tradeshowexecutive.com.

Reach Diane Bjorklund, TSE’s vice president of events, at (630) 312-8915 or dbjorklund@tradeshowexecutive.com