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Trade Show Executive Announces the 2023 TSE Trailblazers


CHICAGO — Trade Show Executive (TSE) is proud to announce this year’s TSE Trailblazers. The Trailblazers program was launched in 2018 to recognize the industry’s up-and-comers who are on the course to be future leaders and executives. Submissions were reviewed by TSE editors, and the results are in. 

Judging criteria include demonstrable excellence in trade show management, innovative contributions, problem-solving and achievements within the last year. The Trailblazers program is open to all genders and not restricted to any age criteria—only that they are up-and-comers with 2-10 years of experience in the trade show industry and are non–executive–level staffers on a show. 

The 2023 TSE Trailblazers are Alexandra Aldridge, Marketing Director, Questex; Colleen Leonard, Manager, Conferences & Events, National Shooting Sports Foundation; Kamira Felton, Marketing Manager, Questex; Katherine Carey, CEM, Sales Manager, National Electrical Contractors Association; Lauren Filicia, Group Sales Manager, CloserStill Media; Lindsay Tyler, Marketing Director, RX; Samantha Moore, Senior Director, Meetings & Education, American Bakers Association; Steven Lopes, Conferences & Publications, Maryland Municipal League; Chela Piacentini, Senior Marketing Manager, Informa Markets; Olivia Lyons, Senior Director, Marketing, Fashion, Informa Markets; and Samantha Nagel, Senior Marketing Director, RX. 

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“We are excited to reestablish the TSE Trailblazers program this year for our Fastest 50 Awards & Summit. And I am excited by the level of participation in the program. After not having the event and program since 2019, it certainly gives industry leaders the opportunity to shine a light on the rising stars in their ranks,” TSE Vice President and Editor-in-Chief Gabrielle Weiss said. “It’s an honor to recognize these up-and-comers for their hard work and leadership skills, which I know will take them far in their careers, and to provide them with an opportunity to be awarded in front of today’s industry leaders and innovators is one of the best parts of the job.” 

The TSE Trailblazers will attend the TSE Fastest 50 Awards & Summit, taking place May 1-3 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, where they will take the main stage during the Awards Gala to be recognized for their achievements and awarded their Trailblazer trophies. They will also be featured in an article in an upcoming edition of Trade Show Executive. 

TSE will begin accepting nominations for the TSE Women to Watch program at a later date. The Women to Watch program recognizes the industry’s up-and-coming women leaders. Read about the 2022 Women to Watch here. 

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