The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards Honorees Unveiled for 2017

Four show managers have been selected to receive The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year (SMOTY) award for excellence in serving their attendee and exhibitor communities.

Since 2000, The Expo Group has honored unsung heroes committed innovation and service.

“The Expo Group SMOTY awards program is one way we give back to the industry, and we are proud to honor people adopting new ideas and creating change,” said President and COO of The Expo Group Randy Pekowski.

He added, “These honorees are not our clients, they are simply show managers doing great work that should be recognized.”

2017 The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year honorees are the following:

Tier I, 1 to 200 booths: Jennifer Wishart of SmithBucklin

Tier II, 201 to 500 booths: Stuart Ruff-Lyon, CMP, DES of The Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc.

Tier III, 501 to 1,500 booths: Christine Salmon of Diversified Communications

Tier IV, 1,501 or more: Tom Carbott of MHI

SMOTY awardees are known for their commitment and drive. They pay attention to the details that create an awesome show experience, leading the SMOTY judging panel to select them from among the nominees.

The crystal SMOTY obelisk trophies will be presented Aug. 22 during the TSNN Awards Gala Celebration in New Orleans (

In addition, The Expo Group will donate $500 in each honoree’s name to the preferred charity. Since 2000 the SMOTY program has resulted in more than $75,000 donated by The Expo Group and matching funds honoring individual winners.

For more information about The Expo Group SMOTY Awards and to learn about past winners, please visit

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