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Trade Show Executive Announces the 2024 Trailblazers


CHICAGO — Trade Show Executive (TSE) is proud to announce the TSE Trailblazers of 2024. This year’s group of Trailblazers represent the rising talent in the trade show industry, and each have demonstrated excellence in trade show management through their meaningful contributions, innovative solutions and impressive achievements.

This year’s Trailblazers are:

  • Christine Corkran, CMP, Associate Brand Director, Emerald
  • Laura Feroce, Senior Event Marketing Manager, Informa Markets
  • Lindsey Hall, Director, Registration, Questex
  • Adam Horne, Digital Marketing Manager, Informa Markets
  • Joseph Kowalsky, Event Director, US Vet, CloserStill Media
  • Lauren San Martín, Director of Membership and Marketing, Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society
  • Debbie Schmidle, Senior Marketing Manager, Travel + Wellness Group, Questex
  • Kim Sillo, Marketing Director – ISC Security Events, RX
  • Aliece Stewart, MBA, Senior Sales Operations Manager, SupplySide, Informa Markets
  • Heather Teplitz, CEM, Manager, Exhibit Sales & Services, American Academy of Physician Associates


The TSE Trailblazers will attend TSE’s Fastest 50 Awards & Summit, taking place May 8-10 at Resorts World Las Vegas, where they will take to the main stage during the Awards Gala to be recognized for their achievements and awarded their Trailblazers trophies. They will also be featured in an article in an upcoming edition of Trade Show Executive.

The Trailblazers program was launched in 2018 to recognize up-and-comers who are on their way to becoming the future leaders and executives in the trade show industry. This year, TSE received more nominations for the program than ever before and was impressed by each submission.

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.

TSE will begin accepting nominations for the Women to Watch program at a later date, so stay tuned to TSE for that announcement. The Women to Watch program recognizes the industry’s up-and-coming women leaders. Read about the 2023 Women to Watch here.

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