2016 TSNN Awards Top 50 Fastest-growing Shows Unveiled

May 12, 2016

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 list of 50 shows that will be feted during the three-day, celebration-filled weekend can be found listed below and also HERE

“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 "Hurley 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).

HERE is a full list of the sponsors.

For more information on the TSNN Awards, please visit the newly designed by asp web site - www.T-awards.com.

For sponsorship information on the 2016 TSNN Awards, please contact John Rice, head of TSNN sales and development, (617) 201 7088 jrice@tsnn.com.

Registration for the awards is limited to winners, their guests and sponsor suppliers. Please contact John Rice for more information on signing up as a supplier attendee.

Here are the 2016 TSNN Awards Top 50 Fastest-growing shows in net square footage and attendance:

2016 TSNN Awards - Top 25 Fastest-growing Shows - Net Square Footage

SupplySide West

Subsea Tieback Forum & Exhibition


ASCO Annual Meeting

Shop.org Digital Summit 2015

ICSC New York National Conference

National Safety Council Congress & Expo

Cosmoprof North America

Sports Licensing & Tailgate Show


Digital Signage Expo

Natural Products Expo West/Engredea

IPPE: International Production & Processing Expo


Global Pet Expo


International Roofing Expo

Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America

LDI (Live Designs International)

Imprinted Sportswear Show Atlantic City

National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention & Expo – Retail’s BIG Show


ACEP Scientific Assembly

PACK EXPO Las Vegas/Pharma EXPO 2015

Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show

2016 TSNN Awards - Top 25 Fastest-growing Shows - Attendance

KeHe Summer Selling & Product Innovation Show

ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades)


TRA Marketplace (formerly Southwest Foodservice Expo)

Great American Trucking Show

Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show

HydroVision International

JLC LIVE New England

Subsea Tieback Forum & Exhibition

BIOMEDevice, Design & Manufacturing New England, and Electronics New England Shows

Global Gaming Expo (G2E)

The NAMM Show

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo

World of Asphalt Show & Conference

NAHB International Builders Show

BIO International Convention

Solar Power International

AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo

IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS2015)

EMS Today

DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition


Expo! Expo! IAEE's Annual Meeting

International Salon & Spa Exposition

ANCC National Magnet Conference

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