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TSE Alerts Readers About Solicitations for Award Plaques


Oceanside, CA – Two companies, not affiliated with Trade Show Executive Media Group, continue to send solicitations to honorees of Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 and Gold 100, as well as general managers featured in the World’s Top Convention Centers Directory and CEOs in TSE’s Who’s Who Mega Guide.

“Showmark and American Registry are selling customized plaques that look official, but we would like to emphasize that they are not affiliated with our organization nor have we authorized them to solicit the honorees. Furthermore, we have not provided them with the list of honorees, artwork or logos,” said Darlene Gudea, president, Trade Show Executive Media Group.

The two companies barrage honorees with email or fax solicitations that feature an image of the finished plaque at a price point of $159.00.  If you read the fine print, they typically state that they are a recognition company not affiliated with Trade Show Executive. They provide this service to award winners in other industries as well, not only to Trade Show Executive‘s honorees or to the trade show industry.

TSE award winners can decide independently if they want to purchase plaques from Showmark or American Registry. Trade Show Executive sends official plaques to Gold 100 and Fastest 50 winners at no charge. Additional plaques can be purchased by contacting Kathleen Maloney, creative director, at (760) 630-9106 or

Reach Darlene Gudea at

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