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Trade Show Executive’s Class of 2021 Gold 100 Honorees Unveiled; Rankings to be Released at Gold 100 Awards & Summit

Marlene Goldman, Executive Editor

CHICAGO – The winners of Trade Show Executive’s Gold 100 awards recognizing last year’s top trade shows are now available for viewing in the just-released TSE Gold 100 honoree list. This honoree list recognizes the top executives and their trade shows that set the gold standard in a tumultuous 2021. The rankings of where each show placed on this coveted list will be revealed at TSE’s Gold 100 Awards & Summit being held from Sept. 21-23 at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, in Santa Barbara, Calif.

“The accomplishments of the Gold 100 show organizers are a major feat during the ups and downs of the pandemic. Many challenges and new protocols were put before them, and they prevailed. All of us at TSE are excited for them and proud to honor them at this year’s awards gala,” TSE Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Gabrielle Weiss said. “We are also looking forward to what will be a grand reunion of the nation’s top organizers from both association and independent producers. We will convene, network and gain information that will aim to help shape a new and exciting era of our industry.”

Just a few shows that will be recognized and honored include the SEMA Show, by Specialty Equipment Market Association, Coverings by Taffy Event Strategies and Vision Expo by RX.

The 100 trade shows, which took place in the U.S. in 2021, were ranked by net square feet (nfs) of paid exhibit space. A collective total of nsf for all 100 shows ranked equaled 19,148,888 nsf, with an average of 191,489 nsf. Total attendance reported for the 2021 Gold 100 winners was 1,297,884.

Winners will be recognized at September’s TSE Gold 100 Awards & Summit, which not only celebrates this year’s Class of 2021 Gold 100 winners, but also recognizes the industry’s robust recovery. This year’s education at the Summit will focus on the future with peer-led discussions to help inspire the winning ideas that will ignite a new era in the trade show industry.

Related. TSE Grand Awards Are Open for Nomination

This year there are new categories of Grand Awards that reflect our current industry landscape and include the Return to “Normal” Award, which crowns a show that overcame pandemic-related challenges and returned in person in 2021. The new Staying Connected Award chooses the show with the best programs initiated to stay engaged with show partners during the pandemic. Another post-pandemic award this year is the Show Must Go On! Award for the most impressive pivot during the pandemic, focusing on a show that overcame obstacles and delivered against all odds.

There is still time to submit nominees for the Grand Awards here.

The last edition of Grand Awards winners was from 2019 shows recognized in 2020. A few winners included the Consumer Technology Association’s CES as Most Innovative Show in 2019, Informa Markets as Top Show Organizer in 2019 and the Slam Dunk Award: Best New Idea of 2019, which was awarded to RX’s Vision Expo East.

Related. Time to Nominate the Industry’s Next Gen of Exceptional Women

The Gold 100 Awards & Summit will also celebrate TSE’s Women to Watch program, which was created by Weiss and aims to identify and encourage the next generation of leaders in the trade show industry. Criteria includes overall business acumen, integrity, problem-solving skills and having demonstrated a high level of excellence in show management. There is still time to nominate Women to Watch here.

“Now more than ever, we must recognize the talent in our ranks. For our industry to continue to be successful and thrive well into the future, we must support and reward our staffers who go above and beyond and show real talent and demonstrate leadership qualities,” Rick Simon, TSE Chairman and President and CEO of United Service Companies,” said.

To see the full list of this year’s Gold 100 winners, visit

Reach Gabrielle Weiss at (312) 493-7753 or; Rick Simon at (312) 922-8558 or

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