2016 TSNN Awards Top 50 Fastest-Growing Shows Unveiled

For the seventh year in row, Trade Show News Network will hold its prestigious and original TSNN Awards program that honors the top fastest-growing shows in attendance and net square footage Oct. 28-30 in Atlantic City, N.J.

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For the seventh year in row, Trade Show News Network will hold its prestigious and original TSNN Awards program that honors the top fastest-growing shows in attendance and net square footage Oct. 28-30 in Atlantic City, N.J.

“The Top 50 fastest-growing show winners were chosen by their show’s growth rate between 2013-2015 in attendance and net square footage,” said TSNN President and Editor-in-Chief Rachel Wimberly.

She added, “We are really excited to fete all of the winners for an incredible three-day weekend celebration of the 2016 TSNN Awards in Atlantic City!”

During the three-day weekend celebration in Atlantic City, the top association and for-profit fastest-growing shows in net square footage and top association and for-profit fastest-growing shows in attendance will be celebrated during the TSNN Awards Gala, along with the overall fastest-growing show in each category.

“Congratulations to this year’s well-deserved TSNN Award winners. Atlantic City is thrilled to serve as this year’s host, and we are excited to be putting together a fun-packed weekend filled with entertainment, terrific speakers and outstanding cuisine that you will find memorable and that you will definitely enjoy,”said Jim Wood, president and CEO, Meet AC.

The top 25 winners in net square growth from 2013 to 2015 cover a wide range of industries, such as consumer electronics, cattle and digital signage.

The top 25 winners in overall attendance growth from 2013 to 2015 also are a diverse mix of industries, including jewelry, BBQs and solar power.

The 2016 TSNN Awards event highlights include an opening night reception at the famous Palm Restaurant with a Roaring 20’s Costume Party and plenty of surprises in store.

The next day will be the TSNN Awards Conference, with a “State of the Industry” session with Julia Ward Smith, chair of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, and Tony Calanca, chair of the Society of Independent Show Organizers.

There are a few other sessions on tap for the conference as well, which is Oct. 29 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

The gala awards evening, which will be held at the new Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center, will celebrate the 50 fastest-growing shows in attendance and net square footage, as well as a special “Industry Icon Award” honoree and TSNN’s “Best of Show” award, celebrating shows that stand out for their innovation.

In addition, The Expo Group’s “Show Manager of the Year Awards” will be held during the 2016 TSNN Awards and will honor five show managers from different-sized shows in the industry.

Harry Hurley, host of WPG Talk Radio 1450 "Huley in the Morning" in Atlantic City, will be the emcee of the 2016 TSNN Awards Gala Celebration.

The next morning at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel for Sunday Brunch will be a very special guest speaker, Miss America, who will talk to attendees about her first few weeks after being crowned at the Miss America Pageant Sept. 11.

The TSNN Awards is proud to be partnered with awards co-founder The Expo Group, as well as city sponsor, Meet AC.

Additional sponsors in Atlantic City include Venue Sponsor: Atlantic City Convention Center; Hotel Sponsor: Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel; F&B Sponsor: Spectra; AV Sponsor, PSAV; Opening Night Sponsor, The Palm Restaurant; Gala Sponsor, Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center; Transportation Sponsor: Production Transport; Presenting Sponsors: Wyndham Jade, Ungerboeck Software International; Gold Sponsors: ASP, a2z, Inc., Experient, Convention Data Services; Silver Sponsors: Expocad, Core-Apps, Helms Briscoe, Shepard Exposition Services, Coyne Public Relations; Photography Sponsor: The Photo Group; Video Sponsor: Convention News Television (CNTV).

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