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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 Gold 100 and Fastest 50, as well as to general managers featured in TSE’s World’s Top Convention Centers Directory and to CEOs in TSE’s Who’s Who Mega Guide.

“American Registry and Showmark Media 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.

Both companies run extensive promotional campaigns, generally by fax, with an image of the finished plaque to award winners.  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 American Registry or Showmark Media. 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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