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TSE Announces the Class of 2012 – the Elite Trade Shows that Will Be Celebrated This October as Gold 100 Honorees


Oceanside, CA – CONEXPO-CON/AGG grabbed the top honors as the largest trade show in the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 rankings of 2011 shows, announced Darlene Gudea, president of Trade Show Executive Media Group on April 17.  Spanning 2.2 million net square feet (nsf) of exhibit space, CONEXPO/CON-AGG’s triennial orbit brought the mega show into position to eclipse the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as the largest event of 2011. However, just as noteworthy was CES, which once again weighed in as the largest annual show of the year.

“While it’s no surprise that CONEXPO-CON/AGG and the International CES topped the Gold 100 rankings of 2011 shows, there was plenty of uncertainty over what other shows would make the cut, how they weighed in compared to 2010, and what ideas they implemented to stay ahead of the pack,” said Gudea.

The roster includes several familiar names and some newcomers that have bolstered their exhibit space well into six figures. Edging out several other close contenders was the AWFS Fair, the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers, which came in at No. 100. In between the three events are 97 other powerhouses in the medical, food, construction and retail sectors.  [The full list of honorees appears in a sidebar at the end of this article.]

The rankings were compiled by TSE’s editorial team led by Carol Andrews, editor-at-large, during a year-long process of gathering data, resolving discrepancies and obtaining certified statements of accuracy from the organizers.

The team from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the Consumer Electronics Association, and the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers will be among the 250+ exhibition industry luminaries on hand at the Fifth Annual TSE Gold 100 Awards & Summit  October 3-5 at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC. It is the first East Coast venue for the event. The close proximity of many honorees to the site is expected to dramatically increase participation in the event.

The honorees and select group of delegates at the Gold Gala form a magical community where minds are hyper-stimulated with new ideas; where solutions to challenges are explored; and where new friendships and partnerships are forged in a congenial not competitive atmosphere.

“The high quality of the conference, the elegant setting, and the unparalleled gathering of industry success stories has made the Gold 100 Awards & Summit the highlight of the year for the trade show industry,” said Diane Bjorklund, TSE’s vice president of events.  Fifteen of the event’s 30+ sponsors will present TSE’s Grand Awards to the  organizers of the trade shows that set the Gold Standard for the exhibition industry.

Join SIA Snow Show’s Ingemie for Lunch
David Ingemie, the longtime president of SnowSports Industries America (SIA), will make a rare appearance before an exhibition industry audience as the guest of honor at the Power Lunch session. Ingemie has built the SIA’s annual Snow Show into a perennial Gold 100 event and the can’t-miss trade show in the snow sports industry. He will sit down with TSE’s Bob Dallmeyer for a live version of Bob’s monthly Power Lunch column.

Economic Outlook
The outcome of presidential election that takes place a month after the Gold 100 Awards & Summit will mostly likely hinge on the economy, a topic TSE analyzes every month and will cover in depth at the Gold 100 Summit. The popular Trending & Spending session will convene members of the TSE Economic Forecasting Board along with TSE Chief Economist Frank Chow and review the business environment of the recent past and near future.

Watch the Web Site
Trade Show Executive will post updates on the Gold 100 Awards & Summit on Look for future details on speakers, networking activities and the annual awards gala that will cap the festivities.

Registration opens May 1 and is complimentary to the honorees.  The event is also expected to draw C-level attendees, executive vice presidents, group show managers, show directors and other VIPs from a wide cross section of for-profit companies and associations to participate in the industry’s leading event for contacts and contracts.

Reach Darlene Gudea, at (760) 889-8585 or; Diane Bjorklund at (630) 312-8915 or



THE CLASS of 2012

Trade Show Executive’s Gold 100 Ranking of the Largest Shows of 2011

Listed in Alphabetical Order

[The ranking order of the winners is confidential and will be announced October 3-5, 2012 at TSE’s Gold 100 Awards & Summit at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC]

AACC Clinical Lab Expo

AAPEX Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo

ABC Kids Expo

AHR Expo: International Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition

American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting

American International Toy Fair

Annual National RV Trade Show

ASD Las Vegas- August

ASD Las Vegas – February

ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits

Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market – January 

Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market – July

AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition



The Clean Show

Cosmoprof North America

Coverings 2011


Craft & Hobby Association Winter Conference & Trade Show

Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo


FDIC 2011

Fire-Rescue International

Florida RV SuperShow

G2E Global Gaming Expo


Global Pet Expo




HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition

Hospitality Design Expo & Conference

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011

ICUEE, The International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition

IFT Annual Meeting + Food Expo

InfoComm International


International Builders’ Show

International CES

International Home + Housewares Show

International Poultry Expo and International Feed Expo

International Sign Expo- ISA

International Vision Expo East

International WorkBoat Show

ISC West


JCK Show – Las Vegas

KBIS- Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

LIGHTFAIR International

MAGIC- February

MAGIC- August

Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West

Mid-America Trucking Show

NAB Show

NACS Show 2011

The NAFEM Show

The NAMM Show

NASFT Fancy Food Show

National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Expo

National Hardware Show and Lawn & Garden World

National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show

Natural Products Expo West/Engredea

NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention

New York International Gift Fair® – August

New York International Gift Fair® – January

Northeastern Forest Products Equipment Expo

Offshore Technology Conference

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

Pack Expo 2011

Performance Racing Industry Trade Show

PGA Merchandise Show


PLMA’s Private Label Trade Show

POWER-GEN International

Premiere Orlando


Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit International Convention & Exposition

ProMat 2011

Promotional Products Association International Expo

Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo International

Radiological Society of North America Scientific Assembly & Annual Meeting

RECon, The Global Retail Real Estate Convention

The Rental Show




SIA Snow Show

Solar Power International

Summer International Fancy Food & Confection Show


Surf Expo – January

Surf Expo – September


WINDPOWER 2011 Conference & Exhibition

The Work Truck Show – NTEA

World Dairy Expo

World of Concrete

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