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Register Now — Gold 100 Room Block at Fabulous St. Regis Will Close October 6


Dana Point, CA – Only a few days remain to take advantage of special rates at the 5 Star luxury St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA, the site of this year’s Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Awards & Summit.  Attendees are urged to register by Monday to:  (1) Avoid sharply higher rates at the St. Regis after the room block is closed, (2) Avoid sharply higher rates at neighboring hotels, and (3) Enjoy TSE’s always much-anticipated goody bag, given only to those in the room block. This year, guests will receive a special tech gift courtesy of Trade Show Executive, the Sands Expo & Convention Center and United Service Companies. The room block at the St. Regis closes on Monday, October 6.

The St. Regis is the venue for the annual salute to the biggest and best trade shows of the year as well as other shows with intriguing groundbreaking ideas. The October 22-24 event annually attracts the leading show organizers for a full schedule of education, networking, and socializing. The week includes one of the best golf tournaments on the industry calendar and a harbor cruise in neighboring Newport Beach Harbor. The highlight of the week is the Gold 100 Gala and presentation of the Grand Awards for the shows with glittering metrics and bright ideas to match.

The Gold 100 summit features a stellar panel of CEOs from independent organizing companies and associations. The timing couldn’t be better; Joe Loggia, CEO of Advanstar Communications Inc., is one of the headliners and will likely fill the crowd in on the details of his company’s blockbuster acquisition by UBM plc.

Chris Kersting, president and CEO of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) since 2002, is the latest addition to the panel. SEMA made big news in 2012 when it acquired the Performance Racing Industry Show and PRI magazine. It was one of the rare instances in which a not-for-profit trade association acquired a show from the private sector. Chris will have an update on how the deal has worked out, and provide some insight on whether or not this unusual type of acquisition could become a trend.

Chris and Joe will be joined in the fast-paced session by Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the producers of the huge triennial construction show CONEXPO-CON/AGG, always the largest show in the nation when it is held, plus other Gold-ranked events including the No. 2-ranked biennial ICUEE and No. 84-ranked AG-CONNECT.  AEM will end the year with significant attendance gains and impressive financial results – and Dennis will share his ideas on how his group achieved that success despite challenges in the worldwide economy.

The Gold 100 Summit offers a full day of equally intriguing speakers and panels.

  • Josh Linkner, author of Disciplined Dreaming, opens the proceedings with the morning keynote on maintaining the lean-and-feisty culture of a start-up within an established company.
  • Joe Lamond, president of the National Association of Music Merchants, discusses the high notes of the NAMM Show and Summer NAMM in a live Power Lunch interview.
  • The popular Burning Issues session once again provides a bird’s eye view of the hot topics in the industry ranging from terrorism, exclusives,  to hotel attrition and minimum wage concerns from industry leaders including Lew Shomer, executive director of SISO; David DuBois, president and CEO of IAEE; Larry Arnaudet, executive director of ESCA; Heather Ronnow, executive VP of human resources at GES, Global Experience Specialists; Jack Chalden, president of Chalden and Associates; and others.
  • A case study will be presented on how Cosmoprof North America hit its current growth spurt, and how its leaders are constantly reinventing the show for higher levels of success.
  • Mark Bernheimer, principle of Media Works Resource Group, makes an encore appearance of his TSE Fastest 50 session on engaging with the news media.


Who’s Coming to the Gold 100?

A top-tier roster of exhibition industry leaders has already registered for the TSE Gold 100 Awards & Summit . To see who’s coming, click here.

Reach Darlene Gudea, TSE president at (760) 889-8585 or or  Diane Bjorklund, TSE vice president of events, at (640) 312-8915 or

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